The Sacramento Kings haven’t made the postseason since the 2005-2006 season, and don’t seem to have much of a chance at breaking that streak this year. Currently sitting at 21-31 and five games back of the No. 8 seed, Sacramento will likely be cheering for ping-pong balls for the 10th consecutive season.
However, the Kings have shown glimpses of promise this year, and narrowly avoided making a catastrophic mistake. With the team having lost eight of their last nine, there were rumblings that the front office was planning to fire head coach George Karl.
The man with over 1,100 regular season wins and 80 postseason victories has only been in Sacramento since February 12, 2015, and deserves more than a single season to turn the franchise around.
Much of the reason the Kings have failed to return to prominence is a result of management’s impatience. The short-sighted mindset has led to 8 coaches in 10 seasons, bizarre free agency acquisitions and head-scratching trades. The lack of chemistry and stability within the organization is something that desperately needs to change.
Lucky for Sacramento, they already have the perfect guy for the job under contract. Karl has proven to be a master of building team culture, and simply needs time with this strangely assembled roster to make things work.
While the trio of Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins clearly isn’t the long-term recipe for success, Karl has somehow managed to create the 11th most efficient offense in the NBA with these three leading the way. Their defense continues to be an abomination, but with time, the Kings should improve under Karl’s complex defensive schemes.
Ultimately, the Kings finally made the right move by doing nothing at all. Kings fans are left hoping the front office is now realizing their quick-fix mindset was creating more issues than it was solving.
With Karl and the most dominant big man in the NBA in DeMarcus Cousins leading the way, the Kings’ postseason-less streak should finally come to an end next season.