It is not the first time that the Sacramento Kings have been delusional at the start of the season to end up falling apart sooner rather than later. The franchise is mired in a state of depression and stagnation that devours everything, which causes that, although it is still early, the tension is maximum. It has been several days since the franchise and its environment have put an expiration date on Luke Walton, although Tristan Thompson thinks that the team’s problem goes much further. “We are professionals. We do not need a coach to motivate us to win, “said the pivot after a new loss against the Timberwolves.
Thompson he expressed himself vehemently regarding the opinions that put all the blame on Luke Walton. «There is no man in this world who needs someone else to inspire him. If you are not able to find motivation for yourself you should not be on the track. People say that losing teams and players need inspiration from their coach. I don’t buy that idea.
His statements defended the professionalism of his colleagues, ensuring that “they don’t buy this idea either because I know they desperately want to win.” However, he closed the press conference with a brutal allegation where he doubted the competitive fire of his last four rivals. Thompson defined Detroit, Oklahoma, San Antonio and Minnesota as teams not fully committed to winning every night. And losing to three of those four puts Sacramento in an unkind position.
«We have to understand that if we want to get somewhere we cannot look at the long term. The kids have to understand that our success is in the small details. We can’t spend 48 minutes saying “it’s my fault” every time we make a mistake. A bad attack cannot always condition your next defense ». Few allegations are as crude as Thompson’s, an unequivocal sign that they contain the truth about who these Kings are. Luke Walton may be a limitation, but listening to the center, Sacramento’s problems seem much deeper.
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