I’m going to put on my sexy purple and black tinted glasses here for a moment and give this mornings piece by HoopsWorld’s Editor Bill Engram some props.
Despite all of the negative news focused on the Kings in recent months, Engram actually looks at the franchise from an on floor perspective (SHOCKER, I KNOW!) and seems pretty confident that the Kings are destined for stardom and that light should be shining brightly, shortly.
The arena issue may have been a distraction, but the simple fact is that Kings fans would hate to go through the same thing that former Seattle SuperSonics fans are now enduring – they’re watching their former team flourish in a new market. The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the best young teams in the NBA, and every time Kevin Durant wins another honor or the Thunder advance deeper into the playoffs it twists the knife in the backs of Sonics fans another half turn.
What if the City of Seattle had simply built a new stadium? Sonics fans would be on Cloud Nine watching their team return to the ranks of the Western Conference’s elite. Instead . . .bupkiss.
It’s not a far stretch to look down the road and see fans of the Sacramento Kings being in the same boat two or three years from now. Sure, they’ve been the whipping boys of the NBA for a while and they had the second-worst record in the conference last season, but that’s a trend that is about to make a radical shift. Much like the Sonics-turned-Thunder, the Kings have put their high draft picks to good use and now have a great young core in place. It shouldn’t be long before this team, like the Sonics before them, start a meteoric rise to the top of the West.
You can read the full piece here.