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Sactown Royalty Aug 28, 2015

Sacramento Kings bringing brash shooting guard Marshall Henderson to training camp

The Sacramento Kings training camp just got a little bit more interesting.  According to Yahoo's Marc Spears, the Kings are bringing in former University of Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson in for training camp.  Henderson went undrafted in 2014 in large part due to his immaturity, brashness and off the court problems.  He spent the last year playing overseas in places like Iraq, Qatar and Italy. Talent wise, Henderson has a knack for scoring the ball at a high level.  In his three years at Ole Miss, he averaged 17.2 points a game while shooting 34.4% from three.  He averaged a...
Sactown Royalty Aug 27, 2015

Sacramento Kings showing interest in re-signing Ryan Hollins?

So far this offseason, the Sacramento Kings have only re-signed one of their own free agents: Omri Casspi.  Andre Miller went on to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Derrick Williams fooled the Knicks into thinking he was Deron Williams (still the only reason I can fathom he got a $5 million a year contract), and Reggie Evans and Ryan Hollins remain unsigned.  In Ryan Hollins' case, it appears the Kings still have some interest there.  According to Yahoo!'s Marc Spears, the Kings are one of three teams pursuing Hollins. Hollins played sparingly for Sacramento last year, often...
Sactown Royalty Aug 25, 2015

5 Things You Didn't Know About Marco Belinelli

The beauty of following a basketball team as closely as we follow the Sacramento Kings is that through nothing but unavoidable time spent obsessing over the comings and going of this organization, we get to know a lot about the players that play here, on and off the court. When I was doing a little recon on Predrag Drobnjak for a post last week, I came across a truly amazing personal website from his time with the Seattle Supersonics. I thought, ‘there has to be so much of this weird stuff out there just waiting to be found’ and hence, the truly buzzfeedy ‘things you didn’t know...
Sactown Royalty Aug 24, 2015

What would you want to see from a Kings rebrand?

The Sacramento Kings have gone through a lot of change since Vivek Ranadivé has taken over as majority owner of the franchise, both on and off the court.  However the brand itself hasn't seen much change, with the only real change being a slight adjustment to the jerseys starting last year. Typically when a team changes hands, the new management wants to add their own stamp to the franchise and we see a franchise rebrand soon after.  Just recently we have both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks making significant changes to their look after an ownership change.  So far the...
Sactown Royalty Aug 22, 2015

Overpaying Rondo makes sense for Sacramento

Outside the Philadelphia trade, the Rondo signing is one of the most critiqued moves of the offseason, but there's a simple defense for it. The Sacramento Kings signed Rajon Rondo to a one year, $9.5 million contract this summer. They succeeded in outbidding only themselves, as far as we know. Aside from the trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, this signing has been perhaps the most criticized move of Sacramento's offseason. After all, Rondo was kicked off the Mavericks in the middle of a playoff series. He didn't receive a share of playoff pay, because his teammates voted that he shouldn't...
Sactown Royalty Aug 21, 2015

Sacramento Kings to bring back the Baby Blue jerseys for final season at Sleep Train Arena

The Sacramento Kings have spent the previous couple of days teasing the return of the Baby Blue jerseys that the Kings wore when they first arrived in Sacramento back in 1985.  Because this is the final season at Sleep Train arena, the Kings want to bring the jersey back full circle and wear them for a full quarter of their home games this season. Here's the Kings press release, chock-full of 80s references: Today, the Sacramento Kings announced the return of the uniforms worn by the team from 1985-1990, including during the inaugural season in Sacramento. Kings players will rock the...
Sactown Royalty Aug 20, 2015

Let's talk about Sactown Royalty

Ah August. The slowest month of the year when it comes to basketball and Kings related news.  In a way, it's kind of nice, because the season itself can get pretty hectic with how much goes on.  But then again, I can't wait for it to start each and every year because every year brings new hope. Because there really isn't much going on right now, I thought I'd take a little time to kind of explain some of what we have coming down the pipeline as well as some of my current plans for the website going forward.  Recently, a FanPost was published titled "Thoughts on how STR can better serve...
Sactown Royalty Aug 18, 2015

Vlade Divac wants to hire some of his friends, and that's ok

Vlade Divac has been the recipient of some surface-level sensible criticism over how he’s constructed, or tried to construct, his front office since taking over Kings basketball operations this summer. Pete D’Alessandro, Chris Mullin, and Dean Oliver are out. Peja Stojakovic has an offer to join the front office. Predrag Drobnjak has an offer to join the front office. Vlade has had conversations with Bobby Jackson about joining the front office. Vlade has had conversations with Ryan West about joining the front office. Vlade has even bounced ideas off Geoff Petrie this summer. The best...
Sactown Royalty Aug 17, 2015

Divac Offers Scouting Position to Predrag Drobnjak

Aris Barkas of EuroHoops reported yesterday that Vlade Divac has offered a front office position to another one of his close friends, Peja Drobnjak. Drobnjak played on the Serbian national team with Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic, and will now join Stojakovic as having an outstanding contract offer to join the Kings front office. Via Aris Barkas of EuroHoops - Drobnjak, who played alongside Peja and Divac in the Serbian national team, was also a member of the Seattle Supersonics, the Clippers and the Hawks in his long professional career which lasted almost 20 years. He retired back in...
Sactown Royalty Aug 15, 2015

