The Kings are bad, etc. You've heard it all before. For some actually-good reading I'll recommend recent contributions from Omer Khan about how the Kings can actually build a successful basketball team around De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton and Bryant West on the difference between tanking and whatever the hell the Kings are doing.
I guess we'll talk about the game tonight for a few minutes? Feel free to proceed directly to the comment section for venting. There is nothing worthwhile ahead.
The Kings started Davion Mitchell vs. the Atlanta Hawks with Terence Davis joining De'Aaron Fox on the injury report. Davis suffered a right wrist ECU tendon injury in Boston on Tuesday that will require him to miss an indefinite amount of time.
Mitchell and the Kings looked pretty good in the first quarter. Davion's strong defense made Trae Young's life difficult enough, and for the first time in a long time, Mitchell's offense looked pretty good, too. The Kings won the first quarter 33-21 largely because of Davion, so if you're looking for some very minor positives in another night of misery, there's one? Eh, not really.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the wheels fell all the way off after that one competent quarter of basketball. The Hawks beat the Kings 46-17 in the 2nd quarter thanks to some comfortably pathetic defense by Your Team to take a 17-point lead into the half, and from there I largely stopped paying attention to mess around with the trade machine instead. Anyway, Kings lose 121-104. Whatever.
The NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday, February 10. Hopefully Monte McNair set an alarm.
Tony how did you manage to write SIX paragraphs after watching this kangzing performance?
I really stretched it out
That’s like me when I was writing essays in high school to reach the page limit……I would spend time adding so many unnecessary words.
Like our announcers do especially… well, all of them.
Kyle teasing that Joe Montana story was, in fact, the most suspenseful moment of the night.
I actually wanted to watch this in jest tonight. Still couldn’t do it.
But it’s so much better without expectations.
Which team is so mean that they would trade one of their players to the Kings?
Umm, the Sixers with Simmons comes to mind.
Even them and even him.
Yes indeed. After what he’s done to his teammates I definitely want him traded here. Let him rot.
Seriously. Tonight when Bogdon was going off my only thought was that I was happy he had escaped.
Okay, we have to look at Haliburton with clear eyes. He’s kinda fun, but he’s also limited. Not a great athlete and probably not a real difference maker. He runs a good pick and roll, but beyond that, he doesn’t command much respect from defenses. And he makes a lot of dumb passes.
He has put up numbers at times, but someone has to put up numbers on an awful team. And he disappears way too often.
I see him as a glue guy and not someone who gets you to the next level. Seems like a lot of teams covet him right now. That may not be the case in a year. (see Fox, Barnes, Buddy)
I’d shop him for all he’s worth right now.
His advanced stats have him as the best second year player in the league. That aside, trading a quality young player on their rookie deal is something teams rarely do unless you are swinging for the fences (Ingram and Ball for AD comes to mind). There are rookie deal busts that you move, but Hali is not that. You’d have to be blown away with a deal to move him and his contract. IMO, he’s the last guy you move on this team.
I like him, but you can see his limitations. Can he become a star? That’s the question. Because that’s the only thing that wins games in the NBA.
I’m not sure he becomes a star, but you have to take his contract in heavy consideration. The dude is costing the team less than Davion Mitchell. You cannot sell low on his contract to value right now. If he was on his second deal and. few years older, we’d be having a far different conversation
I totally agree with you on Hali. He doesn’t strike me as a player to build a team around. If a good deal comes around, take it.
Sell high while the going is good, if so many teams covet him.
If Hali is more than your 4th best player do not count on playoffs ! However, I think he is a player to fit on a winner but as a limited starter !
Napear, you know what they are going to do right? Wait until he isn’t worth much and THEN start shopping him….it’s the kangZ way
I’m with you on Hali. He doesn’t strike me as a star, but would be a great role player on a good team. This is why I think we should keep both Fox and hali because they complement each other with their skill sets, but take good deals if they are available for either. No need to trade either right now
I think he looks a lot like the kind of guy I usually see on championship teams, so I think maybe they keep him.
Would’ve LOVED to see him share the floor with Bogi. I think those 2 could have built some real chemistry that would’ve been a joy to watch
I think it’s fair to remember that Atlanta is 12th in their conference.
