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Sacramento breaks ground on new arena for Kings

  The Sacramento Kings have officially broken ground on their new downtown arena. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and other city and team leaders gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Downtown Plaza on Wednesday, though work at the site started months ago. The $477 million arena is expected to open for the 2016-17 season. Sacramento won its fight...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sacramento breaks ground on new Kings arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have officially broken ground on their new downtown arena. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and other city and team leaders gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Downtown Plaza on Wednesday, though work at the site started months ago. The $477 million arena is expected to open for the 2016-17 season. Sacramento...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Silver Prefers Relocation Over Expansion, '30 Teams Feels Right'

The NBA was close to returning to Seattle in 2013, but the Sacramento Kings ultimately did not relocate. With franchise valuations at an all-time, expansion would give other NBA owners an instant influx of cash. "I think it is possible some teams can be in different markets, but expansion is not on our agenda right now," said Silver when asked if there will be more than...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ben McLemore is featured in Pizza Guys commercial

West Coast chain Pizza Guys used to do spots with Isaiah Thomas, who was then playing for the Sacramento Kings. Thomas got traded to Phoenix in the summertime so the franchise had to look for a new face from the Kings. Enter Ben McLemore as the new Pizza Guy. Check out his new commercial right here: Not bad, Ben. Pretty soon, you’ll be as good of a Pizza Guy as Isaiah Thomas....
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé has pitched the idea of playing defense with 4 players while the other player cherry picks

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé is trying to have his hand in everything the team does this season. Since most people don’t believe that the Kings will contend for a playoff spot this season, Ranadivé is trying to find ways to get people to talk about his team. With Ranadivé thinking outside of the box, he has come up with an idea that will definitely have people talking...
Via No Guts, No Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 Sacramento Kings Regular Season Preview

The Kings are highly unlikely to escape the lottery this season. Last year the Kings were every bit as bad as we’ve gotten used to them being over the last near-decade, and that doesn’t stand to change very much in 2014-15. Instead of re-signing Isaiah Thomas for a few million per year more than they wanted to, they brought in Darren Collison and Ramon Sessions for about the...
Via The Lottery Mafia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vivek Ranadive of the Sacramento Kings Vies For Title of NBA’s Worst Owner

So long, Donald Sterling. The exiled, former Los Angeles Clippers owner has left his seat open as basketball’s worst holder of a franchise....
Via Athlon Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jason Thompson trade interest rising

The Sacramento Kings have been very active in trade discussions over the last couple of years, and they are still looking to move power forward Jason Thompson if possible. He is a talented bench piece, but the Kings have plenty of depth at the power forward position and he is simply too pricey for them to keep around with his current contract. According to a report from Grantland’s...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings Receive Trade Interest In Jason Thompson

The rising cap has triggered renewed interest from teams in trading for Jason Thompson, according to multiple sources. The Kings like to use a small-ball lineup and could use Thompson as a backup center. Thompson is signed through the 16-17 season.
Via RealGM
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranadivé Pitched 4-On-5 Defense To Have 5th Player Cherry-Pick

Vivek Ranadivé has pitched an idea to the Sacramento Kings' brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense to leave one player to cherry-pick on the offensive end of the floor, according to multiple sources. The Kings won't try that idea, but their D-League affiliate might experiment with the concept. Ranadivé is committed to pushing boundaries in his search for an offbeat brand...
Via RealGM
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings Injury Update: Ben McLemore recieved stiches following a collision with Wayne Ellington during Friday's game

Sacramento Kings sophomore guard Ben McLemore has received five stitches after colliding with the Lakers' Wayne Ellington during Sacramento's recent preseason contest against Los Angeles. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of the Kings' 93-92 win at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The contest, the seventh and final preseason game for Sacramento, saw McLemore...
Via NBA Injury News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 Fantasy Basketball: Top 150 9-Cat Rankings

Photo credit: Keith Allison With only a couple days left until the 2014-15 NBA season kicks off, it’s always nice to gander at the latest up-to-date rankings before you head into your fantasy basketball drafts. Hence, the reason TheFantasyFix is dropping Top-150 9-cat rankings for our readers at this time as factors like depth chart changes, injuries, minute allotments, preseason...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings F Gay, G McLemore cleared to play in season opener

