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Chainmail: Here comes the playoff push!

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Welcome back to Chainmail! Oh boy, what a week it has been in the Kangzdom. Let’s review, shall we?

  • The last few days have been filled with a flurry of trade rumors, smokescreens, outright lies, and everything in between.
  • According to multiple reports, Sacramento’s plan is still to push for the playoffs, or at least the consolation prize of the play-in tournament. The term “mandate” has been bandied about quite a bit.
  • Monte McNair shared that there are no plans for a multi-year rebuild or retool in an interview with 1140 KHTK.
  • De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton are off of the table in trade talks unless they aren’t at some point.
  • Domantas Sabonis and Ben Simmons are the primary targets of Kings General Manager Monte McNair (unless he can’t make the trade, then the Kings were never interested and they should be praised for maintaining future flexibility)
  • Jerami Grant has also been linked to the Kings, as has Tobias Harris
  • Tyrese Haliburton is currently in health and safety protocols. Other than that, the Kings are fully healthy at the moment.
  • After picking up a quality win over the Los Angeles Lakers and taking care of business against the floundering Houston Rockets, the Kings have lost back-to-back games against the Rockets and the Detroit Pistons, including blowing a nine-point lead with two minutes to go on Wednesday evening.
  • The Kings have lost 11 of their last 16 games. Those losses include the aforementioned Pistons and Rockets games, as well as getting beaten by the Hawks when they were missing Trae Young, the Blazers when they were missing both CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, and the Dallas Mavericks when they were missing Luka Doncic and several other starters.
  • The Kings are now 12-18 under Alvin Gentry.
  • The Kings are on pace for 31 wins and 51 losses.

You know the deal. Hit us with your questions, and we’ll answer.

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1951
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January 20, 2022 10:00 am

What question is even left to ask about this team?

That’s it. That’s my question.

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January 20, 2022 10:06 am

How do you all keep doing it? The writers on this site are amazing. You all continue to write outstanding previews, recaps, interviews, podcasts, etc all while not falling into the pit of apathy many of us have found ourselves in. So seriously, how do you all keep doing it?

Oh…and please don’t stop.

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January 20, 2022 10:56 am
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I know! It’s like if your profession is to cover this team day in and out, how do you sustain this type of mental trauma?

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January 20, 2022 11:03 am
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It’s gotta be those fat paychecks…oh wait, damn. How *do* you guys manage?

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January 20, 2022 11:21 am

Well good thing he’s got his first child to distract him part of the day and night haha

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January 20, 2022 11:24 am

We sure don’t need Luka now, do we Matt?

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January 20, 2022 11:31 am

So, I guess we know in which stage of grief Matt is.

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January 20, 2022 12:09 pm

If this team has proven one thing over the last two and half seasons they’ve been together, it is that they are not talented.

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January 20, 2022 2:36 pm
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What? They are so very talented they are making a run at the play in. Now that’s talent.

No reason to rebuild

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January 20, 2022 2:35 pm

Matt George is terrible. A part of the problem. All these years ignoring the obvious. Being a mouthpiece for the organization (or so it seemed).

Media needs to question these idiots and he’s not doing the job. He stinks.

Open your eyes Matt. A little late, dude.

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January 20, 2022 11:21 am
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This.

Oh…and please don’t stop.

TKH writers and this community of people are the ONLY reason that I’m still following the Kings in any capacity. I love making jokes and making of fun of how bad this organization is with all of you, while at the same time getting deep-dive basketball analysis.

Come to think of it…we are only three months away from TKH’s two year anniversary.

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January 20, 2022 11:23 am
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i’d give this comment 100 thumbs up if I could (and maybe 1 thumbs down if i could do that just because its TKH and somebody has to do it)

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January 20, 2022 11:33 am
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Seconded. I truly am apathetic to the Kings to these days but still come to read the articles and skim the comments. Truly grateful to the guys that work so hard to keep this website running when it sometimes feels like nobody would notice if we all just stopped talking about the Kings.

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January 20, 2022 3:23 pm
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And credit to those who write comments from which a casual fan (such as I) can learn basketball.

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January 20, 2022 12:05 pm
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we are only three months away from TKH’s two year anniversary.

