If you did not know this already, the Maloofs like winning. They like winning very much. With their Kings floundering at 5-16, it appears to the Brothers Maloof as if there is no light at the seemingly endless rebuilding tunnel.

It was not long ago that it was the Kings and the Lakers atop the Western Conference, fighting tooth and nail for supremacy.

But, both time and circumstance have nipped the formerly potent Kings. Doug Christie is making purses at the behest of his lovely (?) wife Jackie, Vlade is smoking cigarettes in front of his downtown Sacramento restaurant, Chris Webber is geeking out with Gary Payton nightly on NBATV, and Mike Bibby is orchestrating the rebirth of the Atlanta Hawks.

Joe and Gavin seem to think that their roster is utterly hopeless, and they are beginning to grow increasingly impatient, ready and wiling to fire coach Reggie Theus.

Contrary to popular opinion, this writer believes that the Sacramento Kings are just about ready to blow up within the next two years.

In 1998, the Kings drafted a flashy, wheelin’ and dealin’, Maravich-esque point guard named Jason Williams. Williams, in combination with Webber, Christie and Peja Stojakovic, led the Kings to the brink of greatness, only to be foiled, time and time again by their southerly neighbors.

With a promising nucleus of Kevin Martin, Spencer Hawes and rookies Donté Greene and Jason Thompson learning to play together, and the Beno Udrih experiment flailing, the Kings are one flashy, wheelin’ and dealin’, Maravich-esque point guard away from regaining the panache and spunk that can compete in the Western Conference.

Good news for the Kings that just that type of point guard is entering the 2009 Draft in Spaniard Ricky Rubio… not saying I am a genius, but my case for the rebuilding of the Sacramento Kings is pretty brilliant. So chill out Joe and Gavin, I have got this under control.

The Lakers (17-2) enter tonight’s contest after a muddy, disjointed and downright ugly win over the Milwaukee Bucks in which the Buck starters were held to a mere 18 points. Again, the bench unit looked stagnated and Pau and Andrew struggled offensively, yet the theme of wins predicated solely on feats of strength and being the lesser of two evils prevailed.

Tipoff: 7:00 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Sacramento: Comcast SportsNet HD (Gary Gerould)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Sacramento: KHTK Sports 1140 AM (Grant Napear & Jerry Reynolds)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Questionable: Luke Walton (upper respiratory infection)

Kings: None to report.

Varsity Challenge
(Prize: Micro-sized replica of Sacramento’s famed Ziggurat Building)

Whoever posts a picture of the Kings 1990’s-era two-tone jerseys is the big winner who wins big!

  • Freshh

    113-95

  • Kobe Forever

    The Lakers will blow out the Kings!
    Score: Lakers 118 Kings 88

  • TAFTBASKETBAll
  • Lakers 24 7

    The Lakers always struggle against the Kings, no matter how much the Kings suck. Why?

    I still expect us to win, but can we have a blow out win over the Kings, without it going down to the wire, or us trailing anytime in the game?

  • west818

    GUYS!!! WE SHOULD GET VLAD A NICKNAME.

    how about: THE TERMINATOR….lol cuz of his right RED eye. lmaoooo

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    LOL

  • CG

    thats a good one. The two serbians on our team our robots. The MACHINE n The TERMINATOR

  • RAZOR RAMON

    Out on a limb:

    Sun Yue outscores Kings starting line up in 4 minutes. Mbenga drop kicks Miller for eyeballin Pau.

  • Andrew Rafner

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    that is strong. only correction is that sash is not serbian, he is slovenian…need to respect my heritage!

  • http://vladehasaposse.com Tim M.
  • RAZOR RAMON

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    I dont think he was disrespecting…

    but then again i think you meant to say “represent”

    i dont know…

  • Ejunkie21

    “Mike Bibby is orchestrating the rebirth of the Atlanta Hawks.”

    nicely done..

  • Salty

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    Vlad is already nicknamed the “Space Cadet”.

  • Andrew Rafner

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    im just messing around

  • ojt

    luke walton questionable?…give a F*****g break,luke is always qustionable all he does is assist the other side no help to the lakers .get tis srub out of laker colors and let sun yue get more play to get some rythm..sun will be more help than luke just by standing up.

  • kobe

    hey wat happened to vlad’s eye I know he messed it up but how??

  • roscoe

    he got poked in the eye like 2 – 3 weeks ago.

  • imfasterthanur

    [Comment ID #56387 Will Be Quoted Here]

    The NBA, where anything happens.

  • Dawgarilious

    Bold preditions:
    1. The lead stays within 7 until the last two minutes of the first half when it grows to 16.
    2. Kobe won’t play one second of the fourth quarter.
    3. Lamar’s going to grab Quincy Douby and light him on fire in an attempt to smoke him.

    Actually, Kobe may play a minute or two of the fourth.
    -D

  • LakersLive FromDC

    Hey,Sactown…remember this,TAKE IT PERSONAL,

  • PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty

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    wow i remember watching that game…what a classic i say one of the greatest games in Laker Playoff History.

    We cant sleep on this team because they do have some good nights. But we gotta beat them big and extend our point margin, Cleveland is just doing unbelieveable right now! We have gotta kick their a$$e$

  • LakersLive FromDC

    AMEN,Pau,plus they don’t have Kevin Martin tonight but that dude Salmons (who’d I love to be in Laker uniform)likes playing against The Lakers,especially Kobe,we definately can’t sleep…Defense and LO have to be the keys victory.

    lakers 116-kings 91.

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/multimedia/photo_gallery/0806/nba.best.playoff.jump.shots/images/4.horry.jpg

  • FT

    looks like we’re losing another one.

    not the end of the world, but we’re letting sub-500 teams stick around and beat us.

    disappointed.

  • gugy

    Lakers, Say bye bye to 70+ wins this season.

    Focus on what is important. The Championiship!

  • domz