Took #2 son to see the Kings tonight, and saw the team get its rear end handed to it by the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Martin was awesome (46 points), but the rest of the team was closer to awful. Brad Miller played but took the night off, which meant that we got to see many minutes of rookie Spencer Hawes, and let's just say that he needs many more minutes before he starts to look like an NBA quality player. And defense? rebounding? Not in the vocabulary this evening.
They aren't going to the playoffs this year, so the rest of the way is just for pride. The overall situation isn't as bad as the worst of the late 1980s and early 1990s, but even with some wizardry from Geoff Petrie, it looks like they're at least two seasons away from being a legitimate contender. Unless, of course, they can talk a superstar into coming to Sacramento. At this point, I don't have any idea who that would be.
The highlight of the evening was when I noticed, near the end of the first quarter, that management has stopped the absolutely inane practice of playing incredibly loud music every time the Kings have the ball. So...thanks are due to whoever is responsible for that wise and welcome decision.