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The Tank Podcast with Jerry Reynolds and Jake Fischer

Built To Lose author Jake Fischer joins Jerry Reynolds, Will Griffith, and Tony Xypteras on The Kings Herald Show to talk all-things tanking.

The Kings Herald Show is back with an episode dedicated to one of the big talking points in Sacramento right now: Tanking.

Jerry Reynolds, Will Griffith, Tony Xypteras, and Built To Lose author Jake Fischer break down Sacramento's history of failed rebuild attempts, tell some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from the Vivek Ranadive era, and discuss the merits of tanking in the NBA today.

Timestamps:
  • (4:15) Are the Kings tanking, or are they just bad?
  • (5:45) The 2013 NBA Draft nightmare
  • (10:50) Behind-the-scenes details from the Marvin Bagley draft
  • (16:45) DeMarcus Cousins' treatment of former Kings rookies
  • (23:15) Challenges of the George Karl era
  • (32:30) Vivek Ranadive's secret weapon
  • (34:15) The Sam Hinkie conversation
  • (48:50) €œThe 2nd Draft€
  • (58:00) Are the current-era Sacramento Kings in a good position long-term?
  • (102:00) Is there a tanking problem in the NBA today? How would you fix it?

We had a great time speaking with Built To Lose author and Bleacher Report contributor, Jake Fischer, on the podcast this week. Jake told some fascinating Kings stories I had never heard before on the podcast with us, and his new book features a lot more of those never-before-told stories.

You can purchase Jake's book Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever here

You can also find The Kings Herald Show wherever you listen to podcasts, but if we're missing a platform of your choosing, leave us a note in the comments and we'll get to work. If you can subscribe, rate, and review the podcast on any and all platforms, that would be greatly appreciated, too. It's the easiest way you can support the show!

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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. 

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Thanks for listening!

 

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andy_sims
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April 20, 2021 9:50 am

The stuff about Cousins being brutal to rookies is disappointing, but attributing Fredette’s failure to become an actual NBA player to that is ludicrous. Same with Stauskas, neither of those guys had any business being drafted by anyone.

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April 20, 2021 11:49 am
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How do you know that?
Jerry said that even Tyrese wouldn’t have made it.
Confidence is so important for especially young players.

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April 20, 2021 12:16 pm
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I trust Jerry’s opinion on this topic. I am still shocked at what this franchise allowed.

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April 20, 2021 1:49 pm
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The only possible environment that either could have flourished was to have been drafted to a team with a roster like the championship Warriors teams had. Both were shooters with sub-standard athleticism across the board, and no ability to create their own shots. Neither had any defensive skill or aptitude.

You surround them with enough talent so that they can get open looks? Sure, why not? You hardly need to be a lottery pick to benefit from such an advantage.

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April 20, 2021 10:01 am

Listening to this podcast had made me realize how futile is it is to hope that the Kings turn it around under Vivek. It’s clear that he has no hope of leading this franchise in the right direction. His meddling nature will continue to be the reason this franchise flounders around in no man’s land.

What a complete and total disaster the Vivek era has been. 8 years of no playoffs and no clear plan in sight. Hell, just look at this season. We went from reading about McNair’s gap year plan to pushing for a 10th seed within a few weeks. That screams of a meddling owner who decided to shift courses in the middle of a season.

I honestly am not sure why I put any thought or invest any sort of emotional stake into this team. Greg wrote about feeling apathetic a few days ago that I think perfectly sums up my feelings. It’s just so frustrating that the loyal fans of Sacramento will never get rewarded for putting up with this bullshit.

Nice arena though. Sure would be fun to see a playoff game in there.

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April 20, 2021 12:04 pm
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If there’s any hope, it’s that Vivek actually conducted a proper GM search when he hired McNair. That’s basically the first time he’s ever hired a coach/GM in a normal way.

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April 20, 2021 1:05 pm
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In the podcast, it was suggested that Vivek played a part in putting together McNair’s staff. That doesn’t give me any sort of confidence. I was rather surprised when Wes Wilcox was added onto the staff and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was Vivek pushing McNair to add him since Wilcox was one for the 3 finalists for the job.

Nothing Vivek does gives me any hope. The little man refuses to learn from his mistakes. The team will keep making failed pushes towards the 8th seed and draft in the 8-14 range for the forseeable future.

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April 20, 2021 10:12 am

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April 20, 2021 10:27 am

All roads lead to…
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April 20, 2021 10:38 am
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NBA 0.30

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April 20, 2021 10:45 am
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Basketball Hell

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