“Hi, I’m Rich.”
“And the NBA team I root for stinks.”
That’s a tough thing to admit. It may be sort of like it must feel to admit something in any group that ends with the word Anonymous. I must admit it, though.
The Sacramento Kings stink. They lost last night to the New York Knicks 120-81. At 17-32 they are the third worst team in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Kings are mediocre at the foul line, they miss at least 5 easy layups each game and they don’t know how to box out on rebounds.
Why do I keep watching them? It is something fun for me and my son to do together. He likes to play Nerf basketball while he is watching the game. Plus they are my local team and it is nice to have a team to root for. Yet something needs to change and I don’t just mean the team’s potential move to Seattle next season.
Fire Coach Keith Smart. I know, why blame the coach when the players are lousy? Well, good coaches can motivate a team to stop being so lousy. Free throws, boxing out and making layups can be taught. In addition, Coach Smart doesn’t even play his most productive personnel. Jimmer Fredette is explosive on offense yet he is averaging only around 10 minutes per game. James Johnson has been on fire lately offensively and defensively yet he is also riding the bench. (He was officially benched last night due to a sinus infection.) In my opinion, like Coach Rick Adelman for the Kings in the early 2000s, Coach Smart does not have the ability to instill a tough mental attitude into his team. They are not clutch down the stretch. They routinely go for long stretches where their shooting goes stone cold. The Kings play as individuals not as a team. The list goes on and on.
As a loyal fan, I deserve something better. More consistent. It starts by firing Coach Smart. There, I am glad to get that off my chest.