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#1 Posted on 10.3.05 1026.50
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    No white flags in front office
    By Mark Kreidler -- Bee Sports Columnist
    Published 2:15 am PST Thursday, March 10, 2005

    And now, direct from Pretzel Logic Productions: The Kings - these Kings, the ones with no Webber, no Christie and still no Bobby Jackson - as a serious conference-title contender.

    Don't look at me; I'm just telling you what they're talking about in the team's front office. Which is, of course, the one place you'd expect to know better.

    Just when the fan base was getting used to a comfortably diminished expectation for this season, the franchise's movers and shakers have quietly begun to go the other way. As people publicly discuss the Kings getting a decent opponent and maybe pulling a first-round surprise, the folks behind the recent in-season roster overhaul are, very privately, thinking bigger.

    But not always so privately. When I asked player personnel director Jerry Reynolds on Wednesday what constituted a fair hope for this new-look team, Reynolds answered immediately, and with what I take to be a straight face, "They'll be one of the five or six teams with a chance to win the conference, and one of maybe seven or eight with a chance to win it all."

    Wait, win it all? This is the team with Brian Skinner where Chris Webber used to be, right?

    "Hopefully, we'll get healthier and get 17 or 18 games where we have everybody available," said Geoff Petrie, the architect of the new look. "If we do, I think we can do some damage."

    Coming from Petrie, the team's president of basketball operations, that's giddy drunken glee. It's also the kind of talk that feels spectacularly out of step with the prevailing sentiment.


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#2 Posted on 10.3.05 1043.53
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If Duncan stays banged up, and with a weak Laker team with no inside presence, anything is possible...

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#3 Posted on 10.3.05 1053.53
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I still would to the Webber deal over again but you have to look at the results. The Kings have been playing better and the Sixers worse.
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#4 Posted on 10.3.05 1150.04
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I knew it. Ewing Theory. Peja's MVP-like numbers last year with Webber gone proved it.
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#5 Posted on 10.3.05 1506.15
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    Originally posted by Kawshen
    I knew it. Ewing Theory. Peja's MVP-like numbers last year with Webber gone proved it.

If the Kings are going to make a run, they better hope they don't play any 7th games or expect Peja to come through in one if they do get put in that situation.
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#6 Posted on 12.3.05 0459.37
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Look for "76ers Buyers' Remorse, Bibby for MVP" analyses to arrive shortly.

For the Kings to keep squeaking out wins with Miller, Jackson and my new best friend Cuttino Mobley on the bench and Peja doing absolutely nothing of consequence, it's really very remarkable. Darius Songaila, Eurothug #1. Eddie House, I LOVE YOU MAN.

Didn't Webber actually get booed in Philly this week? Oh my.
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