Welcome back to another edition of Kangz Rewind – an ongoing feature here at The Kings Herald where we compare recent quotes from players and coaches to past quotes from players and coaches of Kangz of yesteryear.
Previous, but unbranded, editions of Kangz Rewind included comments about the perpetual learning loop of the Kings and the lack of defense and not executing the game plan. Today, we explore the term “inconsistent.” Inconsistent is defined as lacking in correct logical relation. The Sacramento Kings can also be defined as lacking in correct logical relation.
It’s been part of the culture for years now.
“It’s the same (expletive) every night.” “We break down defensively, we don’t talk. Same (expletive). When you keep up with the same (expletive), you’re gonna get the same results and that’s what we’ve been getting.”
“The team has a problem with just being consistent.” “Once we find something that works, we have a tendency to go away from it or we get bored with it. But the thing is, if we just stick to that boring basketball, we’ll be a better team.”
“I always say that when you have inconsistent minutes, you’re going to have inconsistent production."
“How many times do you have to hit rock bottom?” “I mean, look at our record. We’ve hit rock bottom four or five times now. So maybe some of these guys are so used to losing, they’re accustomed to it. “I’m not.” “I’m not used to losing. I’m used to being in the playoffs and being a competitive team that takes pride in its defense. Right now, we don’t have a lot of guys that do that. So, I’m not sure what their rock bottom is, but I hit my rock bottom one week into the season.”
“Inconsistent intensity and inconsistent focus, inconsistent toughness and mental discipline — too many times we have come out on this court and been the quiet team or the soft team.” “My feeling is that we have too many offensive players, and not enough defensive players.”
“I hate the fact that we’re a little bit inconsistent.” “You’ve just got to take your wins. I think when we play against the top teams, I think guys are more locked in, they’re playing the right way.”
Now, let’s check in on the 2021 Sacramento Kings after Monday’s loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"Every single night we match whoever is on floor. If we're playing a good team, we're going to bring our A game. If we're playing a team that's equal with us in the standings then maybe our effort is less. Whatever it is, we always come out a different way every single game based off who we are playing." "For us to win consistently, we have to do our habits consistently."
“It boils down to maturity. It doesn't matter what another team's record is.”
“That happens at times for sure with us where we’re in there with a playoff team and coming down to the last moment or last few possessions and sometimes with a team that’s not as high up in the standings we play worse in those games sometimes. So for us, we have to find a better level of consistency.”
“We just have to be consistent. We have to be a lot more consistent with our level of play no matter what team we are playing against any given night.”
“We've struggled with slippage this year. We'll play good, solid basketball and we'll build up some momentum and as that's happening some of the details of what we do we have slippage in, which is pretty normal. Unfortunately, for us what is happening is normally you are happy with how you are playing, you have slippage, you take a loss, maybe two and then you sharpen up and get back to where you were. Unfortunately for us right now, it's taking much more than one or two losses to get us back to the level of play when we're playing really well. That’s something we've got to break, we've got to fix that. We can't go through seasons with that many highs and that many lows."
"When we're making a lot of shots I think part of that is why our defense struggles is because there's a relaxation on that end knowing that we have a high-powered offense that can get going at any time.
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