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Scoop is talking about 2008-09. I remember it because Philly & Miami both blew us out in the first week of the season. It was ugly.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 120: Scott Howard-Cooper on the Sacramento Kings trade market
@CollegeWolf I won't be sad if the Kings can re-sign Tyreke, acquire Iggy in a S&T, and get Asik in a straight up trade.Then I'll be a straight up ecstatic! Of course, that probably won't happen. But I'm a dreamer if nothing else.
5 months, 1 week ago on Kings draft Ben McLemore at 7th overall; Ray McCallum at 36th overall
@CollegeWolf It's a good thing we're all confused!!! We have common ground on this point!
@CollegeWolf Everybody seems to want McLemore! I'm glad the Kings got him, but I'm not sure at this point if I'd rather have CJ McCollum. I would have been happy with either, and certainly happy that we got McLemore. I'm like many fans believe it or not: I never really though McLemore would actually drop.
I'm glad at this point, however, that Ben McLemore was the first choice of Pete D'Alessandro and everyone else in the new organization. That's as important to me as what McLemore is and is not if nothing else.
If that makes sense. Not sure I really understand the Wolves draft much, but then again, I'm not really sure why Flip Saunders is running basketball operations either.
This piece is a big reason why I've been stumping for Gorgui Dieng. Dieng is the kind of player you are talking about James, but also can impact this team defensively where the Kings need a whole host of help.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Musing: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmer Fredette and finding the right pieces
Bet somebody offers Tyreke the max and Kings either match or don't. I'd match, understand why others say no, but I don't see how you can let Tyreke go at this point. There's just too much talent. Plus, if you overpay, and Tyreke really does improve, it's hard to see the Kings getting a worse package than what Memphis got for Rudy Gay.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: What should the Sacramento Kings do about Tyreke Evans?
The Magic are going to be fine down the road IMO. Much was made about the haul that Hennigan got for Howard, but given all the assets Hennigan received out of the deal (it's also a big deal that the picks were spaced out over a number of years) it's a pretty impressive thing the Magic are doing.
Rebuilding is hard, but smart and committed franchises do it well. They don't panic after a bad season, they continue on with the plan. With all the assets Hennigan has coming to him in the draft, the massive trade exception still in play, and a lot of cap space in 2014 when you really want to have cap space, it would seem Orlando is in an exceptional position to rebuild as long as the DeVoss family is committed to it.
The only way rebuilding does not work is if you do it on the cheap, and that's what the Kings have done. This is also why many Kings fans are clamoring for new ownership (which they are getting no matter what), new management (they are also getting this) and a new coaching staff (I don't think Smart's as big an issue as some but he's gone because he won't be new management or ownership's guy so you factor in a cheap one year deal it's a minor investment to make with the long term in mind) there is a lot of belief this franchise can improve. Then, on top of all that, trades with ownership where money is not the end all be all of the whole trade to begin with, and having management that can make most of the few reasonable assets the Kings do have right now could go a long way.
As it is, though, I like Orlando's position better, just as I like Washington's position, and just like I like Detroit's position better.
There is a common theme here: Bad franchises stay bad, and it's usually because of the ownership. I doubt the DeVoss' will screw this thing up badly, and I'll bet Hennigan is given until the summer of 2014 before he really feels a big time pressure to put the best possible product they can on the court. The Magic have so many assets, so many opportunities it's a shame to waste them when you have the ability to build a top flight team for an entire decade.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Shot down: Kings make 'em, Magic miss 'em | February | 2013 Articles
The loss tonight sucks for the Magic, but in the long run they will be fine. No revolts against Jacque Vaughn, there is multiple picks coming (in all likelihood) for a few drafts in succession which always helps the rebuilding process, and there will be a huge Trade Exception and Cap Room the next 2 off-seasons as well.
Patience in rebuilding is always required, and games like this are just part of the rebuilding process.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Magic Wands: vs. Kings | February | 2013 Articles
@CollegeWolf Well I appreciate that. But, I don't think anyone has gone through anything quite like what Kings fans are going through at the moment.
A thoroughly miserable situation that can be only resolved one way: The Maloofs leaving. Ugh. Nothing good in this whole miserable mess.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Sacramento has a Cousins problem
DeMarcus Cousins is doing this to himself. And he is sinking his value to the point where the Kings simply won't trade him to trade him. (Which is what Cousins wants.)
So the Kings are doing the only thing they can really do: Wait. And, unfortunately, that leaves all Kings fans in the lurch as Cousins has really abandoned his need to be professional, or productive for that matter. But why quibble? Unless you are the Spurs, Celtics or a few other teams with a much larger stature of players who can slap Cousins around when he mouths off (which is every moment of every day pretty much), good luck with this kid. He just isn't worth it.
