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Magic 132, Kings 116: Orlando lights Sacramento up

The Kings completely failed to show up in a must win game, trailing by 36 at one point.

Following a disappointing loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, the Sacramento Kings faced the Orlando Magic Sunday.

With the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers each losing their second games, the Kings sat in good position to control their destiny. Beat Orlando and give yourselves a chance going forward.

However, the Kings came out with no intensity from the tip-off. The first possession for Sacramento resulted in a turnover and Orlando jumped to a 7-0 lead. From there, the Kings made it close but then fell apart quickly. Orlando put the game out of reach when Markelle Fultz drilled a full-court heave to end the first quarter.

As a team, Orlando shoots 34% from deep. Today, they lit Sacramento on fire going 18-38 from three (48.6%). Terrence Ross, D.J. Augustin and Aaron Gordon were drilling three after three no matter how off-balanced the attempt. The Kings on the other hand couldn't buy a three to save their lives, finishing 8-28 (28.6%) from beyond the arc.

Nikola Vucevic and Gordon got whatever they wanted against the Kings. Vucevic dominated the paint on pick-and-rolls and general finishing at the rim. Gordon's dribble drives always paid off and even when he attempted threes, he made them. Neither could do any wrong for the Magic and the Kings couldn't respond.

Sacramento didn't get any positive production out of their key players. De'Aaron Fox followed his 39-point performance against San Antonio with only 13 today on 5-10 shooting. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes each added 12 points though all of them struggled to contain Orlando on defense. Nemanja Bjelica put up a solid performance against the Spurs but responded with two points in 20 minutes today.

Buddy Hield couldn't bring the spark either, finishing with 12 points on 5-13 shooting, including 2-7 from three. He did have five assists, but it's still not the Buddy the Kings need to be successful.

The bench production for Sacramento showed some promise, though they had no chance at coming back in a game in which the Kings trailed by 35.

Harry Giles led the way for the Kings with a career-high 23 points in 19 minutes, going 9-11 from the field. Giles grabbed eight rebounds and made 5-6 free throws. That's one positive from the game, but only for Giles because it increases his stock as an unrestricted free agent.

DaQuan Jeffries played the entire fourth quarter but didn't come in the game before that. Jeffries finished the game with 12 points on 5-5 shooting, including 2-2 from three. He added two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Why Jeffries didn't get any minutes earlier in the game is beyond me.

Kent Bazemore and Corey Brewer did what they usually do. Bazemore knocked down some corner threes and provided much needed intensity on defense. Brewer helped on the defensive end too, racking up three steals. Bazemore's day ended early as he would foul out.

Sacramento also didn't score any fast break points until near the ninth minute mark in the final quarter. They finished the game with 11, but they were completely wiped away from their pace by Orlando's defense.

The scoreline doesn't do the game justice as the Kings did outscore the Magic 38-19 in the fourth quarter. The Kings never got into a rhythm on offense, never had the energy on defense and that all leads to a disappointing blowout in the end.

Sacramento still has a path to the playoffs, but the chances become slimmer after every failed opportunity.

Next Game: The Kings play Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks this Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. PST.

 

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August 2, 2020 6:45 pm

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August 2, 2020 6:46 pm

Sooo, can we just start Jeffries already?

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August 2, 2020 9:54 pm
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At SF or PF?

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August 3, 2020 4:48 am

Replace Bjelly in the starting lineup, slide Barnes to PF & Jeffries to SF.

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August 2, 2020 6:54 pm

Turn out the liiiiights, the party’s over!

Migz
August 2, 2020 6:56 pm

There was ample time to scout opposition and build a game plan. There should have been no trouble selling the urgency of the situation.

What the hell is Walton saying in the locker room pre-game?

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August 2, 2020 7:00 pm
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I’m not defending Walton, but if the players can’t motivate themselves for such a game after a stinging loss, we have bigger issues.

hint: we have!

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August 2, 2020 7:12 pm
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I wouldn’t hire Walton to coach a pencil sharpening team.
 
Burn it all to the ground.
 
