3:39 PM EDT, Tue May 24, 2016
Sactown Royalty 1 hour ago

2016 Roundtable Report Cards: Shooting Guards are going to need parent signatures on these

Yesterday we took a look back at how Sacramento's Point Guards did, but today we focus on their backcourt partners, the shooting guards.  I think it's safe to say that this was Sacramento's most disappointing position this season, with George Karl searching for an answer all season and not getting any help. As per the poll, the grading scale I used was as follows: A: Excels B: Exceeds Expectations C: Met Expectations D: Below Expectations F: Fails Feel free to share what your own individual grades are in the comments below! *** Marco Belinelli Blake: F Belinelli lit it up in preseason and...
Golden State Of Mind 2 hours ago

Looking at the Brighter Side - Keys to Game 4

Now that the dust settles from Game 3's blowout, the Warriors are set to return to the court Tuesday night to take back the series. We go over a few reasons all hope is not lost The Warriors return to the court in OKC on Tuesday night to take on the Thunder, and not a moment too soon. As a player of pickup basketball, I know the best thing to do after you get dunked on: you pick the ball up, throw it back inbounds and get set for the next play. The quicker you get the ball back in, the less time the guy who just threw down in your face has to celebrate before you put him back on defense and...
Silver Screen and Roll 3 hours ago

Buy our new LUUUKE Walton shirt, Lakers fans!

Let your shirt scream LUUUUKE for you! LUUUUUKE is coming back to STAPLES Center, so we thought it'd be fitting to embrace the new era with a new shirt design in collaboration with Breaking T! We drew some inspiration from a fella' named Luke Perry and are thrilled with how this shirt came out. Get your very own LUUUKE shirt now! Get 'em while they're hot using this referral link for BreakingT and grab some beautiful purple and gold attire to add to your collection! Shipping is USPS Priority Mail which is usually 2-day shipping time in the...
Sactown Royalty 4 hours ago

2016 Sactown Royalty Draft Board: Pick No. 3

Brandon Ingram narrowly beat out Ben Simmons as the top overall choice for Sactown Royalty Readers atop the draft board.  Because of how close it was, we are immediately going to pick #3 and slotting Simmons at #2. When a choice comes up, pick who you'd want the Kings to pick given all the players remaining. Note: THIS IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT. This is draft board, a list with the order of prospects you'd like to see the Kings pick. In other words, if we were the Kings front office, when our pick came up, we'd take the top name left on our board. So pick your choice, not who you think Vlade...
Clips Nation 6 hours ago

2016 Clipper Exit Interviews: The year you fell in love with J.J.

This exit interview is brought to you by SeatGeek. Name: J.J. Redick. Or Jonathan Clay Redick, if you prefer your NBA names to sound like Civil War generals. Age: 31 Years in NBA: 10 Years in NBA with Performance-Enhancing Tattoo: 1/2. 2015-2016 Salary: $6.8 million. Mostly invested in watch futures. Future Contract Status: Under contract next season at $7.4 million. Free agent after 2016-17. Key Stats: Top-Line Stats: 28.0 minutes per game in 75 games played; 16.3 PPG, 1.4 APG, 1.9 RPG; Stats That Matter More: 47.5% from three on 5.6 attempts per game, best...
Golden State Of Mind 12 hours ago

Warriors vs Thunder NBA playoff preview: Golden State looks to avoid back-to-back losses, tie series

This is a must win Game 4 for Golden State where Oklahoma City leads the series 2-1. Can the Warriors bounce back from Sunday’s ugly performance? Matchup Golden State Warriors1-2 (0-1 ROAD) vs Oklahoma City Thunder2-1 (1-0 HOME) Details May 24, 2016 Chesapeake Energy Arena — Oklahoma City, OK 6 p.m. PST TNT | KNBR 680 AM Blog Buddy: Welcome to Loud City Projected Starters Stephen Curry G Russell Westbrook Klay Thompson G Andre Roberson Harrison Barnes F Kevin Durant Draymond Green F Serge Ibaka Andrew Bogut C Steven...

