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Kangz Rewind: Looking back at the inconsistency of Kings basketball

Today, we explore the phrase "Inconsistent."

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.

DeMarcus Cousins in 2013:

“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.”

Isaiah Thomas in 2013:

“I always say that when you have inconsistent minutes, you’re going to have inconsistent production."

Michael Malone in 2013:

“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.”

George Karl in 2015:

“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.”

Darren Collison in 2017:

“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.

Harrison Barnes:

"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.”

De’Aaron Fox:

“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.”

Luke Walton:

“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.

Thanks for checking out this edition of Kangz Rewind. What will we stumble upon next?

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RobHessing
April 7, 2021 11:43 am

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TerzoM
April 7, 2021 12:08 pm
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Carl
April 7, 2021 6:01 pm
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I love that the team just won, and he’s all going all pissy anyway.

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RikSmits
April 7, 2021 11:57 am

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andy_sims
April 7, 2021 11:58 am

Ah, return of the slippage…

And what does Michael Malone know?!?

RikSmits
April 7, 2021 12:00 pm
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RikSmits
April 7, 2021 12:09 pm

I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that in the last decade this team has rarely drafted (or brought in other ways) players who have a combination of (i) high BBIQ, (ii) high motor/intensity and (iii) enough leadership qualities to drag the rest of the team with them.

We may have had some players with two of these qualities, but rarely with all three. I hope for Tyrese to grow into that role. He sometimes seems a bit too tentative and nice, but he’s still a rookie, so that is not strange.

Kosta
April 7, 2021 12:11 pm

Common denominator…

Vivek’s run has been consistent. Consistently sub-par.

RobHessing
April 7, 2021 12:22 pm
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Klam
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April 7, 2021 3:35 pm
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“Mr. Koufos, it’s called Sub-par 3.0”
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TerzoM
April 7, 2021 4:40 pm
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Vivek going for that Par 3comment image

Marty
April 7, 2021 1:29 pm

I’m exhausted.

The only feelings left for me regarding this franchise are skepticism, disdain, and hatred. I sort of watch the games, but whatever happens on the court doesn’t make it past those filters.

Being stuck hate-watching the Sacramento Kings is terribly unhealthy, yet also strangely necessary.

Maybe I just need more time.

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FarmerGuy
April 7, 2021 2:01 pm
Reply to  Marty

This reminds me of the quote from Fat Bastard in Austin Powers: “I eat because I am unhappy and I am unhappy because I eat.”

That’s my Kangz Fandom in a nutshell.

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andy_sims
April 7, 2021 2:39 pm
Reply to  Marty

Speaking as one (more or less) human being to another, anything that you’re lugging around with that much weight ought to be set down, and left alone. If it ain’t family-related, anything causing such negative feelings should be walked away from. Come back when you’re feeling better, sure. But this? Reminds me of the old joke:

“Why are you banging your head against that brick wall?”

“Because it feels so good when I stop.”

So, stop.

Kosta
April 7, 2021 4:44 pm
Reply to  Marty

We all just need to be more patient-er, Marty!

…But yeah, right there with you. 🙁

TerzoM
April 7, 2021 4:57 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Same here Marty and Kosta. I actually enjoyed DMC days more , at least there was always drama to go with the suckiness that is Kangz. Tyrese was exciting for few first months, but it seems it has worn off, or Kangz infected him. Another year to wait for next year.

RORDOG
April 7, 2021 1:46 pm

the one thing I don’t buy into is that this team matches the level of their competition. It doesn’t really feel like there’s any rhyme or reason to their performance on any given night.

RobHessing
April 7, 2021 1:59 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

The team may not match its level of competition, but it’s pretty good at meeting our level of consternation.

murraytant
April 7, 2021 4:12 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

agree- that is far too easy an explanation. Makes a good sound bite and we all nod our heads. But does it really make sense and is it borne out with data?

1951
April 7, 2021 4:19 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

It can be hard to admit that you aren’t as good as you think you are.

Carl
April 7, 2021 6:07 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

Matching the level of their competition implies that they’re better than other teams. The Kings are on pace for 35 wins, which seems about right to me.
Matching the level of their competition implies that they’re better than other teams. The Kings are on pace for 35 wins, which seems about right to me.

I think they’ve played to the level of their talent.

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NotAlwaysLogic
April 7, 2021 2:36 pm

Well they are consistent at some things…for example consistently bad at drafting…does that count? But I’m not giving up on a top 5 pick this year and perhaps Monte can turn that bad drafting consistency around.

SelecaoKOJ
April 7, 2021 2:48 pm

I think the Kings are not inconsistent. Just a bad team. If you look at every single win streak. Break it down. Most of the wins came against bad teams or good/great teams missing their key players. I think they are fortunate to be 22-29. Kings are really a 18-20 win team.

9-22 against teams .500 and above. They beat Denver twice without Murray, CLips, Without Kawhi, Lakers with both HOF’ers. The best Wins the Kings had were against the Knicks, Hawks, Suns, and the win against a healthy Denver team.

AmateurNerd
April 7, 2021 3:26 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

Exactly. “Inconsistent” is just a euphemism for “bad.” The Sixers went 9-73 several years back. That was “inconsistent,” too, of course. The Kings’ default mode is “Suckage,” and these brief runs of competence are made possible by fortunate events (for the Kings) that are completely out of their control, like injuries to other teams’ best players.

sonny
April 7, 2021 3:25 pm

Don’t sleep on the Kings. Just watch.

or

Don’t watch the Kings. Just sleep.

LandParkJimmer
April 7, 2021 3:39 pm

But atleast Kings players can now get paid in Bitcoin because Vivek is a true revolutionary and disrupter. The only positive about Vivek is that he’s kept the Kings in Sac – which is huge, don’t get me wrong.

