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There is no accountability in Sacramento

Until a winning culture is built in Sacramento, this team will not find success.

When I was 17 and a freshmen in college, I secured a job at one of the most prestigious organizations in all of the world: Sears. I was hired to sell tools, lawn and garden supplies, toys, fitness equipment, and vaccums. I knew nothing about any of those things, but let's be honest, if you're buying a treadmill from a store in the mall, you're probably not expecting the teenager to know too much about the wear and tear rate of walking belts or elliptical timing mechanisms. Anyway, as a bright and bushy-tailed new kid on the block, I charged into the job. When there were no customers, I was cleaning. When things were clean, I was reorganizing the toys on the shelves. When the toys were organized, I was checking inventory. I worked hard.

But over the first few months, I quickly realized something. No one else wanted to work, and they were making the same $11 - $12 an hour that I was earning. My sales lead didn't want to come out of his office. Our floor manager refused to be bothered for overrides, and so on and so forth. No one was fired for non-performance or no-call, no-shows. When folks wanted to quit, they just stopped showing up without a word to management. If you've ever worked in retail, you know the drill. It became obvious that customers walked in and bought stuff, or they didn't. Outside of add-ons and warranties and credit applications, we weren't salespeople, we were cashiers who walked a heck of a lot more. Slowly but surely, I joined the cadre of lifeless workers who chatted at registers, didn't bother to work the floor, and walked in late and left early with no consequences. It was a beautiful, boring, miserable job.

After about nine months on the beat, an interesting opportunity opened up about a hundred feet outside of the mall €“ an In-N-Out Burger was opening, and they were hiring! After waiting in line for over six hours to get an interview, I got the job. On my first day, I worked harder and sweated more than I had done in my almost-year at Sears, and I loved every minute of it. On my second day, I was a few minutes late, as I was accustomed to doing. The store manager pulled me outside and quite brashly told me that another tardy would cost me my job. It was that black and white, and guess what? I was never late again.

If you've ever been to the best fast food restaurant in the world, (Listen, there are no microwaves, freezers, or warmers. The buns have no preservatives. The produce and meat is shipped in every day or two. None of it is frozen. It's the best.) you know exactly what kind of work the employees do, and the smile that they wear while they do that miserable work. Management and ownership build an atmosphere of customer service first, hard work second, and teamwork third, and the hourly employees reflect that same attitude. Everyone comes in, everyone does their job and does it well, and if you're not up for that, you're clowned until you leave. The atmosphere sounds harsh, but it isn't. If you ever chat with someone who worked at In-N-Out for more than six months (quite a few folks without a work ethic can't hang that long), they'll probably tell you it was one of their favorite jobs that they've ever had, despite the grease and the sweat and the stupid paper hats.

So why do people hate, and I mean hate, working at Sears, a company that couldn't care less about how much effort you put in or how well you perform, and why do people love working at a fast food joint that requires long hours, hot, physical work, and that doesn't allow a moment of relaxation? Because In-N-Out Burger builds and demands a culture of excellence. Come in, work hard, do things the right way, or get the hell out. Meanwhile, Sears allows disinterest to flourish. The bad characters and lazy employees earn as much and are rewarded at the same level as the competent workers. In-N-Out has never closed a store since it opened its doors in 1948. Sears is a dying brand disappearing more quickly than a Sacramento playoff run midway through any given season.

The Kings are the Sears of the NBA.

There is no accountability in Sacramento. There are no consequences for actions. Effort is not required. Growth is not encouraged. Players and coaches come to Sacramento, learn that they will get paid whether or not they perform or work hard, and the team collapses year after year. As fans, we look at a franchise like San Antonio or Miami, the In-N-Outs and Trader Joe's of the league, and we wonder what it takes to get to that level of sustained success. It's actually quite simple, they demand a culture of excellence. You get on board with their plan and their work ethic and their long-time coaching staffs, or you get the hell out. And some players have very quickly had to get the hell out.

Meanwhile, in Sacramento, no one really gives a damn, from the very top to the very bottom. Luke Walton is undoubtedly the worst head coach in the NBA. No other team would even consider handing him the clipboard. Instead of firing him for wasting another season and building one of the worst defenses in league history, the Kings have kept him onboard for cost-cutting purposes, or because De'Aaron Fox likes him, or because Monte McNair doesn't want to make any changes, or whatever the reason is on any given day. Excuses are made, shills are called upon to defend Walton's honor, and he remains on the bench, despite never having earned the job or proving himself capable.

