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Sactown Royalty 4 hours ago
30Q: What will it take for this Kings season to be considered a success?

30Q: What will it take for this Kings season to be considered a success?

We end our 2014 30Q series with a roundtable discussion on the success of the upcoming season. We round out our 30Q series today by taking a look at the upcoming season and trying to figure out just how to determine if it will be successful.  We asked each of our writers to provide their own perspective on how they'll view the Kings success, or lack thereof, this season. *** Akis: So, what will it take for this season to be considered a success?  Success is an interesting term, especially for a team that probably isn't good enough to be considered good.  The Kings have been so bad for so...
Sactown Royalty 6 hours ago
Sacramento Kings NBA 2K15 ratings revealed

Sacramento Kings NBA 2K15 ratings revealed

How do the Kings stack up according to the folks at 2k Sports? The NBA 2k series has become the unquestioned industry leader in NBA video games.  Each year, the big question is how the teams will stack up, and how your favorite players will be rated.  Well, thanks to Operation Sports, we now know how the Kings will start the year. 86   DeMarcus Cousins 82   Rudy Gay 79   Darren Collison 74   Ben McLemore 75   Jason Thompson 75   Carl Landry 74   Ray McCallum 74   Reggie Evans 74   Nik Stauskas 71   Derrick Williams The list is incomplete, mostly due to...
Sactown Royalty 18 hours ago

Kings hire stats guru Dean Oliver

The Kings just got a lot smarter. We've heard a lot about how the Kings front office under Vivek Ranadivé and Pete D'Alessandro want to embrace analytics as they rebuild the team.  We saw them try something a bit out of the box this summer by crowdsourcing draft data, but now they're going a more conventional route and simply bringing in one of the experts in Dean Oliver. Congrats to @DeanO_ESPN, the father of basketball analytics, as he leaves us @ESPN to join the Sacramento Kings. Was a huge help to me! — Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) September 30, 2014 Oliver is one of the...
Sactown Royalty Sep 29, 2014
Reno Bighorns to hold open tryouts in Sacramento next Sunday

Reno Bighorns to hold open tryouts in Sacramento next Sunday

Think you have what it takes to play in the pros? The Reno Bighorns, Sacramento's D-League affiliate, are holding open tryouts in Sacramento at the Kings Practice Facility next Sunday.  The tryouts will be from 12pm to 6pm and you can get in by calling the Reno Bighorns office and submitting a $150 fee.  Otherwise you can show up at the door, but then the fee goes up to $200. The Bighorns can bring up to as many as five players to training camp from open tryouts, and last year four actually made the team, including Kings Summer League standout Ra'Shad James and guard K.C. Rivers, who...
Sactown Royalty Sep 29, 2014

30Q: What nicknames will you come up with for Jerry Reynolds this year?

Every year, Jerry Reynolds and Sactown Royalty enter into a mutually beneficial contract in which we come up with crazy new nicknames for the players and then he uses them on air.  Some of these nicknames ("The Brock Ness Monster", "The Hustlin' Husky", "The Great Rudini") have gone on to great acclaim. The Kings added quite a few new players this year, so it's time we give Jerry some fresh new material for the upcoming season.  We've got the rookie Nik Stauskas, a couple new Point Guards in Darren Collison and Ramon Sessions, the return of Omri Casspi, and a couple athletic big men in...
Sactown Royalty Sep 28, 2014

30Q: Who Will be the Next Kings’ Fan Favorite?

Who will Kings fans root for against all odds and logic? Sports franchises, like pay cable TV shows and Real Housewives casts, will always have fan favorites. The Kings have historically had a disproportionate number of them, owed partially to these favorites often being the few bright spots in otherwise bleak years, and partially to Sacramento being particularly protective, and hokey, in a charming way, of/about those players that ingratiate themselves to this fan base. Now there are personal preference fan favorites. I have said in the past, and sincerely meant it, that Jim Jackson is my...
Sactown Royalty Sep 27, 2014

Ramon Sessions is ready to help fill Kings leadership void

Ramon Sessions is the latest addition to the Kings roster. He spoke to Sactown Royalty about his expectations this season in a point guard rotation that also features Darren Collison and Ray McCallum. The Sacramento Kings signed Ramon Sessions last week to a reported two-year deal worth $4.2 million, and he says he is ready to come in and provide the Kings with both leadership and ball movement. Head coach Michael Malone said on Friday that he wants to see a battle in training camp between Darren Collison, Sessions and Ray McCallum for the point guard spot. He also said he expects to use...
Sactown Royalty Sep 27, 2014
Omri Casspi excited about soccer movement in Sacramento

