Kings lose their Head…literally and figuratively.

After losing two in a row at Power Balance Pavilion, and with the return of Tyreke Evans just around the corner, the Sacramento Kings announced, in an official press release and via Twitter, that they have waived veteran guard Luther Head.

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The Kings today requested waivers on guard Luther Head, according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.
Head appeared in 36 games this season for the Kings, starting 14, including three games in a row last week.  In a little over 16 minutes a game, the six year veteran out of Illinois averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 assists per game while providing solid perimeter defense.  With the addition of Marcus Thornton and the impending return of Tyreke Evans, Luther Head was bound to get lost in a now crowded Kings back court that also includes Beno Udrih, Pooh Jeter and Jermain Taylor.
The Kings left this morning for Minnesota where they kick off their five game road trip against the T-Wolves on Sunday.  After losing to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, the Kings laid an absolute egg last night against the Philadelphia 76ers, eliciting a rare booing session from the Sacramento crowd.  During the post game, I asked Coach Westphal about not only the crowd reaction, but his team’s lack of enthusiasm on the court:
I don’t know if you can ever tell why (his team came out flat), it does happen to every team that they have a bad game, and this was a bad game for us.  I don’t blame the fans for booing, it wasn’t good basketball by us.  Uncharacteristically bad.  I told the team at halftime, “we have 16 wins, that’s not a good record, but we have not played a lot of bad basketball and in the first half we played bad basketball.” Our win total is what it is, but we expect to keep getting better and keep playing together and that’s why it’s discouraging tonight because that didn’t happen and the fans booed because of that.  It is uncharacteristic of our team and we will bounce back, but we have to call it what it was tonight, and it was the worst game we have played.

The Kings are down to their final 15 games of the season but 10 of those games are on road.  After 26 years in Sacramento, the fans very well could be down to their last five home games at the storied Arco Arena if the Maloof family decides to uproot the team and relocate to Anaheim this summer.  Let’s hope that the players understand the gravity of this particular point and make these last five home games special for one of the most loyal fanbases in the NBA.


James Ham

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