 

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August 2, 2020 9:55 pm
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Nothing wrong with expecting coaches, in different ways, to motivate the players a little. Does he even have the locker room or has he lost it?…or did he never have it?

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August 2, 2020 8:06 pm
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He’s saying€”I gotta watch the tape.

Hes is not a good. The defense Lalton preaches isn’t a D and his offense, of which there barely is one, isn’t suited for his playe’s talents.

What a cluater F.€”€”Kangz

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August 3, 2020 7:08 am
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Agree, it is concerning how after every game we get both a standard answer from Walton on watching the tape and from the players on how they need to play harder.

If you watch well-coached teams, they often have more detailed breakdowns of why they are losing and what they need to do differently.

Our players do not seem well-coached and often seem confused and are left giving us simple answers on playing harder, wanting it more, or executing better.

This is simply a poorly constructed and poorly coached team.

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August 3, 2020 8:50 am
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Or some true accountability.

Yesterday, another losing coach, another reply: ”I think our execution, our certainty in what we wanted to do wasn’t where it needs to be and that starts with me,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. ”So, I think a lot of tonight’s on me.”

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August 2, 2020 6:57 pm

Fox is a great talent and an intelligent and well spoken young man, easy to root for (can you hear the BUT coming?).

BUT, he just isn’t the Alpha Dog you need from your franchise player. He can occasionally push himself to be aggressive and assertive, but it is not his nature.

Would guys like Lillard, CP3 or Kobe go down quietly like that in such an important game? I’m not talking about having a good game (bad games happen to everyone). But the fire, intensity, demanding accountability etc.

i want Alpha Fox, I like Alpha Fox, but he ain’t an Alpha Dog.

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August 2, 2020 8:25 pm
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Sadly I am going to have to agree with everything you just said. I want Fox to take it to the next level. Bad. But those who don’t see what you just pointed out are fooling themselves. It’s crystal clear. He doesn’t have that dog. He would be a great second option and may even be an all star at some point, but we shouldn’t have to be talking about this in year three. He just doesn’t have it in him

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August 2, 2020 9:06 pm
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Definitely showed the dog in him in the NCAA tourney and also last season, for example after the coach chewed them out and benched everyone in Minny.

This season, Walton made it clear they won’t get in trouble, ever. Walton is their best friend and will never hurt their feelings. This is what Vlade wanted, a nice guy for the players.

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August 2, 2020 9:31 pm
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Great point, he’s a players coach. That the players walk all over.

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August 2, 2020 10:39 pm
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A Dog does 2 things:

  1. Takes over against good/great opponents in important games. Please enlighten me on how many time Fox has done this in 3 years.
  2. An Alpha Dog makes the players around him better. Fox, clearly does not.

Putting up 40 against a sorry and short handed Spurs team in a loss does not count. Start winning against bonafide contenders consistently. That’s an Alpha Dog. Referencing the NCAA tourney and a Minny(Lol) beatdown are poor examples.

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August 3, 2020 9:44 am
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Wait, why are we discrediting the spurs when they just beat Memphis yesterday?

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August 2, 2020 9:22 pm
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He would’ve made a great side kick to Luka…oops:

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August 3, 2020 9:05 am
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Picking Bagley over Luka set this franchise back 5-10 years and I will never get over it.

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August 2, 2020 9:57 pm
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Fox is only 22. Let’s not count him out just yet.

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August 3, 2020 7:12 am

100% – there are some players who have attitudes that immediately scream alpha dog and just naturally have that swag.

However, I don’t know that players like Curry, Leonard, Harden, etc. were displaying these clear alpha dog characteristics when they were 22. And even know, they manifest very differently than a player like Kobe or CP3.

Leadership is about setting an example, setting standards, and getting the best out of your teammates. That doesn’t mean being the loudest player or embarrassing your teammates on the court.

Fox certainly has room to grow and learn. But I don’t think our teams core problem is that Fox isn’t displaying stereotypical, hyper-masculine, alpha dog characteristics.