One beneficial thing for Cousins moving on is that he badly needs therapy to deal with his myrial emotional issue's. Hopefully moving to another franchise whose decision makers and movers and shakers can convince him that he needs therapy if he is really to move forward.
Whatever happens, though, I'm done with DeMarcus Cousins. Personally, I hope Cousins leaves the Kings. He isn't worth dealing with on a day in day out basis, but I know Petrie well enough to know that he won't bother moving him. There just isn't anything in it for the Kings to move Cousins for anything less than premium value. And who would, in their right mind, give premium value for DeMarcus Cousins?
Hence why this crap will likely continue down the line. Oh well, it is what it is. It's not like this is new, but I was hoping Cousins would grow up sometime soon. Apparently that won't happen in Sacramento. Oh well, ' tis what it 'tis I suppose.
I hope people don't' take this the wrong way. I'm a Kings fan, I hate Sean Elliott, and I respect the Spurs organization (even despite Elliott's presence as the worst analyst in the NBA--Tommy Heinsohn doesn't count because can you count drunk blubberish actual analysis?) no less at that.
What Cousins did was wrong. If it had been up to me, I'd suspend him for at least 20 games, and that's just mainly because I'm tired of Cousins histrionics and overall aggrandization of his worth and value to the world. Cousins isn't worth jack diddly shit if he wasn't 6'11.
Sean Elliott is an assclown. That has been acknowledged. I don't care how Spurs fans see him. I know lots of people don't care for the Kings broadcast crew (I understand; I don't personally agree but I get it), but there are plenty of acquired tastes out there which is where I think Napear/Reynolds qualify. Sean Elliott is an assclown. I really don't care for all his lame ass self aggrandizement either. (Which makes Cousins and Elliott a match made in heaven ironically.) Like I said, I hate Sean Elliott the analyst for Spurs TV. The man? Don't care. I don't have to deal with him so it doesn't matter. And yes, I find Bill Land annoying. I just do. They make Spurs games less enjoyable for me, and I find that maddening.
The Kings organization is just beyond terrible. The Maloofs? If I have to explain how exactly terrible those fucktards are, well, yeah. They're awful. It's pretty much an universal opinion to anyone with any semblance to real NBA knowledge.
Geoff Petrie should have been fired with what happened to Paul Westphal.
With all the rotten things swirling around Cousins, Cousins should have been suspended for longer with far graver circumstances. And I find it beyond acceptance that the players union is appealing Cousins' suspension. It's just that Cousins noted deficiencies are so well chronicled it isn't funny,. And that's just on the court. That's not noting the pissing contest Cousins got into with Westphal in the year and half Cousins had to deal with Westphal. That doesn't include getting into a fight with Donte Greene in the locker room after a game. That doesn't include the strange "we are not playing DeMarcus Cousins today because he demanded a trade" that happened during New Years 2012 with Paul Westphal days before Westphal got the ax.
DeMarcus Cousins is an exceptionally immature punk who needs to grow up yesterday. The Kings are going to be left in the wake (understandably so; nothing Cousins done has been out of what could be expected from him and the Kings either ignored or it or were in such a bad place they had no choice--take your pick) from Cousins behaviorial issues that are being excerbated by a terrible culture and organization. The only real part of the organization basketball wise is the coaching staff, and you won't find many people wanting to write poems about Keith Smart's coaching stint to date.
DeMarcus Cousins should have been suspended for 10 games, and that's just the maddening reality of it. 2 games wasn't enough. It wasn't even beginning to remotely resemble close enough. DeMarcus Cousins should have gotten run through the ringer and then some just based on his reputation alone. Two games was getting off easy, and as it is the Players Union might successfully appeal it to get the suspension down to one.
This whole situation is just disgusting. And no-one is at more fault for any of it than DeMarcus Cousins himself. Shame on you kid. Grow up already for chrissake.
Right now I'm just hoping this stops any "max contract extension in the off-season" momentum that was definitely building this last off-season. That is the only possible silver lining out of all this.
1 year ago on DeMarcus Cousins suspended for confrontation with Spurs announcer Sean Elliott
@Bluejohn Yep something feels different. Hopefully it translates to something worthwhile. The first month will tell us alot.
1 year, 1 month ago on Is it possible the Kings could win 50 games? | October
@Bluejohn Glad you liked it John. And I'm interested to see what happens.
But, the but, will always linger until it doesn't unfortunately.
