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Sactown Royalty 7 hours ago

Jordan Crawford overestimated his value and turned down Kings, now he's in China

In unsurprising but interesting news, David Pick of Eurobasket.com and Sportando.com tweeted today that the Kings had offered Jordan Crawford a deal this summer.  You may have noticed a distinct lack of Jordan Crawfords on the Kings roster today, so what happened? Spoke to Jordan Crawford. He said the Kings extended an off-season deal, wasn't comfortable with a backup role in Sacramento. — David Pick (@IAmDPick) October 22, 2014 Jordan Crawford signed a $1.4m deal in China during the summer. Said he was "overlooked in the NBA." Full read drops tomm. — David Pick (@IAmDPick)...
Sactown Royalty 8 hours ago

The national narrative around DeMarcus Cousins is changing

ESPN's NBA Rank is just the latest example of Boogie starting to get the respect he's earned. The national narrative surrounding DeMarcus Cousins is changing for the better.  It's been slowly happening since last season, but this summer has been a turning point.  Cousins' performance on Team USA at the FIBA World Cup certainly helped draw attention to Boogie's improved performance and effort on both ends of the floor. NBATV's The Starters unanimously agreed that Cousins would make the All-Star Team this season, stating "now is the time we all fall in love with DeMarcus Cousins." Then...
Sactown Royalty 10 hours ago

NBA owners vote down lottery reform

Sacramento voted for the change, but the reform's failure helps the Kings. The NBA's Board of Governors have voted down lottery reform, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.  This is big news, as the reform was widely expected to hurt small market teams. The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 22, 2014 But in an interesting turn of events, Woj reports that the Kings voted in favor of the reform. Big markets -- Chicago and Washington -- voted...
Sactown Royalty Oct 21, 2014

Michael Malone has chosen his starting lineup

No real surprises here. Coming into the preseason, Sacramento's starting lineup was a bit of a question mark aside from DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.  Coach Michael Malone said as much in most of his interviews on the subject.  That left three positions up for grabs. Today, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that the starting lineup we saw on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs will be the opening night starting lineup.  That lineup featured Darren Collison and Ben McLemore in the backcourt and Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins up front.  Despite the...
Sactown Royalty Oct 20, 2014

Kings 99, Spurs 106: Cousins dominates but Kings play sloppy and fall in San Antonio

DeMarcus Cousins had a dominating performance but it wasn't enough to overcome the lack of late game execution and overall sloppiness of the Kings. Despite leading for much of the game, a dominating DeMarcus Cousins performance, and no Tim Duncan or Kawhi Leonard for the Spurs, the Kings fell to the San Antonio Spurs 106 to 99.  It was a bit of deja vu to the last few times the Kings have visited San Antonio, as once again the team failed to execute and close out in the final quarter as the game tightened up. Cousins led the way with 32 points on 12-14 shooting from the field.  He also...
Sactown Royalty Oct 20, 2014
Kings vs Spurs Preview: Summer League Champs face Regular Season Champs

Kings vs Spurs Preview: Summer League Champs face Regular Season Champs

The Kings travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs in a clash of title contenders. Preseason is ending quickly as the Kings head to Texas for their penultimate exhibition, this time against the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.  The game is not set to be televised either in Sacramento or San Antonio, meaning you'll only be able to track it by listening to KHTK 1140.  Tip off is at 5:30 pm Pacific. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. With preseason winding down, the hope is that the mistakes will lessen and the offense will tighten up.  The Kings have been a bit turnover prone in their new...
Sactown Royalty Oct 20, 2014

Omri Casspi getting comfortable in new role with Kings

Omri Casspi looks to be a key contributor off the Kings bench this season. When Omri Casspi signed with the Kings over the summer, many shrugged their shoulders with a "meh." The sixth-year man is in his second stint with Sacramento after all and how much of a role could he possibly have now? As the preseason has rolled along, Casspi continues to contribute steady, productive minutes and likely will be one of the two to three top contributors off the Kings bench this season. Casspi, who helped the Kings defeat Maccabi Haifa 91-59 on Saturday, seems to have absorbed his NBA experience quite...
Pounding The Rock Oct 20, 2014
Preseason Game Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

