It is incredibly hard to move to a new town, new stadium and new expectations without a face to your NBA franchise. Someone who can take the brunt of all the interviews, take pictures and please the always persistent media during this crazy transition. When news dropped on Wednesday that the Sacramento Kings franchise would be relocating to the budding sports town of Seattle in 2013, my mind initially went to the Kings disgruntled yet exciting Power Forward Demarcus Cousins. With this move the questions will now swirl what will come of the Kings roster, especially Cousins.
The production from the Kings players this season has been abysmal, and they seriously lack a big name star. Cousisns leads the team in points, rebounds and of course altercations with head coach Keith Smart.
Shifting leagues to the MLB, the Miami Marlins are the most recent team to undergo relocation into a new city, new stadium and obviously a new demographic. Of course, they went full throttle in terms of bringing in players and even a loudmouth head coach to please the new Miami fans. A hop skip and a jump later, the Marlins relinquished all three of the big name players (Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle) in less than a calendar year. Also, Ozzie Guillen was fired upon season’s end.
Therefore, going out and bringing in free agents doesn’t solve this tricky transition whatsoever. Even so, the Kings will need someone or something in order to sell tickets and merchandise. In a perfect world, the Seattle fan base will be so starved for NBA basketball they will not care about the disappointing play of last year’s first round draft pick Thomas Robinson. Or the decision to take Jimmer Freddette and have him as the face of the franchise with zero starts in 2012. However, I can guarantee these fans will gravitate to the raw energy and potential from Cousins.
In the end, this move all but handcuffs the Kings to hold onto Cousins as he is the only player on this team worth watching on a nightly basis.