Similar issues are rampant throughout the roster and the organization as a whole. Buddy Hield refuses to play defense, but he still starts because the team doesn't want to piss him off and ruin his trade value. De'Aaron Fox, the purported franchise player, also doesn't give a shit on that end of the floor, and despite his label as the organization's savior, he's allowed his team to get pummeled by bad team after bad team this season. Harrison Barnes is supposed to be one of the wise locker room leaders, yet no one on the team cares enough to actually play hard against the 13-win Minnesota Timberwolves or the 15-win Detroit Pistons. The Kings were embarrassed on Thursday night, and it was the same drivel in the same press conference that we've seen for the last two years. Marvin Bagley, the former number two overall pick and who many hoped would be the Robin to De'Aaron Fox's Batman, can't even be bothered to be with his team while he rehabs from injury. The team will tell you that everything is hunky dory and lines of communication are open, but the lie is as sad as it is obvious.

The solution for the Sacramento Kings is simple, if not easy. Someone has to start building a culture. Ownership must hold management accountable for their actions. The General Manger must hold the Head Coach accountable for his or her actions. The coach must hold the players accountable for their actions. Until those things occur, the micro-conversations of which player to trade for or who should start or what draft prospect should be selected are, ultimately, useless. Starting Moe Harkless for Tyrese Haliburton is an all-time dumb move, while trading Cory Joseph for Delon Wright is an upgrade, but switching Haliburton back into the starting lineup and acquiring Delon Wright isn't an actual remedy for the problems the Kings are facing. It's what makes this franchise so infuriating and also what makes things feel so hopeless at times. We try to throw a piece of duct tape at a leak at the Hoover Dam and hope it sticks. Uninspired solutions for infuriating problems breeds apathy, and that's what the entire fan base is facing.

Instead of focusing on those small transactions, the Kings must look at their organization as a whole. Winning in the NBA isn't difficult. Everyone does it but the Kings. And that's because the Kings do not demand excellence of their ownership group, their management team, their coaching staff, or their players. Excuses are made, deck chairs are shuffled, and the fan base is told to wait and see and to have some patience. Until those attitudes are changed, until the culture is shifted, the Kings will continue to be the Sears of the NBA - a losing, outdated organization that will do everything but find success.

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Aykis16
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April 9, 2021 12:11 pm

1 2 3 where will this comment be?

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April 9, 2021 3:31 pm
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April 9, 2021 12:20 pm

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April 9, 2021 3:04 pm
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Thanks Akis! Hope this all gets settled soon! And hopefully this reply will not end up in a different article.

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April 9, 2021 2:05 pm

Great write up on the reasons why capitalism works and socialism always fails haha 😉

BTW, I absolutely agree that accountability from top down is the main problem with the franchise

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April 9, 2021 3:20 pm
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I think the situation at Sears represents communism. If you do shit work in Norway, you get fired, but you then get decent unemployment and health insurance.

In a communist country everyone has a job, no matter how bad their work is. In communism, the state owns everything. That is not true of socialism. In Norway, you can own a house.

Norway is both capitalist and socialist. The USA is too. Social security, welfare, unemployment, public schools and roads are funded by the government. The biggest difference is probably that we spend much more of our taxes on the MIC and corporate welfare.

tldr: communism =/= socialism

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April 9, 2021 4:34 pm
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Don’t forget the biggest and most expensive jobs program in the history of the world:

The United States Armed Forces.

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April 9, 2021 8:11 pm
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MIC = Military Industrial Complex

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April 9, 2021 2:11 pm

Bought for$ 540M and now worth $1.7B. Mr €œArrogant and Dismissive Little Chap€ thanks for all you’ve done, now please take your profits and GTFOcomment image

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April 9, 2021 2:46 pm

Now I understand all the odd references to Sears and In-n-Out in the Luke Walton Running Out of Excuses article!

This essay should be printed, laminated and taped to the bathroom mirror for every person in the Kings organization from Vivek down to the locker room cleaning staff.

Not that it will make any difference – I’m sure Sears had all sorts of inspirational posters in their break room…

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April 9, 2021 2:55 pm

I have a new theory I’ve been working on and it all comes down to Vivek and the ownership group.

