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A couple of thoughts:
1) Petrie and the Maloofs put the organization in a very deep hole. This is not a 6 month quick fix. This is not a "throw money at it and get wins" situation. We've got a lot of bad players with a lot of bad contracts and it's going to take some time to clear the books.
2) No legitimate stars WANT to come to Sacramento. How do we change that? I believe that our best current option is to trade for a star with a large existing contract that their team wants to unload. I understand we will be overpaying for that player's services (that's the price you pay for sucking). But if you pair Cousins with another legitimate star along with McLemore and a 2014 draft pick… NOW you might be able to land a younger free agent who's looking for a team with upside.
3) I have to give the Kings front office some credit. At least they're trying to win. They're making offers to Andre Iguodala and Rajon Rondo. They're inquiring about Luoel Deng. They're trying to trade Isaiah Thomas and Jason Thompson. With the Maloofs there was absolutely zero hope of improving.
4) Looking at the Pacers and the Thunder and the Trailblazers should be our business model. We can achieve those type of teams/rosters/situations if we make good decisions going forward. I think the Pacers made a great trade by getting Turner for a guy they were losing anyway. If we don't extend Gay (and he exercises his 2014-15 player option) maybe we could pull something similar.
5) Please, Adam Silver, rig the lottery for us just ONE TIME. Anywhere in the top 3 picks is fine. After that we will stop our bitching. We promise. After all the Kings fans have been through we deserve it.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on NBA trade deadline passes with no deal involving Jason Thompson
This is not a BIG move but it's a decent move. Here's why… You get two veterans who will hopefully have a positive effect on the the younger players.
Even though Terry's skills are fading, he's got a wealth of knowledge and tricks of the trade to impart to McLemore and McCallum, and Thomas (if we keep him) or a rookie (if we draft one). Terry has played on winning teams. And he's a better defender than Thorton IMO (although that's not saying much).
Evans will bring some toughness and defense and rebounding off the bench. That should help Cousins or at least help the team's attitude. A lot of times defense and rebounding are more attitude than skill level.
Also, I don't think our trades are done. If Jimmer and/or Thomas get traded, Terry provides some nice back up minutes while not inhibiting the long term growth of our young guards who will be getting a lot more burn.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Marcus Thornton traded to Brooklyn Nets for Jason Terry, Reggie Evans
@Jim Les for 3 @SSSDMC15 You own it. You're acting like "hater" is some vicious swear word. Don't be so sensitive.
The fact is there are many people on this board who incessantly argue that Jimmer is not an NBA caliber player. They have criticized and derided him all year long and have made incorrect pronouncements about his ability. Now when they are proven wrong they run and hide. I don't agree with THAT type of behavior.
If it makes you feel better we can call them "Kings fans who didn't believe in their own player and just got proved wrong"?
You seem like a nice polite guy so I apologize if I offended you. But there are other people who have posted extreme anti-Jimmer comments on this board all year. Perhaps you should turn your angst toward them.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings 106, New York Knicks 101
I'm very curious to see what TABDOG posts?...
@Jim Les for 3 @SSSDMC15 There's the reaction I've been waiting for...
@layituplikeaman Props to you, LayItUp. I respect you for standing up "like a man" and recognizing Jimmers good game.
I'll be very interested to see what the Jimmer haters have to say now. I'm guessing it will be something like… "It was just one game."… "He just got hot because he was playing in front of friends in New York." … "He still didn't play great defense."… blah-blah-blah.
The fact is he scored a team high 24 points on 14 FGA. It was a great great performance. All that the Jimmer fans have been asking for is a chance. "Give the kid starters minutes and just see what he can do. JUST GIVE HIM A CHANCE. And if he doesn't outplay Thorton and McLemore then we'll shut our pie holes."
Well there will be no shutting of pie holes tonight. Jimmer just did exactly what his fans said he would do. Let's see how many Jimmer haters have the cojones to admit they were wrong???
@al asifyouknow @SSSDMC15 But it's NOT the whole story. Winning is the story. Winning against the best scoring team in the NBA is the story. Winning right after a players only team meeting is the story. Winning with Cousins taking the team on his shoulders is the story. If we won all of our games by the score of 123-119 there would be no complaints from anyone in Sacramento.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: Sacramento Kings 123, Portland Trail Blazers 119
What a great quote by Malone. Let everybody know that he still believes in Ben McLemore. He just wants to put him in better spots/situations/match ups to be successful.
Sometimes it takes a 20 year old rookie a little more than 30 games to dominate against veteran grown men. (Imagine that.)
And sometimes if you're not getting maximum results you have to make adjustments. Good job Malone on a successful line up change tonight. And good job PDA on your two successful trades.
On a side note, did you notice the difference in our players' intensity tonight? Playing harder? Trying to play more together? I bet that had nothing to do with the players only meeting?
