Downtown Development Depends on Good Team

An excellent editorial by the Sacramento Bee which understands this.

An excerpt.

This was supposed to be the year: The year the Kings had the right coach. The year center DeMarcus Cousins stopped crying to the refs. The year the team had the right mix of players on the court.

The year the team proved itself worthy of the castle that will be Golden 1 Center.

But with only a few months left in the regular season, and the finishing touches being made on the new arena in downtown Sacramento, the Kings have proven themselves to be a royal mess – yet again.

They’ve lost eight of their last nine games, including the last four in spectacularly miserable fashion. Instead of talk of the playoffs, there’s talk of why Kings players are letting even mediocre opponents score upwards of 120 points a game. The Kings rank among the worst defensive teams in the NBA.

Then there’s the latest drama over coach George Karl.

On Monday, the Kings appeared ready to fire him – a move that would’ve made Karl the third coach to exit the NBA franchise in just two seasons. Talk about an embarrassing turnover rate, even for professional sports. League sources told The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones that Karl wouldn’t have a job beyond next week’s All-Star break.

But then, in an abrupt about-face, Kings general manager Vlade Divac said Tuesday that he would keep Karl as coach because firing him isn’t a solution to the team’s problems. “George is our coach,” Divac said in a statement, “and we’re collectively working through our issues.”

The clock is ticking. We understand that building a winning team takes time. But, at this point, it is time that Sacramento doesn’t have.

When Golden 1 Center opens its doors in the fall, fans who’ve paid good money for seats will want to see a Kings team that, if it’s not winning every game, is at least moving in the right direction. A team of players and coaches who are organized and working together rather than second-guessing one another.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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