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Kings Pulse: Predicting the 2021-22 NBA Awards w/ Adam Taylor

One of my closest friends joins the show to predict the MVP, DPOY, MIP, 6MOTY, COTY, & ROTY.

It's prediction time! One of my closest friends, Adam Taylor, joins the show to give our top three candidates for Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Rookie of the Year.

Along with the aforementioned top three, we also included one sleeper candidate for each award. The sleepers are not the players who we could have placed fourth or fifth on our lists, but more of an "if everything goes right" situation.

This episode is more laid back than usual, and we admittedly ramble at the beginning about how we started our journeys to covering basketball together roughly five(?) years ago now. Adam, who is based in the UK, talks about teaching me the proper way to make tea, his adaptation to American lingo, and more.

I guess I have to apologize for a moment where I decided to make it clear that Sacramento is not a part of the Bay Area. I grew up in San Jose, had my moments living near Los Angeles as well, and I can't tell you how much NorCal, the Bay, and SoCal feel like three different states.

Before posting, I sent "So, Sacramento is NOT the Bay Area right?" to the Kings Herald group chat we have. Let me just share some of the responses...

"The only people who want to have that conversation are Bay Area people telling us Sacramento isn't in the Bay Area when no one who lives in Sacramento truly thinks it is."

 

"God damnit, Brenden. You’re the one who keeps saying this?"

 

"Come on Brenden you're killing us hahaha. I've never heard a sac guy ever say sac is part of the bay. ever."

So, I have been educated and will not make the same mistake twice... hopefully.

Back to basketball though! I hope I am forgiven for my lack of Kings players picked for these awards, but the only obvious candidate was Luke Walton for Coach of the Year. I guess Davion Mitchell for Rookie of the Year, and Marvin Bagley for Most Improved Player works too.

Aside from those, is there any Sacramento Kings player you could see garnering real consideration for any of these regular season awards in 2021-22? Which of mine or Adam's picks do you agree or disagree with?

Overtime Question: Would you rather lick the bottom of a shoe or lick the sidewalk?

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Falconsfury
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October 1, 2021 12:25 pm

The ironic part is most people in the Bay now aren’t even from the Bay. How much pride and arrogance can they possibly have?

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October 1, 2021 12:39 pm
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Which is, of course, the case for pretty much every metropolitan area. Including Sacramento.

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October 1, 2021 2:24 pm

True, but they are generally more arrogant in the Bay Area compared to people in Sac.
I’m from Sac, lived in the Bay Area when I went to Berkeley and stayed for many years after. I was younger then, and younger people tend to be more arrogant, so it could have been the circles I traveled in. But back then, I knew a lot of people and moved around quite a bit in the Bay Area. And I was more arrogant then, too.

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October 1, 2021 2:56 pm

Good coverage of the awards, well reasoned from Brenden and Adam.

The “Sac is not the Bay!” thing is passing strange. I’ve yet to hear anyone from Sac (meaning live here now) say Sac is in the Bay. I have heard people say, “People gotta stop saying Sac is the Bay!” albeit only on social. Maybe it’s Bay transplants to Sac still trying to claim the Bay? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For your ending segment, you could call it non-Kings related but mostly refer to it as NKR. That’s used on the Facebook groups. I just thought NKR is a nice-sounding initialism.

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October 2, 2021 6:06 am

As a Stockonian, I never heard Sacramento referred to as part of the Bay Area. I live in NC now, and when I meet people every now and then the conversation will go something like…
Person: Where are you from?
Me: Stockton, CA
Person: (puzzled look)
Me: It is about 30 minutes south of Sacramento.
Person: (same puzzled look)
Me: It is east of San Francisco.

That happens more when I am abroad, but sometimes here in NC or FL too. Also, sometimes people here think I am talking about the Chesapeake Bay Area when I just say “the bay”.

I always thought “hella” was more of a Central Valley thing. My “hella” to sentence ratio used to be about 2:1. I did not hear it that much in the South Bay. I did hear “hells yeah” a lot though.

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October 4, 2021 10:00 am
  • Sacramento is not part of the Bay Area
  • Pluto is a planet
  • Anyone who would choose to lick a shoe over a sidewalk hasn’t used a public men’s room

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