@al asifyouknow @Tom69223879 You say "a meeting of the players is not going to change anything" and then the very next game they beat the top team in western conference. You say Rudy Gay is going to come in here and be a ball hog and inefficient scorer. Since the trade he has shot 49.7% FG percentage on 18% usage. The truth is...
You don't know shit! I'm seriously getting sick of you posting your gloom and doom predictions and then when you're proven wrong you don't say a peep. You just wait a couple days and post more gloom.
Do the Kings have flaws? Of course they do. Their record is 11-22.
Are they the most inconsistent team in the NBA? Probably.
Are they the worst defensive team in the NBA? Probably.
All of this you are very quick to point out. But what you fail to mention is that the Kings have just beaten the Heat, Blazers, Mavericks, Rockets (twice), in the last 30 days. Their arrow is going up.
The Kings big 3 is averaging 23-19-19 points. That's better than any 3 players on any team in the entire NBA, including the Miami Heat. We are 2 defenders and one head coach away from being a dangerous team. And we've got a top draft pick coming.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Sacramento Kings clear air with players’ only meeting Sunday
@RN_506 It seems like a win/win. Although I've got to disagree with you slightly on your production recap though. Here are the scoring stats in Sacramento:
Salmons 24.7 min/game, 5.8 PPG on 35.0% shooting.
Vasquez 25.8 min/game, 9.8 PPG on 43.3% shooting.
Patterson 24.4 min/game, 6.9 PPG on 41% shooting.
Gay 36.7 min/game, 19.5 PPG on 49.7% shooting.
Here are the scoring stats in Toronto:
Salmons 25.5 min/game, 6.2 PPG on 35.6% shooting.
Vasquez 16.3 min/game, 7.1 PPG on 34.9% shooting.
Patterson 20.8 min/game, 7.8 PPG on 48.7% shooting.
Gay 35.5 min/game, 19.4 PPG on 38.8% shooting.
As you can see, Gay is playing about the same amount of minutes and scoring the same amount of points, but he's shooting the ball at a much higher FG% here in Sactown (49.7%). The 2nd highest FG% of any SF in the NBA (only LeBron is better). Now, is Gay worth $17.8 million? Maybe not? But his shooting % is better than Carmelo Anthony ($21.5 million), better than Joe Johnson ($21.5 million), better than Pau Gasol ($19.3 million), and comparable to Nowitzki ($22 million), so it's not as bad as some others.
On the other hand, Salmons is shooting the same FG% for you that he did for us. Patterson is shooting a little better. And Vasquez is shooting a little worse. Combined, those three guys averaged 22.5 PPG on 74.9 minutes for us. And 21.1 PPG on 62.6 minutes for you.
I don't think that your new Kings additions are responsible for your winning streak. But I do think getting rid of Gay's high usage rate has forced your other players to step up. And THAT is why you're winning. And I'm happy for you guys.
Meanwhile having a quality starter like Rudy has opened up scoring for Cousins and Thomas, helping us beat Miami, Dallas, Houston (2). If we could ever learn to play some defense, who knows, we might get a winning streak of our own?
2 months ago on Sacramento Kings getting a more efficient Rudy Gay
Where is Asifyouknow now? Step up and be a man and admit you were wrong?
So often we talk about basketball IQ. I think a lot can be said for Rudy Gay's basketball smarts, coming in here with no practice time, not knowing the offense, not knowing his teammates tendencies, and still somehow managing to play within the system (19 PPG on 48% shooting).
2 months, 1 week ago on Practice time helps Sacramento Kings make small strides with new pieces
@al asifyouknow I would love to see you invest in the stock market. I bet if you had a million dollars you'd split it up evenly...
$200 K to the stocks that make 20% profit. $200 K to the stocks that make 10% profit. $200 K to the stocks that make 5% profit. $200 K to the stocks that make 2% profit. And $200 K to the stocks that make 1% profit.
The rest of us would put all $1 million in the stocks that make 20%.
We just scored 104 points on the best defensive team in the Western conference (normally allowing 96.6 ppg). And you're complaining about our offense? And offensive usage? Shut the fuck up.
2 months, 1 week ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: San Antonio Spurs 112, Sacramento Kings 104
"The Kings coach would love to have a shot blocking big man and defensive guard to slow the elite perimeter players in the league."
I've posted this same thing a number of times. And I believe PDA will get it done eventually. But these big trades (to get elite talent) are not as easy as they may seem.
I would love to add John Henson (Bucks) but why would they give him up? He's young and talented and one of the key pieces to their rebuild. I'm sure they're looking at keeping their two twin towers and adding a scoring G or SF with a top 3 pick in the draft. It would cost us a ton.