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore have been cleared to play in the team's season opener this week. The Kings said Saturday that a CT scan on Gay's jaw showed no fracture. He was injured in the second quarter of Sacramento's 93-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday night's preseason finale. The team said McLemore...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2014/15 Sacramento Kings: Rising Sideways

(DeMarcus Cousins by Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports)   It’s that magical time of year in the NBA, when hope springs eternal and all teams think that the upcoming season will be their best ever. While some teams will surely be rising up, the same amount will be rising down, with the rest floating along treading water (rising sideways). Since we at The Hoops Manifesto are always...
Via Hoops Manifesto
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Will DeMarcus Cousins Be the Best Big Man in the NBA?

My crystal ball is telling me that DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins will be the best big man in the NBA by season’s end. Bold prediction right? I say no. DeMarcus Cousins is set to have his best season as a pro, and I am here to tell you this before it happens. The 24 year-old pro has scratched the surface as one of the best young talents in the NBA, but this is the year he takes...
Via The Front Office News
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sacramento Kings preview: Player Projections

Just eight days away from the Sacramento Kings’ tipoff and Isportweb’s third and final season preview has finally arrived. In our first two previews we analyzed the Kings’ roster and competition. It is now time to make some daring predictions on how the players will actually perform. The following are my statistical projections for some key players on the Kings roster. Starters...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Down 16 points at one time, young Spurs make comeback to defeat Kings

AT&T CENTER – Heading into the fourth quarter down 78-77 to the Sacramento Kings Monday, the San Antonio Spurs were 12 minutes away from making a full comeback, as they had been down by as much as 16 points in the game. With the Kings playing most of their starters throughout the night and even […]
Via Project Spurs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sacramento Kings Make It Official, Pick up Option on Ben McLemore

As of yesterday (10/19) the Sacramento Kings General Manager, Pete D’Alessandro, announced that Ben McLemore’s option has been picked up for the 2015-16 NBA season. Ben McLemore, who averaged over 15 points a game at Kansas, was drafted in the 1st round by the Sacramento Kings. He is clearly a work in progress but Sacramento feels that he is someone worth investing in. On Wednesday...
Via Basketball Bicker
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings Injury Update: DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's loss with 'Achilles soreness'

During the Sacramento Kings’ recent trip to Beijing for a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets, DeMarcus Cousins was unable to play because of some ‘Achilles soreness’.Now before you fantasy owners go looking for a trade, rotoworld.com is reporting that despite the soreness, Cousins’ injury isn’t considered serious. It’s more likely that with all the travel during...
Via NBA Injury News
14 days ago  |  Discuss

2014-15 NBA Preview: Sacramento Kings

Sacramento has made some perplexing decisions the past few seasons, even after the Bluths Maloofs were fired. As the other front offices loaded up with advanced weaponry and statistics that needed entire teams to handle things, the Kings were still defending their moat with a few bows and arrows and t-shirt cannons. But they hired Dean Oliver for a prominent role in the organization...
Via Analytics Game
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Stauskas surprised by response to ‘white rookie’ comments

TweetLast weekend, Sacramento Kings rookie Nik Stauskas learned how athletes are constantly under a microscope when he made headlines for the following statement about how opponents will attack him this season: “I understand that I’m a rookie and I’m white, so people are going to attack me at all times,” he said. “Just coming out there in the game, I felt it right away...
Via Los That Sports Blog
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings rookie busted sending photo of per diem to girlfriend

What happens when NBA rookies get that first envelope with the daily per diem? In Nik Stauskas’ case, he took a photo...
Via Busted Coverage
22 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMarcus Cousins has great reply to Euro reporter's question

United States forward DeMarcus Cousins was given an impromptu quiz on his geography skills during a press session in Spain for the FIBA World Cup, with one European reporter asking him if he knew where Slovenia was located. While most Americans also could not point out the country on a map, none of could us could have given a better answer than Cousins: Classic U.S. moment: European...
Via Next Impulse Sports
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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