The Sacramento Kings continue to lose and things are beginning to look bleak. But instead of anger, is it alright to just feel apathy instead? Let’s discuss.
The Sacramento Kings have lost five of their last six games and eight of their last 12. They’ve fallen to 12-18 on the season and are winless in the four games since star point guard De’Aaron Fox has returned from injury.
This isn’t how the Kings’ season was supposed to go. Not one bit.
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Yet here we sit in late-December once again talking about another potentially lost season. Some have already revved up the “tank” talk and are beginning to discuss the upcoming draft.
But I find myself watching games now expecting a certain outcome. This isn’t a feeling unfamiliar to Kings fans and it’s one we’ve become very intimate with over the years.
It’s called accepting defeat. Coming to terms with reality.
But I don’t feel anger. I don’t feel resentment towards Luke Walton or Buddy Hield or even Vlade Divac. Sure, there’s a sense of disappointment and wishing that things were better. But I’m not bitter.
If anything, it’s apathy.
Perhaps it’s a product of years of not even sniffing the postseason. Perhaps we’ve just become so conditioned to failure that we almost expect it at this point. After all, can you really be angry about something you saw coming?
There’s a certain comfort in expecting failure and it’s a comfort that’s very easy to submit to. Even though less than a month ago the Kings were riding a hot streak without the likes of Fox and Marvin Bagley and there was hope for the future, those hopes quickly faded away upon their returns.
The Kings are 0-4 with Fox back in the fold and are just 2-5 since Bagley’s return. Everything has fallen apart for Sacramento and it’s not easy to point to one thing as the cause.
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Buddy Hield has gone cold. Bagley has been a mess. And missing Bogdan Bogdanovic has hurt the team more than anyone could have imagined. There are more issues, but it’s simpler to point to just those three.
But rather than being angry or resentful, I just feel apathetic.
Is that right? Is it perfectly reasonable to seemingly not care in a situation like this? I ask this genuinely as I honestly don’t have an answer for that. It feels wrong, but there’s a part of me that keeps telling myself that I’m not at fault.
That’s why I want to open this discussion to you Kings fans. How are you feeling right now? Are there any other apathetic cynics out there like me? We don’t choose to be like this and it certainly isn’t fun, but I know that I can’t be the only one.
How many of you still have faith that this team will turn it around and actually sneak into the postseason? Because really, that’s all we’re asking for at this point.
And conversely, how many of you are preparing your pitchforks and torches to riot down the streets of Sacramento calling for Vlade Divac’s firing? Or perhaps Luke Walton’s firing. Or maybe you’re all petitioning for Vivek Ranavidé to sell the team.
Either way, I want to hear from you. Do you think it’s acceptable for Sacramento Kings fans to feel apathy at a time like this and how are you feeling about the team at this given moment?