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If Cousins still thinks that it’s not him, then he’s wrong and that is really unfortunate." Well said James.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: The politics of DeMarcus Cousins' All-Star snub

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Can't say I blame the guys in that locker room not caring about Cousins succeeding. When he succeeds, it's all about him. When he fails, it's all about what they aren't doing.


A vast generalization, but that's not a way to get guys to pull for you and in the same direction. This league is about collaborative goals, and there's alot of individuals looking out for themselves. Cousins does that. Why should any of these guys be anything different?


Cousins gets to be an untouchable why everyone else gets to be on the trading block as the franchise is left searching for the right mix. That's a ridiculous statement, but well, that's life in the DeMarcus Cousins era. Do as I say, but definitely not as I do.


Me Me Me. There is no "I" in team, and DeMarcus Cousins is an embodiment of that.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: DeMarcus Cousins needs his Sacramento Kings teammates to buy in

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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.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/SAC/2009_games.html

10 months ago on Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 120: Scott Howard-Cooper on the Sacramento Kings trade market

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@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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Kings draft Ben McLemore at 7th overall; Ray McCallum at 36th overall

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@CollegeWolf It's a good thing we're all confused!!! We have common ground on this point!

1 year, 2 months ago on Kings draft Ben McLemore at 7th overall; Ray McCallum at 36th overall

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@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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Kings draft Ben McLemore at 7th overall; Ray McCallum at 36th overall

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Sunday Musing: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmer Fredette and finding the right pieces

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Poll: What should the Sacramento Kings do about Tyreke Evans?

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Shot down: Kings make 'em, Magic miss 'em | February | 2013 Articles

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Magic Wands: vs. Kings | February | 2013 Articles

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 @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.

 

1 year, 8 months ago on Sacramento has a Cousins problem

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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.

1 year, 8 months ago on Sacramento has a Cousins problem

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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, 10 months ago on DeMarcus Cousins suspended for confrontation with Spurs announcer Sean Elliott

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@Bluejohn Yep something feels different. Hopefully it translates to something worthwhile. The first month will tell us alot.

1 year, 11 months ago on Is it possible the Kings could win 50 games? | October

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@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, 11 months ago on Discussing the current state of the Kings | September

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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.

 

Excellent post.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thank you Dwight Howard | August

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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.

2 years, 1 month ago on Hennigan touts flexibility out of Dwight trade | August

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 @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.

 

http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/164789646.html

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @CollegeWolf Taylor has payed the tax when KG was still on the Wolves. He just hasn't done it lately.

 

http://www.shamsports.com/media/luxurytax.jpg

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @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.

 

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @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.

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @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.

 

 

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @CollegeWolf  Okay, who is better than Pek in terms of low post scoring? I ask out of curiosity because I really can't think of who I'd rather have at this point in time. Bynum maybe? Howard if you're talking total package possibly?

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @CollegeWolf LOL @ Brooke Lopez. Yeah he isn't that gravy.

 

I do think Pek is the best of the three because he has a premium skill (or three really) that helps teams win. But Hibbert and Pek's value are pretty close when it comes down to things. I'm not the biggest fan of Hibbert's, but a part of that is because I don't think Hibbert is good enough rebounding to really be considered an elite player. HIs defense is certainly there, and so is the passing/shooting.

 

Nikola Pekovic is arguably the best low post player in the NBA at the moment. Plus he is a monster Offensive Rebounder (needs to get better on the D boards though), and gets to the line at a ridiculous rate.

 

The only question is if Pek can stay healthy, but that's always true of any player isn't it?

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @CollegeWolf The problem with the dollar amount is that Lopez and Hibbert just got paid.

 

Check this link out. It compares Lopez's last healthy season (in 10-11 and Hibbert/Pekovic's 11-12 seasons).

 

http://bkref.com/tiny/9e2fL

 

And neither of those guys are better than Pek. Someone, likely Paul Allen, is offering Pek a max deal. The Wolves better be prepared to offer Pek that money or someone else will force them to match.

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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Just thought someone should point this out.

 

The Wolves can't resign Pekovic until next summer due to the fact that you can't extend a player with less than 3 years of service time, and Pekovic's contract expires next summer. By then, the Wolves will have Pek's full bird Rights. But nothing can be done about Pek's contract until next summer no matter what the Wolves intentions are.

 

http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q58

2 years, 1 month ago on Kahn preparing to pay Pekovic big bucks

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 @Bluejohn  I'm not exceptionally worried about JT's salary. I'm more irritated by how the contracts are structured than JT's total salary. The flexibility that JT provides Smart or another head coach is tremendous and that flexibility extends well beyond the numbers IMO.

