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For Sacramento Kings, is it about wins, losses – or not?

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive cheers on the Kings as they make a run near the end of the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive cheers on the Kings as they make a run near the end of the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. hamezcua@sacbee.com

“Our success criteria aren’t going to be wins and losses right off the bat.”

– New Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive, June 3, 2013, following the purchase of the team

“This year, let’s be clear, it is about wins and losses.”

– Ranadive, Sept. 26, on first day of training camp

“It wasn’t about wins and losses.”

– Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro, Dec. 15, talking about why coach Michael Malone was fired

So Kings fans, if you’re scratching your head, we don’t blame you.

Malone was fired over “philosophical differences” with team management. We get that. Everyone from the owner to the coaching staff needs to be on the same page.

D’Alessandro said the Kings want to put in a “free-flowing, up-and-down style of play,” and we get that, too. Everyone wants to watch fast-paced basketball – as long as the team is winning like, say, the Warriors have been this season. There’s nothing more exciting than a high-octane offense.

The Kings were 9-6 before center DeMarcus Cousins came down with viral meningitis, raising expectations perhaps beyond reasonable levels.

When Malone was fired, the Kings were 11-13, matching their best record after 24 games since the 2004-05 season, despite Cousins missing nine games. And no one can predict how many more of those games the Kings would have won if Cousins had been healthy, but likely two or three.

So what is more important – wins and losses or a particular style of play?

Fear not, Kings fans.

Ranadive had the answer when talking to The Bee’s Ailene Voisin Tuesday.

“We think we can make the playoffs,” Ranadive said. “Absolutely, with DeMarcus (Cousins) coming back, we have a chance to make the playoffs.”

– Tom Couzens

tcouzens@sacbee.com


What to watch

NBA, Milwaukee at Kings, 7 p.m., CSNCA: Can the Kings and new coach Tyrone Corbin end a four-game losing streak against the Bucks?


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