Omri Casspi excited about soccer movement in Sacramento

The Kings small forward is back in Sacramento and wants to be a part of what the Sacramento Republic soccer team is doing, possibly as an investor in the team. Omri Casspi begins his second stint with the Sacramento Kings this season after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011. The small forward, who is now entering his sixth NBA season, is ready to get back on the basketball court, but he also is glad to be back in Sacramento where he has enjoyed seeing how much the city has grown since his previous campaign in a Kings uniform. Specifically, he is excited about the other sport...
Sactown Royalty Sep 26, 2014
30Q: Why is Nik Stauskas a Justin Bieber fan? (He explains)

30Q: Why is Nik Stauskas a Justin Bieber fan? (He explains)

Friday was Kings media day, and Nik Stauskas is a Belieber. Media day is a time for every team in the league to get together as a whole for the first time as training camps begin. The hope for the upcoming season and individual goals are topics of discussion, but it also is a time for the players to have a little fun with media members. So fittingly, during Kings media day on Friday, instead of dodging a question about it, Kings rookie Nik Stauskas gladly broke down why he is Belieber. "Yeah, I'm a [Justin] Bieber fan. He's just, like here's the thing I tell people when they're like 'oh,...
Sactown Royalty Sep 26, 2014
30Q: Can Darren Collison make the Kings better?

30Q: Can Darren Collison make the Kings better?

The Kings replaced Isaiah Thomas with Darren Collison. Could the move actually help the Kings? Isaiah Thomas is a better point guard than Darren Collison. This isn't exactly a controversial statement in Sacramento, or around the league.  So why would the Sacramento Kings decide to send Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade and replace Isaiah with Collison?  Now, keep in mind that this isn't a direct one-to-one replacement.  In addition to Collison, the Kings signed Ramon Sessions and still have Ray McCallum.  We don't really know how the minutes will be split, and we...
Sactown Royalty Sep 25, 2014
Sacramento Kings announce official 2014 Training Camp Roster

Sacramento Kings announce official 2014 Training Camp Roster

The Kings are bringing 18 players to camp this fall. With media day tomorrow and training camp starting on Saturday, the Kings today announced the final 2014-15 training camp roster. 14 of the 18 players listed are under contract for 2014-15 already and won't be cut.  The other 4 players include Sim Bhullar, Deonte Burton, Trey Johnson, and David Wear.  Only one of them can make the team, but under NBA rules the last three training camp cuts can be assigned to Sacramento's D-League team, the Reno Bighorns. Notably absent from the list of training camp attendees are Scotty Hopson and...
Sactown Royalty Sep 25, 2014
30Q: Where do the Kings stand in the Western Conference Power Rankings?

30Q: Where do the Kings stand in the Western Conference Power Rankings?

The Western Conference is the Best-ern Conference, as they say.  Last year, the 9th seeded Phoenix Suns finished with 48 wins, good for 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, but not good enough to even make the playoffs out West. This summer saw a lot of change around the NBA, but the West still seems to be better than ever despite the transfer of one star (Kevin Love) to the East.  Where do the Kings stack up? Last year's Western playoff teams continue to look like contenders for this year.  Few of those teams suffered any significant losses to personnel, and some, like Dallas, actually...
Sactown Royalty Sep 24, 2014
Shareef Abdur-Rahim no longer with the Sacramento Kings

Shareef Abdur-Rahim no longer with the Sacramento Kings

In a bit of surprising news, the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reports that Shareef Abdur-Rahim is no longer with the Sacramento Kings front office. Word from sources is Shareef Abdur-Rahim will no longer be with the Kings. No comment from the team. — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 24, 2014 Abdur-Rahim was the only holdover from Geoff Petrie's staff, served as dir. of player personnel and GM of Reno Bighorns. — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 24, 2014 Odd timing considering training camp starts this weekend. — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 24,...
Sactown Royalty Sep 23, 2014
30Q: Who will be the Kings starting Point Guard at the end of the season?

30Q: Who will be the Kings starting Point Guard at the end of the season?

