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Antoine Wright says that the Kings were a mess

Jun 15, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has an excellent story up today on former top prospect Antoine Wright, who has allowed himself to go from a top prospect to a first-round pick to a journeyman who spent last season playing in China and is now looking for an NBA job at the age of 27.

The piece is mainly about how Wright squandered a lot of opportunities throughout his career and now serves as something of a cautionary tale to incoming first-round picks.

But Wright also had some choice words for his last team, the Sacramento Kings, that should raise some eyebrows:

“My rift, really, with the organization was that I don’t think they prepared the guys enough to win basketball games,” Wright said. “We were probably the only team in the NBA that didn’t have a scouting report. How do you expect a young team to go out and carry a game plan? Every team I’ve been on, they give you a scouting report on every guy on the team, a couple paragraphs about each guy before you go out there and play against him.

“Coming on the court before the game was chaos — no structure whatsoever, and we kind of had a laid-back coach. Westphal was pretty laid back, and with a group of young guys, you’ve got to have somebody who comes in and disciplines them.”

Wright wasn’t even close to done yet.

“I’m not going to throw any of their players under the bus, but one of the main players who was a big part of our team, his attitude was really, really bad — I’m pretty sure you can figure out who that guy is,” he said before confirming that he was speaking of then-rookie forward-center DeMarcus Cousins. “Tyreke [Evans] had a pretty good attitude. His work ethic wasn’t great, but he’s a good young player. I believed in him completely. I just don’t think the coaches did enough to prepare us to win games.”

Yikes. The Kings did not comment on Wright’s statements about their team, and it’s entirely possible that his words are simply the ramblings of a disgruntled player who didn’t have things go his way in the NBA, but those are some troubling comments. The 24-58 Kings certainly looked like a mess on the court last season, and it sounds like a lot of that may have had to do with what they were doing between the games. Honestly, the team didn’t even prepare scouting reports for their players? If that’s true, it’s completely inexcusable for a team hoping to compete at the highest level.

Now that Sacramento’s Anaheim drama is dormant for at least a year, there’s a chance that they could pull things together and get more organized on every level, and that could easily translate into the team getting some wins out of its talented core of young players. But if what Wright said was anything close to the truth, the Kings are going to have to make some major changes off the court if they want to be successful in the near future.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jun 15, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    sounds like a team that was actively trying to disenfranchise fans to help their case for moving.

    I wonder how similar the situation was in Seattle a few years ago.

  2. randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    did anyone read that Mario Elie wouldnt take a picture with his Wrights mother?

    & then he got cut after the rift…

    If so, Mario Elie your mad whack dude, on the other hand – who would really care or want to take a pic with Mario Elie anyways… Its not like your gonna hang it up on the wall and ppl are gonna come over and say ” oh wow is that u and mario elie?!?!?!”

    Demarcus cousins is a teammate I would Hate to play with – why is he always so whiney on the court.

    no scouting report? R u kidding me…

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    What red flags? He was just calling it as he saw it. Truth hurts i guess. No scouting reports?? WTF??

  4. fridge843 - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Even 2ksports give scouting reports! I do miss good Kings basketball ball, could this be Y they look so terrible the last couple of years. I hope this moment of clarity wakes up the organization and they make sime improvements asap. Not a kings fan but i do root for ya!

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