Sacramento: We know drama.
After another frustrating loss last night, it almost looked like the Kings train was going to derail when DeMarcus Cousins acknowledged the team was dealing with internal issues, and called for a players-only meeting. The comment led to a firestorm of media speculation and fan lamentation.
From the looks of it, that players-only meeting didn't happen. The entire team, from the front office, coaches, to the players, all reportedly met and aired out their concerns. The meeting was called together Vlade Divac and publicly the team is putting on a united front.
According to Caron Butler, Kings had a team meeting today, not a players only meeting.— James Ham (@James_Ham) November 10, 2015
Caron Butler said players meeting happened. Said Kings are moving forward after airing concerns. Said coaches were in meeting— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) November 10, 2015
Caron Butler voiced team support of George Karl— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) November 10, 2015
"It's a small city. When things happen there's a lot to talk about." Caron Butler who says problems can be fixed, including team effort— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) November 10, 2015
"All problems are fixable. They all are. If it wasn't fixable, I don't think I'd be over here sittin talking to you guys." -Caron Butler— James Ham (@James_Ham) November 10, 2015
Vlade Divac says positive feeling stemming from Kings meeting today. Said players/coaches on the same page going forward— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) November 10, 2015
Divac said meeting with team, coaches, was productive. "We addressed some issues and the most important thing is we are on the same page."— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) November 10, 2015
Players discussed their comfort leave with plays, coaches talked attitudes. Divac: "I was very pleased with how we talked about it openly."— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) November 10, 2015
Omri Casspi characterized today's Kings meeting as 'good' and 'emotional'— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) November 10, 2015
Casspi said Cousins sent a text to his teammates to tell them "he cared about the team" and that they have the pieces to win.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) November 10, 2015
At the very least, it doesn't look like anything dramatic is going to happen right now, which is good. The team is 1-7, but has dealt with all kinds of extremely unfortunate injury problems early on, from Cousins missing half of the games to having both the backup and third string point guard be injured at the same time. All while playing the most difficult schedule in the league early on, at a furious pace; the Kings just finished up playing 5 games in 7 nights at the very moment they could have used some down time to heal up. Its still only 8 games played thus far, and the Kings are only 3 games behind the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks for the final playoff spot. Its extremely early to talk about firing coaches and roster upheavals.
The schedule does get easier from here, but there is very little margin for error now. Frustrations are clearly building up and the Kings need to get into the winning column sooner rather than later. Otherwise they could be facing more firestorms down the line.