As a fan of the Sacramento Kings for 30 years, I can only shake my head at what this franchise has become. I thought it was bad back in the bad ole days of 2011-2013, but I don’t think after the euphoria of saving the team wore off that we were ready for the non-sensical drama that follows a franchise who traditionally gets little to no press. It is unbelievable.
First off, let’s be honest – and it will get me into trouble with the cliques, blogs, forums, and group think of the purple kool-aid drinkers here in Sacramento, but I don’t give a damn – SINCE 2006 THIS HAS BEEN THE SACRAMENTO DRAMA QUEENS. We fans took offense in 2003 when Shaq called our team the “Queens”, but little did we know how right he was and what was in store for us in the very near future. From failed attempts at new arenas, owners in a commercial touting a $6 dollar Carl’s Jr. burger to go with that $6000 bottle of wine while chilling in their Vega$ casino, through the threats to move, to sales, the God-awful losing, fighting to build a downtown arena, and now this bullshit being pulled by agents to dictate where their players go, this has been a rudderless ship which has become the punch line of national jokes. Oh yeah, the Kings haven’t won 30 games in an 82 game season since going 38-44 in 2007/08 – that’s seven years – and they can’t win 30 games? That’s a 36.5% winning percentage.
The Maloofs were a Vegas based freak show who wanted nothing to do with Sacramento – and if they had their way the Kings would have been in Vegas back around 2000. But the Kings got good and there was no way the NBA was gonna move what at that time was the NBA’s golden child. Then they broke up the team for nothing, started screwing with the city on a new arena, then came 2008 and the economy took a dump and ran on a shoestring budget, then tried to move the team to Anaheim, Virginia Beach, Seattle, and God only knows where else until David Stern and Mayor Kevin Johnson stepped in to find a new owner to keep the team here.
Vivek Ranadive the billionaire software magnate and his extremely deep pocket partners are learning hard lessons that the NBA is not the same as the tech world – you can’t have the same business model and that the media spotlight is a lot more hot in pro sports than it is on the business pages. The media is currently eating him and his organization alive.
The team had three coaches last season with three different philosophies in how to play.
The media has shown a blatant disrespect to the Sacramento area in general and have their own agendas from actively trying to make the Lakers better by blatantly tampering to get DeMarcus Cousins to LA to being a very big part of trying to sell the NBA that the Kings belong in Seattle. They (ESPN, Yahoo, and Adrian Wojnarowski in particular) have just been floating shit out there, some true, some partially true, most flat out wrong.
Today it was a story from the past about the owner trying to sell Kentucky Coach John Calipari to come and take over operations and coaching of the franchise. The report came from “Woj” and posted on Yahoo right here.
The fan base is not without blame either – it has been torn apart by separate agendas some of whom their only agenda is how do they look rather than being honest enough to talk honestly about the Kings. If you had anything that could even slightly be construed as negative, you became a social pariah, whose “fandom” was questioned. So rather than challenge the eight year status quo, many fans are caught up in the “whose a bigger fan” debate rather than being real and challenging the franchise to stop the non-sense and fix this abomination!
So in the end it’s come down to this – a 29 win team who has the audacity to have egos battle (George Karl vs. DeMarcus Cousins Agent) while the team wallows in non-stop drama, a disturbing lack of clarity as to who runs the team, manipulative agents who are using the media to further their own agendas, a local media who are trying hard to refute every single bullshit rumor the national media reports while at the same time claiming that “the circus has left town” due to a rookie director of Basketball Operations in Vlade Divac, and now rumors of the team being interested in non-chemistry players such as Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis, and frustrated fans who wonder what’s next.
Oh, and a lot of wondering how Sacramento can get any Free Agent to come and play here.
So going back to the original question – are the Sacramento Kings an NBA Franchise or a very bad off-shoot of a reality show? The media has made their choice – last night Freddie Coleman on his ESPN radio show called Vivek Ranadive “the Crazy Man Owner” and still others in the national media refer to this franchise in a lot less nice terms. Quite honestly the jury is still out on that question, but many more fans are starting to lean towards bad reality show.
Time for the Kings to fix it and fix it now!!!
Not a real positive right now.