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Sactown Royalty 10 hours ago

The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 105: Jake Whitacre

Jake from Bullets Forever joins us to share some insights on Garrett Temple and to discuss the offseason as a whole. The Sactown Royalty Show is back! This week I'm joined by Jake Whitacre of Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Washington Wizards blog. Jake joins us to provide an in-depth look at what Kings fans should expect from Garrett Temple. Lots of a really good insights. From there we delve into the offseason in general, and discuss some far-fetched trade ideas. It was a fun episode, be sure to check it out. Like the show? Subscribe to us on iTunes or on Stitcher! Leave us ratings, leave...
Sactown Royalty 21 hours ago

ESPN projects Kings to have a worse record this season

ESPN released their regular season record projections for the Western Conference yesterday, and to some surprise, their ‘ESPN forecast panel’ is projecting a 30-52 record from the Kings next season, a three-win decrease from their 33-49 record last season. Blurb courtesy of John McTigue of ESPN Stats and Information – Last season, the Kings won their most games (33) since the 2007-08 season, but our projections have the team regressing once again. DeMarcus Cousins set a career high in scoring last season with 26.9 points per game, but the disgruntled superstar was once again unhappy...
Sactown Royalty Jul 26, 2016

Golden 1 Center address to be named after former NBA Commissioner David Stern

Each day we get closer and closer to the opening of the Golden 1 Center, a building that was decades in the making. Frankly, it still doesn’t seem real, and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. The Kings sent out a press release this morning announcing that they applied for an address change for the street leading up to the arena to rename it in honor of former NBA commissioner David Stern. Should the address be approved by the City Council, Golden 1 Center will officially be located at 500 David J. Stern Walk. From the Kings’ press release: “Commissioner Stern worked diligently to...
Sactown Royalty Jul 26, 2016

Kings are interested in former Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes

Last last night, International Basketball Woj David Pick reported that the Kings are trying to 'lure' Nick Calathes out of his star role in Athens and more specifically, Panathinaikos, the same team that new Kings rookie Georgios Papagiannis played for last year. Source: Sacramento Kings are trying to lure Nick Calathes out of his star-role in Athens.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 26, 2016 'Lure' being the optimal word there, as Calathes signed a three-year deal with Panathinaikos in 2015, which only complicates the Kings' quest to get him over here. Without knowing the exact details...
Sactown Royalty Jul 26, 2016

Rudy Gay is unclear about the direction of the Kings and his future

Rudy Gay opens up about his frustrations. Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay opened up Monday regarding his feelings about the franchise, the trade rumors this summer, his recent surgery and what went wrong last season. Gay is in town this week for his Youth Skills Academy where he aims to teach kids between the ages of 5 to 18 the fundamentals of basketball. Gay enjoys helping kids at his camps because he never got an opportunity to attend similar events as a young child until he was in high school and started to get invited to skills camps because of his talent. After he spent the day at...
Sactown Royalty Jul 25, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins puts China in the spin cycle in Team USA’s dominating victory

Team USA continues their American Exhibition tour as they get ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics, last night playing Team China in Los Angeles. DeMarcus Cousins had another good game, this time coming off the bench to tally 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. He also had one of the highlights of the game with his vicious spin move on China’s Zhou Qi (drafted 43rd by the Houston Rockets in the 2016 draft). You can see that and more in the Kings’ highlight roundup they compiled. Team USA will rematch against China tomorrow in Oakland. Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be...
Sactown Royalty Jul 25, 2016

Searching for hope

I don’t know how many times I’ve started an article with some version of “being a Kings fan is tough” over the last few years, but it’s a lot. Still, it’s true. We’ve been let down by this team so many times over the last decade that it’s starting to wear us down as a fanbase. I’ve usually taken offseason time as a time to recharge and refresh, and to hold out some hope for the upcoming season. I can’t say I have any of that hope anymore; Instead, it’s simply apprehension. Yeah, I want to see the new rookies, I want to see the team play under Dave Joerger, and I...
Sactown Royalty Jul 23, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins off to a good start with Team USA

Team USA held an exhibition match against Argentina in Las Vegas yesterday and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had an impressive game. Cousins totaled 14 points and 15 rebounds in only 16 minutes of action. The Kings put together a highlight package for those unable to watch. Team USA will continue to tour the United States for exhibition games in Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Houston before they travel to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Sactown Royalty Jul 22, 2016

Vivexpendables 2: Divacalypse Now

Last year, we were introduced to The Vivexpendables. A screenplay which swept the nation. Now, after another eventful year, a sequel has been written. After coach George Karl goes rogue and takes the team with him, what can Vlade, the rookies, Peja, and Coach Nancy do to get this team back? Last year, amidst all the drama, I was inspired to write a screenplay. Now, with a new year, and a smorgasbord of new problems, I felt compelled to write the further adventures of our favorite heroes, The Vivexpendables, where we catch up with them after a very turbulent year. So, without further to...
Sactown Royalty Jul 20, 2016

What Did We Learn About the Kings In Vegas?

