Team Source Calls Sacramento Kings "Basketball Hell"

It's been obvious—for 16 years now—that something is just not right with the Sacramento Kings. They just missed the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season, and now one source inside the organization calls the situation "basketball hell."

Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports that the team insider describes a "toxic workplace" where "people don't trust each other."

Former Kings forward Rudy Gay once used the line, and this team source concurs, it is best described as "basketball hell."

People are not treated well. They’re not valued. It’s a toxic workplace where there are some super-talented people who either move on or get let go for different reasons. It’s unfortunate because I think people come with really pure intentions and want to turn it around.

The source pins many of the problems on Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive. "A lot of this stuff starts at the top." 

Over these 16 straight losing years, the team has gone through two ownership groups, four GMs and 11 coaches. As noted by veteran Harrison Barnes, one of only two players who've been with the team for at least four years, the instability has to end. 

"It's been a lot of tough times"

"Since I’ve been here, it’s been a lot of ups and downs. It’s been a lot of tough times. It’s been a lot of changing parts — roster-wise, coaching-wise, front office-wise — so I think moving forward, in order to establish a culture where people do feel equity and do feel the need to want to change that narrative, as opposed to Sacramento simply just being a stop on the way, either to another team or out of the league, we just have to embody that, and those are conversations we’ve had as a group.”

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