Stability and a long-term plan they stick to. For years.
That’s what’s needed in Sacramento — there is talent on the Kings’ roster, starting with DeMarcus Cousins, and the locker room is tight — but the organization seems to change plans and directions every six months.
The latest plan could lead to that stability. That plan is to get a GM to work with Vlade Divac, and to bring in a new coach this summer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac were using All-Star weekend in Toronto to canvass league officials on possible candidates to hire as general manager, league sources told The Vertical.
The Kings are starting to acknowledge that Divac has been overwhelmed with the complexities of the collective bargaining agreement and the sophisticated ways with which most NBA organizations are run now. Privately, the Kings have been telling people they plan to run a GM and a coaching search once the regular season ends. Sacramento has committed to keeping coach George Karl for the rest of the regular season, but has shown no inclination to bring him back next season, sources said.
First, there is almost nobody around the league who thinks Karl will return for a second season in Sacramento (Ranadive is going to get to sell eating that salary to frustrated minority owners). Another mid-season coaching fire/hire last week would not have helped this season, but Karl is not long for this job.
As for bringing in a GM to work with Divac, that goes back to the stability point — bringing in an experienced NBA front office person is a good call, if you let that person do their job. For years. Find a candidate — and there are plenty out there — then figure out what kind of team you are trying to build. Next, get a coach who can execute that style of play, and start rounding out the roster with players who fit that style.
Then, and this is the big one, stick with that GM, coach and style for at least a couple full seasons. No more meddling from Ranadive. No more midstream course corrections. No more “no idea is a bad idea/let’s try everything” strategy. Set a course, stick to the course. Let the basketball people make basketball decisions.
Ranadive can ask Spurs owner Peter Holt at the next owners’ meeting how often he has a hand in basketball/roster decisions. And how that has worked out for him.