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August 3, 2020 8:28 am
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Curry isn’t called the baby faced assassin for nothing. Believe me, he’s a stone cold killer out there. Once Monta Ellis left and it was his team, he took off. There’s no Monta Ellis here holding Fox back…

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August 3, 2020 9:23 am
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I mean the Warriors first year in the playoffs, Jarret Jack was their go-to player in the 4th quarter and people were openly questioning if Curry was too soft or a go-to player (when the chips were down).

He has grown significantly. Fox also needs to grow, but there is zero reason why he cannot continue to develop as a leader.

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August 3, 2020 1:37 pm
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There may not be a player holding back Fox but there’s a coach who is!

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August 3, 2020 8:34 am
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Yeah, I really don’t think Fox’s personality or attitude is an issue. The Kings problem is that they’re under-talented and under-coached. They have a team full of decent-to-good role players without the lead players to enable those role players to stick to their roles. Fox included. If you’re building a contender, Fox is a #3. Guys like Hield, Bogdan, Barnes, Holmes, etc. are more like 4-7 types. And Luke? Well… yeah.

Basically, what we’re seeing is a team that doesn’t value BBIQ being led by a poor coach.

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August 3, 2020 8:56 am

when will we start negotiating his extension?

How many players have developed an Alpha mentality during the course of their NBA career? I believe it’s a character trait, not something you learn over time.

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August 2, 2020 9:12 pm
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Chris Paul once lost by 58 in a home game in the playoffs

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August 2, 2020 10:43 pm
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Sorry, you lost me completely. Fox will Never come close to CP3’s level. I like Fox. He’s a nice player. Not even sure, he’s a player you build a franchise around. But, One player is a perennial winner and straight baller year over year game after game. the Other… Well.

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August 3, 2020 7:21 am
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What are these €œplayoffs€ that you speak of? Sorry I’m a King’s fan. Heard of but never seen such mythical things.

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August 2, 2020 9:32 pm
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CP3 would have lit up everyone of those guys after the Spurs game.

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August 2, 2020 7:05 pm

It really didn’t take Magic for all hope to disappear!

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August 2, 2020 7:07 pm

All aboard!

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August 2, 2020 7:09 pm

Well guys, it was a good season while it lasted. See you all next year!

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August 2, 2020 7:24 pm

Welp, I guess I’ll take the late grant Napier’s advice and €œGo be a Mavericks Fan!€

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August 2, 2020 7:25 pm

From the first shot of the night, the team was off balance. It’s clear to me that much of their playbook is improvised. Not Westphal-level “let Tyreke do it” improvised, but zero strategic direction. There was no answer for their decoy passes that fed through Vucevic and opened them for 3s. We were pummeled on the offensive boards. They forced us into bad shots all night, and we never adjusted. A competent coach would have put a couple quick defending wings out there early, like Brewer and Bazemore with Barnes, along with Joseph and Holmes, to stop the bleeding.

But no. No, we just throw hope to the wind, stop playing fast, and gift Orlando all the space in the world. Walton has never had the heart of this team. He has been totally abused by superior coaches these last two games, and the Kings have been buried by teams with more desire and talent. This has to stop.

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August 2, 2020 9:20 pm
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Agreed. The first few defensive sets were just the Kings chasing the Magic players around the court. It looked like JV level shit out there.

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August 2, 2020 7:34 pm

That was a brutal beat down. Gave up 113 points in three quarters. Those are basically layup line/shoot around scoring numbers.

Anyway. Where are we drafting?

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August 3, 2020 5:40 am
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Also, wanted to reply to myself to pour one out for Jonathan Isaac and his torn ACL. That really sucks and I hate to see it no matter what team he’s on.

Seems like a good dude and a budding talent. Hope he comes back stronger.

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August 3, 2020 8:34 am
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Poor guy just can’t stay healthy.

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August 2, 2020 7:38 pm

There’s need to be a lineup change with next game

PG: Fox, Yogi
SG: Jeffries, Bogi
SF: Brewer, Bazemore
PF: Bjelica, Barnes
C: Holmes, Giles

Buddy Hield does not even deserve to play one more second, whenever he tries to dribble the ball, it will automatically resulted in a steal or a bad pass (out of bound)

p.s. Please fire Luke Walton………giving up 40+ points in two consecutive games is a shame.

