"If I'm right, great. If I'm wrong, I'll step down."
Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and the team's GM Vlade Divac have been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism from the fan base after trading away All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, but they remain convinced that they've put themselves in a better position moving forward.
In fact, Vlade is so confident in the move that he has vowed to resign if the team isn't in a better place two years from now.
"I totally understand why some fans would be upset."
"They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I'm right, great. If I'm wrong, I'll step down. But if I go down, I'm going down my way."
Of course, if the Kings are still at the bottom of the Western Conference in two years Vlade probably won't have to resign because he'll be fired before he has a chance to step down, but I regress.
The clock is now ticking against Vlade and the Kings who have not made the post season since the 2005-06 season, which is also the last time they finished above .500.