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The Streaky Sacramento Kings and Play-In Talk with Jerry Reynolds

Jerry Reynolds is back on The Kings Herald Show to share his thoughts on the current state of the Kings.

The Kings Herald Show is back with a breakdown of Monte McNair's first trade deadline as general manager of the Sacramento Kings, along with a lengthy discussion on the very important play-in game, streaky basketball, De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, and much more.

You can listen to Jerry Reynolds, Will Griffith, and Tony Xypteras on The Kings Herald Show, right here:

  • (1:30) Trade deadline analysis
  • (6:40) What happened with DaQuan Jeffries?
  • (9:10) Can Damian Jones help the frontcourt?
  • (12:45) Where are the Kings headed, both short and long term?
  • (18:15) Is De’Aaron Fox the key to the Kings’ success?
  • (27:50) Why are the Kings so inconsistent?
  • (32:00) Why are the Kings still so bad on defense?
  • (36:20) Is it weird that Marvin Bagley isn’t currently with the team?
  • (41:00) If Marvin Bagley returns this season, what will his role be?
  • (43:00) How can the Kings re-sign Richaun Holmes in the offseason?
  • (101:20) Patreon Question of the Week

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In addition to our bi-weekly podcast with Jerry Reynolds, we also record a Patreon exclusive Q+A once a month where Patrons at any level can Ask Jerry Anything. The Jerry Reynolds Q+A for March was posted last month, here.

You can submit questions for Jerry on Patreon, or post your questions in the comments right below this post! Or you can just yell questions to Tony or Will on twitter. 

And finally, you can sign up for our Patreon here.

Thanks for listening.

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April 6, 2021 1:33 pm

Hey, If Warriors fans don’t want Kerr, we should scoop him up!

You know you want to, Vivek!

April 6, 2021 5:41 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Pass. Hasn’t done much without the best teams ever assembled. Walton coached the same roster to a better percentage, those teams were coach proof.

I’d take Brad Stevens if he gets canned though.

April 6, 2021 6:53 pm
Reply to  MidtownMike

I’ll take Brad Stevens, too!

Basically, I just want anyone else…

April 6, 2021 9:04 pm
Reply to  MidtownMike

In all fairness to Luke, he executed Kerr’s pregame and halftime game plan and strategies for all but a handful of road games. As Kerr was on site at Oracle and often traveled with the team during that stint.

April 7, 2021 8:30 am
Reply to  MidtownMike

You wouldn’t take Kerr but would take Stevens. There’s another beauty from someone who doesn’t have a clue.

April 7, 2021 8:55 am

Thank you for the response, it was much nicer than what mine was going to be.

April 7, 2021 9:00 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

lol – my husband hates when I get on this blog but he even got a chuckle out of that one. I am however predicting double digit thumps up for him.

April 7, 2021 9:07 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

A little constructive criticism for both of you that you didn’t ask for. Despite what the current state of social discourse suggests, it is possible to disagree with someone with resorting to ad hominem BS. Or, if that’s too much to ask, at least wait until the conversation gets a little closer to the right margin. Calling people names because you disagree with them doesn’t actually strengthen your argument. It just makes people tune you out.

April 7, 2021 9:33 am

When you apply that criteria to everyone you’d get more credibility. Midtown and others have been much more snarky but heard nothing from you then. So lets see how far your moral policing goes. I remember you chiming in when the discourse got political but you also selectively condemned that also. When your constructive criticism gets some balance maybe I’ll give it some credibility.

April 7, 2021 9:50 am

Eh, I don’t really need “credibility” from you. And I don’t really go in for false equivalencies and what-aboutism. There are posters that are much more prone to name-calling, fallacy and belligerence than others.

That said, the point about policing (though morality has nothing to do with it) is well-taken. I’ll just go back to ignoring the more anti-social conversations. Even if that does seem to define larger and larger chunks of the steam recently.

Oh, as to when the conversation gets political (which I personally have no problem with), I’ll invite you to go ahead and show me where I’ve resorted to name-calling and personal attacks.

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April 7, 2021 4:30 pm

Lighten up Francis! We are talking about a dopey blog. If you think of it as anything more than that, you have other and bigger issues.

April 7, 2021 1:02 pm

Stevens has done more with less at multiple levels, way to defend your stance

April 6, 2021 2:26 pm

Jerry factually IS the greatest!

However, I did notice a bit of a pattern.

Jerry gets asked who he’s rooting for in the Super Bowl. Chiefs? They lose.
Jerry gets asked who he’s rooting for in the NCAA championship. Gonzaga? They lose.

This is going to sound really weird, but…

Jerry, please say you’ll root for the L*kers in the NBA Finals if they get there.

…Great show, guys!

April 6, 2021 3:20 pm
Reply to  Kosta

That is a great plan and you know if it would help beat the Lakers great chance he would even wear a Jersey to destroy them !

April 6, 2021 4:52 pm

I know it’s a bit nit picky, but if you asked the players, coaches or front office if they were “playing for the 10th seed,” then I doubt any of them would agree with that statement. That may where they end up, but it seems much more likely that the goal is to make the field of 16. Whenever I hear people talk about the 10th seed as if that’s the goal, it feels like it’s the pro-tank folks framing the discussion in a way that’s like “tank for a top 5 pick vs. going all out for a meaningless participation trophy.”