Before I go into it, I base this on the idea that the NBA is a talent league and teams need to spend to both acquire and keep talent. Rarely does a team below the tax apron make a title run. For reference the top 5 spending teams this season (when fully healthy) are title contenders. Those teams in order of spending are the Warriors, Nets 76ers, Lakers, and Clippers. Just below them are the Bucks, Jazz and Heat. Notice a trend?

Now, when it comes to the Kings willing to spend in the Vivek years there is a noticeable difference, especially when a decision is to be made in approaching that tax apron, which is something that has not happened in the Vivek years.

Very early into Vivek’s tenure, the Kings had Tyreke Evans approaching the end of his rookie deal. Instead of extending his deal, which would mean a pay raise, they traded him for Greivis Vasquez.

Next, Kings had a solid three in DMC, Gay, and IT. When it came time to pay IT and keep the three 20pt scorers, Pete D’Alessandro let him walk for a box of rocks.

When it came time to spend big in the upcoming summer and keep DMC, Vlade traded him for Buddy and some expirings (admittingly, I was perfectly fine with moving DMC as I wanted him gone).

When it came time to match on Bogi’s deal McNair let him walk for nothing. The Kings could have gone over the cap to keep him if only as an asset, but chose not to.

That’s four good NBA players that the Kings controlled the future of that they chose to move right before needing to give them a pay raise. All of these decisions were based on the idea of keeping “cap flexibility” going forward.

Now sure, there were times when the Kings handed out fat contracts to underperforming vets like Hill, ZBo, Dedmon, Joseph, etc. but they never approached the kind of cap spending that is required to build a winning franchise. They were “meh” short term contracts that kept the Kings above the salary floor. The Kings had to field a roster in free agency, but when it came time to invest in what they had, they didn’t. Keep in mind, you basically have to go over the cap to keep the talent you control while adding the talent in free agency. Reshuffling the free agency deck chairs and letting you controlled assets go for near nothing is basically treading water while not committing to spending where it counts. Continually for the past 8 years, the Kings have been in the bottom 1/4 of the league in spending.

That’s 3 GMs that have all made similar types of decisions that all reflect a desire to keep long term costs down. So is it possible that they are being directed to do this?

I now question Vivek’s desire to build a winning basketball club and feel he is just trying to meet the bottom line and keep his partners happy with fat pockets. As long as people are willing to fill arenas (when they can) and pay for $12 beers and $150 jerseys, does any NBA owner have an incentive to make fans happy by building a winning team? Sure, some owners WANT to win, Balmer comes to mind, but I think it is very likely that some don’t give a rat’s ass about the product on the floor as long as they are profitable. Could Vivek be one of those kind of owners?

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April 9, 2021 3:19 pm
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Seems all of Vivek’s hires at GM are people that have never been a franchise leader ! That is by design not coincidence !

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April 9, 2021 3:38 pm
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I completely agree with you, Vivek seems fairly content fielding a team that has no chance of making playoffs. I think he just likes being an NBA owner and the image that comes with it.

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April 9, 2021 4:48 pm
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I find this plausible. However, I think there is more of a general ineptitude associated with Vivek’s hiring and decision making that concerns me more than his (possible) penny-pinching.

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April 9, 2021 5:05 pm
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I think Hanlon’s razor applies here. Vivek is incompetent, not evil. There’s an awful lot of smoke around the team not having any money, and certainly it make zero sense for Walton to still be here unless it has to do with cash. But I think Vivek is smart enough to understand his reputation is trash, and I think he’s driven a lot more by status and attention than money.

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April 9, 2021 5:19 pm
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I mean, go ahead and trash the way the man has run the org, but if you believe that Vivek Ranadive is stupid, I’ve got some prime real estate for you in Florida.

Do people understand how hard it is to become a billionaire in America if you weren’t born as one?

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April 9, 2021 5:39 pm
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I think you can be really smart at one business and really dumb at a different business. For example, if Vivek, never having picked up a comic book in his life, decided “hey comic books are really popular, let’s start a comic book company– here’s some great comic book ideas…” I would say there is a 100% chance that the comic book company would fail.

On the other hand, if you gave me a couple mil $ seed money to start a comic book company, I think I’d do a decent job having been an avid comic book reader for over 40 years, I know what might work and what won’t. However, if you put me in charge of Tibco, I’d probably run it to the ground.

I think perhaps basketball is something that Vivek got into late in life after coaching his kid’s basketball team, and he doesn’t have the depth of knowledge or experience to know that decisions like hiring Vlade Divac to run your basketball ops are laughable. But because he built a billion $ tech company from the ground, he’s arrogant enough to think he does…

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April 9, 2021 7:31 pm
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He’s basketball dumb, clearly. Or am I supposed to believe billionaires are experts on everything?