Preseason Game Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

Following a heartbreaker against the Heat on Saturday, the Spurs look to get back on track in a tango with the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento Kings @ San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center, San Antonio, TXOctober 20, 2014, 7:30 PM Spurs TimeRADIO: 1200 AM WOAI Last season, the Sacramento Kings were chock-full of talented players whose skill sets almost entirely overlapped on both ends of the floor. Their offense was limited to several ball-dependent playmakers (DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Rudy Gay), and several role players who couldn't hit their jumpers (27th in the league for 3-point %)....
Sactown Royalty Oct 19, 2014

Sacramento Kings waive Sim Bhullar, David Wear, and Deonte Burton

Farewell, Sim City, we hardly knew ye. The Sacramento Kings waived Sim Bhullar, David Wear, and Deonte Burton following Saturday's win against Maccabi Haifa, according to our friend James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom and later confirmed by Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. According to NBA source, the Sacramento Kings will have waived Sim Bhullar, David Wear and Deonte Burton. — James Ham (@James_Ham) October 19, 2014 Bhullar, the 7 foot 5 inch center from New Mexico State, played limited minutes for the Kings this preseason.  He's struggled to find time on the court, and simply isn't in...
Sactown Royalty Oct 19, 2014

Kings beat Maccabi Haifa 91-59: Point Guards Shine, Turnovers Abound, and Sim Scores

The Kings welcomed Maccabi Haifa into Sacramento for an exhibition game. While they started out rough, and had their obligatory turnover problems, they did get their act together and won 91-59. In a very different type of game at Sleep Train Arena, the Sacramento Kings hostedMaccabi Haifa, a ball club straight out of Israel. The game opened with a very nice rendition of the Israeli National Anthem, and an exchanging of gifts between the two teams. I really like the NBA not only embracing the international community by traveling abroad, but welcoming some of these clubs here. The game had...
CelticsBlog Oct 18, 2014

Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Preview - Boogie time

The Kings are likely to miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, but lead by DeMarcus Cousins road to stardom, they'll be fun to watch. Sactown Royalty - Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Preview - SBNation.com There are several goals for this Kings team as they try to improve enough to end what is likely to be a 9 year playoff drought after this season.  Sacramento has won just 28 games in each of the least two seasons and haven't won 30 games since 2007-08.  Even with two stars in DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, this team probably doesn't have what it takes to make the 20 or so...
Sactown Royalty Oct 18, 2014

Kings vs. Maccabi Haifa Preview: Now it's Sacramento's turn to host an international team

The Kings are back home in Sacramento for the last time before the regular season home opener.  They're hosting Israeli team Maccabi Haifa at 7:30 PM Pacific Time.  There is no television broadcast of the game but as usual you can hear it on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. DeMarcus Cousins sat out last game with "bilateral achilles soreness" so I wouldn't be surprised to see him sit out this game either, especially since it isn't against NBA competition.  Carl Landry got the start for him last time, but did not play much himself.  At some point this preseason I'd like to see Carl get...
Sactown Royalty Oct 17, 2014

Media Roundtable: Predicting the Kings win total

Several members of the Kings media joined us to share their predictions for how many wins the team will have this season. It appears the average prediction is 36 wins. The NBA regular season is just around the corner, and with that comes the hopes and dreams of every player, front office, coach and fan. In Sacramento, it has been one disappointing season after another in recent years as the pieces never seem to fit and selfish play rules. Maybe the 2014-15 season will be different. Maybe the ball will move. Maybe the defense will be there. Maybe DeMarcus Cousins will take that next step of...
Sactown Royalty Oct 17, 2014

Sacramento Kings preview: Electric Boogie-Loo

This is the official Sactown Royalty preview of the 2014-15 Sacramento Kings season, part of the SB Nation NBA preview series.  We take a look at what the Kings did this summer, and what we hope we can look forward to as the season goes on. Team Name: Sacramento KingsLast Year's Record: 28-54Key Losses: Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Acy, Travis Outlaw, Aaron Gray, Jason Terry's roster spotKey Additions: Nik Stauskas, Darren Collison, Omri Casspi, Ryan Hollins, Eric Moreland, Ramon Sessions, a healthy Carl Landry, Dean Oliver 1. What Significant Moves were made during the off-season? Will Nik...
Sactown Royalty Oct 15, 2014

