Players Only Meeting Will Make Matters Worse For Sacramento Kings

By Karim Akbar
Ed Szczepanski – USA TODAY Sports

When members of the Sacramento Kings held a players only meeting — their second of the season — few would have ever fathomed DeMarcus Cousins taking the lead. But that’s exactly what happened following a loss at home to the equally horrible Charlotte Bobcats. This team sits at 10-22 and are slowly sinking into the draft pool with the Utah Jazz. So why the meeting?

Apparently some players were reaching their limits with regards to how the team plays and who should be where on the court. This according to Sacramento Bee Kings beat writer Jason Jones who spoke with players following the meeting.



So the Kings bring their A-game against the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers but play down to the Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks? Fascinating. With revelations like these this team won’t improve anytime soon. The players only meeting is promising, but this team can’t even win at home — Sacramento is 0-2 during their current five-game homestand.

It’s pretty ironic given how bad the Kings are they can’t win at home and throw in the towel against opponents they feel aren’t up to par. That tells you where this team’s mindset is. Everyone is out for themselves and looking far too much into their own stats than that of the team. I know this is a young team. It’s up to first-year coach Michael Malone to mold them, but at this rate he’s got a long way to go.

At times the Kings are actually exciting to watch. The addition of Rudy Gay has also been a much-needed improvement. But too many times DeMarcus thinks All-Star ballot and tries to do too much, or Isaiah Thomas — perhaps still feeling the weight of adversity on his shoulders — tries to channel John Stockton but winds up with a turnover. This team has too much talent to be at 10-22. Yeah, they aren’t stacked offensively or scaring anybody, but 10-22 is an insult and that’s something this team needs to take seriously.

The Kings take on the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena. I’m sure the Kings have seen the standings; they know Portland is good. Safe to say we should see full effort against a team of their caliber. Or maybe not.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for RantSports, For More Sacramento Kings News  Add Me On Facebook. Follow Me On Twitter @Kuhreem  You Can Also Add Me to your circle on Google+.

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