WOW

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January 20, 2022 4:35 pm
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Logged in to agree. The coverage here is amazing. The commentariat is amusing.

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January 20, 2022 10:16 am

If you had to imagine one move (trade, coaching hire, FO, ownership, etc) that would make you finally say, “I’m done,” what is that move and how likely do you think it is to ever happen?

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January 20, 2022 11:04 am

Lmao, so good. I was rooting for them to bring back CoJo, George Hill and Dedmon at the deadline.

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January 20, 2022 11:18 am

Vivek fires Monte and Gentry, announces “This is not acceptable and only I can fix it. I am immediately taking over all GM and coaching duties.”

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January 20, 2022 11:24 am
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This is good. For me, they only thing that would be worse would be giving the GM job to one of his kids.

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January 20, 2022 11:32 am
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Time for the Vivek ‘go on’ meme?

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January 20, 2022 2:38 pm
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He may have already done that. Aneel seems to be lurking/part of the deciders

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January 20, 2022 11:34 am
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Sad part is you likely aren’t far off because I am predicting this:

1 Monte Fired.
2 Kings announce Doug Christie as the next HC and sign him to a four year deal.
3 Kings announce they will conduct a thorough GM search.

That’s the order. This is the way.

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January 20, 2022 12:02 pm
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Sad part is you likely aren’t far off because I am predicting this:

1 Monte Fired.

2 Kings announce Doug Christie as the next HC and sign him to a four year deal.

3 Kings announce they will conduct a thorough GM search.

That’s the order. This is the way.

I’m going to go the other way, with the same result.

  1. McNair picks the new coach this offseason.
  2. McNair is fired by the next trade deadline.
  3. New GM is stuck with the existing coach (with Dumars possibly being the “interim” GM again.)
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January 20, 2022 2:00 pm
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The sad part is both are so plausible.

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January 20, 2022 11:46 am

For me, it’s the move(s) they DON’T make this deadline: No trade of Fox, Barnes, Hield, Haliburton, or other so-called “core” (core of losing) pieces. If there isn’t a BIG move in the next few weeks, I am done. (For a minute, at least.) If the F.O. can’t see the urgent need to blow up this trash can and just try something already, why should I care anymore?

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January 20, 2022 10:19 am

The Kings play-off push.

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January 20, 2022 10:57 am
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Play-in, not playoff

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January 20, 2022 10:24 am

Are there any players on the current roster that are on the next Kings .500+ team? Any on the next 50 win team? Anyone in the organization?

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January 20, 2022 10:31 am
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Does Slamson count?

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January 20, 2022 11:05 am
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Slamson will just be laying at the end of the court snoozing when team ever reaches 500 or playoffs !🤣

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January 20, 2022 11:06 am
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I was gonna recommend that smaller, inflatable variation of Slamson but couldn’t recall a name

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January 20, 2022 12:50 pm
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Disgrace to Slamson.

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January 20, 2022 11:00 am
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Anyone in the organization?

Scott Moak when he’s Gary Gerould’s age.

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January 20, 2022 11:23 am
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January 20, 2022 11:24 am
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I genuinely wonder how old I’m going to be by the time the Kings are a good team again. I was 15 and was finishing my freshman year in high school when the Kings made the postseason in 2006.

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January 20, 2022 11:51 am
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Lucky you. I,m 78

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January 20, 2022 11:29 am
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for somebody born in 2022, how old will they be before the Kings hit .500? playoffs?

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January 20, 2022 7:24 pm
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63

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January 20, 2022 10:26 am

Can we get this on billboards around Sacramento and Atherton (since that’s where Vivek’s mansion is)?

https://twitter.com/j_sepan5ki/status/1484050617018454017?s=20

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January 20, 2022 12:15 pm

You can absolutely get it. Just call some billboard & media companies, and have your credit card handy.

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January 20, 2022 12:16 pm
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The billboard companies actually turned down the last one. That’s why it ended up out on Hazel Avenue or something rather than Downtown.

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January 20, 2022 1:09 pm
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I guess that means that the answer is “no.”

