Sacramento Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry scores team for ‘ridiculous’ performance in loss

SACRAMENTO, California – Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry knocked out his team after a 127-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night, calling their performance “absolutely ridiculous.”

“It’s the most disappointing thing I’ve been in the NBA in 34 years, I can honestly say that,” said Gentry, who recently left the NBA’s health and safety records. “That performance was absolutely ridiculous. We did not play hard, we did not compete. We did not watch the ball, we did not protect screen and roll. We did not follow the game plan. No competitiveness. They play with us in principle. I am completely disappointed. and everyone in this building must be disappointed. “

De’Aaron Fox scored 12 points in his return for the Kings after missing nearly two weeks in the NBA Protocol on Health and Safety. Sacramento led by one point at halftime, but after Fox stood and watched a dunk with one hand early in the third quarter, the Grizzlies went on a 24-5 run in just under four minutes.

Sacramento came on in the beginning of the fourth inside 91-79, but Memphis went on another big run and pulled away.

Gentry is filling in for Luke Walton, who was sacked last month after the start of the 6-11 season. The Kings have gone 7-10 since then and have lost seven of their past nine games as they sit outside the Western Conference playoff picture again.

“I feel like teams come in here and like their chops for sure,” said Kings guard Terence Davis. “It’s up to us to protect our home rights. We have to fix the little things. No excuses. Once we get to the same site, all on board, this team is very talented. It will come.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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