Understanding how the Kings' offseason pieces fit together

Finally seeing how the Kings' offseason additions may fit into the larger picture. Attempting to understand Sacramento's offseason has been a perplexing pastime for NBA writers.  The Kings brought in plenty of guys, but there was a lot of confusion.  How would these players fit together?  I openly hoped that the product would make more sense once we saw it on the floor.  What I didn't think was that it would become clear so quickly.  Granted, there are still plenty of questions.  But we have some answers. I still believe in Ben McLemore.  His play has been so-so this preseason, with...
Sactown Royalty Oct 15, 2014

Kings 117, Nets 129: Extra time not enough to beat Brooklyn in Beijing

Omri Casspi's stepback three at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime but the Kings weren't able to capitalize on the second chance. The Kings fell to 1-3 in the preseason after losing their second straight game to the Brooklyn Nets in China, this time in the city of Beijing, 129 to 117 in overtime. Sacramento played without starting Center DeMarcus Cousins as well as forward Reggie Evans.  Carl Landry got his first start of the preseason in their absence but only played the first five minutes of the game.  Without Cousins and Evans, the Kings' rebounding suffered, and they...
Sactown Royalty Oct 14, 2014

Sacramento Kings are having fun and bonding in China

The Kings have been in China for a few days now and from all the social media and pictures, it's clear that it's been a one of a kind experience.  In case you've been out of the loop, the Kings have been releasing videos on their YouTube channel as a sort of video diary of their trip. Watch as Rudy Gay explains what happens if you fall asleep on the Kings plane: Rudy's new adopted son Ray McCallum doesn't appreciate his new father though: An avid Chinese fan really wants Ramon Sessions to read her letter: Vivek's just straight beasting that elliptical machine, and Nik got to take...
Sactown Royalty Oct 14, 2014

Kings vs. Nets Preview: Sacramento finishes up China trip in visit to Beijing

Sacramento and Brooklyn are wrapping up their preseason tour of China with a visit to the nation's capital. Sacramento is wrapping up their trip to China early tomorrow morning our time as they take on the Brooklyn Nets in Beijing before heading back to Sacramento.  Sacramento lost their first match by just a bucket and will look to bounce back from a poor shooting performance. The game is at 4:30 AM Pacific Time on Wednesday Morning and will be airing on NBA TV and KHTK 1140.  The game will also be re-airing on NBA TV at 11:30 AM in case you don't feel like being up super early to watch...
Sactown Royalty Oct 13, 2014
Time's running out for Derrick Williams to prove his worth

Time's running out for Derrick Williams to prove his worth

The former #2 overall pick isn't doing himself any favors so far this preseason. When the Kings traded for Derrick Williams back in December of 2013, it was considered a gamble, albeit a low risk one.  Williams had yet to live up to the expectations that came with being a #2 overall draft pick. For a short while after he arrived in Sacramento, things were looking up for Williams.  He had a set role with the Kings as the new starting Small Forward and there were even a couple games where all that potential came out to play.  Of course, then the Kings went ahead and made an even bigger...
Net Income / NetsDaily Oct 12, 2014
Brooklyn Nets go 2-0 in preseason with win over Sacramento Kings in Shanghai

Brooklyn Nets go 2-0 in preseason with win over Sacramento Kings in Shanghai

With Mirza Teletovic, Marquis Teague and Jerome Jordan helping to carry them at game's end, the Nets beat the Kings, 97-95, in Shanghai. The game ended at 3:24 a.m., ET. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, with most of his damage getting done in the first half.  He finished with six boards. Deron Williams, who started slowly, finished with 12 points, including back-to-back three pointers early in the fourth that kept the Nets in the game after a big push by the Kings. Teletovic had 10 and 8, including the three-pointer that provided the margin of victory. But it...

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