Maybe Chuck Daly was right.
Maybe - as the championship coach once told Eric Musselman long before he was running the Kings - it does take 50 games for a coach to get to know his team.
After going 1-2 on the opening road trip, the Kings certainly seem a ways away from knowing themselves. A number of players are indicating a dire need to work together more on offense, with no shortage of one-on-one attacks, set plays being freelanced and poor shot selection.
Forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim and small forward Ron Artest said there needs to be a concerted effort to attack the rim or concentrate on the post rather than relying on their ice-cold outside game.
But of course, even the struggling offense isn't their biggest concern right now. The injury to Kings center Brad Miller, from what I'm told, could keep him out for at least a couple of weeks. Miller left the Bradley Center floor Saturday night in the third quarter. He whipped off his left shoe, and proceeded to spend much of the evening with trainer Pete Youngman inspecting his foot that is plagued with plantar fasciitis (inflamation of the foot tissue). That's a taboo term for Kings fans, who saw Doug Christie's days in Sacramento end with the old P.F. plaguing him for so long.
But at least Miller can rest his feet in his own bed for a while. The Home Opener Tour is finally over, with the Kings set to host their own on Monday night after playing the visiting role for three straight games.
- Sam Amick