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What can we take away from the first two preseason games for the Kings...
The Kings opened up preseason like any other team would with a lot of mistakes. When the starters played it seemed like they were out played. Rudy Gay struggled, but the one bright spot was Demarcus Cousins still had his way under the basket. The Kings trailed by as much as 21 points, but thanks to Marco Bellenelli and Darren Collison the Kings came away with the win in overtime.
For the second preseason game the starters looked really good, but the bench struggled. Rudy Gay came out of that first game slump and put up 30 in 26 minutes. The bench just didn't have it, and the Kings are going back to Sacramento at 1-1.
The Kings still have a long ways to go. They have to fix the turnovers, and they need to find a consistent rotation, but its preseason there is time to fix this. Follow @nickg_16 on twitter for Kings updates.
Kings begin new season.
The Kings open up the new season just about a month from now and everyone is curious to see what happens with the relationship between the star center Demarcus Cousins and hall of fame head coach George Karl. Besides all that the 2015-2016 season begins today in San Diego with opening training camp. The Kings have added some pieces that are interesting to watch. PG Rajon Rondo, SF Caron Butler, C Kosta Kufus, and SG Marco Belinelli. The Kings also resigned Omri Casspi, and cut ties with Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskus, and Ray McCallum.
With the players they have now there is currently talent, but can all these players learn to play with each other or is this a doom for disaster? Only time will tell, but if this does work look for the Kings to make a big push forward rather than take more steps back.... Stay tuned for training camp updates. follow Nickg_16 on twitter for updates on all things Kings/ Niners/ and Raiders.
Warriors trying to get rid of David Lee:
From what I hear the warriors are trying to get rid of David Lee but don't want to give up 2 picks! Will see what happens with the draft just 1 day away. For more updates follow me on twitter @nickg_16
The many scenarios for Demarcus Cousins.
With the rumors going around that Demarcus Cousins could be on his way out, people can speculate on what can we get for him? If the Kings do trade to the Lakers they will get the 2nd pick and Nik Vucevic, and maybe another player. While that sounds all nice. WHY ON EARTH DO YOU TRADE TO THE LAKERS!! I mean of all teams you trade him there? Not gonna happen.
Another scenario is that the Kings could send Demarcus to Denver and get Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried, which would reunite Cousins with Malone.
Another is we could see Karl fired, but that's a little far fetched. I'm not sure what will happen with the draft 2 days away. Let the rumors continue to come in.
Why trading Demarcus Cousins would be the worst thing to do.
With the draft just 3 days away, rumors around the NBA suggest that the Kings are discussing a trade to send All-Star Center Demarcus Cousins to rival Los Angeles Lakers. But why would you do that?
Demarcus Cousins is probably the most talented big man in the league right now and if you trade him the Kings will probably regret it in the long run. Honestly who would you get from the Lakers for him? The 2nd pick? Why that does sound nice the Kings would need to fill the void of Cousins if they so chose to trade him. The Kings need veteran leadership, and if they want to win now they need to find the guys for that.
Another thing why trade Cousins to the Lakers? Your most hated rival. Everyone remembers the 2002 series and frankly unless they can trade us that title it's still a no deal for me.
The other news coming out is that Orlando is trying to get in the picture and would be willing to trade a big man to the Kings while the Lakers still get Cousins. Yeah Orlando has a talented big man, but not an All-Star yet and could be hall of fame in Demarcus Cousins. So it's still a no deal for me.
Lastly, speculation is that Demarcus Cousins has secretly requested a trade and wants to go to the Lakers. Why? The Lakers are deeper in a hole then the Kings are, why would he want to go there? Most likely it's the publicity or maybe even his crew telling him let's move to LA. Long story short stay in Sac it's a better fit for you. Plus I don't see a trade happening just yet. Let the rumors keep flying in.
Why this Warriors team may never be replicated...
The Golden State Warriors had a dominate team. From their starting 5 to their bench, frankly their bench could have been starting for another team and could have made a run at the playoffs. But the shooting of Steph Curry is magnificent to watch. When you think that he is trapped he finds a way to hoist up a 3 and nail it. Another is the pace of play, the Warriors ran a great up tempo offense that teams try to re-create and they just can't seem too.
Their coach was a coach who knew that David Lee shouldn't be starting and that Andre was a better 6th man coming off the bench. He also knew how to push the right buttons in the playoffs that ultimately won them the Finals.
As for Klay Thompson he was on the trading block last summer, but the team stuck with him and he had a break out All-Star caliber season. The splash brothers were truly Spalsh all season long.
Lastly the dominate shooting may never be replicated. Two dominate shooters have proven that they can win a championship without really a post game. Congrats to the Warriors on the NBA Finals. Will see what happens next season with this team.
Why I want the Kings to trade the pick!! I believe they shouldn't be getting another rookie it's time to go and get veterans! That's what will get them over the hump and maybe change the culture around here!
If the Kings do keep the pick then I like Willie Cauley-Stein. I think him with Cousins could be a dynamic big man combo.
In the long run trade the pick! Make the team better now!
2. The Lakers should take Okafor but if the #1 pick is switched then they will for sure take Towns. I also believe that the Lakers will trade that pick for a veteran so I wouldn't be surprised either way!
1. I believe Towns will go #1, he is the most ready big man and will have a good impact for any team.
See who I got going 2 next
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