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August 2, 2020 8:04 pm

As much as I’ve been relatively silent on Walton, these last two games are indicative of his inability to lead this team. There are good players on the team and enough talent that they should be able to win more games, or at least be more competitive than they’ve been all season.

The way Buddy is being used is case in point. He should NOT be a ball handler, Walton should be drawing up plays to get Buddy open catch-and-shoot looks. It’s really that easy.

I’ve also been silent on Vlade but the Harry Giles debacle should cost Vlade his job. Say what you want about Vivek’s financial situation, but what’s going to cost him more money, more terrible basketball or overhauling the front office and a playoff appearance in the next couple of seasons?

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August 2, 2020 9:34 pm
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The Giles debaucle is about the 37th reason Vlade should be fired.

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August 2, 2020 8:50 pm

Giving Hield and Barnes around 160 million is just fucking crazy. Trade um both if you can.

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August 3, 2020 9:49 am
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The worst part is, if they were traded, I can see them balling out of their minds with competent coaching.

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August 2, 2020 7:56 pm

Rock bottom is here.
 
€œOrlando put the game out of reach when Markelle Fultz drilled a full-court heave to end the first quarter.€
 

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August 2, 2020 8:14 pm
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I have zero belief in Kings being anything but a shit show until Vivek and Vlade etc are gone. It’s depressing watching the Kings, especially in these times, looking for relief. What hope is there without those changes?

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August 2, 2020 8:38 pm
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Cheer up. The bubble banner will be a nice touch for the Golden One center.

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August 2, 2020 10:06 pm
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Cheer up. You can pick up food curbside at Golden One before the next Kings game. Good luck maintaining an appetite.

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August 2, 2020 11:02 pm

Ha. Thanks. I feel better already.

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August 3, 2020 2:03 am
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I turned the game on when that possession started. I turned the game off after the ball went thru the net.

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August 2, 2020 8:39 pm

Vivek, a lot of people have to go for us to be successful so let’s just start with you and Vlade.

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August 2, 2020 10:57 pm
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Is the comment directed at me?

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August 2, 2020 8:42 pm

I have decided that I’m no longer mad at anyone other than Vivek. It’s not Vlade’s fault that he’s the worst GM in the NBA. How can I expect a guy to be one of the best passing big men ever and be good at a completely unrelated role? I’m no longer gonna be angry at players who at least try to do the right thing. I suck at my job too, and I’d be fucking pissed if people observed me sucking and called me out on it.

Vivek bought the company in 2013. He has failed at turning the company around. That is the problem. It just seems petty to criticize everyone else that he’s put in a position to fail.

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August 2, 2020 9:00 pm
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Just sit back, take a deep breath….

…and remember this is the guy who thought rolling out Shaq as partial owner as a publicity stunt would be a good idea.

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August 2, 2020 9:24 pm
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I would give mad props to Vlade right now if he resigned. There is nothing wrong with admitting you are over your head, in fact I think he’d earn quite a bit of respect for just being real with the situation.

Vivek, on the other hand, strikes me as a man that likely never admits mistakes and who’s ego is too big to step down. I really wish the other owners would step up right now and at the very least voice their concerns.

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August 2, 2020 9:34 pm
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A billboard sounds nice.

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August 3, 2020 8:23 am
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Magic did it. Bring in Hinkie or give Mike Bratz a shot. Can’t go anywhere but up!

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August 3, 2020 9:03 am
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I’d 100% support bringing in Hinkie as “advisor” to the GM, only to have him slide into the GM role over time while Vlade takes a backseat as president of basketball operations.

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August 3, 2020 10:49 am
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Vivek crawling back to Geoff Petrie:

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August 2, 2020 8:47 pm

Awful performance. The coaching is non existent. But, Players need to be accountable and play with some pride. These guys make millions of dollars. This team is playing with no heart and fire, at all. It’s a joke. It’s completely systemic. Everything from the top-down is poor. Sell, Blow up and start from zero. It couldn’t be any worse then what I am witnessing from this team this past weekend. Dallas losing again against the Suns tonite, does not bode well for the Kings on Tuesday either.

