And just like that, we’re back.
Apologies to all for my lack of posts, but I am officially back from my seven month sabbatical and ready to get down to business. Since the NBA draft, there’s no question that basketball has been on my mind. Here are my latest thoughts:
- Will the Kings stay in Sacramento? With rumors swirling left and right, NBA Commissioner, David Stern, finally laid to rest the idea of the Kings heading South to Anaheim and will thus remain in Sacramento. For all the negative press that Stern gets, I applaud him for assisting in keeping my team where they belong.
- The draft. Every year I think that Kings somehow manage to get screwed over or screw themselves over in the NBA draft. Although we have had great draft picks for the past few years, the Kings still have not been able to get the job done. This year worried me. We need help and we need it fast. We need a player who can step up, be a leader and lead the Kings to the playoffs. It seems that this year my prayers have been answered (although it may be too soon to tell). With the 5th pick in the NBA draft, the Kings selected Thomas Robinson from the University of Kansas. At the power forward position, Robinson averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds in his junior year at KU. He seems to have the size, quickness and ability to dominate and hopefully he is the missing piece in the Kings puzzle.
- A little off topic, but over the weekend I headed to Las Vegas and to my pleasant surprise, Team USA was staying at my hotel. Every time I got off the elevators I had the pleasure of seeing Kevin Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook holding it down at the casino. Highlight of my trip was running into DeMarcus Cousins at the elevators, telling him I’m a Kings fan and getting my picture with him. With Summer League starting up tomorrow, it will be interesting to see who steps up and delivers for the Kings.
- Dwight Howard. Since I have the pleasure of working in the sports industry, I am able to watch Sports Center at the comfort of my desk. Next to the Penn State scandal (which, no pun intended, I won’t touch on), the biggest story is Dwight Howard. He is persistent about leaving Orlando, but just where will he end up? Rumors have been flying, but with Brooklyn officially off the table, all eyes are on the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. As much as I can’t stand the Lakers, I hope Howard ends up there. I currently reside in Los Angeles and happen to live with the #1 Lakers fan aka my boyfriend. I’m not saying I want the Lakers to win a national championship, but it does bring excitement to the city and I feel like the team becomes more likable for me once they get rid of the players I feel make the Lakers, well, the Lakers. With fan favorite Steve Nash joining the team and with Kobe Bryant having a limited number of seasons left, adding Howard would help break up the original team and lessen my hatred for the Lakers. While I will NEVER be a die-hard Laker fan, I do respect and appreciate good basketball and those are two qualities that the Lakers posses.
That’s a wrap for now. Stay tuned for some off-season commentary over the next few months as we gear up for what hopefully will be a winning season.