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Vlade Divac makes me want to believe

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It's incredibly easy to be disenchanted as a Sacramento Kings fan.  It's been nearly a decade since the last time the Kings sniffed the playoffs, the second longest active streak in the league.  Reports from both local and national media suggest that Sacramento's front office and ownership group are dysfunctional and are considered a laughinstock around the league.

And yet I want to believe.

I want to believe that the Kings will get better.

I want to believe that this decade long struggle will end in the near future.

Vlade Divac is a big part of why I believe.  There has been no more calming influence in the past few days for this fanbase.  Despite report after report leading up to the draft about the Kings were considering trading DeMarcus Cousins, that George Karl was actively campaigning to have him traded, and that nobody was on the same page, Vlade Divac came out and projected strength in a time of weakness.

If you haven't yet, listen to Vlade's interviews following the draft, first to assembled media, then the following day on with Dave, Deuce and Morgan as well as Grant Napear in the afternoon.

He was blunt, forceful and best of all, brutally honest.  Vlade wasn't backing down from the pressure coming his way.  If anything, he was embracing it.  It was refreshing.

From Sam Amick's USA Today post on Vlade:

"So here I am, and if you're on board, (you're) more than welcome. If you're not, I've got to go. I can't wait. We do have everything except time. We have to go forward and try to make it a healthy environment and try to have a good team for next year.

"Look, we're going to have ups and downs in the next couple months. And you're going to hate me, you're going to love me, but believe me I'm going to do the best I can to make this thing work. With me, with DeMarcus, with George, or without me, without DeMarcus, without George, I don't know. But we'll make it work."

Vlade Divac has me believing that these Kings have a real future.  So buckle up, it's gonna be a bumpy ride, but Vlade's driving this bus now and he knows where he's going.