Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/19/12
Less than a year to go! This is still all hypothetical, but it sure is nice to be able to look forward to the Northwest original back in the NBA soon. With a good your core, the Sacramento Kings have the building pieces already in place to be a contender in the aging Western Conference. By the time they roll into town as the Sonics, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, and the likes will either already be retired, or on Heavens Gate waiting to get in. So take this how you like, but as the dreamer that I am, I’m asking Santa for a basketball floor full of Sonics in the near future. Not quite there yet At 7-17, the Kings aren’t knocking on anybody’s doors this season, especially the playoffs. Even in a weaker Pacific Division, it hasn’t been easy. With a tough loss on Monday against the Phoenix Suns, the loss dropped the Kings to dead last in the division, and second to last in the conference, a whole 13 games behind the unmentionable. Still, the upside of this team is huge. Once they finally figure out how to please the ever angry DeMarcus Cousins, and find out what to do with 1st round flop Jimmer Fredette, they will be on their way. Isaiah Thomas could end up back in Seattle real soon. (Photo: Yahoo) Starting 5 to die for The Kings can roll out more than a few productive starting rotations, but my favorite is the Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson, and Isaiah Thomas one. 5 great young talents still trying to find a way to gel with each other, and by the time this team hits the new arena in downtown Seattle, hopefully the kinks will be all worked out. Their bench isn’t too shabby either. With players like John Salmons, Aaron Brooks, Chuck Hayes, Travis Outlaw, and Francisco Garcia, you know they will be good in the future. How does the future look? But, as is the problem with every team in professional sports, injuries have to come along and ruin everything, Only one player, Jason Thompson, has started every game this year. And only a handful of others have played in every game. To be a team on the rebuild, and we all know a thing about rebuilding here in Seattle, players need to be able to stay healthy. Once the heath comes along though, I think you will see just how dangerous this team can be. Right now, they are only averaging 94.4 points a contest, while giving up just over 100. Those numbers will need to improve in a hurry. We don’t want fan interest in Sacto Or will they? With the way this team is playing now, and with the future of the team looming over everyone in Sacramento’s head, maybe if this team sucks enough, it will make the city council’s job that much easier. Kind of like in Major League, when the owner wanted the team to bomb so attendance would drop allowing them a move to Miami, that is the kind of thing we need to happen too. I know we should feel compassion for a city that may lose it’s lone franchise, as we know all too well what it feels like to be lied to. But personally, I don’t think I feel that way. Call me selfish, but I think we deserve the Green and Gold back in our town more than the cow pokes in Sactown deserve a team their city doesn’t want. Heartless, maybe, but I honestly don’t care. I just want my Sonics back!!!
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