You gotta love the Sacramento Kings. In the
following last night's 109-97 loss to New Orleans -- the Kings were laying as high as -8.6 before closing -6.5 -- the phrase "effort" was used like 40 times. When DeMarcus Cousins is calling you out for not playing hard you know it was a gold old fashion tank job. The Kings will have a chance for redemption with tonight's road tilt at Utah. Bettors have already hit the total down from 202 to as low as 200.
"Not giving multiple efforts, not playing out defensive schemes – effort. Effort." (When asked if it's a lead my example thing that he can set and get guys to follow) "I can take the blame; I did a poor job of not speaking up in the beginning. I can take the blame for that – I should've spoken up in the beginning, and I didn't."
"I honestly can't tell you. Effort – that's all it is, effort." (On how frustrating it is when they've talked so much about not having letdowns like this) "It's been our problem all year. We're all talk right now – not backing up what we're preaching, so we look foolish."