It feels like we were just here. And more importantly, it feels like we were just here and had about a 30 point lead in the 3rd quarter. Shame they couldn’t wait until TODAY to unleash that whipping.
Anyway, the 2009-10 season starts tonight at 5:00 local time as the Kings take on another up-start team in the Oklahoma City Thunder. And yes, I’m fully aware that while this season will almost be guaranteed to be better than last (simply by default), I’m aware it’s going to be another long season, but at least there is excitement this year.
I don’t have to watch Brad Miller fumble around like a falling Redwood in the forest. I don’t have to watch John Salmons play 1 on 8. I don’t have to watch Beno Udri…ah fuck, okay, so I still have to watch that…but I can bitch and moan about Tyreke needing to see the floor more.
Speaking of Tyreke Evans, I’m beyond excited to see him play. I fully admit that I would have still preferred Rubio (not because I don’t like Tyreke, he was my second choice)…but I’m happy with what we have. We’re not asking Tyreke to be anything he’s not, and that thrills me.
Hopefully the work Spencer Hawes put in up in Washington this offseason will pay off and another year of a developed Jason Thompson will also be fun to watch. Add in Omri Casspi and his stellar preseason – it’s going to be fun to watch, even if they end up losing nearly 60 games again.
Personally, I think the Kings will fare better assuming Kevin Martin stays healthy. Call me a homer if you must, but, the Kings showed they were competitive last season after the departure of Miller and Salmons to Chicago. And while they didn’t win a great deal of those games, in a vast majority, they were simply a few points away. The Kings were one of the league leaders in losses by 5 points or less. So, combined with the fact they actually have a semi-knowledgeable coach *glares at Kenny Natt*, Kevin Martin hopefully back for more than 50 games and the addition of Evans, Casspi and the growth of Hawes and Thompson….there is reason to be excited in the Kingdom.
You can catch the game tonight, as with all games this year, in HD on Comcast Sports. Pregame starts at 4:30 Pacific.