Has anyone else seen the video where he talks about buying the Kings after coaching his daughter’s youth basketball to an undefeated season? It’s absolutely astonishing.

I couldn’t find the video but here’s an article that kinda touches on it.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/235348

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Henry
April 8, 2021 12:21 am
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Always wished that some reporter followed up on this story. Is it even all true? How does one suddely become a coach of a middle-school girls basketball team without ever having touched a basketball?

Hobby916
April 7, 2021 4:07 pm

I have never felt more apathetic about a sports team. They win 4 in a row, meh. They lose 4 in a row, meh. It gets old, same shit different toilet.

Kosta
April 7, 2021 4:46 pm
Reply to  Hobby916

I’ve never felt apathetic on a rollercoaster.

Until now.

1951
April 7, 2021 4:17 pm

what you all don’t understand is that this is what “learning to play the right way” looks like!

Anything else is just unsustainable gimmick ball!

A bunch of basketball simpletons around here!

Carl
April 7, 2021 6:09 pm
Reply to  1951

If you didn’t play professional basketball, you’re not allowed to have an opinion. Apparently.

BeTheBall
April 7, 2021 6:24 pm
Reply to  1951

I read this in my Kayte voice.

KingsSince85
April 7, 2021 4:17 pm

The Kings need to have a competent coach and then… Don’t fire him! When players complain (and they will because they’ll have to work harder and they’ll be held accountable), hopefully, Monte (and Vivek) will support the coach. Novel concept, huh. Malone and Joerger were good coaches that had the organization going in the right direction IMO, but they need support and time… That’s how you get consistency.

Kosta
April 7, 2021 4:47 pm
Reply to  KingsSince85

Draft good players, get good coaching, develop the players, let the GM handle things, get out of the way.

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April 7, 2021 4:48 pm
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We COULD’VE drafted good players in the 15 years….

SexyNapear
April 7, 2021 4:48 pm

I kinda wish we brought back Isaiah and Boogie for the stretch. I weirdly feel there would have been a karma shift.

Carl
April 7, 2021 6:13 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

Well it would help our draft position.

BeTheBall
April 7, 2021 6:24 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

From shit to shittier?

BeTheBall
April 7, 2021 6:26 pm
Reply to  kgdobter

It would depend on who we could then flip those three for.

Brown.says.Good.or.Bad
April 7, 2021 7:50 pm
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This is good

Gregoryl
April 7, 2021 8:45 pm
Reply to  kgdobter

Uh bro, no buddy = no play-in!

Carl
April 7, 2021 9:33 pm
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I don’t understand how the cap works all that well, or even really how to rub two sticks together, but it seems like the Lakers might be capped out next season, which means they couldn’t take on Buddy’s salary even by moving Kuzma and Gasol.

On its merits, Kuzma is very below average, but at least he makes less money, so it’s effectively a salary dump. I’d personally like to see a deal with fewer years committed to a player who isn’t very good, but then maybe this is the best you can do.

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BeTheBall
April 7, 2021 6:25 pm

To be fair, only the offense has been inconsistent. They’ve actually been pretty consistent on the defensive end this season.

TerzoM
April 7, 2021 6:36 pm
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BabalooMagoo
April 7, 2021 8:26 pm

I’ve said it for years, this team plays to level of the competition. We play a team that has a good record and is well coached we dig down and play much better. We play a cellar dweller and we just mail it in. Makes me want to puke.

JackassCentral916
April 7, 2021 9:09 pm

I really enjoy this feature. Looking forward to more of them over the next 15+ years of losing ball.

CoreyBrewersD
April 7, 2021 9:14 pm

I think the inconsistency is a shadow of the real problem, the Kings aren’t that good and everyone knows it. Therefore good teams play poorly against us assuming they don’t need to play 100%. Shitty er bad teams see a chance for a win and play up. Kings may be steady, but they need to take it up 2-3 notches and that may just look stupid as they don’t have the players to do that well.

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April 7, 2021 9:34 pm

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Migz
April 7, 2021 9:46 pm

It’s all aligning perfectly for him to be back next year

RORDOG
April 7, 2021 9:57 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

(It’s a bummer that Monty Williams didn’t get the job. We could’ve referred to Williams and McNair as The Full Monty.)

RORDOG
April 7, 2021 10:10 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

(Just pretend I posted this in the Luke Walton article)

Kangz_Landing
April 7, 2021 9:59 pm

I miss Bogi

ForKingsandCountry
April 7, 2021 10:28 pm

I have interest in Luke Walton having interest in the Arizona job.

Jman1949
April 8, 2021 8:12 am

Maybe Vivek can offer some cash considerations to the U of A boosters to take Luke off his hands. He can use some of the million$ he raised through his SPAC in the WeWorks deal:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/26/wework-reportedly-agrees-to-a-spac-deal-to-go-public.html

Jman1949
April 8, 2021 8:17 am
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Weird! I thought I posted this comment in the Luke Walton/Arizona article!

TheGrantNapear
April 8, 2021 8:16 am

Let’s be real, Walton is the perfect coach for this [email protected] show of a franchise. Walton and Vivek are perfect for one another. Committment to being bad but never bad enough to pick high in the draft and land real franchise altering talent.

I’d rather be in the Wolves shoes, even as bad as they have been. You have Kat, Edwards and a top three pick in a loaded draft coming. They’ll be relevant next season whereas the Kangz will be playing the same bad but not bad enough dance they play every year.

Jman1949
April 8, 2021 10:00 am

Being a Kings fan is exhausting!

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Jman1949
April 8, 2021 10:07 am
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Hmm…this one I posted in the Prediction thread. Hey mods, what’s going on?

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