Amick: Malik Monk-less Kings are searching for an identity

Apr 11, 2024, 8:33 AM

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 20: Domantas Sabonis #10 and Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings celebrate ag...

(Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

Since losing Sixth Man of the Year favorite Malik Monk to a knee injury, the Sacramento Kings have struggled down the final stretch of the regular season.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick joined The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross on Thursday morning to share his thoughts on how Monk’s absence has hurt Sacramento, dive into the current state of the NBA postseason race, and much more.

Plus: Sam explains why he feels the Kings are experiencing an identity crisis as they adapt to life without Monk and Kevin Huerter.

YouTube video

Topics Discussed

  • Sam and the guys reflect on the passing of OJ Simpson
  • The Kings and Pelicans will meet on Thursday for a crucial game in the NBA postseason race
  • Sam says the loss of Malik Monk has been a significant hurdle for Sacramento
  • “They are just inconsistent… It’s going to be a Play-In scenario, most likely.”
  • While the Kings have improved on defense (they are 14th in defensive rating), they are still near the bottom of the West.
  • “They are down significant players, and other teams are getting healthy… You just don’t know what to make of these guys. They just don’t have it right now, and it’s a bad time of the year to not have it.”
  • Amick says the Kings have an identity problem
  • The Lakers and Warriors could meet in the 9-10 Play-In game
  • Has the Play-In been a success for the NBA?
  • Is Giannis Antetokounmpo expected to miss an extended period of time?
  • Klay Thompson’s free agency could affect the Kings’ chances of retaining Malik Monk

Listen to The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross from 6 – 10 a.m. PST, Monday through Friday, on Sactown Sports 1140.

Click here for full episodes of The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross.

More on Malik Monk & the Kings

Senior NBA Insider believes Sacramento has ‘decent shot’ to keep Malik Monk

When is the next Sacramento Kings game?

Sacramento will return home for the final three games of the regular season, and they will be welcomed back with a back-to-back that could very well make or break its chase of the sixth-seed race in the West standings.

The Kings will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night in front of a national audience on TNT before meeting the Phoenix Suns 24 hours later on Friday.

If Sacramento wants to avoid the Play-In, they will likely need both wins against two teams that are also looking to secure an automatic playoff berth and avoid any single-elimination scenarios.

New Orleans has dominated the Kings this season, holding a 4-0 record while outscoring Sacramento by an average of 21.0 points during four matchups.

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Pelicans coverage, beginning at 5:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 7:00 PM PST tip-off from Golden 1 Center.

YouTube video

Upcoming Schedule

  • Thursday, April 11th – Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans – 7:00 PM PST
  • Friday, April 12th – Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns – 7:00 PM PST
  • Sunday, April 14th – Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers – 12:30 PM PST (End of regular season)

Postseason Schedule

  • Tuesday, April 16th-Friday, April 19th – NBA Play-In Tournament (Teams & matchups TBD)
  • Saturday, April 20th – NBA Playoffs begin

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


Sacramento Kings

Assistant coach Riccardo Fois of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a basket during the second half ...

Brenden Nunes

Report: Sacramento adds assistant Riccardo Fois to coaching staff

Italian National Team head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco announced his assistant, Riccardo Fois, will join Sacramento's staff as an assistant.

1 day ago

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls looks on against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of the NBA...

Amiliano Fragoso

Chicago Bulls Insider can’t fully gauge the Kings’ interest in Zach Lavine

Chicago Bulls insider K.C. Johnson joined The Drive Guys to talk about the Kings and their interest in SG Zach LaVine.

1 day ago

Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings reacts after making a three-point shot against the New Orlean...

Brenden Nunes

Report: Malik Monk signs four-year, $78-million deal with Kings

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Malik Monk has as agreed to a four year, $78-million deal to return to the Sacramento Kings.

3 days ago

Pascal Siakam #43 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball while being guarded by Davion Mitchell #1...

Brenden Nunes

Why Pascal Siakam didn’t prefer a trade to Sacramento

The Athletic's Sam Amick shared new details around the Pascal Siakam to the Sacramento Kings trade rumors that floated mid-season.

3 days ago

De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings reacts with teammate Malik Monk #0 after a play in the thir...

Brenden Nunes

De’Aaron Fox says he hasn’t spoke to Malik Monk about free agency

At his kid's camp, De'Aaron Fox shared with reporters that "doesn't ask" Malik Monk about his looming free agency,

3 days ago

De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings speaks to head coach Mike Brown in a break against the Toro...

Brenden Nunes

De’Aaron Fox appreciates the stability that comes with extending Mike Brown

At his kid's camp, De'Aaron Fox spoke about his appreciation of the stability that comes with extending coach Mike Brown.

3 days ago

Amick: Malik Monk-less Kings are searching for an identity