I tend to listen to things, and let things percolate. Am I still frustrated by Tyreke Evans and his, or what I see it as anyway, limiting and clownball level of play? Yes. But that's a lot of what last night's tweets and post was about.
That doesn't mean I think Keith Smart is an idiot, or what he's saying is necessarily right in his post-game interviews. I get Smart is in an impossible position, that if Smart is lucky, will end up with Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins backing him enough to the point where Smart can continue to push at them to grow as players.
If you haven't seen the presser of Smart's last night, I thought it was interesting (also entertaining but that's only the political side of it) from a number of vantages. Smart contradicted himself, IMO, when he said that the guys were running plays that we want run, and then noted Tyreke Evans took a couple of quick shots that weren't advised. Maybe I'm not understanding the distinction though on that one.
I did find the "we need to study the scouting reports" bit by Hayes and Smart from today's Bee by Jason Jones frustrating.
This quote I found particularly interesting:
"As we went through our personnel (Saturday) morning, Chuck's sitting on the side and really helping communicate what certain players can do, and that's what you need from a veteran on a young ballclub," Smart said.
Also, this is what Hayes is quoted as in Jones' story:
As Hayes put it, good teams "prepare well," and that is something he wants his teammates to learn.
"I had some great vets," Hayes said. "And I had some superstars like Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. I've been with stars in their prime and I've been with stars past their primes and just being professionals, so I get it."
Finally, there is a tremendous piece by James Ham at Cowbell Kingdom that illustrates the questions around Tyreke really remain. Here is a good portion of the piece:
Something is still wrong. Coach Westphal was the first to pay the price for the Kings struggles. Certainly Westphal had faults. For one, Westphal did not believe that all players should be handled with the same approach. While DeMarcus Cousins constantly received what can only be deemed tough love, Evans was instead nurtured, maybe even coddled. Neither approach seemed to have the desired effect.