 

Great comment BJ.

2 years, 1 month ago on Jason Thompson gets it, and getting it is why JT got a 5 year deal | July

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 @Bluejohn How do you feel about JT's new contract?

2 years, 1 month ago on Jason Thompson gets it, and getting it is why JT got a 5 year deal | July

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I meant I like the signing. I was thinking of the Wes trade probably why I wrote that.

2 years, 1 month ago on Wolves Set to Sign Andrei Kirilenko

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I like this trade for the Wolves. Makes a lot of sense. Short term contract, short term benefit. But it only makes a difference if the Wolves are run well enough to parlay the bi-product of short term success and successful acquisition of talent without drafting into long term success. Any team can make a one year run at the playoffs. This happens all the time in the East.

2 years, 1 month ago on Wolves Set to Sign Andrei Kirilenko

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@DRushkin

Well, I guess it's not wise to start a comment off in such a diametrically opposed manner, but I've said many times Tyreke Evans is a combo G (or a 1 1/2 if you prefer) whose best long term position is opposite  a ball handling creative facilitator (of kinds) who can keep the offensive flowing. Thomas does that, and I'm hopeful down the line Tyler Honeycutt can morph into that too. (Although in Honeycutt's case that's only well wishing.) Either way, Tyreke Evans is not a SF any way you slice it.

 

Here's the bigger problem with Brooks: They have now have 6 G's who play with the ball in their hands. You can't play 6 guys on the court, and all 6 guys can't play with the ball in their hands when they are on the court. Somebody, including Tyreke, will have to leave how to play somewhat differently.

 

I take issue with the "this is Cousins team" because it has to be Cousins team before it actually is Cousins team. I've seen no signs that suggest that as of yet. I've seen plenty of opinions that suggest that, but no actual production and consistent to show the Kings are now DeMarcus Cousins team. If I see that, I'll say so. Plus Cousins has his own "not dribbling into the lane and jumping into multiple defenders while teams are packing the lane" moments too. It's not like Tyreke is on his own in that regard. And, when Cousins finishes better than 56% eFG% on the season at the rim, I'll believe he's the best player on the Kings. It's hard for me to believe a guy is a franchise player sporting a rather ridiculously paltry 49.9 TS%. (I'm not absolving Evans here. I just disagree this is Cousins team. Again, when it's clear that's the case, I'll say so.) Either way, Cousins has to show a much higher rate of being consistent in getting points for himself (or teammates) before I anoint him #1 offensive option status. It's a status that based on play to date Cousins, and for the most part sans 4 months of Evans rookie season, neither player has earned. If Cousins' earns that, I'll be happy. I don't think it willl be merited now or at any other point in the future, but I've been wrong before and will be again. I just don't think I am about Cousins given the fact that he finishes such a low and poor percentage at the rim. That's disconcerting no matter how you feel about Big Cuz. (I like him contrary to what some will tell you.)

 

I don't see what Brooks in China has to do with the NBA. If China had similar or as much high talent than okay, but Brooks spent a year in China. I could have mentioned that other guys with the same contracts in the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) without outs to allow them to return to the NBA. Brooks, like Wilson Chandler and Kenyon Martin, were all Free Agents so they were free to sign where they chose. Unlike Wilson and Chandler however, Brooks never did get out of his contract in China. Who knows why? I don't know. I don't even care. It doesn't matter to me.

 

What matters to me is that Brooks fell off the face of the map after not getting the contract extension he wanted after a gaudy 3rd season. That isn't changing no matter how you frame the discussion. Also, Kyle Lowry is a better player than Aaron Brooks so to me Houston made the right decision. You always play the best player, and Lowry had more talent (always did) than Brooks to begin with. For whatever reason, it just took Lowry longer to tap his talents.

 

Whatever Jimmer does is of little consequence. I would be very surprised at this rate if both Jimmer Fredette and Francisco Garcia finish the year on the Kings roster. At some point, you need to go with your guys. If that's Aaron Brooks, then so be it. This move will make sense when you start thinning out your rotation, asking your players to be the players they can be, and go from there.

 

As far as Thomas Robinosn in Summer League, you're judging him in a showcase in which T-Rob's talents are not going to be featured in the best manner possible. Thomas Robinson will be fine. I'm not unhappy with what I've seen (one summer league game--I hate watching SL as it bores the shit out of me--it's the type of thing I would love to see live and think watching on tv/web is stupid as shit).