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January 21, 2022 6:21 am
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I actually saw the thing. This is how obscure it was. It was facing WB 50 but actually next to the EB 50 lanes west, eh maybe 500 feet or so, of Hazel.

If I didn’t know what it was, I wouldn’t have recognized it.

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January 20, 2022 1:59 pm

“Star” guard.

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January 20, 2022 4:37 pm
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January 20, 2022 10:26 am

What new hobbies did y’all pick up during corona?

For me it is
(i) making sourdough bread (and eating);
(ii) preparing and drinking cocktails (I learned to appreciate Negroni’s); and
(iii) speed cycling, to lose some of the calories from (i) and (ii)

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January 20, 2022 10:33 am
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Probably watched more TV in the last two years than the previous ten combined. Watchmen, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, WandaVision, Loki, whole bunch of documentaries.

Picked my camera up again and made a photo essay of pandemic life.

Perfected a recipe for maple roasted carrots.

Found a knack for designing trivia quizzes for other people. That’s all I’ve got.

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January 20, 2022 10:37 am

Perfected a recipe for maple roasted carrots.

Oh, nice. Would you care to share it?

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January 20, 2022 10:49 am
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Depends on how willing you are to cook in Freedumb units.

Photojournal is easier to share if there’s anyone who thinks Portland burned to the ground a year and a half ago and is just a smoldering crater of anarchy.

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January 20, 2022 10:54 am

Help a Dutchie out. What are Freedumb units?

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January 20, 2022 11:03 am
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Well, we measure temperature in Fahrenheit, length in feet, time in increments of football quarters, weight by increments of bald eagles, liquids by how much the average frat boy can chug before committing a party foul.

So for you to get the recipe right, you’d have to set your oven to 450 F and cook for 3 NFL quarters, melt 0.1 eagles’ worth of butter in a bowl, mix with 0.2 eagles’ worth of maple syrup (Vermont, of course, none of the Canadian commie crap), and then pour over 1 flag’s stripes worth of chopped carrots (cut to .38 caliber increments) before placing on a sheet pan in the oven.

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January 20, 2022 11:06 am

President Camacho approves!

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January 20, 2022 11:07 am
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Maybe the Kings just need electrolytes.

Greatest documentary of the 21st Century thus far?

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January 20, 2022 11:55 am

It’s got what KANGZ need!

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January 20, 2022 11:26 am

I blame myself for asking.

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January 20, 2022 11:27 am
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January 20, 2022 11:20 am

wait…Portland’s still there?

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January 20, 2022 12:08 pm
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What new hobbies did y’all pick up during corona?

divorce.

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January 20, 2022 12:35 pm
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I heard it gets boring after 4 times. Is that true, Marty?

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January 20, 2022 2:36 pm
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I learned to make Cosmos!

Bought too much Vodka and Cointreau, etc…..so now I’m having to make Cosmos every day just to get rid of it all.

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January 20, 2022 5:06 pm
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I know people are going to dislike this, but on a sunny day try adding a splash of 7up, ginger ale, or ginger beer to your Cosmo.

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January 20, 2022 11:34 pm

I’ll try it, thank you, BHE!

And I liked your comment. There’s no dislike button anymore, so no one can dislike it.

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January 20, 2022 5:08 pm
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I’ve been learning piano (finally), got my teaching credential, and earned a Masters in educational innovation.

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January 20, 2022 10:24 pm

Yeah, impressive, but can you make a Last Word?

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January 21, 2022 8:26 am
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Ehhhh, I could back in “Bartending School” in my early-20s. Those Prohibition era cocktails (Last Word, Sidecar, Gin Rickey, Bees Knees, etc) got really big around that time. But don’t think I ever actually made one in a bar setting. Back then at least, most bars in SF didn’t stock green Chartreuse. Just the yellow stuff for some reason.

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January 20, 2022 10:35 am

How long can any player – even stars like De’Aaron Fox – keep playing for the Kings without getting beaten down by the losing and culture? How different would Fox look in a different environment?

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January 20, 2022 11:46 am
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The answer is four years, in Fox’s case.

