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Young team. When they get up, they stay up. When they get down, they stay down. They need another veteran presence or two. Hopefully Landry will help.
6 months ago on Night and day performance by Sacramento Kings in wins and losses
Contracts aside, I generally agree with this article. Without trading a future asset, I can't see really improving the team during this season. The market for Outlaw, Thompson, and Thornton is not going to be that great. I agree that they should just let this year play out with this team, and then figure out which pieces are worth keeping and how to make that happen.
My choices to keep would be:
Cuz, Gay, DWill, BMac, Jimmer, Acy
Guys we are going to have, whether we want to or not:
Landry, JT, MT, Outlaw
Depending on the draft and free agency:
IT, Gray, Ray
In 2015 some of the contracts go away, but I doubt we will have our 1st round pick.
6 months, 1 week ago on Sunday Musings: Is it time for the Sacramento Kings to stand pat?
Kobe? Cuz shouldn't care.
7 months ago on DeMarcus Cousins 12th among frontcourt players in second round of All-Star voting
@Mad Dam@rdr2019 Rudy was 8-20 that game. Those are his Toronto numbers. Maybe it was a blip, maybe not. I hope so, because as I say I like Rudy.
As for IT, he is a free agent. And although he is playing well now, he does have limitations, especially on defense. If Smart is there when the Kings draft, they take him and offer Isaiah 6th man money. Possibly Exum as well.
7 months ago on Sunday Musings: Sacramento Kings begin assembling the right pieces
Funny, when he said the Kings had three quality pieces to build around, I thought he meant Cousins, McLemore, and Williams. I like Gay a lot, and I hope he stays for the right price, but his future is too uncertain. Also, last night we saw Bad Rudy, 23 points on 20 shots. IT also has an uncertain future. One, his contract is up, and two, some of the best players in next year's draft are point guards. If Smart is there when the Kings pick, then we have a new point guard.
Rondo is a terrible, terrible idea. He can't shoot, which means teams will collapse on Cousins. Worked fine with Garnett outside the paint, giving Rondo lanes to drive and kick to Pierce. That is not the Kings.
McLemore is going to be great, you can just see it. He's athletic, good sized, fast as hell, a hard worker, and coachable. Malone loves him, and so should we all. The Williams trade will someday go down as one of the great steals of all time. He is another dynamite athlete, still young, and also a hard worker.
Jimmer will look better when Landry comes back and Troutlaw disappears to the bottom of the bench.
7 months, 1 week ago on Sunday Musings: Sacramento Kings begin assembling the right pieces
Wow, it's always a trip how any discussion of Jimmer gets people so riled up. The conspiracy theories are just laughable. Look, the Kings stink. If Jimmer was their best option they would play him. If he was so awesome, other teams would lining up to trade for him. He seems like a nice kid, but his skillset just doesn't match up well with the current NBA playstyle. It's a shame, but there it is. There might be a place for him on another team, and I wish him all the success. But please, back off the racist crap, ok?
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Marcus Thornton reclaims minutes from Jimmer Fredette in Sacramento Kings rotation
Neither of these guys is a long term, or even a short term, solution. If it wasn't for the stupidity of the previous administration Thornton would never have been given that contract and Fredette would never have been drafted. So saying this is a Smart move or a mistake is just silly. Until they are able to clear out the chaff left over by the Maloofs and Petrie Malone is going to have to send stiffs like these two onto the floor. For me, it would be a coin flip, heads or tails, you lose.
There is no debate. They are both awesome, and among the best players in the league in their respective roles. Now, if only the Kings had about 8 more guys like them. Well, 7, M16 is going to get there.
8 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Who has been the Sacramento Kings' best player?
I expected to see Fredette on Sunday. I was kind of surprised I didn't. If you are going to clear the bench you clear the bench, right? Guys who were starting a couple of games ago don't count. I'm not part of the Jimmer Conspiracy Theorists, but there must be something going on. I wonder what it is.
8 months, 1 week ago on So you want to coach the Sacramento Kings?
@Stare_Decisis_ I'm not a "jimmer fan," I'm a Kings fan. I want to see a team that plays hard, and deserves my support. You may not like the guy or think he is particularly skilled, but he plays hard.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Who starts and who sits for the Sacramento Kings?
@Fbizzay Is the Brock Ness Monster still in the NBA?
@Fbizzay I think JT is one of the attitude issues Coach is talking about.
Vasquez, Fredette, McClemore, Mbah ah Moute, Cousins
5 guys who want to play, as far as I can tell. 5 guys who get mad when things go badly. 5 guys who don't pout.
IT fits all of those, but somebody has to come off the bench. I would bring in IT, PPat, Hayes, Outlaw, and MacCallum next. Salmons is trying, he just has no skills. Thornton and Thompson ride pine and think about what they've done.
Still probably won't win, but the guys who need to develop will develop.
