Report: Vivek Ranadive frustrated by Kings underachieving, passing on Luka Doncic


Days since a report of major turmoil within the Kings: 440 0

Shams Charania, Sam Amick and Jason Jones of The Athletic:

The Kings made their bed last summer, giving Divac a contract extension and firing Dave Joerger (who reportedly wanted Sacramento to draft Luka Doncic over Marvin Bagley III).

But the Kings don't have to lie in it.

Choosing Bagley over Doncic will loom over Sacramento a long time. Executives are far more fungible. Even on a contract that runs through 2023, Divac holds only moderate job security - especially given his boss.

Addressing a previous draft controversy, Ranadive said:

First of all, Ranadive publicly describing a "private" joke is hilarious. But there's also probably truth behind the humor. Ranadive has been quick to place blame.

Ranadive should investigate why the Kings passed on Doncic. It was a colossal error. Ranadive should consider firing Divac, who has done a poor job.

But Ranadive is also central to the problem. He has repeatedly failed to hire proficient executives and position them to succeed. Even if he drops Divac, Ranadive can't be trusted to find a quality replacement.

As little stability as Divac holds, Luke Walton has even less. Coaches are often the first fired. Sacramento's problems run much deeper than Walton, but Joerger did a better job last season. As Joerger's second-guessing of the Bagley-Doncic decision gains even more credibility, the former coach's shadow grows larger.

The Kings' struggles predate Walton, Divac and Ranadive. But the history of losing informs the current situation. Sacramento finally looked competitive and has just fallen flat.

Someone usually pays a price for that.

It won't be the owner. Good luck to everyone downhill.


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