Sacramento Kings' Final Game Against the Los Angeles Lakers Offers Reflection

Danny Hauger@@DannyHaugerCorrespondent IApril 26, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02:  Head coach Keith Smart of the Sacramento Kings talks with Isaiah Thomas #22 during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 115-107.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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No player better symbolizes the Sacramento Kings as a whole than Tyreke Evans. At times, his ability to get to the basket seemed unstoppable. Then, Evans would shoot a dismal 20 percent from beyond the arc. Nevertheless, in their last game of the season, the Kings rewarded fans Thursday night with entertaining play and a possible glimpse at the future.

Even though the Kings beat the Lakers, Thunder and Spurs this season, the highlights will ultimately relate to the following: two losses for every win. The Kings had another difficult year of rebuilding. Watching Thursday evening’s finale from Sacramento reminded me of a rivalry now dead and a reflection on the year that was.

There are some bright spots for Kings fans. Being one of the two youngest teams in the league, the Kings have a wealth of long-term signing options while the team rebuilds.

Jimmer Fredette came into the game with two minutes to play and highlighted the potential for future years, if the Kings can clear room for potential to develop on the floor. Minutes played varied during the year and rotations frequently stifled growth for the future core.

With Ramon Sessions the only key Laker playing significant minutes, it was clear that the points in the game mattered less than Whose Line is it Anyway. Still the Kings looked strong sharing the ball and dominating the boards.

Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins dominated the boards early on. Points in the paint and fast-break points were commanded by the Kings. Will the defense and chemistry revitalize over the offseason?

Kings fans, the year was a roller-coaster ride with most of the frills coming away from the hardwood. Arena deals in principle failing, owner bickering and capital city politics overshadowing the bright lights of basketball. Support your team because what easily leaves is difficult to bring back.