 

As far as fixing the SF position, that's what James Johnson is for. Or did you miss that memo? Apparently, the guy is going to play good defense (which he's capable), but not likely hit many 3's. I'm okay with both of that. An upgrade is an upgrade. Whatever works works. If Johnson gives the Kings average production at the SF spot, I'll be thrilled. Absolutely fucking A ecstatic thrilled.

 

I think you're expecting Jason Thompson to be a top 10 starting SF. JT is either a bottom tier PF, or one of  the two or three best big man in the NBA off the bench. In the NBA you need talent, and JT is the type of talent that can help the Kings move forward. I'm glad the Kings resigned him rather than going for the flashier (and understandable) move in Ryan Anderson. Long term, that makes a lot of sense given there is two ends to the court. The Kings need a great deal of help on both ends of that court as every Kings fan knows.

 

Thanks for stopping by DRushkin.

2 years, 2 months ago on King sign Aaron Brooks to a 2 year deal reportedly worth 3 million a year | July

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 @Fault Appreciate it. Yeah I don't blame you on the 36th pick. I think we all universally see it in similar ways.

 

Thanks for stopping by Fault.

2 years, 2 months ago on Kings draft Thomas Robinson at #5; sell 36th overall pick to the Indiana Pacers | June

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You just said a player would make money while not being on the roster and then intimated that he would be paid. On a Maloof owned team.

 

You just made a funny B. Splinter is proud of you.

2 years, 2 months ago on NBA Announces Amnesty Waiver Dates, John Salmons On High Alert

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I doubt the Kings trade the 5th pick even if it moves Salmons if only because there is a lot of belief in Barnes/MKG/T-Rob and even Beal for that matter. The likelihood of giving the Kings giving the pick away is rather low because it's a good value and this franchise has way too many problems to give value away like that. Especially when the Maloofs are owners.

 

On the other hand, the Maloofs are douchebags so anything is possible. I just doubt it happens for Millsap and a future 1st is all.

2 years, 3 months ago on Sometimes You Have to Make Your Own Luck | June

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@Bluejohn Well John, how many more rookies can the Kings assimilate into the team? Theoretically, the answer is 2 a year for as long as the draft exists in the NBA. The truth is that the draft is the best source of talent for a team like the Kings regardless of ownership. Can the Kings afford to take Drummond? Can they afford not to? Do they not have a need for an hyper athletic big who can play defense, rebound and block shots? If the Kings get Anthony Davis, thats the best player the Kings can get regardless for the long term. That includes Dwight Howard IMO. 

 

As far as Thorpe is concerned, Im not that familiar with the Royal Jelly theoruy as espoused by Thorpe. I have seen Thorpes opinion that Drummond would be a bad fit with the Kings given the amount of emotional energy DeMarcus Cousins requires. Thorpe believes that Drummond needs a similar amount of attention. I think the Kings need talent first and foremost and Drummomd qualifies as the type of talent the Kings need MOST. And I dont see either Cousins or Evans as projects. I see Whiteside (who doesnt really matter in this discussion), and Honeycutt as projects. Cousins and Evans are different conversations entirely but projects they are not. They are both ready to play now and were coming out of college. Thats not a real project IMO. 

 

The biggest problem the Kings have offensively is that Cousins and Evans both frequently insist on driving into the teeth of the defense using the dribble. Defensively, both Evans and Cousins lack a real commitment. Until those things change, how many projects are on the roster is immaterial to the discussion if we are talking about what will be an upgrade to the roster. Veterans are nice, but the Kings have plenty of veterans & contributing role players as is. What the Kings need are franchise pillars of which neither Cousins or Evans is really ready for. A big selling point for me on MKG is his work ethic & leadership. But my view is if the Kings need MKG to help Evans & Cousins grow into the franchise pillar role, neither guy is a real franchise player. Franchise players tend to be that due to the talent they possess and the drive. Cousins has the drive but not the talent and Evans has the talent but not the drive. 

 

Thats the crux of the real Kings issue. How to resolve it? Both need to grow up and whether either can do so to grow as a tandem is a big question at this point. Either way, just as in the case with MKG, if the Kings really need a veteran to guide Evans/Cousins, they have bigger problems. Hence why I think talent should be the first goal with this draft. 

 

Thanks as always for stopping by John.

