Forgive me for a bit of cynicism. All of the intense harboring and belief that the KIngs have turned the corner has made me want to take a permanent residence next to a toilet. After all, there is so much horseshit I can swallow before I can vomit incessantly. Which, naturally, reveals the contents of my stomach to be...wait for it......SACRAMENTO KINGS BASKETBALL!
Gotcha. You thought I was gonna say horseshit twice.
Here's the problem. Nothing is this "perfect." After awhile, even when the team hits the 500 mark (which it will by virtue due to the law of averages...I think--hell even the Clippers were a 50 win team after 4 decades of Donald Sterling ownership--it had to happen sometime after all....) the fans will find something to complain about. It's nature of the beast. Nothing is ever good enough, including championships.
Moments are all sports fans really have. And this past several months have been......frustrating. For me at least. I'm at a loss for words on how this team is being operated.
Tyreke Evans gets traded for Greivis Vasquez, Carl Landry and Luc Mbah A Moute. (Or essentialy anyway. I know literally that is not the way it happened.) In a way, I'm happy for Tyreke. He gets to move on. He doesn't have to be the franchise savior, he's not the guy getting in the way of the guy who is the franchise savior in New Orleans (who, by the way. Anthony Davis is a legitimate franchise player talent), and he'll have a chance to start over and to a degree somewhat reinvent himself. In a way, despite whatever Vivek Ranadive, Pete D'Alessandro, MIchael Malone and everyone else on the roster think about Tyreke,
It's not that I'm the biggest fan of Tyreke, although I love his game a lot more than I like DeMarcus. (Once a tweener lover, always a tweener lover as they say.) But what I was not a fan of was no real defined skillset that Tyreke was supposed to uitlize. He was constantly bouncing around, he was constantly being shifted in terms of skill-sets, he was expected to do a variety of things that most players with dynamic skill-sets aren't really asked to do. And, if DeMarcus certainly was hurt by the instability and lack of leadership from the top on down, there is no question that is doubly true of Tyreke Evans, too.
Yet, Evans was traded in part because he was "too" expensive. Uh. That's horseshit. Evans got traded under the guise of money because D'Alessandro among others probably didn't believe in Evans talent. Which is fine. But everyone in the league knows why D'Alessandro traded Evans, and gave Cousins a non-max tag extension.
Depending on whom you ask, and most people's opinion vary of both Evans and Cousins, some will claim Cousins is more talented (or more even), and there is a strident minority that see's it the exact opposite. I see it with the minority (what's new?), but hell, I can be wrong sometimes.
Extending Cousins this early was pretty stupid, but hell, it might turn out alright if the team gets Andrew Wiggins. Since Wiggins is an A) SF and B) potentially a superstar. And Wiggins isn't the only guy in the 2014 class potentially with that possibility. He's just the guy most people know today.no comments