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Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Martin was fouled by Sacramento Kings' Isaiah Thomas in Minneapolis on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (Marlin Levison/ Minneapolis Star Tribune/ MCT)


How many games will the Kings win this season?

Leading Off: New Kings are just as bad as old Kings

Published: Sunday, Mar. 16, 2014 - 9:24 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 - 6:23 am

Just for experimental reasons only, we wonder what would happen if the black jerseys worn by the Miami Heat were pulled off and switched for a Kings uniform, and the NBA’s two-time world champs were moved to Sleep Train Arena.

Would they, too, start playing selfish, undisciplined basketball, as Sacramento fans have grown accustomed to seeing the past seven seasons?

Would LeBron James bark at his teammates during halftime for not getting him the ball enough, even though his team is winning? Would Dwyane Wade dribble the ball down to the end of the shot clock and take an off-balance jumper that had no chance of even hitting the basket? Would the team forget how to play defense?

Would the Heat play like the Kings?

Because it doesn’t seem to matter what player you put in a Kings uniform, the results are usually the same.

The Kings have only three players left from last year’s 28-win team – DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Jason Thompson. Otherwise the roster, including the coaching staff, management and ownership, is completely different.

And with so many new pieces to begin the new era in Sacramento, with Vivek Ranadive and his group dedicated to improving the team, you’d think the result would be somewhat better.

But 67 games into the 2013-14 season, the Kings are no better and no worse. The team has the exact same record it did a year ago at 23-44 and playing just as uninspiring, inconsistent basketball as we’ve ever seen. In fact, you could call this season’s Kings team worse. Last season’s club was forced to play with the threatening and distracting cloud of relocation.

The question now is, can the “new” Kings win five of their final 15 games to finish with the same 28-win total as last season?

– Victor Contreras

Today’s poll

How many games will the Kings win this season?

• Less than 28

• 28 or more

Vote above, or go to

Weekend poll results

Who is the Kings’ MVP this season ?

• DeMarcus Cousins: 46%

• Rudy Gay: 21%

• Isaiah Thomas: 33%

Total votes: 177

Read more articles by Victor Contreras

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