It's way too early to talk trade. It's even way to early to talk changing lineups. Tonight they play a team, at home, that seems beatable. Just like Denver did. If they win this one, then they would be 2-2 with the two losses looking like top 4 seeds in the West. I would call that progress. If they lose tonight, and the same issues present themselves, then it might be time to start tinkering. But no wholesale changes, not yet.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Breaking bad habits a work in progress for Sacramento Kings
@garhett I would say "finish growing up."
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: The evolving DeMarcus Cousins
They have also played two teams with really, really, really good wing shooters.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Exploring the Sacramento Kings' early struggles on 3-point defense
I love that picture.
The Kings have talent. It isn't distributed very well, but the talent is there. It will be interesting to see if the coaches can make use of what they have instead of trying to force square pegs in to round holes. if they do, who knows. I can see the 7th and 8th seeds being up for grabs. Not sure that is the best long term outcome, but it sure would be nice to root for a winning team again.
9 months ago on Sacramento Kings show increased poise ahead of start to regular season
@JustinLee4 I like Jimmer too. I think he has a chance to develop into a solid NBA rotation player. J.J. Redick comes to mind. But, for whatever the reasons and not his fault, he didn't show much in past seasons, and the Kings had a player with a far higher upside fall into their laps in the draft. McClemore has to play, and soon. Thornton is getting paid, and won't sit on the bench. Leaving Jimmer the 3rd SG. He's a decent PG, but Vasquez, Thomas are clearly better, and I think McCallum is too. 4th PG? I just don't see where he gets his minutes, except in garbage time or some, not all, 3 guard lineups.
My choice would be to trade THornton for whatever they can get and let the younger guys develop. But who would want him? It's a lineup problem, clearly, created by the previous management. I would not, however, call it an injustice.
9 months, 1 week ago on Preseason Game 6 Preview: Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings
No mention of M16? He had a good night, some rookie mistakes (like that blown dunk) but does he have a sweet shooting stroke or what?
But, it's preseason, and the Lakers look positively awful!
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Preseason Road Reaction: Sacramento Kings 104, Los Angeles Lakers 86
The Fresh Prince of Westwood has always been one of my favorite players. Go Bruins! (Although, what was Howland doing at camp?)
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Luc Mbah a Moute appears confident health won't be an issue with Sacramento Kings
With the offense running through him, Boogie will not have the time to wander away from the post and be out in no-mans land when he gets the ball. Going inside-out will keep him focused and in the post where he belongs. And having a passing point guard feeds in to that.
Where I'm a little less hopeful is rebounding, as outside of Cousins and Vasquez I don't see where it will come from if the starters are who I think they will be. Of course, it more depends on who is in at the end of the game.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on What kind of offense will the Sacramento Kings run this year?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on WATCH: Chris Mullin outshoots Sacramento Kings in 3-point contest
I think these people still think that every PG can be CP3. And as far as giving up two first round picks to get Jrue? We'll see how that plays out.
10 months ago on Perspectives: Greivis Vasquez
Time to Boogie!
10 months ago on DeMarcus Cousins officially inks deal with Sacramento Kings
I don't care what anybody says, I love me some Shaq. The man draws attention wherever he goes. After years of being a sports backwater, "Shaq Joining Kings Ownership Group" was a national headline. This is a good thing.
10 months ago on Shaq takes Sacramento by storm
I find ESPN to be so offensive I could care less about their made up "rankings."
10 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Are you offended by the Sacramento Kings' last place finish in ESPN's annual franchise rankings?
You will laugh, but I really think it will be Outlaw. All the players in the last couple of years struggled with confusing roles, unclear rotations, and strange coaching decisions. I believe that Outlaw can be the 1st SF off the bench in this rebuilding year, with Salmons rotating through other positions. I just can't find a place for Hayes, though, which is too bad because I like him. My prediction is he will be packaged with Jimmer in a trade.
10 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Which veteran will step up for the Sacramento Kings?
I'm actually quite happy with all the additions. I would have been happier with a few more subtractions, but there you go. I rank them in this order:
3. Mbah a Moute
I watched quite a bit of McClemore in college. He has the potential to be a superstar. He's not there yet, but he could be. Since the NBA is a superstar league, you have to try and find them when you can. For that reason alone, having nothing to do with the upcoming season, he is my #1.
I want Vasquez to get the starting PG job and stay there all season. Good teams pass. I think his deficiencies on defense can be helped by a team concept, which won't happen overnight. I also like the energy and passion he brings to the game.
MaM is a Bruin. 'nuff said. If he didn't have injury issues, he would be my #2. The guy commits to defense, it's a blast to watch.
Landry is last, but only because I really like the other three. I see him coming off the bench with IT to provide a different look and style for teams to deal with, and maybe get some burn in tight 4th quarter games, especially if DMC has foul trouble.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Who is your favorite addition to this seasons Sacramento Kings roster?
Can he play small forward?
11 months ago on Trent Lockett hopes to shape career as complementary NBA piece
@troger2013 don't know a lot about hoops, do you?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Who should the Sacramento Kings start at power forward on opening night?
Cousins and Patterson start, Thompson and Landry off the bench, Hayes as situational. Not perfect by any means, but if they start the season with what they have this is the way to go.