The Kings' management, players, ownership and fans have had to endure the lessons of rebuilding for the better part of a decade.
Sometimes those lessons suck and are hard to swallow: losing two first-round series, having a coaching change, losing key players to injuries or realizing a lack of one facet of the game or another.
They are all hard lessons that many good teams, teams that want to compete, have to get over.
It's common to see a lot of franchises —under the pressure of fans, management and ownership alike—get fed up with the process and start all over (Toronto, Montreal, NYI).
It was a huge step, a necessary step, and in my opinion the biggest one to the Kings becoming a contender. Patience.
Rome was not built in a day, but it burned in one.