The changes at Point Guard have produced arguably the biggest storyline for the Kings as training camp approaches. While Darren Collison is likely the immediate starter, could Ramon Sessions or Ray McCallum steal the job by the end of the season? The Point Guard position was the focus of the offseason for the Sacramento Kings, who added Ramon Sessions on Saturday to contend with Darren Collison and Ray McCallum for playing time. After the July sign-and-trade shipped Isaiah Thomas out of town, the position is arguably the biggest storyline going into the season; the production out of the...
Sactown Royalty Sep 22, 2014
30Q: Can Rudy Gay continue to be efficient?

30Q: Can Rudy Gay continue to be efficient?

When the Kings traded for Rudy Gay this past year, there was a hope that his performance in Toronto was an aberration and that he would bounce back in a new environment.  He had been shooting a paltry 38.8% from the field over the first 18 games of the season despite taking almost 19 shots a game. Rudy not only bounced back in Sacramento, but he actually ended up shooting better than ever.  His 48.2% from the field and 51.6% on two-point field goals were the highest of the career, and he even flirted with a month or two of being above the 50% marker overall, a rarity for wing players. Of...
Sactown Royalty Sep 21, 2014
30Q: Do the Kings actually have a deep bench now?

30Q: Do the Kings actually have a deep bench now?

The Kings haven't made any huge moves this offseason but they have added quite a few complementary pieces. The Kings have been pretty active this offseason, even if it's only been minor moves and additions rather than a major game-changing trade or signing.  This past week saw the Kings add Ryan Hollins, Omri Casspi and Ramon Sessions, and they've also added Nik Stauskas and Eric Moreland earlier in the summer. Personally, I don't think the Kings are completely done making moves just yet, especially considering that the logjam that is the Power Forward position still exists.  But as of...
Sactown Royalty Sep 20, 2014
30Q: What does the signing of Ramon Sessions mean for Ray McCallum?

30Q: What does the signing of Ramon Sessions mean for Ray McCallum?

Sacramento's signing of Ramon Sessions today surprised some people who were a little confused as to why the Kings were relegating promising youngster Ray McCallum further to the bench.  McCallum had a very impressive summer league and also showed flashes of brilliance at the end of last season when taking over for the injured Isaiah Thomas. Before the Sessions' signing, McCallum was set to be Darren Collison's primary backup for next season, one of the pros for many fans upset at the loss of Isaiah Thomas.  Now McCallum is back to being a third string Point Guard, just like for most of...
Sactown Royalty Sep 20, 2014
Sacramento Kings sign Ramon Sessions to a two year deal

Sacramento Kings sign Ramon Sessions to a two year deal

The Kings have added a veteran guard to their backcourt. In a move to shore up the backcourt, the Kings have come to an agreement to sign Ramon Sessions to a 2 year, $4.2 million contract using their bi-annual exception.  Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the deal. Sessions was easily one of the better free agents left available and will make a solid addition to Sacramento's bench.  He will likely fill in at both guard positions, although he's primarily a backup Point Guard.  Sessions has career averages of 11.7 points on 43.9% from the field to go with 4.7 assists, 3.0...
Sactown Royalty Sep 19, 2014
30Q brought to you by you!

30Q brought to you by you!

Find out how you can contribute to our 30Q series Our annual 30Q series is well underway, but for one of our following posts in the upcoming weeks, we want to hear your questions on the Kings.  We'll take the 30 best questions (that we haven't asked or answered yet) and include them in a single post. Your questions don't just have to be about the upcoming season either.  For example,we've done 30Qs asking who your favorite Kings of all time are or what was the best live game you've ever attended.  You could ask questions about NBA rules you don't understand (like what exactly is a trade...
Sactown Royalty Sep 19, 2014
Kings have worked out Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus and Jamario Moon

Kings have worked out Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus and Jamario Moon

Recent reports suggest the Kings are looking for another wing player. The Kings are continuing to hold workouts for veteran players in what looks like a search for another wing player.  Recent reports have the Kings bringing in veterans Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus and Jamario Moon over the past week. Kings continue to look at wings (Josh Howard, Mikael Pietrus, Jamario Moon), leads to me to wonder if Derrick Williams will play PF in 14-15 — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 19, 2014 Pietrus was a valuable roleplayer for years on the Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors....

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