Poor health would hurt even more

Having to play through injuries again would make for another painful experience in Sacramento.

Updated: October 16, 2003, 11:19 AM ET
By Marc Stein |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Sacramento Kings.

Brad Miller
Brad Miller, left, will start at power forward in place of the injured Chris Webber.
Best Case Scenario
Three things need to happen for the Kings to maintain their 60-win level and re-establish themselves as a co-favorite to win the championship along with San Antonio and the L.A. Lakers.

1. Sustained health. No one can remember the last time the Kings had any. They don't start the season with any, either, as Chris Webber is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, likely sidelining Webber until December. "We're starting the season the way we always do," Vlade Divac said. Of course, the Kings will deal with injuries now if they knew that meant a healthy roster for the postseason.

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