So the Kings are playing their first official game in Stockton in 20 years tonight (yes, tonight), and the best The Record can do is a youth movement puff piece centered around El Flacco's new contract? They should have been writing that shit a fucking month ago. Today should have been breaking the game down by position. You know, previewing the actual God damn game.
Or they could have picked one of the 50 other running sideplots for this game. Will Spencer Hawes continue to improve? Is Jason Thompson going to be the steal of the draft? Aren't those new unis snazzy? That's three easy fucking story ideas that I just pulled out of my ass that could have been printed throughout the month to help build excitement for the game. Instead, we get one half assed puff piece that doesn't even mention the best player on the team.
Kevin Martin, the leader of the youth movement the article was about, is treated an afterthought. He's the guy Cisco has to share minutes with in the backcourt. Don't get me wrong, I love Francisco Garcia and am stoked that he extended his deal, but if you're going to write an article that's going to be the only analysis we get from the Record before the game, it should probably be about someone who actually starts.
On a sidenote, I don't know why it took me so long to realize this, but the two ads that have been running for the game and the photo contest feature the exact same pictures of the players, just moved around within the ad so they don't exactly mirror each other. Are there that few pictures of Kings players out there?