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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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sunday Musings: Is it time for the Sacramento Kings to stand pat?
Kobe? Cuz shouldn't care.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
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?
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: Who starts and who sits for the Sacramento Kings?
@Fbizzay Is the Brock Ness Monster still in the NBA?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Poll: Who starts and who sits for the Sacramento Kings?
@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.
4 months ago on Breaking bad habits a work in progress for Sacramento Kings
@garhett I would say "finish growing up."
4 months ago on Sunday Musings: The evolving DeMarcus Cousins
They have also played two teams with really, really, really good wing shooters.
4 months 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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!
5 months 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?)
5 months ago on Luc Mbah a Moute appears confident health won’t be an issue with Sacramento Kings