2 years, 4 months ago on Should the Kings go for talent or leadership in the upcoming draft? | May

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 @ARoyalPain There is a lot of truth to this Bryan. There has to be a power struggle, and I'm not sure who likes what or whom. The Maloofs are no longer seen as viable owners by the NBA, and AEG will likely pull out of the project after the Maloofs essentially pissed them off. Or, AEG will pull out publicly now and say they weren't really out of it until the Maloofs exit stage left.

 

I think the Maloof family is either A) delusional about their realistic chances of retaining ownership of the Kings moving forward or B) thinks that not committing to a lease long term makes the franchise more attractive when they put their shares up for sale.

2 years, 5 months ago on AEG Claims Maloofs And Kings Would Have Made $13 Million Annually With New Arena

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You know it's bad that ownership claims they don't know how to make money. This is what the Maloofs have essentially claimed. At the same time, I'm not sure any of the Family realizes that. All they are trying to do is facilitate a buyer, a buyer that needs to have control of the franchise when they buy it, and get a lot of cash for selling the team. The problem is the liquidity that the Maloofs don't have, and the sheer amount of debt the franchise has on it's head. But oh no, the Maloofs are rich!!!! They're tremendously wealthy!!!!

 

On the other hand, 53% (assuming the Maloofs have control or access to 53% of the team) ensures a new buyer that they control the franchise. Of course, this also means that the buyer gives the Maloofs a good price too. Which is assuming a lot of course.

 

I think the Maloofs are trying to screw Sacramento for forcing them to give up the Kings. In turn, they want to sell the team to a buyer who will take the team therefore making Sacramento pay for not giving them what they want.

 

I realize that isn't logical, but I'm talking about the Maloofs too; logic need not apply.

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 @Spursforever69 No it's about winning games because you play well to win. You have to start somewhere. It won't mean much in the grand scheme of things, and I'm not claiming it will either, but I am saying that idea needs to start somewhere.

 

Focus on a small task. Beating a beatable Spurs team right here and now. Beating OKC after the embarrassment last Friday. Beating Charlotte. A 3 game win streak would be especially important to this team.

 

Sure it's easy to say it's not a big deal, but I don't remember tanking getting any team a draft pick in the lottery era. If the Kings win the next 5 games, I'll be happier than hell. Am I worried about 5 or 10 extra lottery balls? Not in the slightest. I'll take those 5 wins, even if they seem meaningless to the entire world, because winning is better than losing and winning the games is what it's about after all.

 

Winning the lottery is about having luck.

2 years, 5 months ago on Scouting the Kings: Kings allow teams to score, a lot | April

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What I'm hoping, honestly, as a Kings fan is that the Kings push the pace. San Antonio has played 2 nights previously, and even though their young legs will be out there, even young legs can tire on the 3rd game in 3 nights.

 

San Antonio is a brilliant offensive team, but a lot of that starts with Parker, Duncan and Ginobili. Without Duncan, that will help DeMarcus Cousins get easier shots unless Tiago Splitter D's up Cousins effectively this time around.

 

Should be an interesting game, but the Spurs are beatable tonight without Duncan around. As a Kings fan, I'll be especially disappointed if they don't pull this one out. Given how the season has gone for this group, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Spurs blow the Kings out by 20.

2 years, 5 months ago on Scouting the Kings: Kings allow teams to score, a lot | April

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@Bluejohn The Maloofs are short timers no matter what happens. But the fans can help the franchise stay by looking past the Maloofs. It's really that simple even if you don't see it that way today. Excellent comment as always BJ.

2 years, 5 months ago on Should Kings fans support the Kings in spite of the Maloofs? | April

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Incredible piece Bryan. Well done sir.

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@outrider Yeah. I like what Bryan @ ARoyalPain said about this possibly being a ruse to get a better deal from Sac. There is a possibility that's true but I think they want to be in Anaheim so they can continue to own the team becuz the revenue can support their ownership. They are delusional but yeah. The Maloofs are losing ownership; It's just a matter of time until they break. They are close now I suspect.

2 years, 5 months ago on The Maloofs are clueless and reckless in equal measures | April

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 @CollegeWolf The ironic thing is I blamed David Stern for Rubio's knee injury, and now I hope David Stern can save the team that's played it's home game in the city I grew up in.

 

Irony is truly ironic.

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 @CollegeWolf Any alternative with the Maloofs will automatically fail because whatever brains their father had, George, Joe and Gavin did not inherit them. Their only smart brother (and how smart he is is questionable because he is a Maloof) is probably Phil, and he doesn't spend time in the public eye.

 

With brothers like that, why would you want to become publicly known?

