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Vivek Ranadivé named worst NBA owner in poll by The Athletic

The Kings chairman was named the worst NBA owner in a poll of league insiders.

The Athletic conducted a poll of NBA insiders on the best and worst owners in the league, resulting in Sacramento Kings chairman Vivek Ranadivé being named the worst owner in the NBA. The full poll can be found here (subscription required).

First, a note on the methodology. The survey polled 31 people. 13 were executives, 10 were front office personnel, six were scouts, and two were coaches. It's a nice cross section of different roles, but hardly a big enough sample group to be difinitive, especially since the leading vote-getters for worst owner were all pretty tightly clumped in the voting (Vivek edged out Robert Sarver by half a vote).

The criticisms included with the votes are probably the more important take-away.

“Talk about a chaotic organization,” one agent said.

“He seems like he’s trying too much to be Jerry Jones,” said one front office exec.

“His intentions are good but in terms of hiring the basketball people and letting them do their work, he both hires bad basketball people and doesn’t let them do their work,” an executive said. “That’s a bad combination.”

None of these complaints seem out of line, and echo the complaints that some Kings fans have made.

Despite that, I take issue with Vivek being named the worst. On the basketball side, which this is clearly focused on, Vivek has been very unsuccessful. But beyond the on-court results, Vivek has been a fantastic owner. Vivek and his ownership group delivered a beautiful arena, have been active in the community, and have championed social change, and Vivek has been at the forefront of those things. That shouldn't be overlooked.

I'd much rather have Vivek than James Dolan, who clearly wasn't viewed as negatively by agents because of his willingness to overpay players on a constant basis. Fortunes have been made by agents convincing the Knicks to overpay middling stars for the past 20 years. But those off-court factors should matter.

I wasn't surprised to see Vivek on the list, and the criticisms are valid. Hopefully this sort of negative press can be a wake-up call for Vivek and the other meddling members of Kings ownership to finally get out of the way and allow Monte McNair the time, money, and autonomy to turn this franchise around.

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MidtownMike
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December 17, 2020 10:51 am

100% agree with the voting, on multiple fronts

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December 17, 2020 10:53 am

Dolan is #1 with a bullet. After that, Vivek sits on the next step of the basement stairs with such luminaries as Glen Taylor & Robert Sarver, with Tilman Fertitta closing in fast.

It is hard to argue the worst ranking when viewed solely through the lens of on-court results, though I would still give the nod to Dolan – it takes gross mismanagement to be that bad in a market that is that big.

Jeebus! How long has it been since we’ve rated this team and its components from the top-down instead of from the bottom-up? Seems like forever.

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December 17, 2020 12:39 pm
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Completely agree at least about Dolan, who, as an embarrassment to the NBA is not far now from rivaling Don Sterling, and Fertitta, emerging P.O.S. Vivek’s just in over his head.

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December 17, 2020 5:15 pm
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It would be nice if we could get Carmichael Dave to elaborate on his “now is not the time” and “look at the whole chessboard” when those billboard clowns were raising money for the #herewebillboard

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