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August 2, 2020 9:00 pm
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With both the Grizzles and Blazers lost……..
we just cannot capitalize at all……..our chance is there….
but the outcome is just frustrating and disappointing

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August 2, 2020 9:40 pm

Gary gerould be like, €œdamn that lucky napear!€

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August 2, 2020 9:45 pm

A couple of games away from 7 straight years of playoff futility under this ownership, five under this front office. Enough!

Enough.

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August 2, 2020 9:52 pm
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Vivek needs to be removed, Vlade fired, and Walton fired. I’m hoping losing the last 6 games gets the franchise to this point.

#0for8ToTerminate

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August 2, 2020 9:56 pm
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I noticed you were trending this hashtag on Twitter. 😉

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August 2, 2020 10:48 pm
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I believe that Vlade will use the Bagley injury, Holmes leaving the quarantine, Len not ready, Barnes and Hield eating too much during Covid-19, and Walton’s lack of film watching on being waxed the past 2 games. The excuses for this organization will never be exhausted.

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August 3, 2020 9:04 am
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Truth.

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August 3, 2020 7:17 am
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Yep – in the 5 years since Vlade took over – only 3 teams have failed to make the playoffs – the Kings, Suns, and Knicks (assuming this year’s top 8 holds).

Vlade is also the longest tenured GM to not make the 2nd round of the playoffs and win 50 games. And he’s about to win the equivalent of ~35 games and finish in the 10-12 seed.

This is embarrassing. We are at the point where Vlade’s defenders can only point to our young players as having potential. But even that is slipping away quickly as more of them are no longer around and younger teams who started rebuilding after us like the Mavs, Grizzlies, and Pelicans pass us by.

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August 2, 2020 10:19 pm

Game 1: De’Aaron Fox career high, L

Game 2: Harry Giles career high, L

Game 3: Luka Doncic Corey Brewer career-high, anothah L

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August 3, 2020 12:54 pm
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We’re playing Dallas. Your original prediction can come true as well.

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August 3, 2020 1:33 pm
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If Corey Brewer scores 52+ points, I think we’ve got a shot.

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August 2, 2020 10:39 pm

I have a hard time judging this team based in this year.
Luke Walton is a terrible coach. He didn’t make the playoffs last year with perhaps one of the most dominant player ever. Lebron doesn’t need motivation, and yet his team failed last year.
You can replace Walton with a bag of Cheetos and the team will immediately improve.

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August 2, 2020 10:47 pm
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Naw. While Walton is a bottom tier coach, this is a bad team constructed by a bad FO.

replacing the bad coaching staff isn’t going to instantly fix the deep flaws and rot throughout the BBOps.

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August 3, 2020 10:05 am
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Then why were the kings playing better last year? I mean, coaching accounts for some things.

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August 2, 2020 11:04 pm

I guess ESPN wasn’t the only one who forgot the Kings were fighting for a playoff spot

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August 2, 2020 11:22 pm

Found Kings Herald! That’s the only thing I’m happy about.

What a pathetic game. What a pathetic display of professional basketball from the Kings. What a pathetic display of pride.

I’m officially angry. I can’t even enjoy watching this team anymore. Was so excited to watch 8 games, was confident we’d win the first two and put ourselves in a competitive position.

Nope. Two must win games, two first quarters. 40+ points given up in each. That is simply unacceptable. Period. I know these aren’t technically playoff games but they are and were legitimate must win games. 40+ points given up in the first quarter of both is a complete joke.

This team is a joke. This coaching staff is a joke. This front office is a joke. Being a fan of this team is a joke.

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August 3, 2020 12:03 am
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I’m so excited about finding the Kings Herald I’m replying to myself.

I will only tune in to watch the next game if Walton announces that he will not only be starting Joseph, Jeffries, Bazemore, Giles and Holmes but that they will be playing the first quarter entirely. No subs.

Make a statement, call your €œStarters€ out!