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January 20, 2022 2:02 pm
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“Star” like Fox

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January 20, 2022 5:23 pm
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“He’s 207th in VORP, 149th in BPM, 71st in PER, 223rd in WAR, 220th in RAPTOR, has a .408 career winning percentage, 0 playoff appearances, and 0 individual awards in 5 seasons. So when you ask me what makes Fox a star, I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.”

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January 20, 2022 10:51 am

If the 5 Stages of Grief in order are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, where do you think the fan base currently sits? I’m going somewhere around exiting depression, entering acceptance. Also, is acceptance irreversible?

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January 20, 2022 11:06 am
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I only do anger and acceptance, which is a real timesaver.

I’m a Bengals fan. I can do sixteen years standing on my farking head.

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January 20, 2022 4:35 pm
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That is an amazing life hack.

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January 20, 2022 11:42 am
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I’ve created a 6th stage: Popcorn-consuming bemusement.

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January 20, 2022 10:51 am

Why does this site have idiots who make these ridiculously long comments?

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January 20, 2022 11:05 am
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Is idiot the most tiresome, overused word of all time?

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January 20, 2022 11:10 am
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Well, Pook, there are a number of theories on that. I will begin my seventy-two point explanation with a key to the numbering and lettering system I’ll be using for paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, subsentences, footnotes, addenda, witty bon mots, and vaguely anti-vaccine parentheticals.

1.
(a)

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January 20, 2022 12:00 pm
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I can do with some witty bon mots. Hit me Sims.

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January 20, 2022 3:05 pm
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I. HAVE. NOTHING.

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January 20, 2022 6:25 pm
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Are you also going to have twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence?

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January 20, 2022 11:38 am
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High irony

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January 20, 2022 11:43 am
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Highrony!

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January 20, 2022 11:46 am
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Mashups > non mashups.

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January 20, 2022 11:39 am
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Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick

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January 20, 2022 12:16 pm
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Malone’d

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January 20, 2022 10:55 am

how long is McNair’s leash since he was hired to push for play-in with the current group but failed to do so in back to back season? And is he fit for the job if this ownership group wakes up and realize a proper rebuild is the only way to do it?

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January 20, 2022 11:10 am
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Green light turns to Red with no caution soon for Monte ! The dismissive little chap will then find another rookie GM to put out front !

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January 20, 2022 11:11 am
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This is like a fortune cookie written in the Ozarks.

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January 20, 2022 10:56 am

Why do all radio sports hosts have to preface any critique of a Kings player with “You know I love ______, he’s been nothing but a good teammate and member of our community, but ________”?

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January 20, 2022 3:27 pm
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I’ve listened to KHTK’s new afternoon host, Nick Cattles, a few times. Breath of fresh air, if for no other reason than he is not a Sac native and is willing to talk about the Kings more objectively. Last week, he (rightfully) mocked the “push for the playoffs” mentality, calling it out for the pathetically low bar that it is. If your ultimate goal is to make the playoffs, you will never, ever compete for a championship, which is the entire point of participating in the NBA season to begin with.

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January 20, 2022 7:25 pm
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Not a fan and much prefer Jason Ross !!

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January 20, 2022 8:01 pm
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Jason’s a great guy and very professional, but I have to say, he’s just “too nice” to anchor a show. He equivocates way too much, and qualifies almost every one of his stances/opinions by saying things like “well, I understand that [x], and also [x], so you know, I totally get it, but I guess I think I might think [y], but I could totally be wrong, and so take everything I say with a pound of salt.” Etc, etc. It’s just not his style to be direct and assertive, and for better or for worse, that doesn’t make for very compelling radio, especially when the hometown team is a legendary level of awful and deserves to get shredded unequivocally at every turn.

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January 21, 2022 7:15 am
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It’s important that you bear in mind that people on the radio are not our best and brightest.

And not terribly good-looking, either.

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January 20, 2022 11:00 am

I will ask once again, and this time I expect an answer: Kangz, or KANGZ?

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January 20, 2022 11:13 am
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This is an unofficial answer, but I’d say the use of either is conditional.

For example, if the Kings come out flat against a mediocre or bad team, get behind, stay behind and lose? Kangz.

For games against the worst teams in the league that are just given away, such as last night’s contest? KANGZ.

