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Less 'complain and explain' leads to more champagne.
Current situation: 27-50, 13.5 games out of playoffs.
The Kings ought to heed the wise words of another King. No, not MLK. No, I'm quoting the late Rodney King, the key player in the Los Angeles riots.
In 1991, Mr. King was savagely beaten by police, an event caught on video as ironclad proof. Yet the cops responsible for the brutality got off scot-free, inciting a terrifying melee in L.A..
When, during the coverage of the widespread violence, King leaned toward the collection of microphones, with millions watching, I wouldn't have blamed him for expressing his own outrage toward the legal system. Instead, trembling and humble, he chose to take the highest of grounds, saying in a plaintive voice, "Can we all get along?"
I'm not saying Mr. King was a role model in the way he led his troubled life. But in that moment, he said precisely, concisely and sincerely exactly what needed to be said.
Kings roster, look at your counterpart in Houston. Rarely if ever have I seen such a harmonious squad. Jeremy Lin can't be happy with having to surrender a significant amount of playmaking duty to James Harden, or with being benched in the fourth quarters for defensive replacements despite a stellar offensive stat line in the clutch.
But have you heard him complain? Even once?
All season long, Harden has needed a credible offensive threat down low to take the heat off him. Without it, he's endured much more pummeling than he ought to have.
Have you heard him blame anybody? Ever?
By comparison, the Kings are the Hole In The Wall Gang. The name DeMarcus Cousins brings up more images of unacceptable behavior than it does of on-court scoring. Tyreke Evans lacks the discipline to take his prodigious talent to the next level.
Want to make not only your team better, but your life better? Trade both guys. You'll get plenty in return, because there are plenty of other teams who aren't taking note of Houston's playbook.
You've got good guys in Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson. Add to that core the bounty you'll get from dealing Cousins and Evans, and the good times will be back in no time in Sac-Town. (Or Seattle, but hopefully they stay put, out of the hands of the criminally inept and selfish Maloofs.)
Harmony breeds teamwork. Teamwork breeds winning. Simple as that.