NBA Playoffs 2016: Draymond Green avoids suspension, will play in Game 4 of Western Conference Finals

The NBA announced that Draymond Green will avoid suspension. Draymond Green has left a giant footprint on this Western Conference Finals series. Somehow, even given the graphic nature of his actions, Draymond managed to avoid suspension. No suspension for Draymond Green, I can confirm. @WojVerticalNBA first reported. Told it's a Flagrant 2 & a fine. — Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 23, 2016 From NBA: GSW's D. Green Fined $25k and upgraded to Flagrant 2 for incident on 5/22 (5:57 of 2nd qtr). — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) May 23, 2016 Of course, this is ideal news for Warriors...
Clips Nation 20 hours ago

Stan Van Gundy joins J.J. Redick on his Vertical podcast

The NBA's perfect odd couple reunited on J.J.'s podcast. J.J. Redick and Stan Van Gundy are a pretty hilarious couple. Recently, Van Gundy stopped by J.J.'s podcast to discuss many topics, including Van Gundy's dual role in Detroit, their shared history in Orlando, and much more. Listen to the whole podcast here! (h/t The Vertical)

Warriors vs. Thunder Game 3 analysis: Golden State's second quarter collapse in Oklahoma City

Before falling behind by 41 points, the Warriors really began to unravel in the second quarter with their highly-touted small ball unit on the floor. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has already perfectly summarized what happened in their 133-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals last night. When asked by a reporter why the Warriors were taking quick shots in the second quarter, Kerr referenced a rather consistent tendency, as Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News transcribed. I think falling behind. I think guys are so competitive...
Silver Screen and Roll 22 hours ago

Lakers offseason news: Jordan Clarkson says he's 'excited' to play for Luke Walton

He's talked with Los Angeles' new coach about his system, and he's happy about what he heard. A lot of people are excited about the Los Angeles Lakers hiring Luke Walton as the 26th head coach in franchise history. Jordan Clarkson made it clear in a radio interview on Power 106 in Los Angeles that his name can be added to that list. (h/t Eric Yee of Lake Show Life) "I was really excited when I heard that he got hired," said Clarkson, who noted that Walton called him right after he was hired to talk about how he'd fit into the new coach's Golden State Warriors' inspired offense. The guard...
Sactown Royalty 22 hours ago

7'6" UC Irvine C Mamadou Ndiaye Headlines Kings' 2nd Pre-Draft Workout

The Sacramento Kings announced their second pre-draft workout this morning. Said workout will take place on May 24th, and feature 7'6" UC Irvine giant Mamadou Ndiaye. Via Kings.com - May 24, 2016 Venky Jois (F – 6’8" 230 lbs.) Eastern Washington Nick Faust (G – 6’6" 210 lbs.) Long Beach State Mamadou Ndiaye (C – 7’6" 300 lbs.) UC Irvine Mike Tobey (C – 7’0" 252 lbs.) Virginia Codi Miller-McIntyre (G – 6’3" 205 lbs.) Wake Forrest Anthony Beane (G – 6’2" 190 lbs.) Southern Illinois List will be updated as attendees are announced. As was the case in the Kings'...
Bright Side Of The Sun 23 hours ago

Phoenix Suns Pre-Draft Workouts: Day 4 - A veteran group on hand

The Participants UC Santa Barbara G Michael Bryson Pepperdine F Stacy Davis Notre Dame G Demetrius Jackson Louisville G Damion Lee Iowa State F Abdel Nader Alabama G Retin Obasohan Michael Bryson Measurements via DraftExpress: Not listed DraftExpress Top 100 Prospects Ranking: Not Ranked Bryson is far from a highly touted prospect, but that does not mean that he cannot do some useful things. He exhibits a pristine shooting stroke, holding the ball high and releasing rather quickly. He is a good kind of goofy, displaying a certain aura of confidence while shooting and an equally...
Sactown Royalty May 23, 2016

2016 Roundtable Report Cards: Point Guards fare better than most

Now that we've had a little time to digest the season that was, I thought it'd be a good idea to do some report cards for the Kings.  Last year I did the grades individually, but I thought I'd be more inclusive this year and get the opinions of both my fellow staff and also you guys, the commenters.  You've already voted, and this week you'll see the results. As per the poll, the grading scale I used was as follows: A: Excels B: Exceeds Expectations C: Met Expectations D: Below Expectations F: Fails We'll start off our series by taking a look at the Sacramento Kings Point Guards and...
Lucas Hann / Clips Nation May 23, 2016