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January 20, 2022 11:22 am
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I make a motion to approve.

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January 20, 2022 12:03 pm
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Seconded. Andy nails it. Or is it NAILS IT?

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January 20, 2022 12:17 pm
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This is an unofficial answer, but I’d say the use of either is conditional.

And in either case, it would be “nailz” it.

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January 20, 2022 11:18 am
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Does anyone on here own the domain Kangzherald.com?

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January 20, 2022 11:02 am

I know this current roster could make Gregg Popovich look bad, but I do still believe NBA coaching maters. Assuming significant roster changes, how much impact will this off-season’s coaching hire make, in your eyes?

Any names that come to mind for us to hope for (before we have those hopes dashed)?

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January 20, 2022 11:24 am

Kenny Atkinson is a guy I like. But, I believe he would be far more effective with rebuilding a young team. As opposed to taking over a team full of vets.

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January 20, 2022 2:05 pm

Stotts? Someone who has taken a team with 2 good players and a bunch of crap to the multiple playoff seasons.

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January 21, 2022 12:29 pm

Probably there will be little impact? I mean if they hire a coach with the potential to make an MVP out of a mid second rounder or a coach who might even get a couple of second or third place COY votes, Vivek is likely to fire him fairly soon. Again.

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January 20, 2022 11:10 am

Can we get relegated to G league?

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January 20, 2022 11:24 am

That should be written into the next CBA agreement

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January 20, 2022 2:02 pm

You want the team to lose more?

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January 20, 2022 4:01 pm
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Spain? China? India? WHERE DO WE NEED TO GO TO WIN?!

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January 20, 2022 4:45 pm

The Kings would be playing in the local B level rec league within a few years.

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January 20, 2022 11:22 am

I see 2-3 wins in the next 10 games. This team will make a few minor moves at the 11th hour. Believing, the 2-3 role players are the difference. Much like the last decade and a half. Monte and his lack of foresight(“Lets play with pace, Lets build around Fox and Hali, We don’t need wings, stretch 4’s and Bigs, Lets just build a team of guards and a bunch of mediocre bigs)
it won’t matter at that point. Kings will be 16-18 games below .500 by Feb 10th. Clearly out of any playoff scenario and probably out of the play in option. I see the Blazers playing hard with Mccolloum and Simons leading the way. Spurs never tank. They will play hard to the end, and even the Pels don’t have a tank attitude yet. Only OKC and Hou are considered Tank Teams in the West at this point.

Monte will believe these integral role players he signs or trades for are the missing piece towards the 5th seed. Fooled again. Kings will win 33-36 games and enjoy the 10th pick in the 22 Draft.

Hamster Wheel offseason again. Monte fired, Another GM search, Another HC search. Same BS 16th year.

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January 20, 2022 11:30 am

If this is the plan then screw it, go all in. Who says no?

Fox and some draft capital for Sabonis

AND

Hali, Barnes, Buddy, Bagley, and this year’s first for Simmons+Harris

Defense:

  1. Davion
  2. Davis
  3. Simmons
  4. Harris
  5. Sabonis

Offense:

  1. Simmons
  2. Davion
  3. Davis
  4. Harris
  5. Sabonis

We’d be desperate for shooting and an upgrade over TD. We’d also struggle against the giants of the NBA, but against most lineups this defense may be pretty good? Simmons and Davion have clamps, Harris and Sabonis are passable. Could work? Could be an extremely versatile and positionless basketball that embodies the modern game, helps us win now AND later. It simply may be crazy enough to work. What do y’all think?

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January 20, 2022 11:54 am
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I kind of like it. I would rather see Simmons at the 4-5.

I would rather keep Hali and TD.

Trade for Tobias, Simmons and Robinson/Yurtseven from Miami for Holmes/Pick 2023
PIck up Rodney Hood and Goran Dragic who are bought out by their respective teams.

Hali/Davis/Robinson/Tobias/Simmons

Bench: Davion/Goran Dragic(Buy out signing), Rodney Hood(Buyout), Metu, Yurtseven

I would actually like to just blow the whole thing up. Accumulate draft capital and young assets. But, I don’t think this ownereshizzle will ever be that smart.