Yeah but the Kings have had COVID to deal with, and COVID doesn’t exist in the South.
I know we kinda say player trade value doesn’t change much over time, but I can’t help but think McNair has put this team in a worse spot with the food coma since he was hired. The team is obviously in desperate need of change and almost all of the players are playing the worst basketball of their careers, which wasn’t (as much) the case a year ago.
I don’t think anyone wants to hear “We did nothing because the assets I devalued by doing nothing have no value.”
Agreed. I feel like Monte is sitting on guys because he can’t get a fair return in his mind’s eye, but really he’s just sitting on some MySpace and Napster contacts when he should have cut bait long ago.
Yep. He sticks to his numbers, but the numbers he has on his own players are inflated. To think this current group can “push for the playoffs,” you can’t just ignore what your eyes are seeing, you need to gouge them, dig them out with a rusty spoon, and burn them on a pyre.
High compliments coming from someone who has mastered the art of the KANGZ meme.
I’ve lost my mojo this year tho.
Wish I could quit my job and still get free travel and a pay check.
You could try out? How much worse can this team get?
Good idea. Won’t have to move either. Never trade anyone.
Being traded to the Kings is a threat. Players shape up quickly.
Since the kings game is over, I’d recommend checking out this commentator on ESPN, he’s pretty good at calling games, his name is MARK JONES
Kangz don’t play actual games. They put cool shirts on stand on an NBA court for 48 minutes.
Nothing for him to call when working for the Kangz.
You mean part-time member of leagues worst broadcast ! Every part of this team is a disaster ! Thanks to Vivek and Matina ! 😡
Everyone was “playing with their food”. I’d die happy if I never had to hear that line again.
When I die I want them to put the ashes in my bag.
Hey all, so tonight’s Operation: M.C.N.A.I.R donations went to the Lupus Foundation of Northern California.
If you feel the need to take your frustrations out on donations, the link is below!
This is so awesome. Count my family in.
Love it Adamsite! If you post it here or on my thread on Twitter, I’ll be sure to give you a big shoutout!
Donation made. No need for a shout out. You have my support. Fantastic idea on your part!
Adamsite, thank you SO MUCH!
Just donated. No need for a shout out. I’m just glad to jump on a feel good bandwagon. You keep putting them in the comments, and I’ll stay on the bandwagon. Worst, case is what, 320 bucks? I’ll cut extra grass for a couple months.
Appreciate the heck out this, Carl!
Will, what’s a McNair donation? (Does it involve sitting on your ass?) no really, I have no clue what is this?!?
Operation: Money for Charities & Nonprofits As Incompetence Restitution, or Operation M.C.N.A.I.R. for short.
I mentioned it in my preview today but basically I’m donating $10 to a local Sacramento charity every time the Kings lose!
Donated! Also no idea what M.C.N.A.I.R. is but it made me feel better about myself wasting time on this terrible team…
I appreciate the blind trust! Basically I’m donating $10 everytime the Kings lose to a local charity!
Donated to Mustard Seed School Sacramento. Again, great idea Will.
Appreciate you giving to such a great cause, Jackass! Means the world!
Omg, haha. I know you were just addressing by his username, but when I read this sentence at first it made me laugh pretty hard!
Cracks me up, Klam.
After stuff like HereWeStay and the billboard I promised my wife not to spend money anymore on a city where I have never been to (YET!), other then my modest TKH contribution.
And I’m a man who keeps at least 50% of his promises, so I can only spend my time promoting this great idea by Will.
So people, spread the word on other Kings sites, Sacramento sites, Facebook, Reddit etc.
Let’s make rooting for Kings losses a positive thing!
you’ve never even been to Sac?! You could have picked any NBA team and yet you not only chose the Kangz but also are one of the most loyal and vocal members of TKH….have you considered therapy because this could be a sign of severe mental illness! At least the rest of us have Kings loyalty instilled from living in the River City or we used to live there… (Arden Oaks baby!)
Same here. Never been to Sac. It’s a to ic relationship.
It doesn’t stop there; also a Cleveland Browns fan…
Never been to Cleveland either.
Idea for Operation: M.C.N.A.I.R. donations: Use money to buy Warriors gear for young Kings fans that have already suffered enough.