April 6, 2021 5:00 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

Agree, and that is how they should think ! To not feel that way would be a real indictment on their competitive spirit !

April 7, 2021 8:26 am
  • (6:40) What happened with DaQuan Jeffries? He’s an end of the bench player at best and his departure is irrelevant.
  • (9:10) Can Damian Jones help the frontcourt? Unlikely but worth a flyer.
  • (12:45) Where are the Kings headed, both short and long term? Who knows after the trade deadline debacle. True we don’t know what was available but we can evaluate what was done. The moves present a picture of a conflicted front office. We gave up several second round picks and took on an additional $6 million against next years cap for a journeyman backup and Davis who is on an expiring.
  • (18:15) Is De’Aaron Fox the key to the Kings’ success? Yes but he needs much more help.
  • (27:50) Why are the Kings so inconsistent? Because their roster isn’t very good and they have no depth.
  • (32:00) Why are the Kings still so bad on defense? Because the players individually are not good defenders and the team defensive schemes are not good.
  • (36:20) Is it weird that Marvin Bagley isn’t currently with the team? No
  • (41:00) If Marvin Bagley returns this season, what will his role be? Play the hell out of him and try to get a better feel for his long term potential.
  • (43:00) How can the Kings re-sign Richaun Holmes in the offseason? Be careful not to overpay for an average to below average post player. Offer a max of 3 years at $30 mil with a team option in year 3. I doubt there will be a large market for an undersized post player who can’t score from the perimeter.
April 7, 2021 9:43 am

Davis and Lebron are with their team but Bagley can not be bothered ! Got it !

April 7, 2021 9:48 am

You have all the answers, don’t you? Unfortunately most of them are wrong. 🙂

April 7, 2021 9:54 am

A tiny edit:

  • (32:00) Why are the Kings still so bad on defense? Because the players individually are not good defenders and the team defensive schemes are not good. Also, they are soft, lack heart and care more about stuffing their stats then wasting energy on defense, and not getting on Sports Center.
April 7, 2021 9:45 am

Great show guys, Jerry, Will and Tony!

I know you guys were discussing Buddy or Marvin being moved in the context of creating space to resign Holmes, but I am leaning more to not just parting with one but both. (And of course HB is a keeper, I hope he retires a King. )

The reason to keep Marvin isin the hope he adds 10-15 muscles and becomes a player who can hold his space on both ends. He basically has to transform his physique from scrawny to brawny like Fox did. As to why it has not happened already, at least discernible progress, is your guess as good as mine!  The reason to keep Buddy is in hope that he leans out by 10-15 pounds and regains average quickness and speed (as he had in 2018-19) when he was a plus player. 

We should probably allow another team to make those bets and reap those rewards, if there are any to be garnered. I have have mixed feelings because I would like to see it work out here but the signs against keep mounting. 

If Buddy and Marvin get their physique “right” it still does not transform their decision-making and conspicuously flawed fundamentals. Buddy for example is unlikely to all of the sudden take only high percentage shots, balance 3s with quality 2s optimally, and Marvin is unlikely to become a timely pick setter or intuitive passer. 

Buddy’s play of late is particularly disconcerting. How do I put this mildly? He sucks. Buddy should not still be taking bad shots and forcing passes with Ty and Fox on the floor with him. And his added muscle does not seem to help guard against SFs, against players theoretically about equal to him in quickness and speed.  

Not only am I concerned with his physical status, I think Buddy’s psyche needs to be questioned too. It is not about being smart. It is about being alert. Alertness and awareness is not about IQ points, it is about not having swirling distracting thoughts in your head inhibiting your decision-making.

The only defense I can muster for Buddy is that he was likely encouraged to “bulk up” so he could get minutes at SF with Bogi at SG before Bogi walked. So maybe he revises his training regimen this offseason and comes back a new player.

I have more faith in Buddy than Marvin, at least Buddy has a track record. The coach need to go too. If Buddy is to have any chance at a revival in SAC, it is not under this coach. He doesn’t call him out on his B.S. and Buddy needs that whether he likes it or not.  When Buddy challenged Walton, the coach backed down. That is when we knew who controlled the relationship. The coach should be fired simply on the way he has let Buddy wreak havoc on this season, enabling to a shockingly bad year.

I agree with almost everything Jerry had to say on this episode. Great minds think alike! 3/45 plus option is identical to what I projected for Holmes a while back (4/60). McGenius knows what it will take and likely has a few paths to get there.  

Lastly, off-topic, I hope McGenius takes a good long look at Kai Jones. 6’11 shot blocking aggressive player. Combo forward and spot center. Multi-dimensional stufd? Some of the fundamentals are not there yet, but if he can pass the McGenius assessment, we could get ourselves a steal and bolster our horrific defense right quick!

April 7, 2021 11:34 am

If we have to move 1 salary, I hope it’s Buddy first then Bags. Throughout the years we have always been undersized and I would like to move Barnes back to the 3 for now.

Hopefully the draft is good to us again. Great podcast!

April 7, 2021 1:07 pm

Pointless move to add Jones, still think it’s dumb because of the cost

April 7, 2021 8:04 pm

Anyone else get Jack Torrance vibes from that picture of Walton?
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April 7, 2021 9:38 pm

Thumbs up to Jason Anderson.

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