4:16 PM EDT, Sat August 30, 2014
Sacramento Bee 16 hours ago

US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.
Sacramento Bee 16 hours ago
Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, right, shouts to his player Maxym Korniyenko during a EuroBasket European Basketball Championship quarterfinal match against Croatia in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Fratello won 667 games as an NBA coach, though none since the 2006-07 season with Memphis. He's best known now for his work as a TV analyst, and the Hackensack, N.J., native's only work...
Sacramento Bee 19 hours ago
No ruling yet in Sacramento arena subsidy suit

No ruling yet in Sacramento arena subsidy suit

A judge will continue to ponder the fate of a lawsuit challenging the city of Sacramento’s $255 million subsidy for the new Kings arena. The proposed design for the King's downtown arena includes five glass aircraft hangar doors that can fold upward to create a 40-foot opening to an outdoor plaza on the north side of the building.
Sacramento Bee Aug 28, 2014
Judge issues split decision in suit challenging Sacramento arena contribution

Judge issues split decision in suit challenging Sacramento arena contribution

A group of Sacramentans suing to block the city’s subsidy for the new Kings arena got a split decision from a judge today. Exterior demolition begins at the Downtown Plaza at 515 L Street as the struggling shopping mall began giving way to the site of the new Sacramento Kings arena on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in Sacramento.
Sacramento Bee Aug 28, 2014

Davis embracing Team USA leadership role

Anthony Davis is eager, not to mention proud, to accept the physical risks that go with playing without pay for Team USA.
Sacramento Bee Aug 28, 2014

Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.
Sacramento Bee Aug 26, 2014

Davis, US beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Ailene Voisin: Team USA selection is milestone moment for DeMarcus

Ailene Voisin: Team USA selection is milestone moment for DeMarcus

During the late-night, in-house celebration that erupted when DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay were named to Team USA for the 2014 FIBA World Cup that begins Saturday in Spain, one Kings official posed the following trivia question: When was the last time two Kings were named to the 12-man roster representing the United States in the Olympics or World Cup, the latter competition formerly known as the World Championships? DeMarcus Cousins, playing for Team USA against the Dominican Republic Wednesday, persisted in his efforts to make the squad despite rejections.
Sacramento Bee Aug 24, 2014
Leading Off: Is it good Cousins, Gay made U.S. team?

Leading Off: Is it good Cousins, Gay made U.S. team?

When USA Basketball announced the 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup after Friday’s victory over Puerto Rico, it wasn’t a surprise the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay made the cut. Dominican Republic forward Orlando Sanchez (16) defends as U.S. forward Rudy Gay protects the ball during the first half of an exhibition basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The United States won 105-62.
Sacramento Bee Aug 23, 2014
US basketball decides bigger is better with roster

US basketball decides bigger is better with roster

A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose's health made Damian Lillard expendable. United States center DeMarcus Cousins, left, shares a laugh with United States guard DeMar DeRozan in the second half of an exhibition basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The United States defeated the Dominican Republic 105-62. DeRozan and Rudy Gay each scored 13 points in the game. USA Basketball guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls shoots during a team practice in at the Brooklyn Nets training facility in...
Sacramento Bee Aug 23, 2014

Cousins, Gay make 12-man Team USA roster for World Cup

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay will play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup starting next Saturday.
Sacramento Bee Aug 23, 2014
US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

The U.S. has picked the 12 players it believes can defend its world basketball title. DeMarcus Cousins’ “attitude is tremendous because he wouldn’t keep coming back to be a part of Team USA if it didn’t mean something to him,” Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said. USA Basketball guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls speaks to the press after a team practice at the Brooklyn Nets training facility in East Rutherford, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Team USA faces the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night in advance of the FIBA World Cup Basketball...
Sacramento Bee Aug 21, 2014

Arena site demolition ‘going as planned’ as debris piles up, gets trucked out

With remarkable speed, the eastern half of Downtown Plaza is being reduced to a pile of rubble and recycling materials. Aerial photo of the demolition of the downtown plaza in Sacramento on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. A worker moves one of the new pieces of equipment Thursday that will help in the demolition of Downtown Plaza, where the new Kings arena will be built. A gigantic excavator has arrived in pieces and is being assembled for the next phase. A worker trains a water stream on Downtown Plaza debris to hold down dust. Building demolition is scheduled to be complete in...
Sacramento Bee Aug 21, 2014
US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

Derrick Rose heard the fans chanting his name, and yes, he would've loved to give them what they wanted. Dominican Republic guard Juan Coronado (6), U.S. center DeMarcus Cousins and U.S. assistant coach Tom Thibodeau react as U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski holds the ball while an official rules possession goes to the U.S. team in the first half of an exhibition basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Dominican Republic center Jack Michael Martinez (15) and forward Edward Santana (8) defend U.S. guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an...
Sacramento Bee Aug 20, 2014
As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward. CORRECTS NEW ORLEANS TEAM NAME TO PELICANS, INSTEAD OF JAZZ - USA Basketball forward/center Anthony Davis (42), of the New Orleans Pelicans, posts up against a coach during a team practice at the Brooklyn Nets' training facility in East Rutherford, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. CORRECTS NEW ORLEANS TEAM NAME TO PELICANS, INSTEAD OF JAZZ - U.S. forward/center Anthony Davis, of the New Orleans Pelicans, posts up against a coach during basketball practice at the Brooklyn Nets' training facility in East...

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