The 2012 NBA Summer League did not get off to an auspicious start for the Sacramento Kings after a 121-87 blowout loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Kings put up some horrific numbers on Friday night in Las Vegas, shooting 37.7 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent from three-point range, and amassing 23 turnovers.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who went to the Bobcats second overall in the draft, was also a big part of the problem for the Kings. Kidd-Gilchrist went 7-12 from the floor, with 18 points and led his team with five assists.
Sacramento rookie and fifth overall pick Thomas Robinson showed that he has great potential as well as the need for development in his Kings debut. While Robinson led his team with 19 points, he also led the team with eight turnovers.
A curt Robinson was not shy in expressing displeasure in his performance during a post game interview:
Q: Thomas, obviously the score was not something you wanted in your pro debut, but are there some positives you can take out of this night?
A: No. Not at all.
Q: When you look at your performance tonight...what do you immediately say you can improve on?
A: I played horrible.
Q: What type of encouragement did you get tonight from your coaching staff?
A: Just keep playing through it.
But as bad as Robinson's night was, Kings guard Jimmer Fredette had an even worse one. Ferdette went an impossibly bad 2-11 from the floor and 0-8 in three-point attempts.
The Kings are back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m. against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Drama. The Sacramento Kings have done their best to avoid the non-basketball related issues that often come with the NBA game, but they’ll walk into someone else’s firestorm Monday night in Phoenix.
The Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson just three games into the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Phoenix has dropped all three contests, including a 48-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on opening night and a 42-point defeat at the hands of the Clippers on Saturday.
Before the firing, veteran point guard tweeted out a message that has since gone viral.
Whether Bledsoe was referring to Watson or his impending release is unknown at this time.
Watson leaves with a 33-85 record in parts of three seasons with the Suns. He took over for Jeff Hornacek midway through the 2015-16 season. According to Wojnarowski, Suns ownership and management is currently meeting with the team’s assistant coaches and Jay Triano is likely to be named interim head coach.
The Kings head to Phoenix Monday to take on the Suns. It looks like If it were up to Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, he wouldn't be playing the Kings or anyone else with his current team.
On Sunday, Bledsoe let out his frustration with the following tweet:
The Suns fell to 0-3 on Saturday after getting crushed by the Clippers, 130-88, Sunday in Los Angeles. They are losing by an average of 30.7 points as their defense is allowing 128.7 points per game.
With the ball in their hands, the Suns' offense isn't much better, averaging a pedestrian 98 points per game.
Former teammate DeAndre Jordan chimed in on Twitter after Bledsoe's tweet too. Bledsoe spent his first three years in the NBA with Jordan on the Clippers.
Bledsoe, 28, is averaging 15.7 points and 3.0 assists per game in the young season. Over his eight-year career, Bledsoe has put up averages of 13.1 points and 4.6 assists per game.