Blake Ellington

Blake Ellington is the author of Bleed Black and Purple, a blog about the Sacramento Kings.

Web Site: http://bleedblackandpurple.blogspot.com/


It’s time to move past the Michael Malone firing

Jan 29, 2015
It’s time to move past the Michael Malone firing

By Dustin Bailey

The old adage goes; it takes a lifetime to build trust, but only a moment to break it.

Kings fans have been proclaiming their dismay and frustrations since the December firing of Michael Malone. The once-adored front office now finds itself backpedalling from a move that seemingly...

Did the Kings sacrifice moderate success for better, long-term success?

Dec 31, 2014

By Dustin Bailey

Kings fans are in the middle of a rough patch. There is no easy way to put it. There are many who are discouraged, outraged and threatening to not renew season tickets for the upcoming season. This discontent comes, mainly, from one ill-fated decision made by a young front office that...

The Kings coaching search leaves more questions than answers

Dec 20, 2014
The Kings coaching search leaves more questions than answers

By Dustin Bailey

The Sacramento Kings have, to say the least, been an unstable franchise for about a decade now. Kings fans worldwide rejoiced when the Maloofs’ sale of the franchise to the Seattle-based investment group was blocked and the Vivek Ranadive group was given the green light by...

Managing the expectations of Kings fans

Nov 19, 2014
Managing the expectations of Kings fans

By Dustin Bailey

In an age of instantaneous gratification, access and knowledge how does a sudden turnaround in improvement impact expectations?

The Kings lost the first game of the season against the Golden State Warriors, who are arguably the best team in the league, and Kings fans where ready to...

Managing the expectations of Kings fans

Nov 19, 2014
Managing the expectations of Kings fans

By Dustin Bailey

In an age of instantaneous gratification, access and knowledge how does a sudden turnaround in improvement impact expectations?

The Kings lost the first game of the season against the Golden State Warriors, who are arguably the best team in the league, and Kings fans where ready to...

Breaking down Ramon Sessions’ plus/minus

Nov 14, 2014

By Dustin Bailey

Statistics can be a funny thing. Recently, the NBA has trended toward advanced analytics to determine a player’s value. These can range from very obscure metrics such as dribbles per possession, to more broad stats like the famous plus/minus, which measures the team's scoring verse an opponent’s when a given player...

Breaking down Ramon Sessions’ plus/minus

Nov 14, 2014

By Dustin Bailey

Statistics can be a funny thing. Recently, the NBA has trended toward advanced analytics to determine a player’s value. These can range from very obscure metrics such as dribbles per possession, to more broad stats like the famous plus/minus, which measures the team's scoring verse an opponent’s when a given player...

DeMarcus Cousins and his mistaken identity

Nov 5, 2014
DeMarcus Cousins and his mistaken identity

By Dustin Bailey

In a recent ESPN Insider article discussing the players with the most squandered talent Chad Ford said that DeMarcus Cousins was his pick:

“It's just tough to see that much talent out on the court and not see it live up to its full potential.”

To me, this is...

DeMarcus Cousins and his mistaken identity

Nov 5, 2014
DeMarcus Cousins and his mistaken identity

By Dustin Bailey

In a recent ESPN Insider article discussing the players with the most squandered talent Chad Ford said that DeMarcus Cousins was his pick:

“It's just tough to see that much talent out on the court and not see it live up to its full potential.”

To me, this is...

Things will get better for the Kings despite rocky start

Oct 30, 2014
Things will get better for the Kings despite rocky start

By Dustin Bailey

How does one tell a formerly jaded fan base with a decade of losing to be patient and not hit the panic button knowing the team they love will most likely start 2-8, or 3-7?

Not easily.

The Kings enter the year with a very demanding schedule against...

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