Kings VP of Basketball Ops Geoff Petrie
discusses the Kings pre-draft process following today's workout.
Following the Kings unbelievable victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, I was able to steal a few more minutes with Coach Paul Westphal while the team is on the road. The Kings have two more games on its seven game-all-star break-interrupted road trip that has seen some pretty high high's and low low's. It doesn't get any easier for the team in purple and black as they play back-to-back games in Charlotte and Memphis before returning home to what has become a fire storm of controversy with the team's ownership pondering relocation. Coach Westphal and I talk victories, trades, rumors and relocation in yet another candid interview.
With all that is happening with your team right now, how proud are you of the effort that they brought tonight against a very good Orlando Magic team?
It's a very satisfying win. I'm happy for the players because when you take everything into account, you know, the trade deadline with its uncertainty, the losing streak we have been on, the injury to Tyreke, the upheaval with DeMarcus and Donté last week, just the specter of uncertainty with the arena situation and all the rumors surrounding that, and anybody's personal situation you know, players are wondering how their career is going, and in the midst of all of this stuff to be able to focus and play that well together and to really lay it out there like that and have success is quite a nice thing for these guys. They had to play hard, and they had to play together, and they had to focus - I'm really happy for all of these guys.
The NBA Draft is a lot like a game of checkers. There isn’t a ton of strategy involved. You basically take what is given to you and just try to jump everybody on the board. You hope that the end result is you as the victor and screaming, “King me!” throughout the game.
But now that the draft is over and the checkers ...
First, here is the reaction taken by Andrew Nicholson as he gets Geoff Petrie
's reaction to the pick of Tyreke Evans:
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