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The old adage, “Success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan” fits the Sacramento Kings' early hot start of three wins and one loss.
Not only is there a buzz in California’s capital city, there’s also national attention.
Last month, GM Pete D’Alessandro joined Jim Rome on his TV show.
On Monday, before the Kings' 110-105 win in Denver over the Nuggets, head coach Michael Malone joined Rome on his nationally syndicated radio show.
Here are a few sentiments Malone shared:
On DeMarcus Cousins' maturity
“DeMarcus, the best thing about it was, I think he finally realized that playing for his country, it’s not about DeMarcus Cousins, it was something much bigger than himself, and he’s also taken that back to Sacramento. It’s not just about DeMarcus, it’s about the Kings. And he has to be willing to do whatever it takes to help this team win. And I think he’s come back a better leader, he’s come back more mature, and he’s come back with a lot of confidence.”
On DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay playing together for Team USA:
“DeMarcus and Rudy went over there, the experience of being together the whole summer, they came back a lot closer, they came back I think really committed to doing whatever they needed to do as the leaders of our team to help us win.”
On the Kings' early start
“If we continue to defend the way we are, we’ll be in a lot of games. I love where our defense is at. I love how our guys are really communicating and sticking together and trusting each other.”
On his (Malone’s) commitment after last season ended to his players:
“My challenge to you is to come back an improved basketball player. I give you my word I will come back a better coach.”
Malone realizes it’s extremely early and things can change in the NBA in a hurry.
Sacramento’s next test is completing the home series with Denver tonight at Sleep Train Arena before embarking on a tough four game road trip – Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Memphis.
Only if the Kings sustain the early start, will there be more national media attention.
In the meantime, Malone is concerned with only one thing - the Denver Nuggets.