The Kings fan in me slaps the crap out of the NBA fan if I even start to think about something like that, but as someone who was a Celtics fan for over 20 years before the Kings came to Sacramento I admit it's tantalizing to ponder.
i, on the other hand, am much less forgiving of a franchise like this one. demarcus cousins should have demanded a trade a long time ago, and after so much upheaval and mismanagement, the kings would have deserved it. i honestly wish that cousins had demanded a trade somewhere between the maloofs attempting to move the team to seattle and vivek ranadive firing mike malone and eventually replacing him with george karl. yes, a trade demand can easily be construed as selfish or entitled when a superstar chooses such a path, but in some cases, it is also simply a reflection of the conditions of the franchise in question.
again, the kings would have deserved it. and more importantly, perhaps they would have learned something from it. that demarcus cousins has instead pledged his undying loyalty to a sad sack franchise that could be generously referred to as a dumpster fire on its best day is an unending perplexity to me. and worse, it does nothing to reinforce the need for change in how this franchise operates itself (regardless of who happens to be in charge). i don't want to see more patchwork moves at the trade deadline or during the offseason. i don't want to see more mediocrities brought in with the hope that this team can win enough games to earn the destruction that would await them as an 8th seed. the kings needed to be playing .400 ball during mike malone's first year. they needed to be at or over .500 in his second. yet here they are with their umpteenth coach in whatever seasons, still nowhere closer to 41 wins. missing the playoffs this season just amounts to another wasted year of cousins' career. he's still in his prime, but by the time the kings get to the playoffs--IF they ever get to the playoffs--his superstardom will be heading towards its inevitable downturn. that's no way to move forward as a franchise.
anyway, the kings-fan-in-me has clearly given up on suppressing the-nba-fan-in-me's desire to watch boogie cousins achieve some measure of success during his career. it's not forever, an nba career. these guys only have so many years in which to make their mark. as admirable as it is for cousins to envision a returning of playoff basketball to sacramento, it's just such a long shot, at this point.