Michael Malone needs to have a nice long talk with Tyreke Evans.
The new Sacramento Kings coach needs to sit down with his superstar guard and go over the goals and objectives the two of them need to have for the 2013-14 season if this team is going to have success of any type.
Malone needs to check with Evans on what his feelings are about playing for the franchise and how he feels about his role. He needs to figure out if Evans has to do even more than the things he did last season.
That will be a challenging order for Evans, who didn’t hold back too much last year, while scoring 15.2 points a game and averaging 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
Evans shot 47.8 percent from the floor and 33.8 percent from the three-point stripe, while hitting 77.5 percent of his free throws. Despite a strong season, those marks fell below what he’s done in his career with 17.5 points, 4.8 boards and 1.4 steals per game.
Late in the season, Evans’ numbers went down. But he still delivered the goods for the Kings. He helped the Kings–as much as he could–remain a solid team, while uncertainty of the franchise’s location continued to remain a dominant topic.
With so much talk about the draft and free agency, Malone needs to get Evans’ feedback on what he feels can turn this franchise into an NBA winner. Malone needs to gain the trust and respect of his players. This would be a first good step to achieving that goal.