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Sactown Royalty 2 hours ago

Beware... The Boogeyman Is Coming

We're celebrating Halloween with this blast from the past.
Sactown Royalty 4 hours ago

Kings vs. Trail Blazers Fan Predictions

Below are a series of prediction questions for tonight's game. The first four questions will be asked every game, while the 5th will change each game. Point value for predictions are listed next to the questions. If you believe that more than one player will lead a category, you can vote for multiple players, and this is worth double points if you are correct, but zero if you are wrong. Alternately, if you only guess one player when multiple players are tied, you get zero points. All submissions must be input before tip-off. Any submissions after tip-off will not count. You are allowed only...
Sactown Royalty 5 hours ago
Nik Stauskas looks to add muscle as he transitions into NBA

Nik Stauskas looks to add muscle as he transitions into NBA

As the NBA's shooting guards greet Nik Stauskas by trying to overpower him, he knows he needs to hit the weight room. The Sacramento Kings drafted Nik Stauskas for his shooting, ball handling and basketball IQ. But to have long-term impact in the NBA, the 21-year-old knows he has to bulk up to handle the rigor of the league and what teams are already doing after scouting him - overpowering him in the post. We saw plenty of it in the preseason, but in Wednesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes put Stauskas to the real test, and it worked. "They tried to...
Sactown Royalty 7 hours ago

Kings vs. Trail Blazers Preview: Time to get back on track

Sacramento's season didn't get off to a good start as they dropped opening night to the Warriors, but they have a chance of redemption this Halloween.  The Blazers aren't much easier than the Warriors, but the Kings can't play much worse than they did on Wednesday.  Tonight's action tips off at 7:00 pm tonight on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.  Wednesday night saw the Kings turn the ball over 27 times, an absurd amount for an NBA team.  The Kings can't win a game against the Philadelphia 76ers let alone the...
Blazersedge 12 hours ago

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings Preview

Fresh off a 17-point win in their season opener against the Thunder, the Blazers head to Sacramento tonight to square off against DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and the Kings. Portland Trail Blazers (1-0) vs. Sacramento Kings (0-1) Friday, October 31 Sleep Train Arena; Sacramento, CA | 7:00 p.m. PDT | Local TV/Radio: CSNNWHD; 620 AM Out for the Blazers: Meyers Leonard (illness) | Out for the Kings: N/A SBN Affiliate: Sactown Royalty | Timmay's viewing guide | BE's 2014-15 Kings Season Preview | Blazer's Edge Night The Blazers meet up with the Sacramento Kings tonight at Sleep Train...
Sactown Royalty Oct 30, 2014

For better or for worse, the Kings and Isaiah Thomas remain inextricably linked

For many Kings fans, the Isaiah Thomas topic has been talked about ad nauseam since the Kings decided not to bring him back. I understand those that want to just move on.  We can't change what happened.  Thomas is now a member of the Phoenix Suns and the Kings have two new Point Guards in Darren Collison and Ramon Sessions.  Yet Thomas continues to rise up in the conversation, especially after nights like Wednesday in which the Kings offense looked abysmal (30.8% from the field, 13 assists to 26 turnovers) and Thomas scoring 23 points on 9-11 shooting in just 20 minutes for...
Sactown Royalty Oct 30, 2014

The Kings 3D Court Projection Intro was Amazing

It was a tough start to the season for Kings fans with Sacramento playing sloppy and losing to the visiting Warriors, but fans were treated to an amazing show before the game as the Kings showed off their new 3D Court Projection system.  The above video is just a teaser, but the full clip can be found here on the Kings website.  It's well worth a watch and it's something that I could see being a big feature of the new Downtown Arena in a couple years. It's currently unknown just how long these projectors are staying in place at Sleep Train, as they might just be temporary for the opening...
Sactown Royalty Oct 30, 2014

What went right, what went wrong and what's next

Michael Malone and his players share their thoughts on the positives and negatives of Wednesday's game and their plan going into Friday's game against the Trail Blazers. The Sacramento Kings fell to the Golden State Warriors 95-77 on Wednesday night. Let's take a look at what head coach Michael Malone and some of the Kings players liked and disliked about the team's performance and their opinions on Friday's opponent, the Portland Trail Blazers. What Went Right Michael Malone: "Our defense was actually pretty good tonight against a very, very capable offensive team - to hold them to 95 and...
Golden State Of Mind Oct 30, 2014
Warriors vs. Kings final score: Golden State opens season with a win in Sacramentor, 95-77

Warriors vs. Kings final score: Golden State opens season with a win in Sacramentor, 95-77

In their first regular season game the Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings with some good, bad and ugly. It wasn't the prettiest of wins for the Golden State Warriors. However in accordance with opening night mantra, it's time to substitute "it's only preseason" for "a win is a win". Ugly or not, these games count and fortunately for Steve Kerr and crew, after a 95-77 win against the Sacramento Kings, the W's are currently on a one-game solo win streak with 81 games to go. Coming into the contest both clubs had previously faced off 374 times in the regular season. Last year the W's fed...
Golden State Of Mind Oct 30, 2014
Game Links #1: Golden State Warriors 95 @ Sacramento Kings 77 - One spurt of smallball sent the Kings reeling

Game Links #1: Golden State Warriors 95 @ Sacramento Kings 77 - One spurt of smallball sent the Kings reeling

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Sactown Royalty Oct 30, 2014
Warriors 95, Kings 77: Turnovers, Poor Shooting Bury Kings

