Sacramento Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations Scott Perry joined Adrian Wojnarowki on The Vertical podcast in an episode released Friday. The show was recorded in LA, suggesting Perry probably attended the Roc Nation workout with Vlade Divac. In the show, Perry talks about how he transitioned to the Kings, but he also talks about working with Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé.
There was one piece in particular that I found interesting. Woj and Perry talk about, even if they don’t address any specifics, the mistakes of Vivek as an owner and how Perry is going to help right the ship in Sacramento.
“I think Vivek, just like a lot of the newer owners, there’s a learning curve. It takes time, you know. I think the biggest adjustment for any owner is trying to figure out, or learning the fact that this basketball business - and the all hear it coming through the door - there’s no other business like that. And they’ve been wildly successful and he’s been wildly successful in his personal endeavors as a businessman. So when you first hear that, oh well this business is like no other, I think it takes time for people to get in it, roll up their sleeves, and find out and come to the realization that oh yeah you’re right. Because you’re not dealing with a product you’re putting out, it’s people you’re dealing with every day. So there’s so much that goes into that dynamic and you can’t always put numbers on things to predict behavior or future outcomes. Is it a tool that can help you in the basketball business? Yes, but when you’re talking about putting a basketball team together, it’s 15 different personalities, there’s coaching personalities, and getting all that to mesh at one time to become a successful team, that’s not an exact science.”
Personally, I can’t get enough of listening to Perry talk about basketball and building NBA teams. This segment is just a few minutes of the whole podcast, which I highly recommend listening to. But I think Perry nails the issues the Kings have had. The Kings have put together teams on paper, but without much regard with how pieces will interact. DeMarcus Cousins is a good player, George Karl is a good coach, but we know that adding them together didn’t work.
I’m very encouraged by this podcast. Not only does Perry know how an NBA front office should operate, it sounds like he’s being empowered and listened to. Things could always change, of course, but for now at least things are moving in the right direction.
The Kings have a difficult rebuild ahead, but I’m encouraged that they have Perry helping guide the way.