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Kings vs. An NBA Franchise from Los Angeles Preview: The Sanjesh Singh Bowl

I guess the real promising young prospects to pine for were the writers we let leave along the way....

The Kings have lost 10 of 11, their prized rookie is sidelined till after the All-Star Break, their coach is preaching patience and who's coming to town but the defending champions themselves. Will these two injured and limping teams beat themselves to death with their own worn out limbs? Will Luke Walton attempt to ask for asylum from Los Angeles after the buzzer sounds? Will LeBron's fake follicular coverings be exposed for the second time in a week? Will Sanjesh ever return to the loving embrace of a team that's win percentage is like 12% in the years he's been writing for us? Let's talk Kings basketball.

When: Wednesday, March 3rd, 7:00 PM PST

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

TV: NBCSCA -  Kyle Draper on the call.

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

For Your Consideration

The King and Kings: Any team with LeBron on it should be the odds on favorite to win and tonight isn't going to be any different. Are they banged up? Heck yeah. As I'm writing this the night before I wouldn't be surprised to see LeBron sit this one out just so that he can coast into the All-Star Break with some rest. But even at 36 years old, even on the second night of a back to back and without his All-NBA running mate Anthony Davis... if LeBron James is out there on the court, this game is going to be a son of a bitch to win for Sacramento.

Don't get me wrong though - they aren't infallible and this recent stretch of games for them without Anthony Davis has proven it. While still the second best record in the West, Los Angeles has lost 5 of 7 and are struggling to replace Davis on either end of the court. Sure, they can ask the likes of bench performers like Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso and Talen Horton-Tucker to pick up their collective performances in his absence and while Marc Gasol has already started 35 games, maybe getting him some extra touches could bring his scoring averages north of five points a game, but, Davis is a behemoth. There is no replacing the guy's production on either end of the floor. This is just one of those years where LA is going to coast to the playoffs, hope Davis and LeBron are healthy and rested enough to go through a dogfight in the West again and then see where the chips fall. They don't need the #1 seed. Hell they probably don't even need home court advantage if their two titans can stay healthy. They just need to be on time to the arena somewhere in the middle of May. Oh the luxuries of Tinseltown.

Finally, before I wrap this up, I did want to point out that we do have a writer moving on up in the world. If you hadn't seen the news on Twitter, our very own Sanjesh Singh recently got an internship writing for LakersNation.com, a publication with great reach and opportunity for Mr. Singh. While he may be writing for the only basketball team on Earth that doesn't deserve him, I wanted to wish Sanjesh a personal congratulations for his move and to reverse jinx him so that he isn't consumed by the urge to base his future writings solely on the "seventeen championships, bro" argument.

Sanjesh was brought in extremely young to the old site and Akis threw him straight into the fire writing recaps for an absolutely abysmal team. It took me about six seconds writing these previews to get jaded and go crazy and yet, Sanjesh never seemed to crack quite as easily as I did. He approached every game with vigor and humor and a seriousness for this job that I've been lightly envious of. It's has always been a pleasure getting to see the other bookend on game day grow as a writer, find his voice and ultimately flourish into the multi-faceted content machine he is today. The kid is an editor at his college paper, he's an insightful podcaster and terrific in his film breakdowns. Most importantly of all, he's a better joke teller than Tim everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. While he's said he's not truly leaving us forever, I do suspect that Sanjesh will be quick to move onto even bigger and brighter publications than that of The Kings Herald or Laker Nation and I wanted to take the first opportunity I could to say it has been an absolutely joy to read him over the years and I look forward to seeing my friend's bylines for many years to come. Here's looking at you, kid.

Film of the Night

I have a million LA based films to recommend. I even watched one in preparation for this game. Instead, I'm making the unprecedented call to go visit LakersNation.com and give Sanjesh a bunch of clicks on his articles tonight. Doesn't necessarily even mean anything... just patronize his work, if only for a night.

Try this one on LeBron and defensive physicality, or maybe Frank Vogel's decision to start Markieff Morris or even Kyle Kuzma's opinion of Damien Jones.

Prediction

I'm going to wake up and realize I am super glad I didn't write a bunch of words on LeBron James and his play against the Kings. The Kings are going to shock absolutely no one and beat red liquids out of this team and Luke Walton will feel a sense of happiness for the first time in weeks.