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 @CollegeWolf Dave here's the bottom line with Taylor: He still loves Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

 

The Maloofs despise Sacramento for not being Southern California. Whatever mistakes Taylor has made, in part, because he loves the TC's so much. I'll take that over disingenuous ridiculous craptastic moronic idiots with bad haircuts and clothes designated for people 30 years their junior.

 

The Maloofs are scumbags wrapped up in Ed Hardy clothing. And they managed to own a NBA team. Sigh.....

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@CollegeWolf

Sounds like? It is mayne. Bottom line is the Maloofs dragged an anti-trust lawyert in the NBA BoG meeting yesterday. They are really considering filing an anti-trust lawsuit.

 

I have very low opinions of Glen Taylor, and even I think he's a saint compared to the Maloof family. That's how insanely stupid and clueless they really are. They are so vindictive and angry they want to burn the village to save it. Logic and the Maloofs; never put it in the same sentence or Logic might try to chop your head off for daring to be that audacious.

 

Right now I'm embarrassed to have believed that this was settled on March 6th. But maybe the best outcome will happen as a result: The Maloofs lose ownership one way or the other and the Kings stay in Sac. At this point that's the only real positive outcome for all parties.

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 @CollegeWolf The Maloofs don't want to sell. They don't want loans from the NBA (and 7 million in free money). They don't want to be in Sacramento in any way shape or form. They are hoping Anaheim pans out (which it won't) for reasons that aren't quite clear to anyone else because of the rest of the human race isn't as stupid as the Maloofs.

 

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This is going to get seriously messy. George Maloof and the lawyers "representing" the Kings held a press conference today essentially stating that they never agreed to an arena deal with the NBA.

 

They don't have the money to put up for the arena (or money they are comfortable putting up), and they don't want anyone to know it.

 

Now David Stern and the BoG has to clean this all up, and they don't want to in any way. This is going to, at the worst, dramatically change the vetting process for owners or at least give pause to who they let in. The Maloofs are a great example of why Alex Meruelo was not allowed to own the Hawks. At some point if you don't have net wealth to absorb some hits, both with the team and in outside business, you're going to be hit hard.

 

What Kevin Johnson did, rightfully so, is put out a letter stating that we did what the NBA asked of us. The Maloofs are just stupid enough to think they can fight the world and win.

2 years, 5 months ago on Mayor Johnson calls on Stern, NBA to clean up arena mess in Sacramento | April

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 @saladdin Well, you're certainly right about Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist (I'm already going to call him MKG rather than writing that out every time fair warning) being the likely 1-2 picks in the upcoming draft. (Givony does have MKG at #3 for the time being while Ford has MKG at #2.)This is especially true if Kentucky manages to win the championship if only that will raise and heighten their profile amongst everyone and everybody to the point where every guy coming into the draft on that team will be heavily scrutinized. Other than Terrence Jones, however, I'm not sure there is heavy property on this Wildcats team at the moment.

 

Thomas Robinson will be hot property in the draft, also, which means the Kings likely will have to have the 3rd or 4th pick to take Robinson depending on the 3 teams ahead of them.

 

If the Kings are looking for a true SG, especially one that can shoot and handle the ball, Bradley Beal may be the guy that has Geoff Petrie's attention. Even though Tyreke is not a classic SF, it may be more important long term to find the right player next to Evans and not worry about the defensive assignments as much or often.The other bonus here is that the Kings could start Honeycutt alongside Beal and Evans in the backcourt and go with a super huge backcourt that has shooting, ball handling and defensive talent as Honeycutt does.

 

There are many options in the draft, and that's my point here. The Kings have the 4th worst record in the NBA right now, and who knows, maybe this is the year to get lucky in the draft? Why not? It can happen.

 

Either way, thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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 @Bluejohn I can always live with Thornton's hot/cold moments. They are what they are. When it comes to rebounding I see it as a volume exercise; the more of them the better it is. You're right about Jimmer and his lack of contribution. I would be surprised if that happens Thursday but who knows?

 

To be honest, I'm trying to think of  a game where I enjoyed the win more given all the circumstances that were around this game: Quality opponent, opponent played well, Kings didn't play perfectly but exceptionally well in a way that can be duplicated, mistakes were at a minimum, and the ball movement. Oh my, the ball movement. Oh me oh my even.

 

Tonight's like tonight are why so many of us enjoy being fans of the game; tonight really showcased much of what is great about NBA basketball IMO.

2 years, 6 months ago on Kings move the ball, play some defense, and outlast the Grizzlies; Kings win 119-110 | March

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