Five things Kings need to do to save season
1. Stick together
It’s never easy over the long haul of an 82-game season. Don't be naive - even the best teams are dysfunctional. But this is the same roster that got off to a 9-6 start facing the toughest early schedule in the NBA. Rekindling it is easier than finding it for the first time. Remember DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay invoking the term “brother” to describe their relationship. There’s no problem with brothers scrapping and fighting but you must have your brother's back at all times.
2. Accept change
Whether it’s illness, injuries, coaching changes or other inevitable distractions, the Kings need to embrace Cavalier’s sports psychologist Charlie Maher’s mantra, “Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable.” Maher isn't available for consultation with Sacramento, but Cleveland doesn’t have a monopoly on adhering to his adage. However unpopular, the players just have to roll with the changes.
3. Bring back the D
The Kings were allowing 99.6 points per game before the coaching change. Since Tyrone Corbin took over, they are giving up 110.7 points. As Sacramento is currently built, outscoring opponents simply will not work. Get rid of the Tony Toni Tone, “Whatever You Want” defense like it’s junk in the trunk you want to shed via a New Year’s diet.
4. Blend the O
Malone preached “Run but run with discipline” and “Attack the clock” by getting the ball past half court with 21 seconds on the shot clock. The Kings continue to lead the NBA in rebound margin at plus 5.1 and need to leverage that advantage to create easy scoring opportunities.
5. Rinse and repeat
Don’t look for external solutions. Whether it was Oliver Wendell Holmes or Ralph Waldo Emerson, remember, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”