Momentum has sure been riding high in Sacramento after the arrival of new ownership, but from what the Kings have shown on the court during the first few summer league games, there may be a little bit of frustration settling in.
After a 92-54 debacle against the Minnesota Timberwolves in their third game in as many days, the Kings fell to 0-4 during summer league action.
That led to head coach Michael Malone sounding off on his team.
“I like to be a no excuse, no explanation type of a team, and we’re not going to use [fatigue] as an excuse,” he told reporters. “The effort we put forth tonight was embarrassing. That’s not who we want to be, and that’s not the kind of show that we want to put on the floor.
“When you miss shots, turn the ball over, or miss free throws, you can live with that, but I cannot live with the lack of effort and the lack of competitive fire that we did not show tonight.”
Both Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum — the Kings draft picks in 2013 — struggled mightily. McLemore scored just one point on 0-for-8 shooting, and McCallum put up eight points in defeat.
“The best time to teach guys is after a loss,” said Malone. “We’ll use this as a teaching opportunity for [McLemore and McCallum] and when we play Friday, we’ll be better.”