Report: Kings Owner Vivek Ranadivé Suggested Playing 4-on-5 Defense

by October 28, 2014

Owning an NBA team seems like a fun way for a billionaire to pass the time, and try to live out their wildest basketball fantasies.

Case in point: Vivek Ranadivé. The Kings owner has reportedly and awesomely suggested playing 4-on-5 defense, and leaving one guy to cherry-pick on offense.

The franchise’s D-League affiliate might experiment with this hilarious idea.

Per Grantland:

The Kings played around .500 ball when all three of Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins, and Isaiah Thomas were healthy, but Thomas is gone, and the Kings have struggled on defense for damn near a decade now. Cousins has made huge strides on that end, but he’s never going to be an elite rim protector, and Mike Malone faces a huge challenge in getting these guys to play a coherent system.


Good news, though: The Kings are going to be entertaining! Owner Vivek Ranadivé has pitched the idea to the team’s brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense and leaving one player to cherry-pick, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The Kings aren’t actually going to do that, but their D-League might, and it shows Ranadivé is committed to pushing boundaries in his search for an offbeat brand of “position-less” ball.