12:32 AM EDT, Sat August 02, 2014

USA Basketball Showcase: Shaun Livingston responds to Paul George's injury

Newly-acquired Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston took to Twitter after Paul George's injury at the USA Basketball Showcase to share some empathetic words. Few are better positioned to provide any sort of insightful words about Paul George's devastating injury during the USA Basketball showcase than new Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, whose own misfortune is well-known among basketball fans. I know people are in shock from Paul George's injury. He will be able to bounce back bc he has a warrior mentality. — Shaun Livingston (@ShaunLivingston) August 2, 2014 I...
Sactown Royalty 4 hours ago

USA Men's Basketball Showcase: Open Thread

This is your open thread to watch DeMarcus Cousins and the rest of the Team USA hopefuls compete in an open showcase tonight on ESPN at 6 pm Pacific. Go Boogie! Go USA! Down with Plumlee!

USA Basketball Showcase: Rosters, TV schedule, 2014 FIBA world cup positional battles

Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will be on opposing teams for tonight's USA Basketball showcase in Las Vegas (6 p.m. PST, ESPN). USA Basketball Showcase USA Blue Team vs. USA White Team Time: 6 p.m. PST TV: ESPN For those of you who have not been keeping up with the happenings of the USA Basketball training camp, here's a quick summary of what's gone on so far: Stephen Curry should be considered a lock to make this team. Klay Thompson might not be a lock, but can make a good case for getting a spot. Thompson's 3-point shootout loss to Kyle Korver really...
Sactown Royalty 9 hours ago

Cousins has a chance to prove himself in USA Basketball's Showcase tonight

It seems strange that DeMarcus Cousins isn't considered a lock for Team USA's roster for the FIBA World Cup, but that appears to be the situation as of now.  While Cousins is arguably the best big man on the roster next to Anthony Davis (and some might say better than Davis, at least offensively), reports yesterday seemed to indicate that Team USA might favor more of a role player type like Mason Plumlee who could run the floor and defend. A final decision is far from over however, as Team USA has all the way until August 29th to make their final decisions and likely will keep Cousins on...
Sactown Royalty Jul 31, 2014

The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 54: Matt Moore of CBS Sports returns!

Our friend Matt Moore returns to the show to talk Boogie, USA Basketball, and more! The Sactown Royalty Show is back!  This week I'm happy to welcome Matt Moore of CBS Sports back to the show.  He's always a great guest, and we've got a lot to cover this week. We'll definitely be discussing DeMarcus Cousins and his status with USA Basketball.  We'll probably also discuss Isaiah Thomas, Darren Collison, and the rest of the Kings' offseason. The show goes live at 9pm PT, and you can listen live here. Like the show? Subscribe to us on iTunes or on Stitcher! Leave us ratings, leave...
Sactown Royalty Jul 31, 2014
Could Mason Plumlee really make Team USA over DeMarcus Cousins?

Could Mason Plumlee really make Team USA over DeMarcus Cousins?

Brian Windhorst of ESPN sent a little shock through Twitter this afternoon when he posted this: 2 things from Team USA: post practice games between Durant/Harden/George are epic; Mason Plumlee likely to make team over DeMarcus Cousins — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 31, 2014 Naturally that got everybody talking, and not just Kings fans.  Cousins has widely been regarded as a virtual lock to make the roster considering the fact that big names like Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge are out for this summer.  Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, who has been in...
Sactown Royalty Jul 31, 2014

Kings attend open workout for Free Agent guard Dahntay Jones

The Kings seem to be testing the water on players that may fit after other moves are made. The Sacramento Kings are definitely not done making moves this offseason, as evidenced by continued looks at players that seemingly don't fit on the roster as is. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reported today that free agent guard Dahntay Jones held an open workout in Las Vegas today and the Kings were one of the teams that was in attendance.  Jones last played in the NBA in the 2012-13 season for the Atlanta Hawks.  Jones also spent 25 games with the Kings back in the 2007-08 season.  Jones...
Sactown Royalty Jul 31, 2014
Isaiah Thomas discusses his exit from Sacramento and future in Phoenix

Isaiah Thomas discusses his exit from Sacramento and future in Phoenix

Isaiah Thomas is no longer a King, but he was in Sacramento for his youth basketball camp this week and took some time to speak to us about his departure from the Kings, his new role with the Suns, his relationship with Mayor Kevin Johnson and more. Isaiah Thomas held his Elite Youth Camp in Rocklin this week. The camp brought Thomas back to Sacramento after the free agency period landed him a four-year, $28 million contract with the Phoenix Suns. At his camp, Thomas taught kids ages 6-16 basketball fundamentals and how to have fun while playing. He also put an emphasis on being a good...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 31, 2014

The Credits: "Cool Hand [Beas] "- Lakers Links

Michael Beasley, AKA Supercool Beas, reportedly worked out for the Lakers on Wednesday, and other (supercool) NBA news. Lakers News Los Angeles Lakers work out free-agent forward Michael Beasley - ESPN Los Angeles Report: Lakers work out Michael Beasley | ProBasketballTalk Metta World Peace Nearing A Deal To Play In China | Lakers Nation Magic Johnson On Pau Gasol Leaving Lakers For Bulls | Lakers Nation Jeremy Lin Appears In Funny Video With YouTube Stars | Lakers Nation Magic Johnson: Jerry Buss wanted Byron Scott to coach the Lakers | ProBasketballTalk Los Angles Lakers work out...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 31, 2014

In their words - Has the Phoenix Suns' summer gone according to plan?

