If you had the under of 10 games before the Sacramento Kings called their first players’ only meeting of the season, collect your winnings.
The Kings lost their sixth straight and fell to 1-7 on the season after a 106-88 loss to San Antonio on Monday, a game where the Spurs owned the final frame. After the game — and after the owner Vivek Ranadive brought Drake into the Kings’ locker room to meet the players — DeMarcus Cousins said there was going to be a players’ only meeting saying because there are issues to deal with, reports James Ham of CSNBayArea.com.
“We got some issues that we got to, you know, carve out,” a cryptic Cousins said. “Can’t really speak on that, but one thing is, us players, we’ve got to stick together. Just with that, that will get us over or get us through most battles.”
“It will be a players only meeting, but just to make it clear, I believe in every single person in this room,” Cousins said. “We just got to stay together. That part I’m not worried about, but it is issues we got to figure out.”
Rudy Gay backed up Cousins’ comments, saying that if they addressed some issues he thought the winning would come.
Over the summer, coach George Karl called the Kings’ “combustible” in the sense that they could be jet fuel or they could just blow up. This team is not destined for the middle ground. But did anyone expect a potential explosion this early?
Cousins wouldn’t elaborate on the specific issues. On the floor, the Kings’ issues have been the NBA’s 27th ranked defense and constantly shifting rotations. Cousins and coach George Karl had a frosty relationship over the summer, the two have said all the right things of late. Rajon Rondo has been up and down. There are a lot of egos in that locker room, and there is a lot of potential for disaster.
Ranadive is putting pressure on the Kings and their management — they move into a new building next season in the heart of Sacramento and Ranadive wants a winner, a playoff team to open that building. That seems a long way from the kind of team the Kings’ are now.
I’m in the camp that players-only meetings are overrated and usually have little to no effect. However, the fact the Kings players felt they needed one just eight games into the season shows the issues are real. And the combustible Kings are becoming a must-watch team, maybe for all the wrong reasons.