Warriors 95, Kings 77: Turnovers, Poor Shooting Bury Kings

A particularly terrible stretch in the third quarter proves to be too big of a hole to climb in an ugly, sloppy affair For the first half, the Sacramento Kings stayed toe-to-toe with their Northern California rivals. Unfortunately for Kings fans, the third quarter was real, and boy was it painful. Consecutive poor, sloppy plays that led to several Golden State Warriors leakouts were the main culprit in a two point halftime lead turning into a 10 point deficit. The Kings ended the night with an atrocious 26 turnovers. To be fair, the Warriors weren't exactly hitting on all cylinders either,...
Sactown Royalty Oct 29, 2014
Question of the Game: Darren Collison

Question of the Game: Darren Collison

Have a question for Darren Collison? Leave it in this thread and it may get answered tonight after the Kings take on the Golden State Warriors in the season opener. Real Kings basketball is upon us! With that comes this season's first installment of Question of the Game. But before we get to that, I just want to take a second to thank you all for reading. I think I speak for myself and the rest my colleagues here in saying the readers of Str make the season much more enjoyable for all of us, and the community is what it's all about. So thank you for the feedback (both positive and negative)...
Golden State Of Mind Oct 29, 2014

Warriors vs. Kings preview: How will Golden State contain DeMarcus Cousins?

BASKETBALL IS BACK! The Golden State Warriors tip-off the season with a matchup against the Sacramento Kings. The big matchup question: how will the Warriors contain DeMarcus Cousins? Tonight, the Golden State Warriors are set to take on the Sacramento Kings who sported a 28-54 record last season. As you might expect from their records, the Dubs swept the season series 4-0 last year and this year may be no different. Sacramento did not make major changes this offseason and they will be relying on player development over anything else. DeMarcus Cousins, the cornerstone of the...
Sactown Royalty Oct 29, 2014
Kings vs. Warriors Preview: Opening night is here!

Kings vs. Warriors Preview: Opening night is here!

Breathe a sigh of relief Kings fans.  The offseason is over.  The Kings officially tip-off the 2014-15 season tonight against the visiting Golden State Warriors and we can go back to watching actual basketball being played.  I, for one, can't wait.  Opening night tips off at 7:00 pm tonight on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. For those of you attending the game, there will be a pre-game tailgate starting at 4:30 pm in Lot J.  I'm sure there will be a lot of dedicated Kings fans and StR readers/commenters attending the tailgate, so if you can get...
Sactown Royalty Oct 28, 2014

Vivek has some crazy ideas, and I don't care

4-on-5 basketball? Why not. In his season preview, Grantland's Zach Lowe included the following eyebrow-raising nugget: Owner Vivek Ranadivé has pitched the idea to the team's brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense and leaving one player to cherry-pick, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Slightly less fun is the immediate follow up, but it's also important (emphasis mine): The Kings aren't actually going to do that, but their D-League might, and it shows Ranadivé is committed to pushing boundaries in his search for an offbeat brand of "position-less" ball. So how...
Sactown Royalty Oct 28, 2014

Sacramento Kings work out Terrence Williams for the second time

In a sign that the Kings still aren't satisfied with their wing depth, Real GM's Shams Charania is reporting that the Kings have brought in free agent Terrence Williams for another workout.  The Kings had previously worked out Williams back in late July along with several other wings including Dahntay Jones, Jamario Moon and Mickael Pietrus.  After cutting Trey Johnson this past weekend, the Kings are one of the few teams in the league with an available roster spot. Williams had one previous stint with the Kings back in 2011-12 season for 18 games in which he averaged 8.8 points, 4.1...
Bright Side Of The Sun Oct 28, 2014

BS of the Suns Podcast: Pacific Division Preview with conversations behind enemy lines

Caution: This Machine Has No Brain Use Your Own... The Phoenix Suns might be playing in one of the best divisions in the league, well, if you dispose your mind of the juvenile Sacramento Kings and the Bad News Bears Lakers. The Golden State Warriors have sleeper potential as conference champs and the Los Angeles Clippers are legitimate contenders to take the thrown. Good thing SB Nation has this thing where there is a great website for every team in the league. Before the season gets rolling we got the chance to talk with Greg Wissinger (Kings), Nate Parham (Warriors), and Drew Garrison...
Sactown Royalty Oct 27, 2014

Looking forward to the Kings' season

Let's get excited. The season is upon us, finally.  We've been through Summer League, we've overanalyzed preseason games, and I've talked myself into every offseason move being brilliant and beyond reproach.  The ritual is complete, and now we get to enjoy some games.  In no particular order, here are the things I'm looking forward to this season. THE YEAR OF BOOGIE Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas battling for the starting SG spot, and our hearts Figuring out if Darren Collison is good, bad, terrible, a nightmare, awesome, or meh Watching how quickly DeMarcus Cousins racks up five...
Sactown Royalty Oct 26, 2014

Malone discusses roles of Nik Stauskas, Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams

We know who the Kings starters will be on opening night. But what about the role players? Michael Malone gave us a little insight into his thought process. When training camp began, Michael Malone said Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins were the only guaranteed starters. Everything else was ups for grabs. The rest of the starters have since been identified as Darren Collison (PG), Ben McLemore (SG) and Jason Thompson (PF). That leaves numerous questions about the roles that the bench players will have and what the minute distribution will look like. Malone provided some insight into his...
Sactown Royalty Oct 26, 2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 2014-15 Season Premiere

We're back!  Your favorite weekly series returns with a recap of what the Kings did this offseason, and a look forward to next week as the Kings begin the season this week. The Good: 1. Arena is full speed ahead Last year we were just glad that the team stayed.  We still had to go forward with a new downtown arena though.  Fast forward a year and we're not just close to an arena, we're a few days away from shovels in the freaking ground.  Demolition is all but done and we'll start to see actual construction in a few short months.  We've come a long way. 2. Rudy Stayed The biggest...

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