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April 9, 2021 7:14 pm
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The Kings have never really spent money to field a team. Only twice that I can recall (02-03, 03-04). All of the ownership groups we’ve had would rather line their own pockets than win.

mthai
April 9, 2021 3:06 pm

De’Aaron Fox, the purported franchise player, also doesn’t give a shit on that end of the floor, and despite his label as the organization’s savior, he’s allowed his team to get pummeled by bad team after bad team this season.

I agree with this assessment of the Kings’ supposed star. He’s a great player, but putting the onus on Fox to score, facilitate, and defend seems to be too much for him. He’s not even on, the currently 32 y.o., Russell Westbrook’s level right now, of that unique combination of roles, except for his offense.

Fox is just not a very good defender right now due to whatever reasons. He lets opponents pass him by, often setting up Richuan Holmes to have to step up to close the lane, leaving his man open for a dunk. Lesser guards often outplay him. Sometimes he makes up for it with an explosion in his offense, but more often than not, Fox loses the duel and the Kings lose. These lapses have gone on for so long, that I wonder if I’m just making up these things, because the coach and the team are not making any adjustments.

Like above, I feel like Fox, at best, could be a similar player to Russell Westbrook, without the need for the hyper-athleticism and a better scorer/shooter. But in either case, they are not and should not be the number 1 scoring options on the team. There’s just too much expectation to put on a player with that many jobs. Recent history shows that it can lead to major injuries later in careers, i.e. Conley, Rose, Westbrook, or middling teams, i.e. Trailblazers, Westbrook-led OKC.

Kings need to build towards a better team with a better star, and drafting is the second best bet for the Kings to find a player of that sort. The first and best method? A trade for a star. And if that takes losing Fox in exchange, if it were me, I’d take the leap becasue we have another good point guard in Tyrese Haliburton. (Obviously, a free agent star player could come to Sacramento on their own free will. but the odds of that happening are pretty low, so that method comes in a distant third.)

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April 9, 2021 3:24 pm
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Even CoJo outplayed him last night.

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April 9, 2021 5:31 pm
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Sorry, that was not just CoJo outplaying Fox, that was Fox getting beaten like a rented mule (apologies to PETA).

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April 9, 2021 4:04 pm
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Yup, there’s very few players that can both score and defend at very high levels throughout the game, let alone a year. Fox has the tools to be a great defender too but he’s still trying to grow into a true franchise leader. For the most part, Fox does lead the way on offense but the nights when he doesn’t have it or the balls not going in, he needs to affect the game in other ways which I hope he learns how to do.

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April 9, 2021 3:23 pm

I love this, but I think you are too generous. The Kings are more like KMart (the store, not the player). The Vlade trades were akin to €œBlue Light Specials€ for anyone old enough to know what those were. You got something for cheap, but it was still not worth the money.

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April 9, 2021 3:36 pm

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April 9, 2021 3:41 pm

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This is the Kings, and we need David Rose to come in and buy the organization ASAFP.

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April 9, 2021 4:10 pm
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..else the Schitty cycle continuescomment image

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April 9, 2021 3:41 pm

The Kings is asshole. Why Charlie hate?

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April 9, 2021 4:30 pm

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April 9, 2021 5:15 pm
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Did you mean to post this on the Testing article?

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April 9, 2021 6:12 pm
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It worked the 2nd time 🙂

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April 9, 2021 4:41 pm

Since it took me almost four years to write this only for it to end up elsewhere, I’m indulging myself with the old copy & paste:

A lot of agreement for me with this, it’s well laid-out. A couple of things:

  1. In N Out is good, but vastly overrated. If you don’t eat it in the store, it goes south fast. The fries are complete trash once taken off the property. I expect down votes from every native Californian reading this.
  2. The Kings aren’t Sears. Sears built the tallest building in the world. The Kings retire the jerseys of players like Vlade Divac.
  3. Saying Buddy refuses to play defense is simply false. There’s a difference between being bad at something, and simply not doing it at all. The eye test tells me that he’s working harder, but I don’t know if that’s reflected statistically. On a team this historically bad on defense, there’s a lot of blame to go around.
  4. Saying De’Aaron Fox doesn’t give a shit on the defensive end doesn’t add up for me. He’s 16th in the league in steals. I won’t make excuses for him, I think given his skills, he could be an elite defender. It’s possible that with his increased scoring load, there has been less emphasis on defense. I don’t think he can afford to make it an either/or thing.
  5. I don’t believe all of the insistence that Marvin Bagley is a lockerroom problem because of his dad, but if we’re going to just roll with that notion, what difference does it make whether he’s with the team or not? Are you suggesting that he’s just decided to not come to work, and no one has called him on it? He can’t be bothered?
  6. There are very definitely organizational problems, and it makes sense that those will be manifested all the way down to the on-court product.

