Tristan Thompson called out the Sacramento Kings a week ago, saying that none of the franchises legends were coming to help them. Following the Kings loss on Monday to a Philadelphia 76ers team playing a lot of backups, Thompson blasted his team's soft play.
“You can’t be nice in this league. You can’t be nice. Nice teams always finish last or get excited about lottery balls.”
Thompson implored his teammates to play tough. After Kings center Richaun Holmes absorbed a hard foul during the game, Thompson was upset that no one stood up for their teammate by giving a hard foul or setting a hard screen.
As far as their play, Thompson said everyone needs to be better. He included players, coaches and executives as needing to improve.
Sacramento fired Luke Walton this week and promoted Alvin Gentry into the role of interim head coach. The loss to the Sixers was the Kings fourth in a row and dropped the team to 6-12 on the season.