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January 20, 2022 11:58 am
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I also am in favor of a slower rebuild via draft capital and cheaper, younger talent but with this trade it kinda feels like trading a giant pile of garbage for two 25-year old all-stars under contract for the next several years, and complement each other’s games. You can do much worse.

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What is your opinion on buying used shoes from a thrift store?

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January 20, 2022 12:09 pm
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The underwear is a better deal.

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January 20, 2022 12:19 pm
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True! Plus it may have belonged to someone famous!

Like the guy who murdered all of those male prostitutes at a truck stop along I-5.

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January 20, 2022 12:39 pm
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January 20, 2022 12:54 pm
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So, Monte getting Buddy Hielded again.

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January 20, 2022 3:08 pm
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And I’m sure that those deals are so lopsided in Morey’s favor that his computer slides off of his desk every time he thinks about them.

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January 20, 2022 3:29 pm
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Hali, Fox, and 50000 unprotected first-round picks.

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January 20, 2022 12:39 pm

Community seems hyperbolic and always on a crusade for the next thing. Prior to walton getting fired it was him, now we seem to have moved on to other things, but it seems like there is always an obsession with something in how the org is run and unending/ unrelenting depression. I mean I can almost guarantee the same 3 comments will accompany any story regardless of topic. Either “We need to trade players as of yesterday and Monte has failed because he hasn’t done this” or “Vivek is the root of all evil in the world” or “we must absolutely tank, tear down and rebuild! Even a blind Muppet could see this! How have we not done it yet”. I don’t understand why it always has to be that way. Perhaps you can explain it. Do people just enjoy being negative? I mean there is a lot of negativity here in the comments more so lately than usual. Look the kings aren’t winning a lot right now and I get that is disappointing but why so hyperbolic about the whole thing? People seem to go to extremes to hate on the team sometimes when it doesn’t really seem necessary or even on topic. Maybe you could explain why that is.

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January 20, 2022 1:59 pm
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What comes first…the chicken or egg?

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January 20, 2022 2:46 pm
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Have you watched this team? Have you noticed an owner crushing this team?

Have you ever thought-it’s not negativity it’s pointing out reality?

pretending that everything is A ok? That’s the answer?

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January 20, 2022 3:02 pm
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You are welcome to celebrate things like Terrance Davis’s career high 35 pts last night. Most people are more concerned with the overarching ineptitude at nearly every tangible level

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January 20, 2022 7:54 pm
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If you want to support a winning team than reality dictates a good measure of negativity ! Writing about a 16 year loser makes negativity a fact !

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January 20, 2022 8:43 pm
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Welcome to TKH, Vivek! The water is warm!

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January 20, 2022 12:45 pm

How much worse could the Kings be if they had just kept Walton as coach?

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January 20, 2022 1:02 pm

Would hiring of coach Lasso motivate players and bring the apathetic fans back to give a f*ck about this team once again?

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January 20, 2022 1:17 pm

Why do I even watch this dumpster fire of a team, and because I’m here ranting about it, do I need counseling or something?

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January 20, 2022 1:56 pm

Assuming the report that Sacramento wants to build around Halibuton and Fox is accurate – Can you give me a few potential free agent targets that you would be excited about joining them?

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January 20, 2022 2:10 pm
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Is this a trick question? There are no free agents that want to come to this dumpster fire. Kings would have to overpay a far past their prime vet to come to Sac. See: Z-Bo and George Hill. The only ones will be fringe NBA players and vet-minimum guys.

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January 20, 2022 3:09 pm
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Seems like a lack of imagination.

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January 20, 2022 5:24 pm
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It’s the Kings. They’re ALL trick questions.

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January 20, 2022 3:23 pm

According to Hoopaddict.com, there are 350 Div 1 basketball teams with 5,522 players (of whom 4,589 are on scholarship). Given the 5 seconds I checked, (350 x12) this would seem to be just the # of male athletes.

Assuming that on average, 1/4 of these are graduating or eligible for the draft each year, this would be around 1,250 potential rookies each year (figuring there might be some good walk-ons that don’t get scholarship so I went deep into statistical analysis and rounded to 5,000 athletes and divided that by 4).