The offseason will be telling, particularly as it relates to the head coaching job. I do think McNair got stuck with another season of Walton, and if somehow he remains coach next season, that will be the only thing that you need to know about the kind of constraints under which McNair is permitted to do his job.

Honestly, I was surprised when I woke up today that Walton was still here. Should he stay, it’s clear that ownership is content to run out the string for the season before tossing him. I’m resigned enough to allow that it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, so long as Walton gets bounced before he retreats to the locker room after the final game.

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April 9, 2021 5:26 pm
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In N Out is good, but vastly overrated. If you don’t eat it in the store, it goes south fast. The fries are complete trash once taken off the property. I expect down votes from every native Californian reading this.

Yep. It’s fast food, good. Not good, good. And while I appreciate that the fries are made fresh and without any chemicals or BS, I agree that they’re not the best. Always order them well done.

The Kings aren’t Sears. Sears built the tallest building in the world. The Kings retire the jerseys of players like Vlade Divac.

Fair. The Kings are definitely more K-Mart than Sears.

Are you suggesting that [Bagley’s] just decided to not come to work, and no one has called him on it? He can’t be bothered?

Yes.

https://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article249685078.html
Bagley…was asked if the recent growth in his game has helped him envision his fit in a long-term plan with other young players such as De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton

€œI’m taking it one day at a time, man. It’s kind of hard to look at the future,€ Bagley said. €œYou don’t know what can happen in the future. When I step on the court with this group of guys that we have now, I try to do my best and just give it everything I have so we can try to win. That’s my goal every time I step out there and every time I put this uniform on, so I just leave the future to God and I just take it day by day and pray that I make it to the next day, and when I do, I thank God and the cycle continues.€

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April 9, 2021 5:35 pm

Wonderful write-up. Especially the part on work ethic. I’ve been retired for many years, but have a cheesy little part time job. Not to blow my own horn, but I still show up 10 minutes early to work as I did for 30+ years in my “work life”. There is just no excuse for what’s been going on in Kangz land. Have a thumb.

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April 9, 2021 7:08 pm

Excellent piece! To add…it’s not just the organization that offers no accountability, it’s the majority of the local media, as well as the majority of the fans. As seen in the “hey, we should just be thankful we still have a team” sentiment that the casual fan possesses on places like Twitter, Facebook comment sections, or reddit.

Is it better to have a perennial 25-30 win team that continually remains years from a playoff appearance, in a league were over half the teams make the playoffs in any given season, than no team at all? Sure, in terms of having an additional entertainment option at your disposal during occasional nights for 6 months a year. However, in my opinion (which may be unpopular), it’s only better by about the width of a nose hair.

That difference also becomes more narrow with every rinse & repeat season that passes.

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April 9, 2021 8:16 pm

The last two posts are both good observations, but I fear Tim’s can and will be misinterpreted as €˜absent discipline, lazy players don’t try hard’. That’s not going to help what ails the Kings. I recognize his reference to the lack of accountability starting €˜at the top’, which is good, but not as definite as Greg’s opinion that you can’t just blame accountability, which is frequently a metaphor for the old bugaboo €˜discipline’. The players aren’t the problem. The Kings have players who are good enough to make the playoffs but they have no direction. Tim worked at In N Out and I didn’t, but I bet they have training. I bet they have well defined roles. I bet they applaud teamwork. I know as a customer that they have a plan, a well defined strategy, based on their belief in what creates customer loyalty in the burger business. Back to basketball, the Kings have none of the above, starting with a lack of strategy. No amount of hard work can overcome that. They canned Vlade and kept Walton. That’s classic Ranadive. The current roster could stand some changes, but not for the sake of change. If they are done with a strategy in mind, based on what wins NBA games, with a coach who has the same strategy, and can develop players’ skills, the coach and GM will have the players’ loyalty, like happy In N Out workers, and they’ll have ours too.

