In ESPN’s annual ‘franchise’ issue, the Sacramento Kings ranked dead last in a survey that takes into account a team’s fan base, ownership and chances of winning a title, among other things. With new ownership and a self-proclaimed new swagger, Sacramento fired back — and boy was it loud.
In fact, the crowd noise was so loud that it set new records. Representatives from Guinness World Records were on hand to measure the noise inside Sleep Train Arena, which was recorded at just over 126 decibels. That’s about as loud as a jet engine. The deafening noise was a definite throwback to the team’s heyday when the Mike Bibby/Chris Webber-led teams had Arco rocking. It is also the third sellout for the Kings, which matches their total from last year.
The sellout crowd did as they always do — show up and support — and they were almost rewarded with a win. Unfortunately, the team reverted back to its old ways with careless mistakes.
Isaiah Thomas got pickpocketed by Brandon Jennings in the second half and definitely seemed frustrated by Jennings and the Detroit Pistons defense as he promptly turned the ball over moments later. The real battle was the battle of the big men down low as Greg Monroe and DeMarcus Cousins traded shots throughout the game. The two big men who were selected within spots of each other have both flourished with their respective teams. On this night, both were topped by Andre Drummond.
“I thought Andre Drummond totally dominated us tonight.” Kings coach Michael Malone said in his post-game presser. Drummond looked pretty assured of himself even as he sulked to the bench after picking up a lazy foul. Luckily for Drummond, he has someone like Rasheed Wallace in his ear giving him advice. Once Drummond develops a consistent post game, the sky is the limit.
In contrast, DeMarcus Cousins may already be perfecting it. Cousins recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Cousins is having an All-Star caliber year even as his team sits at 2-6 on the season. I said coach Malone would get to know what this team is made of after 10 games, and I stand by that. Malone picked up his first technical of the season in the loss, and I hope it gets the team motivated to move past its doormat status.