Commentary: Kings’ Win Means Something

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All right, enough making fun of the Kings winning the Summer League championship!

The great majority of the comments I have heard since the Kings beat the Rockets 77-68 Monday night to win the Summer League title in Las Vegas have been sarcastic, at best.

“Big deal. When is the parade?”, pretty well sums up what appears to be the prevailing attitude about the Kings title victory.

I disagree. I think winning does mean something.

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The Sacramento Kings celebrate winning the Summer League Championship in Las Vegas, July 21, 2014

I’m not suggesting it will lead to an NBA championship, although team owner Vivek Ranadive did say Monday night the Kings will win an NBA title, and look back on their Summer League success as the launch point. That may be a bit optimistic, but the win in Las Vegas has to mean incremental progress in terms of player development, and one of coach Michael Malone’s favorite phrases, “building a winning culture.”

Did you see the coaches, players, ownership and management staff after the game? Cheering, hugging, dancing, celebrating. The Summer League trophy clearly means something to them.

Plus, when is the last time the Kings won anything? I think Kings fans need to enjoy it for what it is, which may not be much, but it is something!

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