Trade Deadline Assessment
Apparently its front office signed off on a Mike Bibby deal with the Lakers for picks and expiring contracts, only the Maloof Brothers nixed it because they couldn't stomach the thought of Bibby playing for their archrivals. This is funny for four reasons. First, there IS no Lakers-Kings rivalry anymore -- it died about three years ago and wasn't even that heated to begin with. Second, the Kings have no chance of being relevant again for the rest of the decade -- not with some of the contracts they're carrying. Third, it's never a good idea for owners to place personal feelings ahead of the best interests of their team (just look at the Celtics, who should have traded Pierce last summer but didn't). And fourth, Bibby's just about washed up -- he couldn't guard Tommy Heinsohn at this point. Anytime an agent has a chance to opt out of a deal for free agency and decides, "You know what? We'll keep this contract, it's fine," they're basically telling you, "My guy is overpaid and on the verge of being washed up." So congrats to the Maloofs for screwing their fans over. As their penalty, they should be forced to hop in a time machine, travel back to last weekend in Vegas, then walk the Strip for two straight nights wearing $30,000 Rolexes and three-piece suits covered in cash.