Kings coach George Karl acknowledges that his team fell short of expectations but still sees quite a few positives about the 2015/16 campaign for the franchise, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee relays. “I am seeing this team in a positive light much more than anybody in the world,” Karl said. “I think I understand the bad times better than over-reaction, expectation, doom that we seem to live in. I don’t think there have been stretches this season where we’ve played bad basketball; I think we haven’t played winning basketball. And I’m not the one that sets expectations. I’m not a predictor. I laugh all the time in the summertime.”
“I was very positive we were going to be a better basketball team,” Karl continued. “I think we are a better basketball team. Now if you think we’re going to be a 45-win team, that’s not on me. That’s on you. I thought if everything fell into a good place, we could get to .500, but everything [didn’t] fall into a good place.” With a record of 31-46 entering play this evening, Sacramento is assured of its 10th consecutive losing season.
Here’s more from the Pacific Division:
- Lakers power forward Julius Randle is optimistic that he and young teammates Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell can help turn around the franchise’s fortunes next season, Joey Ramirez of NBA.com relays. “I definitely learned a lot, but there’s no greater teacher than experience,” Randle said. “We know there are steps we have to take to get better individually and collectively. I think we’re doing the necessary things to get there. From the beginning of the season to now, I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress.“
- Despite not seeing much action for the Warriors since being signed in February, Anderson Varejao provides the team with a much-needed veteran presence off the bench as the playoffs near, Tim Kawakami of The Bay Area News Group writes. When asked how Varejao was adapting to being in Golden State, coach Steve Kerr told reporters, “He’s a great insurance policy for us. It’s been good to get him minutes and get him some rhythm. He’s exactly who we were hoping for — a big who is smart, knows how to play and can fill in if we need him. We’ll see what happens in the playoffs with the rotation. But he’s got a lot of experience; we know he can play.”