Donated to Mustard Seed. Go whoever-the-kings-are-playing.
For the people declining shoutouts, that’s definitely cool that you’re humble or don’t need the applause or whatever you would call it. No sarcasm there.
But it might help Will’s Operation for him to be able to tweet out your contributions. The more people seen doing it, the more people might do it next time.
As a compromise, you could provide anonymous screenshots which Will could shoutout as an anonymous donor.
Just my $0.02
Only lost by 17 after last night’s game. By my calculations, we’re on pace to win the next game by 25 or so. Go Kangz!
I don’t follow the Kings,
I follow TKH.
I said it last summer but trades don’t matter, draft picks don’t matter, a new coach doesn’t matter, a new GM doesn’t matter, none of it matters while Vivek owns the team. It can’t be any more clear at this point. I’m sorry. This is the 7th circle of hell and there is absolutely no way out. The Playoff drought will last exactly as long as he owns the team. Once he eventually sells or dies, we will have a chance.
Vivek is the problem.
But it’s NBA 3.0???
you misplaced the decimal – NBA 0.3
This is the extremely depressing reality.
Good game. Kings absolutely needed this loss with both the Spurs and Pacers losing tonight. Now they can take some time to figure out how to do it again in Philly.
Simmons revenge game? After monte gets off his ass and does a trade
It was nice seeing Bogi play well. Always liked him as a player. Enough to buy a jersey, just before they didn’t re-sign him. Last year I didn’t care if the trade deadline came and went without a deal. This year seems a lot more critical that something/anything gets done. For the players, for the franchise, for the future.
Every year is critical. Every year every team is either progressing or getting passed. There are exactly zero reasons for any team with any kind of ambition to sit on their hands.
Maybe Vivek thought he’s been putting out a garbage product for so long that kings fan don’t care and will continue to support the team….well, I think he’s reached the end of the fans patience
Why is my post pending approval?
Is that normal?
Huh? It was visible for a minute and then gone again?!
You’ve been traded to the Celtics Courier, sorry you had to find out like this
This is why I’m here.
Tanque por Banchero
What you dont understand is that there is plenty of time. And they are talented when they go in their bag. You can even get two for a dollar and everything but the basket. Put some jelly on it and bang bang bang. …. kayte jones-draper.
The only thing worse than the team is the broadcast !
Don’t forget to steal some cornbread and stack defensive possessions!
Stop playing with your food.
What I don’t understand is what your trying to say, lady. “two for a dollar”??? “Jelly on it…”???
I swear to NBA Jesus that without this site there would be nothing. Years of miserable sucktitude would be for nought without this place and the prior work on a former one that won’t be mentioned. The Kings organization is on life support and TKH is the Iron Lung. It goes without saying the work you guys do is top notch. Thank you.
This team is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WOTHOUT ITS FANS so the ownership, front office and the players better start acting accordingly…
And V*x is nothing without the original team of writers/members!
SuperTeam, just middle-aged and fat
Thank you for the recap. Or is it re-crap? Look, I get the anger, frustration, and the overall confusion that most of us feel. However, we have expiring contracts and potentially great draft capital going forward. I get that most would love a major shake up. But maybe Monte should play the long game. Just a thought.
Yes next year it will be different for sure.
NEXT YEAR IS PLAYOFFS OR BUST! Or was it this year? I can’t keep up with all of the kangZ ambitions
He was hired 2 years ago. It’s the long game at this point.
The franchise so bad, The Athletic doesn’t even bother paying someone to cover them, they just have Sam Amick take care of it.
Ladies and gentlemen your Washington Generals.
Sam must have lost some office politics war with Shams Charania to earn such a fate.
Pretty sure Luke wasn’t the problem.
Pretty sure he wasn’t part of the solution either.
There isn’t just ONE problem; it starts at the top and then trickles down into each level of the organization.
at least Walton did not lose by 50+ / 30+ in consecutive games…
I mean the first 10 games with a lineup of
Fox, Hali, Harkless, Barnes, Holmes, the defense is not that bad…
Once Bagley is in the lineup…the whole team defense collapsed…….
All I wanted to bring out is we need some defensive stopper in the starting 5 !!!!!!!!!!