Kings: 119, Lakers: 112

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Jman1949
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March 3, 2021 2:04 pm

The L***rs tonight visit Sac,
The first of one more back-to-back.
Since Ty is not playing,
To watch is dismaying.
Without him the team’s out of whack!

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March 3, 2021 2:08 pm
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+1: Sanjesh

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Good luck in LALA Land!

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March 3, 2021 2:19 pm
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Kosta
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March 3, 2021 2:33 pm
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How could we be so CLUELESS to let Sanjesh walk?

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SanjeshSingh
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March 3, 2021 3:22 pm
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Thank you so much!

Kosta
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March 3, 2021 2:19 pm

At first I wanted to know who to curse….is Aykis the owner and Greg the GM? Because Sanjesh is a big loss. Should’ve MAXED this young core piece. We let him walk for nothing???

But the more I think about it, maybe Sanjesh will be our Trojan Horse that will infiltrate MORDOR and get those evil-doers back for infiltrating the Kings with ex-laker Vlade, who not only tipped the ball to Horry, but tipped Luka to the Mavs.

Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS, Sanjesh! They are extremely fortunate to land your services and I know we’ll be hearing your name in even bigger circles in the future. You have worked on your craft so much and gotten better and better every season.

just a handful of Film recs for LA (there’re so many more):

Mulholland Drive
Sunset Boulevard
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane
Singing In The Rain
Blade Runner
Chinatown
Drive
Ed Wood
Valley Girl (yeah totally, like for reals!)

BOOGIE Nights, of course.
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Or heck, for lighter fare out in the Valley how about The Karate Kid/Cobra Kai

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March 3, 2021 3:16 pm
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Congrats Sanjesh. Now back to your regular programming.comment image

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March 4, 2021 5:11 pm
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Congrats Sanjesh.

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March 4, 2021 5:12 pm
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Well, that didn’t work.

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March 3, 2021 3:23 pm
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Thank you, Kosta!! Really appreciate you always supporting my work

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March 3, 2021 3:59 pm
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Let me throw in L.A. Confidential. Love that movie.

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March 3, 2021 4:20 pm
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Exceptional list.
You’ve done a man’s job sir.
I’d like to throw in Repo Man as well for a bit of LA weirdness.

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March 3, 2021 2:28 pm

No Tyrese, no Lebron, Davis or Gashol and little to no reason to watch ! Sadly, will anyway since a win against the Lakers JV’s is still a joy !😄

Kosta
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March 3, 2021 2:35 pm

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March 3, 2021 2:38 pm

Kings. Lakers.comment image
Next.

Kosta
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March 3, 2021 2:40 pm
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What if it’s in 3D?comment image

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March 3, 2021 3:26 pm
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Will and… who’s the bear?

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March 3, 2021 2:47 pm

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March 3, 2021 2:56 pm
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So I shouldn’t have picked Caruso to go over 32 points in the Nostradumbass contest?

Also, will Kayte blame a Kings loss on injuries tonight?

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March 3, 2021 3:33 pm
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What the fans don’t understand is

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March 3, 2021 3:57 pm
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Big deal. Some of us are always listed as “questionable.”

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March 3, 2021 3:11 pm

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March 3, 2021 3:33 pm
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“This pizza is terrible.”

-“Um, if you’ve never suited up and made pizza at a high level, you have no idea. That’s all I’ll say.”

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March 3, 2021 4:36 pm
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Oh man, I remember Uncle Roger!

I watched a bunch of his videos but ended up following Hersha (the cook he was referring to). They had teamed up for some fun videos, but I ended up liking her humor more.

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March 3, 2021 3:56 pm

I mean, I always want victory over the Lakers, but not if it’s going to bring Luke Walton happiness. Not this season.

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March 3, 2021 4:30 pm

Sanjesh, don’t leave us!!!! But seriously though, it’s a pleasure reading, watching and listening to your content. You’re doing a great job and hope to see the occasional TKH post down the road, but wish you the best of luck in your growth and opportunities!

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March 4, 2021 10:04 am
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Thank you so much for the kind words, I really appreciate it! I won’t be writing *as* much during the next few months, but I’m not disappearing!

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March 3, 2021 5:24 pm

Now that The Chosen One ain’t playing I hope we lose

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March 3, 2021 7:11 pm

Good luck Sanjesh, thank you for the work you’ve done here and at that other place.

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March 4, 2021 9:21 am
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Thank you! And I appreciate you reading!!

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