Arco Arena used to be one of the toughest places to play at in the NBA. Back when Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, and Jason Williams were leading the Sacramento Kings into the playoffs and bringing a type of excitement the capital of California hadn’t seen on a basketball court before. Rick Adelman was the perfect coach for that team, unfortunately they could never get over the hump and play in a Finals series. Webber’s knees gave out, Divac got old, and Williams was shipped out of town for a more stable Mike Bibby.
The Kings have been searching for years to recapture some of that magic. Multiple coaches and players later, fans figured the team was finally on to something after drafting Tyreke Evans and most recently, DeMarcus Cousins. Threats of the team moving didn’t quell the excitement, the product on the floor did. No coach has found an effective way to use Evans while Cousins would benefit from a more veteran environment.
Blowing this team up and starting from scratch would be in the best interest of the organization. With constant chatter of the team moving after a few failed attempts at coming to an agreement on a new arena, rebuilding would be a good idea. None of the pieces they have fit. The coaching staff seems to be outmatched on a nightly basis and the front office is due for an overhaul.
The Kings need to first find an identity of how they want to play. Once they have identified that, decide what to do with the pair of Evans and Cousins. If they want to start over and stay young, Cousins needs a new home. His immaturity has really begun to show and there are no respected veterans in that locker room to reel him in. The Kings have a bunch of young players in Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Jason Thompson, and Marcus Thornton who are all trying to figure it out while playing for a dysfunctional franchise. You can’t expect success if the top of the organization lacks direction, the troubles funnel all the way down to the players on the court. It is time for the Kings to destroy and rebuild if they ever plan on giving the fans of Sacramento, or their next home, something to really cheer about.