If the Kings hire you as a head coach, don't buy - rent. Luke Walton was the 18th Kings head coach since they moved to Sacramento in 1985 and, with a record of 68-93 (42.23%), the second-best coach in Kings history. When 42,23% gets you to no.2 out of 18, it's obvious it's not the coaches that are the problem in Sacramento. Last night's embarrassing loss confirmed that.
“Disgusted watching this team”
No one is surprised when they hear the 76ers beat the Kings. But last night will go down as one of the worst losses in recent history. The Sixers starting five - Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid - were all out. Here's the roster the Kings managed to lose to 102 - 94.
- Furkan Korkmaz ($4.6m)
- Georges Niang ($3.3m)
- Matisse Thybulle ($2.8m)
- Tyrese Maxey ($2.6m)
- Andre Drummond ($2.4m)
- Shake Milton ($1.8m)
- Isaiah Joe ($1.5m)
- Paul Reed ($1.5m)
- Charles Bassey ($0.9m)
Their total salary of $21.58 million is less what the Kings are paying De'Aaron Fox - $28,1 million, and Buddy Hield $22,47 million. Truth be told, Harrison Barnes is not far behind with $20,28 million. While Alvin Gentry will probably improve coaching (Luke Walton wasn't in the coach of the year running, to put it mildly), but the problems in Sacramento run a lot deeper than what a coach can address. Kevin O'Connor didn't hide his feelings after last night's abysmal performance.
Major roster change would mean a rebuild for a franchise that's been rebuilding since the refs robbed the Kings against the Lakers. Their playoff drought is already embarrassing and Vivek Ranadive probably wouldn't approve a rebuild, once again. Hell, I'm not sure a rebuild per see would solve anything.
The recipe is not that difficult. Hire a competent GM who has a clear plan and vision for the team, and then get out of his way. The last part is where the Kings always run into problems. Until that changes, things won't get much better in Sacramento.