1 year, 2 months ago on Discussing the current state of the Kings | September
It's so funny to listen how Shawn Marion and Joe Johnson would have been a better decision than Dwight Howard. Not that I blame SAS for that, but he said the next year that LA couldn't afford to wait on Andrew Bynum either. It is what I suppose.
1 year, 3 months ago on Thank you Dwight Howard | August
I like this deal for Orlando. Flexibility is hard for fans to swallow because they like players. Players, like say, Andrew Bynum. But I wouldn't want Bynum if I were Orlando. I'd rather start from the ground up, try to build with a certain style of franchise that can win games, and go from there.
Do I think Orlando fans want to hear that? Of course they don't. It's even less so when you factor in Dwight going to the Lakers. That makes the bitterness of it impossible for many to swallow.
Rob Hennigan's job is to get a deal that works out well for Orlando. That's what I think he did given that he wasn't going to get a player anywhere near of Dwight Howard's caliber in return.
A 17.8 million Trade Exception is nothing to sneeze at. That's useful. Non-lottery draft picks aren't sexy, but they are assets.Arron Afflalo is a nice role player if you have a superstar on the roster. Al Harrington is still an useful scorer in the right circumstances. His contract isn't great, but it isn't terrible either. There isn't just this season, but next season and beyond to consider. Does Orlando want to have cap space? Does Orlando want to maintain flexibility and keep Harrington? Does trading any of the players Orlando has feasible?
The real test for Hennigan is to make this deal fly on the basis of the Orlando draft picks that will be coming for the Magic that in theory will see the Magic have a bad team for the next few seasons at the least. The luck and the picks that are available to Orlando will determine whether or not Hennigan is successful.
Nonetheless, it's best to not judge Hennigan based on what he "received" from the Howard trade, but on what he did as a whole in guiding the franchise from admittedly a huge rough spot that the Magic are now in. Can he? I don't know if he can. But I know if the Magic had gotten Bynum in a trade, let him walk for a year from now, the fans would be a lot less happy than they would be with multiple draft picks, players, and a big trade exception that may or may not be useful down the line.
This is a deal that has to be judge 3 years from now. Not today. Not at the end of the next season. This deal has to be judged when 2015 rolls around and we've seen all the moves Hennigan makes. The Dwight Howard trade was going to be a loser. But it can help the franchise win by getting better through draft picks, smart trading and strategic monetary planning long term. There is a future if Hennigan can take advantage of opportunities when they come up. But taking advantage of that opportunity is easier said than done, and we'll see how he does.
Based on what he got so far though, I like what Hennigan did. The name of the NBA rebuild game is assets, and whether or not you like the haul, the Magic got back a number of quality or even prime assets in the case of the trade exception.
That's not bad for a guy who has been on the job for 2 months, has had to deal with drama that he didn't create and couldn't control, and was left with the smoking ruins and expectations of fans both tired and demanding from such a long dumb dramatic ordeal.
What Hennigan did was really hard. But if it works, many will be praising him in the years to come.
1 year, 4 months ago on Hennigan touts flexibility out of Dwight trade | August
@Pants80 @CollegeWolf It was Zgoda. Rotoworld just took it off him. You can see the part where Zgoda wrote it halfway down of his post.
1 year, 4 months ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks
@CollegeWolf Taylor has payed the tax when KG was still on the Wolves. He just hasn't done it lately.
@CollegeWolf The Wolves aren't that close to the tax really. Not when you factor in the likelihood of the tax possibly going up to 75 million (especially if revenue holds steady from this season to next).
But that of course means the luxury tax is going up to 75 million, and nothing is ever a guarantee in life.
@CollegeWolf Yeah that's a good point on Ricky. The fact that Pek was injured at much of the same time as Ricky was kind of masked that point last year.
I, too, will be interested to see how Pek starts the year. That could be one basis on how teams look at Pek's season to see how much money he is worth. Especially with the new luxury tax rules kicking in next season.
@CollegeWolf Howard and Bynum are fair. I don't necessarily agree (especially Howard) in terms of post impact, but Bynum has some good moves. Not as good as Pek, but that's just my opinion.
Aldridge is not in Pek's status in terms of low post play. Or least not from what I've seen. (Better player definitely. In the block? No.) I've never been a fan of Al Jefferson's game, but while Al J has the post moves, I don't think Al is better than Nikola in terms of efficiency (a much higher TS% last season for Pek among other things) and getting to the FT line especially.
I think what makes Nikola Pekovic so valuable to the Wolves is that his game fits so well with Kevin Love's minus the defensive aspect. It's hard to complain about Pekovic's status unless he badly regresses this season.