My bet, the Kings lead by 5 or more going in to the second quarter. Fox, buddy, Bogi, Barnes and Nemanja can come in to start the second and you go from there.

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August 3, 2020 8:54 am
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I’m gonna just come out and admit, I’ve watched the other games instead of these 2 kings games as a precautionary measure for myself….. and it worked.

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August 2, 2020 11:57 pm

Ugh. So awful to be a ‘fan’of this team, whatever that even means anymore. I was looking forward to the NBA restart in general, but the Kings crapping the bed two games in a row has dampened my interest. I now kind of wish they weren’t even invited. My wish list at this point:

– Hate to say it, but I want the Kings to loose all/most of their remaining games. Any sliver of hope will just give Vivek an excuse to stand pat.

– Move on the playoffs and hopefully not have to think of the Kings for a while.

– Exciting playoffs for a much-needed positive experience in these trying times, watching some meaningfull basketball.

– Vlade gets fired in the offseason, before the draft. I know he’s not the root cause of all the dysfunction, but there’s just no way Vivek suddenly decides to step down or sell the team. At this point, I think the only hope is him somehow seeing the light. There have been some recent cases of previously shitty franchises turning things around with good FO hires (Pels, Grizz, maybe even the Knicks?) so maybe not all hope is lost.

– If nothing shakes up this offseason, I hope I can somehow find a way to loose interest in this team but still enjoy basketball overall. It’s hard not to root for the team given how much I enjoy living in the Sacramento area, but it’s just too depressing to be a commited fan anymore

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August 3, 2020 12:13 am
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I think about this quite a bit, and wonder how fans have altered their individual fan personalities to stay sane. The reality is there is no hope in sight, so I’m sure we’ve all made some sort of bargain with ourselves. I wonder about such things.

€So awful to be a €˜fan’of this team, whatever that even means anymore€

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August 3, 2020 6:20 am
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I focus more on the A’s when it’s sports related thought.

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August 3, 2020 8:56 am
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€So awful to be a €˜fan’of this team, whatever that even means anymore€

It means following KH staff on Twitter and visiting the Kingsherald.com for me, and following the team without really watching it most of the time nowadays, as the rest of the NBA is just so much more interesting.

My 3 “Young Superteam” T-Shirts finally wore out and outside of 2 old Jerseys (Wallace and Evans), I have no kings gear currently.

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August 3, 2020 9:42 am
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I have a fitted hat from the logo re-brand that I really like the fit, so I wear it. I listen to the games on the radio so I can actually get shit done, and I do like JRoss and Deuce so I like hearing them work. But in the big picture, as I typed to my buddy I attend games with last night, who seems to be letting go…

My expectations are to buy cheap tickets a handful of times, move down as far as I can, and roll the dice that maybe, just maybe, I’ll be entertained.

That’s it, that’s my only expectation. I figure I enjoy about one out of three games I attend, and not spending any money while there makes it digestible.

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August 3, 2020 12:24 am
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Would love it if they lost all 8. How sad is that. There isn’t even anything gained from it (Reality is no one will be fired/step down over it) and I’m rooting for that.

I noticed myself rooting for the magic at the end of the game. Was hoping we’d lose by 30+.

why? I’m not totally sure. It wasn’t a choice, it just happened and I caught myself doing it.

This has never happened in my entire life as a fan of any team in any sport. Rooting for my team to fail miserably. It’s happened here, after 35 years of being a die hard fan you finally broke me Kings.

Fuck you.

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August 3, 2020 9:08 am
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I was doing the same. Every time Ross was launching a 3 I was hoping for a swish just so it brings the ineptitude to light. Going down in flames is the best thing at this point. Become a laughing stock and force a change.

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August 3, 2020 12:58 am

Just look at how bad and how stupid our offense set is………
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Hield again handling the ball, a quick and close pass to Holmes…in which Holmes almost lost the ball, Hield got the ball again, and passed to baseline, Bazemore hit a corner 3.

