It's been a long time since the Sacramento Kings have been a good, competitive team. Hell, it's been a long time since they made the playoffs. 15 years, to be more accurate.
The future seemed bright for the Kings over the past couple of years. They have had some lottery picks and promising players such as De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Tyrese Haliburton.
However, they just can't seem to get better. Their front office constantly makes questionable decisions, struggles to hold on to their top players, and the cycle goes on and on.
That's why, when Sacramento Kings radio reporter Sean Cunningham asked Charles Barkley whether the fans should be encouraged by the team's future, the Hall of Famer was far from optimistic:
"No, I do not. Unfortunately, I do not," Barkley said. "You know, I'm a big De'Aaron Fox fan. But I don't see anything that makes me say - I love watching De'Aaron Fox play but man - I hate saying that too 'cause I actually like Sacramento, I think it's an underrated city. I've enjoyed my time there. I've spent a good amount of time there with my boss (...) and I'll say this: When they first got into the NBA I thought that they had one of the best fanbases in the world. And, when Chris Webber got there it was even better. But I gotta be honest with you, man. I am perplexed why they're not getting better. Like, the Atlanta Hawks they're getting better, you see, they win a series and have a good shot at beating Philadelphia, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Is something going on in the organization? It's gotta be because they get lottery picks as long as I remember, and I'm like 'Man, you should be getting better' and they're not getting better."
The Kings need to take a dig look in the mirror and hit the drawing board. They have enough talent to at least make a playoff push, just like the Atlanta Hawks did.