Feel free to categorize this as a preseason overreaction, it very well might be. But I’m buying in on these Kings.
This feeling has been building for me all offseason. Seeing Keegan Murray excel in Summer League. Seeing the signings and trades that Monte McNair has made. Seeing the training camp vibes. I am ready to believe. I want to believe.
I’ve been writing about this team for 13 seasons, and I’ve bought in on teams in preseason that ended up being awful. It’s happened a lot, actually. But I’m willing to buy in again. You’d think I’d be more jaded by now, but I can’t help but line up to kick the football again. Maybe this will be the time Lucy doesn’t pull it away.
And yeah, I know the pragmatic thing would be to wait and see. I try not to be reactionary, but at the end of the day this is all supposed to be fun and it’s a hell of a lot more fun to believe in the Kings than to know they’re doomed. This isn’t meant to overlook that I’ve been pessimistic in the past. I’m not advocating blind optimism, but there’s plenty of reason to believe in these Kings.
I’d rather buy in early and enjoy the ride than to look at the standings in March and realize I didn’t let myself get hyped about the best team we’ve had in years.
I know it can go wrong, and if it does I’m calloused enough to endure it. I’m going to enjoy the ride and have fun as long as it lasts.