Of these 60 get drafted in the two rounds of the NBA draft, leaving 1,190 new potential players each year.

Let’s say we created a team from the last 2 years of these ‘left over’ players who were desperate to play and added the best NBA coaching staff so we had solid coaching and players eager to learn and work/play as hard as humanly possible so they could stay in the league.

How much worse would this team do than our existing Kings roster and which team would you rather watch on a nightly basis?

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January 20, 2022 4:34 pm
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It would be much worse–in contention for worst record in NBA history. It would also represent an upgrade in strategy from the front office. The team could conceivably be in a better place in 3-4 years by adding several high draft picks to a roster of well-coached role players.

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January 20, 2022 5:25 pm
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One could argue that building a 30-ish win team is the easiest thing to do. It takes neither skill nor guts.

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January 20, 2022 3:24 pm

I believe that McNair has said that tanking is not an option, despite the reality of this team, its lack of leadership, and its coaching. If the front office remains inflexible about this view, then how else can we see it than as a failure of management (and ownership)?

That is, for reasons other than the game of basketball–enticing fans, whatever–the Kings are going to try to make the playoffs no matter what. Honestly, how dumb is that?

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January 20, 2022 3:41 pm

Why on Earth is the F.O. apparently NOT eager to trade Fox? He’s on a max contract and is not playing like a max player; he has been the de facto leader of this team for the better part of 4 seasons and has taken it nowhere; there are continual whispers/rumors/etc about his inconsistent drive and work ethic, which is probably at the root of the entire team’s inconsistent drive and work ethic, given that he’s the leader; and he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn if you sat him on the horse. “But he’s the best player on the team” doesn’t mean anything– the team stinks, and he’s part of the smell. Right? Right?

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January 20, 2022 10:34 pm
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just for fun… Like you said max contract, yet not living up to it. so his value is low right now.

selling low is not how you become a billionaire.

All I’ve ever read are puff pieces about his work ethic and drive. IG posts about his bodacious pecs. Can you point towards some of these whispers and rumours, I would read that.

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January 21, 2022 7:22 am
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Honest question: How many NBA GMs do you think are eager to trade their best player?

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January 20, 2022 4:29 pm

Gentry is right on schedule. His record with the Kings is 12-18.

Perfect .400 ball.

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January 20, 2022 5:03 pm
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almost as good as Luke’s .422! We let a goddamn basketball genius slip away, right through our fingers…

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January 20, 2022 4:43 pm

Is the org serious about trying to make the playoffs this year, or is it just a ruse to try to placate the fanbase? It’s hard to believe that anyone could be stupid enough to think this team could make the playoffs this year.

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January 20, 2022 5:44 pm
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I’m sure the org would LOVE to make the playoffs this year. They’re very serious about it. What I’m not sure of is if they’re willing to do what it will take to make it happen. I actually had a talk like this with my class today. The difference between wanting something and actually being willing to do what it takes to make it a possibility.

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January 20, 2022 11:29 pm

Is there really a path for them to make the playoffs this year, though? If think a multi-year path would be more realistic.

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January 21, 2022 8:30 am
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Sure. I mean, they’re 1.5 games out of the play-in. There’s clearly a path. It isn’t really even unrealistic. Now, I’m not suggesting that I think they should sacrifice the future to chase the 10th seed or that the 10th seed is even any sort of accomplishment.

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January 20, 2022 4:55 pm

A few questions:

  • How can we support TKH better as users? We all have a vested interest in seeing you all succeed (we need to root for ONE winner). Obviously Patreon is a key way to do so. Should we be clicking adds, posting articles to Social Media, etc? I’m not sure if Patreon has a “tip” feature so people can give sporadically if that is there preference. Could help drive extra (deserved) revenue for you guys for people with less consistent income.
  • Forget the Kings…we suck and we’re all borderline apathetic. Give me a hypothetical trade that a team could make to either make them a real contender or solidify their place. And as the GM would you do it? Thinking of the Jeremi Grant for Patrick Williams type idea. Not sure I make that trade if I’m the Bulls, but I’m sure they are thinking about it!
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