Clippers Off-Season 2016: The Diminishing Value of Exceptions

The Mid-Level is the Clippers' best tool, but it's less valuable then ever. As the Clippers head into the off-season, they have the same two goals of every team every year: bring back your own free agents, and add good players from other teams.  For the Clippers, their tools have been very limited to accomplish these tasks in recent years, and this year is no different. Apart from their six returning players (Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, C.J. Wilcox, Branden Dawson, and Paul Pierce), the Clippers have just bird rights on a trio of free agents, draft picks, and...
Blazersedge May 23, 2016

Trail Blazers Assistant Nate Tibbetts Could Join Warriors' Coaching Staff

Tibbetts has drawn interest from a few teams around the league after the Blazers outperformed expectations in 2016. Nate Tibbetts, who interviewed for a head coaching position with the Memphis Grizzlies last week, is now in the running for another coveted coaching job. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Tibbetts is a "serious candidate" to replace Luke Walton as the Golden State Warriors pursue an assistant to fill his shoes. Tibbetts and Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas are two of the serious candidates to replace new Lakers coach Luke Walton on the Warriors’ bench next...
Silver Screen and Roll May 23, 2016

'Few' think the Lakers will trade the second overall pick

It looks like the team will take one of the top two players and be happy. Even before the Los Angeles Lakers actually received the second overall pick in the draft, there were those that tried to start rumors that the team would trade the selection. Well known news breakers like Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports said that the team would trade the selection if it wasn't first overall, while Bill Simmons of HBO and the Ringer said the Los Angeles would look to move it for Paul George. Shockingly, that rumor mongering appears to have been less than reliable. Lakers general manager Mitch...
Silver Screen and Roll May 23, 2016

Everybody Loves Luke: Why Walton is set for success in Los Angeles

Los Angeles' new head coach is bringing positive vibes back to his former team. There were 17 teams in the NBA D-League in the 2013-14 season, and each of them had a handful of assistant coaches. Logic holds that most of their ranks won't ascend to NBA head coaching jobs. The odds are even lower for player development coaches, but D-Fenders head coach Casey Owens saw something special in the "laid-back, Southern California kid" who was dominating the team's scrimmages without taking a shot. "At some point we all kind of expected him to be the head coach of the Lakers," said Owens. "I...
Golden State Of Mind May 23, 2016

NBA Western Conference Finals: A list of things worse than last night's Warriors vs. Thunder game

THE HORROR. This is why we can't have nice things. Fancy, shiny cars. Trinkets and dazzling jewelry. At some point, everything turns to dust. Everything crumbles into the shadows. The Warriors, owners of that fancy 73 win season, are watching their fancy nice possession disappear before their eyes. Or maybe I'm just still traumatized from last night's butt whooping. To make myself feel better, here is a list of things worse than last night's game. 1.) A donkey stepping on your face Like, let's say you were laying around on the ground on some farm -- perhaps in Pennsylvania -- and some damn...
Bright Side Of The Sun May 23, 2016

Throwback: Booker flew under Suns radar last year, who will surprise this year?

As the Phoenix Suns, holders of 4 of the top 34 picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, ramp up another record-breaking pre-draft workout schedule, make sure you pay attention. Next seasons' Suns rookies will be visiting a practice court near you very soon. A year ago, the Phoenix Suns were said to be zeroing in on a new power forward with their 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. They ended up with their new face of the franchise in shooting guard Devin Booker. Fans and media alike - and though they won't admit it, the Suns too - wanted a brand spanking new power forward of the future. Frank...
Sactown Royalty May 23, 2016

2016 Sactown Royalty Draft Board: Pick No. 1

Welcome to the 2016 Sactown Royalty Community Draft Board, an annual tradition here at StR. This is the readership's opportunity to create a democratic draft board which represents the order in which we as a collective would like the Kings' draft board to look like. It does not represent the desires of individual writers or fans (trust me ...), but some semblance of the community's collective thinking. When a choice comes up, pick who you'd want the Kings to pick given all the players remaining. Note: THIS IS NOT A MOCK DRAFT. This is draft board, a list with the order of prospects you'd...

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