With the Kings' change in ownership and a downtown arena planned to open in three years, there's plenty of excitement among fans who are rapidly plunking down deposits for season tickets.
We've even heard talk that we should expect a packed Sleep Train Arena for every game next season.
But how long will that excitement last if new coach Mike Malone, plucked from the Warriors this week, can't make this bunch play any better than Keith Smart and the new general manager can't infuse the roster with more talent?
The Kings, who won just 28 games last season, haven't been to the playoffs or had a winning record since 2005-06, when they went 44-38 in Rick Adelman's last season as coach.
The Kings have some talented, exciting players, but too many have similar styles, they often resorted to me-first basketball, and the defense was mediocre at best.
Should any of last season's starters center DeMarcus Cousins, forwards Jason Thompson and John Salmons, and guards Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans be considered untouchable if other teams come calling?
That will be one of the first questions Malone and the incoming general manager must answer.
What to watch
NBA, Miami at Indiana, 5:30 p.m., TNT: Can the Heat put away the pesky Pacers and advance to play the Spurs in the Finals?
What to do
BigWake Weekend, Folsom Lake, all day: Check the H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes that can exceed 200 mph. Gates open at 7 a.m.
Which Kings starter from last season should be considered untouchable?
None of them
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