The Sacramento Kings had a lackluster regular season in 2016, finishing 10th overall in the Western Conference (33-49). Although dominant teams like the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs would've made it impossible for the Kings to flourish in the postseason if they'd even got there, internal problems factored into the team's poor performances.
“As far as locker room chemistry, it wasn't the best, and I've around a couple teams now,” said point guard Rajon Rondo. “It doesn't have to be to where guys always like each other, but on the court we didn't sacrifice enough for one another to be successful.”
Team chemistry was not the only issue for the Kings organization. Star player DeMarcus Cousins has had a feudal relationship with now former head coach George Karl in recent times, and dramatic connection between the two does not resonate well with the rest of the team.
“Too much tension,” continued Rondo on the Cousins-Karl issue. “I’ve never witnessed or experienced a thing like that in my 10-year career.”
If the Kings want to improve next season, they must address these central problems and work as a cohesive unit to better the organization as a whole.
“I think as a team you have to want the best for the next man beside you,” continued Rondo. “And that wasn’t the case with the Sacramento Kings.”
As a result of Rondo's experiences with the Boston Celtics and his brief time with the Dallas Mavericks, he seems to know a thing or two about how a successful team operates, especially considering he was a NBA champion back in 2008.
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