The Sacramento Kings are about to embark on another season in California's capital.
That alone might be considered a success for a fan base that has been beaten and bruised emotionally following the back-and-forth drama over the franchise's future home. Nobody can truly predict what might happen next. If the past few years have proved anything, though, the Kings will keep things interesting again.
Maybe even this time on the court.
Keith Smart begins his first full season as Sacramento's coach with a roster full of talented young players who have yet to mesh - or play defense. After six straight losing seasons, constant coaching changes and no long-term arena solution in sight, Smart understands why the optimism that's been recycled every October in Sacramento is hard for so many to believe anymore.
''We have to surprise people because we're no one in the NBA,'' Smart said. ''We have to pull out all the stops to try to grow as a team.''
Smart encouraged players to take a differ...