3 of those 4 happen routinely. Confidence comes & quality opponents are aplenty in the NBA. Literally almost every rotation player, if not all, was the best player on their high school and/or college team.
The NBA is not High School or College which is a lesson that Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins apparently did not receive. Or a lesson neither are willing to accept. While it’s true both did some good things tonight, they are too lazy and pathetic on a consistent basis to say “Oh yeah you did a couple things right tonight.” Fuck that. As long as Tyreke and DeMarcus think they can do whatever they want and just throw the balls out there any old time they feel like it these results will continue as you’ve seen. Butt whoopings?
Tonight the Kings got shellacked because few players did much of anything right and it was just one of those games. If this was an aberration I could understand that. I would not be upset at an aberration. This team has gotten their butts kicked on the road for 4 games now by an average of 23 points. And it starts with the same 2 players: Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. Forget DeMarcus Cousins here for a second. Sometimes he tries, but without purpose. Let’s focus on Tyreke Evans for a greater moment. Exactly what does Tyreke do that is better than what he brought with him when entering the NBA? Little if you’re asking me. Tyreke Evans survives on natural talent and hope from the organization that he’ll grow up and develop as a player.
Speaking of the Kings organization, this is when hope from basketball management and cash poor NBA owners collide. This is the result. This is a dysfunctional franchise from top to bottom, and every day that another listless game happens I wonder why Keith Smart can’t start shooting fireballs at Tyreke until he plays with urgency. Because whatever Smart is doing right now clearly won’t motivate Tyreke at this juncture. That’s not Keith Smart’s fault; Tyreke Evans was lazy and dismissive under Paul Westphal. Again, and I said this last week, but the fault of this franchise mainly lay with limited ownership, possible over the hill management, and lazy indifferent “star” talent that the entire team is geared around. It’s a train wreck, and not the kind of train wreck that you can be amused by.
This is a pathetic sad franchise that desperately needs something to go the right way, and it’s not even close to even remotely achieving that at the moment. In the meantime, competent coaches (and Smart likely will get fired at the end of the season if this keeps up into next week) may eschew this team due to the lack of chemistry and star talent. Because right now, this team is geared around some fragile fits (Salmons, Thornton and Evans were never going to be a natural fit anyway you slice it) and 2 potential star talents growing into their own. Neither have happened and this is the problem with this team. I’ve watched a number of Jazz games so far, and it’s amazing (after watching this Kings team; I’m stunned how many NBA teams play hard) how much effort the Jazz give on a night-in night-out basis. They don’t get “style” points for running back on defense. You run back on defense or you don’t play. The problem is: How do you bench your 2 young “stars”? \
Paul Westphal did something rare, albeit quite a bit strange, with DeMarcus Cousins. 4 days later he is fired due to self preservation from the Maloofs and Geoff Petrie. What happens when you sit Tyreke Evans or DeMarcus Cousins if you are Keith Smart? Where is the culture to support that type of move given their attitudes at the moment? Even if there was the culture to support it, it wouldn’t be that simple anyway. Both Evans and Cousins have to not only work, but work with purpose. I’m convinced there has been some level of work with both, but with no real purpose for either. They are crying for leadership by others while ignoring their necessary component that THEY have to be leaders. John Salmons and Chuck Hayes are not on banners or faces on the website. Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins are. They take that very fact for granted and think that their natural talent will carry them wherever they think it should go is the biggest problem. To be honest, I’m hoping this team keeps getting smoked on the road, home, and on the Moon or wherever else NBA teams play, until Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins take their collective swollen egos out of their collective asses. Their play is beyond pathetic and completely rephrensible. They should pay the fans to watch them given their pathetic sorry effort. Hey Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins: Go fuck yourselves you sadsack pieces of shit. You aren’t worth the ground you walk on you piece of shit clowns.