I believe our best course of action is to let Isaiah Thomas shoot the hell out of the ball and rack up scoring stats to increase his trade value. There are TONS of teams that would love to add a scoring PG (either off the bench or as a starter).
I'm not so much worried about identity or cohesion right now. I'm more concerned about upgrading our starting talent and finding legitimate defenders to put around DMC and Gay.
2 months, 1 week ago on Sunday Musings: Who are the Sacramento Kings?
@al asifyouknow @SSSDMC15 I agree with the "no direction" and "pick up game" assessment. But I think the personel is getting pretty close. I think we keep Cousins/Gay/McLemore long term. And surround them with defenders/facilitators.
We need a shot blocking big man. Call him a flex PF/C or whatever.
I personally would trade IT for a better passing/defending PG, but I don't know if the front office feels the same way.
We are one trade and one high draft pick away from having our starters set.
I'm going to give Malone a tiny bit of slack because he hasn't had a lot of practice time with his new players, but we better start seeing more improvement quicker if he wants to stay long term. At least see us not repeating the same mistakes.
2 months, 1 week ago on CK Press Box Report: Sacramento Kings 108, Miami Heat 103
Let me be clear, I understand that the Heat were missing some key players, but this was still a fairly big win in our rebuilding process.
This year is not about wins/losses for the Kings, it's about changing a losing mentality. Part of that is bringing in more talented players. But part of that is also building confidence. Wins like these are an important step. Especially when your best players play well in crunch time.
@benbackstreet @SSSDMC15 What are you talking about? When did I ever say Phil Jackson encouraged "hand checking"? Read my post. I said Phil taught OFF THE BALL defense and HELP SIDE defense. That has nothing to with hand checking.
What I said was, in today's NBA the Kings need to SLIDE THEIR FEET and cut off the dribbler. Then SWIPE at the ball NOT THE ARM. And keep their HANDS IN THE PASSING LANES.
2 months, 1 week ago on Poll: What’s to blame for the Sacramento Kings’ struggles on defense?
To understand the Kings' struggles on defense, you have to start by looking at the good defensive teams in the NBA. What do they do that's so different?
It's not so much about shut down one on one defense. That is almost impossible in today's NBA. The best defensive teams work together as a unit to force the opposition into a lower percentage shot. They double team the best scorer and force the ball into the hands of the worst shooter whenever possible.
They also have a plan going into the game. Like forcing certain players to their left, or forcing certain players to jump shoot, or double teaming certain players any time they get the ball in the post.
A lot of people will point to our lack of shot blockers. That is a problem but it is not the main problem. Our main problem is that we don't rotate well. When somebody on the opposing team drives toward the basket, we have one guy who gets beat and the other four guys stand watching until he is taking a shot. Then we lunge and foul. The best teams rotate immediately to stop the drive, and then when he picks up the ball to pass the other players have already rotated to the open men.
That's why I believe a lot of the problem lies with coach Malone. I'm not saying it's his fault. I'm saying whatever method he is using to teach help/rotate defense is not working. If our guys were getting into the right positions but didn't have the talent to make they play that's on the players. But they're rarely in the right spots.
Then there is the issue of teaching technique. A lot of young guys (DMC, McLemore, Williams, IT) have been scorers all their lives. They never had to learn defense. Malone has to teach them how to get low and slide their feet with their hands down low swiping at the dribble then swiping up into the passing lanes. That is a skill you have to work on in practice.
Phil Jackson always taught off the ball defense as his key to success with the Bulls. Hands in the passing lanes at ALL times. When a guy near you starts to dribble, come from the blind side and swipe at the ball (not the arm). It's much easier to block shots when you're coming on blind side help, rather than on your own man face up. I don't see any evidence of Malone teaching these concepts. If he is, then his teaching technique is not working.
Most of us fans can SEE the problems. The question is how do we FIX the problems? How do we improve our defense? How do we limit our turnovers?
1) We need to acquire a shot blocking big man to play along side Cousins. Whether you want to call that guy a PF or a C doesn't make much difference. Trade Jason Thompson + whoever else it takes to get someone resembling Greg Monroe or Andre Drummond. If you can't find the right guy in a trade, look ahead to the draft, at Joel Embiid (Kansas).
2) We need McLemore to step up his on the ball defense. He has all the tools. He just needs to get more aggressive. We don't need him to do a lot of slashing/scoring. Just spot up 3 pointers.
3) We've got to trade IT and get a point guard that can play some D. And also not turn it over so much. IT scores 19 PPG but he gives up 20+ points per game. Plus he lets his guy penetrate and draw fouls on our bigs. Now is the perfect time to trade him and get max value.
Below is an interesting link. DMC is the second best scorer in the league per 48 minutes (only LeBron is better). We need to give DeMarcus as many shots as humanly possible.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on CK Press Box Report: New Orleans Pelicans 113, Sacramento Kings 100