The Phoenix Suns brass warned us of a few things at the end of the season. Let's review some of the most outstanding quotes to see how the summer has played out so far, as of the end of July. Turnover "Almost in no circumstance do you come back with the exact same team," Lon Babby said in April. "We'd like to bring a majority - not all the guys back - but a majority of the guys back next year," GM Ryan McDonough said, "and try to add to that group." Through July, the Suns have kept most of their core together. They have lost only one major rotation player (Channing Frye), a minor...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Backcourt 2000

In the second installment of Bright Side of the Sun's Throwback Thursday, we revisit one of the most interesting experiments in Phoenix Suns history - Backcourt 2000. When Rollin first approached me about writing a few articles for Throwback Thursday, the first one I wanted to write was about Backcourt 2000.  Then PJ Tucker got arrested and there was a bit of a push for me to change course and write a history of Suns players and their run ins with the law. My desire to write about that subject lasted about 45 minutes into researching it. If you're looking for a quick way to depress...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 30, 2014

BS of the Suns Podcast Episode 61: Bledsoe comments, Tucker's DUI, potential Suns trades, and obviously Kevin Love talk

PODCAST FOR YOUR EARS!!! In this weeks podcast Garrett Benson joins the conversation to shake things up, talk Phoenix Suns, and dig deep into all things basketball worth talking about. There is a lot going on around with the Phoenix Suns from P.J. Tucker's DUI arrest, Eric Bledsoe making public comments about his free-agency, and of course Kevin Love rumors... Because Kevin Love Rumors. Garrett Benson dominates the podcast with great takes and pretending my questions are good. Thanks Garrett! Go get this podcast, folks! Podcast:  Tune In Link: Click Here RSS Feed: Click Here
Sactown Royalty Jul 30, 2014

Arena Financing is done, demolition of Downtown Plaza site begins Friday

We are a go for an arena. Those are words that just a year and a half ago not many people thought we'd ever be able to say in Sacramento.  And we're not talking about an arena plan, or arena money.  We're talking about an arena, shovels in the ground, purple hardhats on the workers. The Kings sent out a press release this afternoon announcing that demolition of the Downtown Arena site will begin this Friday at 6:00 am.  This is coming after the NBA's finance committee gave the green light on Sacramento's financing plan earlier today according to the Sacramento Bee. The demolition won't...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 30, 2014

Reports: Lakers Worked Out Michael Beasley

Is Beasley the latest Lakers reclamation project? According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the Lakers worked out free agent Michael Beasley on Wednesday as the front office looks to round out the roster for this season. The Lakers worked out free agent forward Michael Beasley in El Segundo on Wednesday, per multiple league sources — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 30, 2014 Beasley, the number two overall pick in the 2008 draft, spent last season with the Miami Heat, averaging 7.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 55 appearances for the Eastern Conference Champions. If he were to sign with the...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 30, 2014

Bright Side talks to Kenny and Crash on FoxSports910

For those who love to listen to audio about the Phoenix Suns, here's a ten-minute interview with FoxSports910's Kenny and Crash yesterday. Since Gregg Popovich said last year that I looked like I could be coach Jeff Hornacek's brother, here's a visual for you while you listen. I look good in a suit too. Feel free to listen, and then you're welcome to discuss the points we covered. Interview with FoxSports910
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 30, 2014
The Credits:

The Credits: "Together Again" - Lakers Links

Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott played together for one season, Kobe's rookie campaign. Now, Kobe may end his career playing for his former teammate...if Scott lasts two years. Lakers News Byron Scott Comes Home | Los Angeles Lakers Byron Scott Introductory Press Conference | Los Angeles Lakers Byron Scott Introduced as Head Coach | Los Angeles Lakers Byron Scott faces unrealistic expectations with current version of Los Angeles Lakers - ESPN Los Angeles Byron Scott introduced as new Los Angeles Lakers coach - ESPN Los Angeles Byron Scott the right man for Kobe, Lakers - Los Angeles Lakers...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 30, 2014

Summertime in the brutal Western Conference: Have the Suns made a dent?

Once again in 2014/15, a handful of very good teams will be competing for those last couple playoff spots. Have the Suns done enough to sneak in this time around? Note: The following article operates under the assumption that Eric Bledsoe will be a Sun next season, and that no earth-shaking trades will be made before the season tips off. Neither are particularly safe assumptions, but let's talk basketball anyway. The month of July has nearly expired, and while there are still a few kinks to be worked out it's pretty safe to say that 2014/15 will be another extremely competitive year in the...
Sactown Royalty Jul 30, 2014

Moreland, Casspi could signal upcoming moves

It's no secret that the Kings do not consider the current roster a finished product. The signings of Omri Casspi and Eric Moreland could be setting up additional moves. On the surface, the signing of Eric Moreland and the expected signing of Omri Casspi (expected to be made official as early as Wednesday) are somewhat insignificant for the Sacramento Kings.  Casspi is an underwhelming back-up small forward who was already on a very cheap contract and still cleared waivers.  He brings some skills, and understands his role, but he certainly has his fair share of flaws.  Eric Moreland...
Sactown Royalty Jul 29, 2014

Sacramento Kings agree to terms with Eric Moreland, per report

RealGM is reporting that the Kings have come to terms with the Summer League standout. As Kings fans have been eagerly anticipating, Shams Charania of RealGM is reporting that the Kings are signing Eric Moreland. The Sacramento Kings have reached agreement with summer league forward Eric Moreland on a free agent contract, league sources tell RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2014 Moreland made a strong impression at Las Vegas Summer League for the Kings, and it's been expected that the Kings would sign him to a minimum deal.  The Kings are overstocked at the power...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 29, 2014

New Lakers coach Byron Scott talks to fans

Watch this exclusive Lakers Nation video interview of new Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott.

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