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Would players-only meeting help cure struggling Kings?

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Luke Walton, De'Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton

Something is off with the Kings. They’ve had an up-and-down season, but there is almost no rhyme or reason for their struggles or their successes.

The Kings have lost three or more games three times, including their current four-game skid. They’ve also won three or more twice. Their valuation has risen and fallen like GameStop stock and we still have another 45 games of mania to go.

Following their fourth straight loss Monday night, Hassan Whiteside sat down with the media some 40 minutes after the game ended. He was the first Kings player to speak, which is considerably later than normal.

Whiteside was asked if the team had gone through a players-only meeting in the midst of another losing streak. He said that they have not. Then he was asked if the team should consider having that type of meeting.

“I think it’s definitely starting to get to that point,” Whiteside said. “What have we lost, four, five straight. It’s definitely something that needs to be reconciled. That’s something we’ve got to talk about and figure out what it is, because it’s our team, it’s our team, it’s the players out there, so we’ve got to like to take pride in it. It’s our season.”

Whiteside has been in the league for nine seasons. He’s seen success, but also has been on teams that have struggled. Sometimes having a conversation just amongst the players can help air out some of the grievances and increase accountability.


Following Whiteside’s session, De’Aaron Fox sat down and was asked a similar question and whether he thought there might be a benefit in having a team meeting.

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“It could definitely benefit, but at the end of the day, I think we’ve talked about what we need to do already,” Fox said.

As one of the leaders on the team, Fox is frustrated, like everyone else. But he was clear that the group hasn’t splintered.

“We’re definitely still staying together,” Fox said. “Like I said, we’re trying to talk through this and talk to each other on the court, but right now, it’s just happening too many times throughout the course of a game. That’s where we have to keep developing as a team and get better at that.”

The Kings are a work in progress. They’ve hit another rough patch, but if we have learned anything from this group, it is to always expect the unexpected.

To a man, they need to get better at the basics. So far, they aren’t pointing fingers at each other, which is a positive.