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Old 10-31-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Can Kings be a good defensive team?

Suddenly, a team that was the worst defensively in the NBA last season believes it can become a good defensive squad.

"He's brought confidence to all of us, and the belief we can turn this thing around," Cousins said. "When it's negative from every angle, including the people that lead you into battle are negative, it's hard. That right there changed a lot of things. He understands us, he relates to us. Everything's been good since he got here."

Smart spent hours going over every Kings game from last season. He also studied other teams across different eras looking for ways he could improve his squad.

"I knew the team had certain flaws," Smart said. "Certain players that we had needed to get better at doing certain things. I knew the No. 1 thing was this team had to get in better shape. And I knew if they followed that, other things would fall into place."

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: Can Kings be a good defensive team?

Much improved yes good probably not but there is potenital for sure and heres why,

The PG's: Both Brooks and Thomas are speed demons who could take turns full court pressuring and going all out on D, they both can be posted up but there is few PG's who are good post up players, they can provide insane energy and pressure and cause havoc for guards bringing the ball up or big men who put the ball on the floor

The SG's: Tyrke, Thorton, Garcia: non of these guys are really anything above average defenders, Tyreke if he applied himself could certainly be a good one conisidering his strength, Thorton has good explosion but i have never really rated his D and while Garcia is smart he just don't have the athletic ability to go with the gun's playing @SG

The SF's: James Johnson and rookie T-Robinson: both athetlic beasts, both tough and can defend from SG-PF (depending on who), Johnson is known as a good defender and Coach Smart has said TROB could be a gun, so i think at SF they are very strong defensivly

The Big's: Cousins lead the league in charges and had good steal and ok block numbers and cause a load of turnovers from other teams, the lost weight in the summer should help if he avoids silly fouls, Chuck Hayes is a defensive monster 6'5 put it don't matter hes just a gun on D. Jason Thompson long range atheltic but needs to get meaner and tougher on D.

I think they can make big improvements on the defensive end but it might take more than one year for them to be a good team although if they work hard the potential is there
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Can Kings be a good defensive team?

I definitely believe they can. They have the skill level and some improved defensive mentality. Just a question on how well some of the other, less defensive minded players play.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:44 AM   #4
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Default Re: Can Kings be a good defensive team?

The Bulls showed the kings what it takes to be a good team on D 2night, Kings played solid D but still commited to many silly turnovers and fouls which killed their D.
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Default Re: Can Kings be a good defensive team?

They have a solid frontcourt presence but may be lacking ball pressure from their guards.
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Default Re: Can Kings be a good defensive team?

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They have a solid frontcourt presence but may be lacking ball pressure from their guards.

I agree which is kind of suprising as Brooks, Thomas and Thornton are all very quick and should have no problems pressuring the ball.
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