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I think what needs to be stripped away is the culture of mediocrity or worse that has understandably come to dominate the conversation surrounding the Kings. Not saying its wrong to identify problems and set about fixing them, but to dwell on the question "why are we so bad' really only reinforces the conviction over time, and it can become extraordinarily difficult to break out of.
The Kings have a new owner for the first time in a long while, They've made some (hopefully) strong trades. I think its time to suspend judgement, and let them play a few dozen games before making the same, old, sweeping declarations. Isaiah is the most creative player I've seen on the floor, ever (something that has gone completely unmentioned thus far), and the coach, I think, has recognized that. Let them roll with it, and we'll see what comes.
ps. Look at the Clippers...proof that anything is possible!
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@tocan @AlanCollingeDidn't he hold Kobe to, like, 6 pts in his rookie year?
@KennethBrody @al asifyouknow@CowbbI agree. He loves playing way, way more than money- Heck back when he was already a high school star, he'd still close down the Y night after night playing scrub ball.. I hope that the owner can look past numbers...although Isaiah's numbers are lower now than they will be at the end of the season.
Whatever the interest from other teams is next season, Sacramento is a great place for him (diehard, knowledgeable fans, not too glitzy), so I hope he stays put.
The last three years have seen what, three coaches, and until this season he really didn't get the quality starting time. Going forward is on him, though. I do agree.
I don't dispute the stats, but you also can't dispute the impact he has had on every team he has joined. Curtis High School was middle of the pack when he joined. He was starting as a freshman early in the season. By his jr year, they made it to the state finals. If he had stayed his senior year, I'm sure they'd have won. His senior year he went east to a hoop school...mvp of the league. College, Same story as high school. Mediocre team, made the tourney on his back.
I made some very bold predictions when he got into the league, and he's right on track to be getting there. Sit tight, and by the end of the season the Kings will be a winning team.
Isaiah is better than his number indicate. He has taken over every team he has every played on and they have risen quickly thereafter. As a jr. in high school he broke every scoring record at the state finals tournament (most points aggregate, most points in a game, and a few others). He can also control a game down the stretch, and draw fouls as good or better than KJ did back in the day. When the rest of the team catches up with him, they'll win championships. When he finally gets serious about his shooting, he'll be a superstar.
There is a simple solution: Return bankruptcy protections to student loans. This forces the government to have skin in the game with, instead of against the students (currently the government is making, not losing money on defaults). This will compel the Department of Education to actually do their job of pressuring the schools to provide high quality education at low cost. They can and must lower the lending limits to begin with.
But until bankruptcy protections are returned, the invisible hand will remain broken, and all of the problems many of us have watched grow, and grow for years, will continue unabated.
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