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Almost identical play…CoJo gave the ball to Hield, Hield tried to pass the ball to the corner to Bazemore, but was stolen……

What I want to say is….it would be much better if we swapped Hield and Bazemore, with Bazemore handling the ball, and Hield just stay at the corner…….I trust the ball handling skill in Bazemore much more than Hield, also, Bazemore can either drive inside and draw foul, or pass to the corner to find Hield……..

But, Luke Walton is just a bad coach……..our highest paid player is bad at everything, except shooting…….and he cannot penetrate and draw foul…he cannot get into the line and shoot free throw……this guy, like I said before..he deserved ZERO minutes, it was on Walton, to put him in a difficult position.

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August 3, 2020 1:31 am

I also notice that Buddy Hield is taking the ball away from our point guard……

A predictable move and predictable turnover by Hield, if I was one of his teammates, I can feel their frustration.comment image

With 4 second left, Hield not throw the ball up, but instead still tried to pass the ballcomment image

Can we just save ALL the money, not giving anyone any big contract…and throw a SUPER MAX to beg Luka Doncic to sign with us ?

We, fans deserves better than such a tragedy and a joke around the league….

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August 3, 2020 2:11 am

I’m really trying not to dwell on the Luka debacle, but he’s already superstar and all over NBA-related social media, so it’s difficult.

But anyway, not only was not drafting Luka a bad move from a talent and contributing-to-winning perspective, but I don’t think it was even a sound business choice (which Vivek is supposed to be the expert at, right?)

Ayton was more or less a lock at #1, so ALL the hype left in the draft was on Luka, and even if he became a colossal bust, the Kings would’ve received so much international viewership, at least initially.

Was there anyone with anywhere near his combination of global name recognition and talent and upside in his draft class?

We’re in the thick of the second iteration of the Maloof era in terms of hopelessness, but I was able to get through that by just checking the final score after every game and shaking my head. I’m prepared to do that again until we get a shake up at the top. Then I’ll buy a jersey or something.

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August 3, 2020 2:40 am
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I don’t think it was even a sound business choice (which Vivek is supposed to be the expert at, right?’

So, that’s why there was rumor that it was Divac’s choice on Bagley..not altered by Vivek…………..

Vivek had lost his own confidence after the  Stauskas’s pick……but “if” he still made the final decision, we might be already on the correct track…….as Vivek seems like Doncic.

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August 8, 2020 12:39 pm
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You are so right. There is literally no logical explanation as to why the Kong’s did not select Luca. It makes no sense. At all. And that… that makes me angry.

i love you as a player Vlade but fuck you. You really screwed this up. It was so very very very easy and you screwed it up. How? Why, you don’t really have control? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. It was an insanely bad decision.

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August 3, 2020 3:41 am

Really glad I had 2 long days at work b2b and missed this game. I don’t have to waste my time watching it on replay. WOO!!! I missed the A’s game, too, but I already watched that while I’m here at work.

This Kings team just isn’t worth the investment. And the worst part: It’s not surprising.

I was hoping that the bubble might spark positive forward movement beyond this season. We could all use a few moments to not dwell on the abject utter cupidity this franchise exports to the world with ease. Clearly that was way too hopeful.

And so it goes. That’s just the way this franchise rolls.

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August 3, 2020 7:43 am

There are a lot of other issues so this is overlooked, but Cory Joseph is bad (worse than Yogi Ferrell) and has an awful contract. Arguably the worst on the team.

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August 3, 2020 8:58 am

Arguably the worst on the team.

There’s lots of bad contracts on this team though….

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Barnes and Hield have bad deals, but they are least solid NBA rotation players. Overpaying for them is bad but more palatable than paying a replacement level player $13 million

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August 3, 2020 8:54 am

Don’t you love how the Kings avoided Doncic because they thought he would take the ball away from Fox, and yet they run play after play with Buddy Hield running point?

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August 3, 2020 9:10 am

Baffling, right?

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August 3, 2020 9:35 am

Insane.

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August 3, 2020 8:59 am

Vlade is basically the Donald Trump of basketball. Alot of empty promises and random pointless ideas followed by bone-headed moves and a continuous sense that he’s in way over his head.

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