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Kings Pulse: Building a Culture, with Mirann

Mirann joins the show for her first podcast appearance!

I was honored to have the newest member of The Kings Herald, Mirann, join me on Kings Pulse today. We start with talking getting to know her a bit, how she got into basketball and the Kings specifically, why/when she started writing about the team, and her other hobbies and sports teams.

I quickly realized that Mirann needs to be on my team in any pickup basketball game, and of course that she is a phenomenal writer and a great basketball mind. Recently, she wrote a piece for the 30Q series on this site that focused on the idea of building a culture in Sacramento. It primarily revolved around Tyrese Haliburton's impact in changing the leaguewide narrative around the Sacramento Kings.

To build on that conversation, we dove into what it means to have a culture and how that compares to an identity. It's difficult to define many cultures throughout the NBA, and the Kings currently probably have one themselves that they hope to shake in the near future.

How important is continuity from ownership, the front office, and coaching staff when establishing a consistent culture? How much should the Kings take into account the personality of the players they are acquiring compared to their talents levels while trying to change their narrative?

Of course, this all comes back to the conversation of Ben Simmons. Mirann explains why she would be extremely hesitant to include Haliburton in any Simmons deal because of his clear on-court leadership and want to turn this franchise into something respectable on a night-in and night-out basis. Also, what Ben Simmons would Sacramento be adding, and are we sure he would contribute at his previous all-star level?

Then there is the idea of balancing acquiring talent and maintaining a culture because we all know that talent is what ultimately wins games in the NBA and no culture can be built without victories.

We spent some time defining the "core" of this current roster and I was pleasantly surprised with the personalities of that group. Something has to change with the way the Kings are perceived around the league, and Mirann points out how that will take a notable amount of time.

There have been stretches where things seemed different (thinking of the high-paced Joerger year), but the team quickly regressed to it's usual state. It's time to change that and this roster may already have the right personalities to do so.

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Kosta
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September 9, 2021 8:29 am

“I quickly realized that Mirann needs to be on my team in any pickup basketball game…”

“Due to a violation of NBA Tampering and Compliance Rules, Brenden Nunes is facing fines up to $10 million, suspension, and forteiture of draft picks.”
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September 9, 2021 8:35 am

Fox is getting drug test? Let the kid be NBA. He’s on the Bibby workout regiment.

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September 9, 2021 10:11 am

I think the Kings need to change the narrative and become respected by their fans too!

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September 9, 2021 10:22 am
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September 9, 2021 10:31 am
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I think this was expected. I’m cool with it. She has some good knowledge about the game and keeps it professional. I will miss a bit of the humor and fun (at times) that Reynolds and Christie brought to the commentary as I don’t really see that side to Kayte. I wonder if she is going to come up with some one-liners that most color commentators have.

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September 9, 2021 10:35 am
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I wonder who fills Kayte’s sideline reporter job now.

Hopefully they don’t bring back Jim Gray
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September 9, 2021 12:11 pm
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At least we still get to hear Jerryisms with TKH podcast! 🙂

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September 9, 2021 1:59 pm

Nice job Mirann! I agree, I would like to focus on culture (as much as I don’t want the sole missed playoffs streak, if we do something drastic it might help us for this season and next, but then what- another 15 year drought?)- from an on court standpoint specifically I hope we can have a coaching staff who emphasizes a defensive culture.

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September 10, 2021 10:47 am
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Thanks, @Carina707! I agree, I think the Kings need to focus on building a sustainable system, not just one that can get us some short term success. And I totally agree with you that it will need to start on the defensive end!

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September 9, 2021 2:53 pm

So dakine!

citykidd
September 10, 2021 1:00 pm

I’ve always wondered this question about acquiring Simmons. Simmons plays point guard and if the Kings don’t trade Fox, Hali, or Mitchell to acquire him where is Simmons going to play? He doesn’t shoot well enough to play 2 or 3 and would be over matched and out of position at the 4 or 5?

BobbyJoeHill
September 15, 2021 2:01 pm

So who hired Mirann and why? Did anybody check her ID? Did she play in college? She sounds like she’s 12 years old. I think that “starting a culture” is what the kings did in the Webber-Divac-Bobby era but you’re too young to remember that. And now we’re at the present where but hiring former players (Divac) doesn’t necessarily work out.

Mirann’s enthusiasm is commendable but she sea naive, lacks depth of knowledge and is probably somebody’s boo whoch is how she got the job.

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