The Las Vegas NBA Summer League has come and gone. The Sacramento Kings’ summer league team finished with a disappointing-but-who-cares record of 0-5, earning themselves the honor of having the worst record in Vegas this summer as the only team to finish without a win. There is, has been, and will be an ongoing debate as to how important summer league basketball actually is, and while I sit firmly on the side of the fence of ‘it matters’ I’m not going to dig deep into that debate right now. If it didn’t matter to me, I wouldn’t be writing about it. Consider this blurb a summer...
Sactown Royalty Jul 19, 2016

Kings announce 2016 Preseason Schedule

In a little under three months, the Sacramento Kings will be back playing basketball in their shiny new home at the Golden 1 Center.   For many of us, this will be the first time watching the Kings play basketball live anywhere that isn't in Natomas. Sacramento will play six preseason games this October, with two of them coming at the Golden 1 Center.  Sacramento's preseason home opener will take place on October 10th at 7:30 p.m. against Israel's Maccabi Haifa.  That 7:30 p.m. start time might be the new norm for the Kings now that the team has moved downtown, as it's typically been...
Sactown Royalty Jul 19, 2016

A complete breakdown of the Glory-era Sacramento Kings offense

If you haven't heard of BBallBreakdown, they're one of the best YouTube channels for hoop heads since they break down so much film and make it easy to understand.  It was cool to see one such breakdown today on perhaps my favorite team of all time, the 2002 Sacramento Kings. Those Kings teams were special, and in more ways than one.  They were unselfish and multi-skilled.  The fact that they had two of the best passing big men in the game allowed them to operate with more freedom on offense than most teams are accustomed to. Have a watch, reminisce about the good ol' times, and make...
Sactown Royalty Jul 18, 2016

Are the Kings finally learning the virtue of patience?

Vivek Ranadivé's early tenure as owner of the Sacramento Kings has been many things, but patient has not been one of them.  Sacramento's moves in the last few years have been impulsive, reactionary and shortsighted.  It's caused the Kings to give away All-Star talent for no return and fire coaches on a whim.  We've seen draft picks mortgaged to try to get salary cap space to land big name free agents that don't want to come to Sacramento. This summer has been different.  The moves that the Kings have made so far have not been flashy, and most of them have been made with an eye on the...
Sactown Royalty Jul 16, 2016

Better Call Skal

Skal Labissiere is showing off the talents that made him the #2 prospect in his high school class in Summer League The Sacramento Kings fanbase is much like a bird (for pokemaniacs who forgot what the real world looks like, a Pidgey, if you will). A bird can't fly without both of its wings. It gives the bird balance. As Kings fans, our two wings are hope and despair. We aren't Kings fans without both the utter dark hopelessness that comes with 10 straight lottery appearances, but also those purple-tinted goggles that overrate every King's contribution on the court and value around the...
Sactown Royalty Jul 15, 2016

The Kings made a mistake replacing Quincy Acy with Anthony Tolliver

This move made no sense. The Sacramento Kings signed Anthony Tolliver to a two-year deal worth $16 million dollars, with only $2 million guaranteed in the second year. In a vacuum, this is a good signing. The Kings maintained flexibility  for next season, got a solid locker room presence, and Tolliver can space the floor a bit. But signing don't happen in a vacuum, and we can't help but look at the contract Quincy Acy just received from the Dallas Mavericks. Acy will be on a two-year contract, with a team option for the second season, and it's a contract for the veteran's minimum. Add to...
Sactown Royalty Jul 14, 2016

An important lesson about trade rumors

Carmichael Dave recently demonstrated an important lesson on how trade rumors happen. Trade rumors run rampant this time of year. After all, the majority of decision makers have come together in Las Vegas to network at Summer League. As such, "discussions" happen frequently, and rumors are born. And our old friend Carmichael Dave took to Twitter on Thursday to demonstrate just how a trade rumor is born. So let's try this rumor thing and watch how it gets dissected. I'll put the tweet out, I'll use ACTUAL happenings, and then explain. — Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) July 14,...
Sactown Royalty Jul 14, 2016

Kings claim Lamar Patterson off waivers

Patterson was formerly with the Atlanta Hawks. The Sacramento Kings have claimed Lamar Patterson off waivers. Patterson had previously been with the Atlanta Hawks. Patterson is a wing player who was waived to clear room for the signings of Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore. He's a wing player who will be under contract for under $900k next season. Its tough to say how Patterson fits into the team's long term plans or why they claimed him. Patterson put up minimal numbers in a minimal minutes last season. I don't see this as a move that pushes the team forward, but it certainly doesn't hurt...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 14, 2016

Lamar Patterson claimed off waivers by Sacramento Kings, per report

Lamar Patterson has a new home. It appears that Lamar Patterson has found a new NBA home. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Patterson, who was waived by the Atlanta Hawks earlier this week, has been claimed off waivers by the Sacramento Kings. Lamar Patterson was claimed by Sacramento Kings.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) July 14, 2016 The 24-year-old guard appeared in 35 games for the Hawks during the 2015-2016 season, after landing in Atlanta as a second-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Patterson was an early factor in the rotation for Mike...
Sactown Royalty Jul 13, 2016

Kings vs Hawks Summer League Game Thread

It's tourney time! The Sacramento Kings are the 23rd seed in the Summer League tournament, and will begin by playing the 10th seed Atlanta Hawks. Game tips at 1pm PT. Go Kings!
Sactown Royalty Jul 13, 2016

Bogdan Bogdanovic is a 'flat out, cold-blooded assassin'

International basketball writer David Pick joins us to chat about who the Kings really drafted this summer. The Sacramento Kings now own the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic thanks to the draft-day trade with the Phoenix Suns last month. Bogdanovic, who isn't expected to come to the NBA until the 2017-18 season, has caught the attention of Kings fans lately after playing well for the Serbian national team. (Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League is the 6'6'' shooting guard's main team.) Joining us to chat about Bogdanovic is David Pick,  a veteran international basketball...

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