Sorry Kings fans, not this year

I say this as a fellow Kings fan, but my years of following the NBA tell me that the team’s chances of reaching the playoffs this coming year is slim to none, with slim being a 100-1 long shot. (Hmmm, in the face of the semi-resolved Tim Donaghy scandal maybe quoting odds isn’t the best choice,)

Now the team has finally traded away its second-best player, Ron Artest. I will miss the good things he brought to the table, namely a never-say-die attitude on the court, a presence in the post, and, of course, most of all, his defensive intensity. But, I will happily wave goodbye to his penchant for off-the-cuff, contradictory statements to the press, which grated on Kings fans’ nerves after awhile. And, on the court, his self-delusion he could create offensively like a Kobe Bryant proved ill-founded and would lead to a poor offensive possessions on a team that could not afford very many of those.

However, let’s be honest. Even with Artest, the Kings were probably going to miss the playoffs, just like last year. Let’s also be honest and admit that the talent level of the 2007 Kings was a long way from the talent level they had in 2003. However, that said, I think there is reason to be optimistic that they will be back in the playoff hunt in 2-3 years. In a couple years, players like Spencer Hawes, Jason Thompson and Donte Green will be coming into their own. Add to that mix a probable mid-range first rounder next year and two first rounders the following year, plus some added salary cap room once some of the bloated contracts they now have come off the books, and you are looking at some real potential.

I just hope Kings fans who got spoiled by a run of very good playoff years will stick with them and keep their eyes focused down the road a season or two. By then, we’ll be seeing a team that’s a contender.

10 thoughts on “Sorry Kings fans, not this year”

  1. “Loyalty” to a pro sports team these days is like loyalty to one shopping mall over another: Stupid, stupid, stupid (unless rooted in convienence, but then its not emotional), and pointless. Both the players and the “sports teams” let their dollars do the exclusive deciding, and so should you. Root for whomever’s tickets are cheapest.

    I will not miss Artest’s abuse of animals and his spouse in my backyard. Let him go kill animals in another state.

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  2. Great post, bhd. As usual I have no idea what I’m talking about but this trade seems incredibly lopsided… up front, one C-list vet and 1 rookie for one B-list vet and 2 rookies? Not even I would make that trade in fantasy basketball. Unless it included cash like the real one does.

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  3. Ron hit his wife and his dogs in your backyard, Turty? Wow, you can afford to live where NBA players live?

    CoolDMZ, the considerations go deeper than that. Petrie’s looking longer term, trying to rebuild the team back to contendership, and the way to do that is with lots of good young players. Some will wash out, no doubt, but enough will be good enough to make the team much better in the long run. The odds were (there I go again with the betting thing) that Ron would have walked after this season barring a trade and the Kings would then be left with nothing in return.

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  4. Yeah I get that this is a rebuilding trade… but we’re giving up 2 of those young players to get 1 back plus another draftee. And I guess giving Artest time to actually play, his value might have dropped… I don’t know, trades never make sense to me anyway.

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  5. CDMZ and BHD: If I understand you, you are willing to overlook a little “animal cruelty” and little “spousal abuse” here and there, as long as the pro sports teams are winning? Nice. I suppose a teacher could “abuse a few kids” every once in a while, as long as the test grades were good? I love that idea! Maybe people with really high paying jobs could run over the homeless with no penalty (heck- even a reward?).

    No level of “talent” (uh- droping a ball in a net is a talent?) can ever justify such acts. The fact that he wasn’t immedately suspended from the league shows where the priorities are. The fact that some fans continue to support the league show just how misplaced their priorities are. Go ahead- keep wasting your money and emotions on “pro sports.” But don’t think you’ll ever get a penny outta me for your arena without a big fight- and this is why.

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  6. I do not approve of animal cruelty, spousal abuse, or child abuse, and I think that people who do those things should be punished. Thank you for the comment!

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  7. And if he’ll permit me to speak on his behalf in this matter, BHD does not approve of those things either. Again, thank you for your useful comments.

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  8. Yeah, if you’re going to waste your emotions (whatever that means) it’s much better to do it by anonymously posting endless numbers of hateful comments on a local blog.

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  9. 1) I’m addressing issues without emotion.
    2) Why don’t you be the first (well– 2nd, if you count DMZ’s chutzpa), and go public with your name?
    3) It’s only hateful if you aren’t a Sacrag author, or one of 4 select readers?
    4) Stop insulting. Local?!? SacEats’ reviews are read from as far away as Orangevale.

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  10. Turty, you understand incorrectly. I would never condone any abuse of spouses, animals, children, etc. Nor did I or CoolDMZ infer that we would.

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