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April 9, 2021 8:22 pm

I wrote this long-ass piece about how having an apathetic sports media culture for three decades has given this franchise an escape from scrutiny, but then I deleted it thinking; “What’s the point?”

That’s it. That’s the post.

blknblu
April 10, 2021 7:39 am

Loved Sears back in the day. If you broke a Craftsman tool, you just brought it to the store for a replacement. But they were damn good tools, made in €˜Murica.

There’s an excellent WSJ article online from 2019 about how Sears lost the American shopper. They interviewed former execs and regional managers. At one point they brought in a hedge fund guy to run things. Spoiler alert he didn’t know how to run an enormous retail corporation.

Marvin and Buddy and Luke need to go and I’m pissed this hasn’t happened yet.

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€Eddie would come in and say €˜we have a [store] in the Hamptons that’s doing great’€
Of course customers from the Hamptons would €œbuy fifteen dollar chairs for a party and then throw them away.€

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April 10, 2021 9:22 am

i agree with much of this. My problem is I don’t really see how they can hold people accountable and tank. That’s why I’ve thought the goal should be to win at this point. There isn’t really a fast food or department store analogy that fits the idea of intentionally producing a bad product, and getting rewarded for it. But, the Sears to In-N-Out pipeline is analogous to why this team has such a hard time attracting top end talent when said talent has the ability to choose their employer.

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April 10, 2021 9:46 am

We are Miles away from where we want to be.
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April 10, 2021 3:27 pm

Will, that sounds pretty good. Tonight I won’t be watching the game, but will have a reverse Manhattan or two (2 oz Carpano Antica vermouth, 1 oz Rittenhouse rye, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, cherry), play with my kids, and go to bed early.

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April 10, 2021 3:45 pm

I continue to believe because I am a sucker for generally terrible small market teams in areas that have vastly better weather and quality of life than most people think!

Luke needs to be fired at the end of the season though. These collapses fall directly on the coaching staff

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April 10, 2021 4:57 pm

Do you guys remember that one play Fluke drew up out of a timeout toward the beginning of the season, late in a 4th quarter, where there was a clear out for Fox to dribble drive straight down the key to the rack?

That was awesome. I remember that. That was cool.

Wait, I think that was Alvin’s……….

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April 10, 2021 5:08 pm

I can remember when i thought it was silly when Ballmer bought the Clippers for $2B less than ten years ago, and now the freaking T-Wolves just sold for $1.5B. Crazy.

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April 10, 2021 6:52 pm

Richuan is bringing it.

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April 10, 2021 6:57 pm

This team just turns into spectators on defense. Activity just stops once the opposing team gets an offensive rebound. It’s pathetic.

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April 10, 2021 9:15 pm

The perfect game at this point of the season.

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April 10, 2021 10:25 pm

Nice write up.

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April 10, 2021 10:26 pm
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Above comment and this one posted on Jazz Game Recap. We shall see where it ends up. Have we tried unplugging TKH and plugging it back in?

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April 10, 2021 10:26 pm

It was a good game until the last 5 or 6 min. This team comes out so flat in the 3rd quarter.

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April 11, 2021 7:56 am

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April 11, 2021 10:36 am

Either the comments are still busted, or everyone’s apathy has kicked in and there really are only 3 comments.

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April 11, 2021 2:48 pm

Comment.

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April 11, 2021 5:15 pm

When you read all these theories about why the Kings are not winning, keep in mind there are arguably only 3-5 rosters in the NBA worse than the Kings.

Orlando – Yes, that’s only now with the departures of Vucevic and Gordon.

Detroit – Yes but the gap is closing and I like some of the recent moves Detroit has made. It’s closer than u might think Bey, Grant, Hayes, Stewart, Diablo.

Houston – Yes, They are a mess but do have a decent stash of draft picks

Cleveland – Maybe – Sexton, Allen, Oscan, Love, Okoro

Okc – you could make the argument but I’ll take OKC. SGA, Dort, Bazely, Roby, Maledon, Pukuseski, Moses Brown and a stash of draft picks?

Wizards – No they still have Beal, Westbrook, Bertans (overpaid) and I like Hachimura, Bryant and a couple of there other young pieces like Avdija, Mathews

Chicago – No not now with Vucevic and Levine

Minnesota – No KAT, Russell, Edwards, Rubio

San Antonio – No

Toronto – No

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