Sacramento Kings hire Roland Beech to head up analytics department

The Sacramento Kings have found their analytics guy.  ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Kings have come to an agreement with Roland Beech to head up their analytics department.  Beech is formerly of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a part of that team during their 2011 title run and most recently served as Vice President of Basketball Operations for them.  Beech will take over the position vacated by Dean Oliver, who was let go by Vlade Divac last month. Divac's firing of Oliver seemed to spark off rumors that Divac wasn't interested in analytics considering that Oliver is one of the...
Sactown Royalty Aug 14, 2015

Watch Highlights of DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay from Team USA's Scrimmage

The Team USA Minicamp is now over, but not before one final scrimmage which was televised last night.  Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins ended up leading Team White to victory over Team Blue, 134 to 128.  Cousins finished up with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, while Rudy Gay had 9 points and 2 steals off the bench for Team Blue. The Sacramento Kings put together a highlight package of all the best plays featuring our players from last night's game in case you missed it: By far the best highlight was Boogie talking to someone from the bench. Hilarious.  I want Boogie...
Sactown Royalty Aug 13, 2015

Sacramento Kings sign undrafted forward Vince Hunter to partially guaranteed deal

The Sacramento Kings have mostly finished revamping their roster, but there is still one roster spot up for grabs and as such the Kings could be looking to fill that position during training camp.  On that front it looks like Sacramento is already starting to sign some players to training camp deals, starting with UTEP's Vince Hunter. From Shams Charania: Sacramento has reached agreement on deal with undrafted UTEP forward Vince Hunter, including partial guarantee, league sources tell RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 13, 2015 That "partial guarantee" for Hunter is...
Sactown Royalty Aug 12, 2015

2015-16 NBA Schedule Released: Sacramento Kings to open at home for third year in a row

The NBA released the full 2015-16 schedule today for what will be the final year at Sleep Train Arena for the Sacramento Kings.  Here's a brief FAQ, but you can check out the full schedule on Kings.com: When Is The Home Opener? The Sacramento Kings will open up the 2015-16 season at home once more (3rd season in a row!), this time against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.  That should be a real fun game between two teams that don't particularly like each other as well as a good test for this new look Kings squad. Do We Have Any Nationally Televised Games This Year? The Kings have a...
Sactown Royalty Aug 12, 2015

Kings Links: Cousins talks Karl, New York talks Sacramento and more

It might be the dog days of the offseason, but the Sacramento Kings have generated a little bit of news this week, in part thanks to DeMarcus Cousins' return to Team USA.  As such I thought I'd put together a Kings Links post in case you missed anything Kings related this week.  Also, keep an eye on the website today as the 2015-16 NBA schedule is going to be released later this afternoon.  Rumor has it we open at home against the Clippers. On to the links: News 10: DeMarcus Cousins returns to Team USA, talks Kings & George KarlSean Cunningham caught up with Boogie in Vegas.  The big...
Sactown Royalty Aug 11, 2015

Nancy Lieberman Continues to Say the Right Things

Sacramento Kings assistant coach Nancy Lieberman was on SiriusXM NBA Radio again yesterday, and continued her summer long barrage of positive comments and good energy towards the Kings, George Karl, DeMarcus Cousins, and this upcoming season. Lieberman on the Kings organization, Via SiriusXM NBA Radio – "It really is a family environment. I haven’t’ seen anything other than that. George and DeMarcus are on the same page." Lieberman on the Cousins, Karl relationship, Via SiriusXM NBA Radio – "I think the more they are around each other, the more they are going to appreciate...
Sactown Royalty Aug 11, 2015

Jerry Reynolds grades the Kings offseason acquisitions

Jerry gives us his report card for the offseason. Sacramento Kings TV color analyst and local legend Jerry Reynolds recently joined us to discuss Vlade Divac's offseason. With the additions of Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos, Caron Butler, Quincy Acy, Willie Cauley-Stein, Seth Curry, James Anderson and the resigning Omri Casspi, Reynolds approves of the job Divac has done. Divac has filled the needs of the team with veterans, defense, shooting and depth in the frontcourt and point guard spot. Below, Reynolds shares his grades for each of the offseason acquisitions. Quincy Acy:...
Sactown Royalty Aug 10, 2015

Will the Kings bring Eric Moreland back?

The Sacramento Kings parted ways with Eric Moreland a couple weeks ago in order to avoid guaranteeing Moreland's contract for the entire year.  Moreland cleared waivers and is now free to sign with any NBA team, including possibly coming back to Sacramento, but would the Kings be interested? Vlade Divac seemed to indicate just such a possibility last week when he went on the radio with Grant Napear.  From commenter PurpleLoco's transcript of the interview: Grant's Question: Eric Moreland was released last week; are you still looking to add another player or two to this roster? Vlade:...
Sactown Royalty Aug 7, 2015

Talking Marco Belinelli with San Antonio Spurs blogger Michael Erler

The first major signing of Sacramento's offseason was the addition of former Spurs sharpshooter Marco Belinelli.  For a team that has been as desperate for shooting as Sacramento has been, Belinelli's addition to the team was most welcome. Recently I had a Q&A with Michael Erler of SB Nation's Spurs blog Pounding the Rock about Ray McCallum, who the Kings traded to the Spurs earlier this summer.  Michael was kind enough to return the favor and answer some of my own questions about Marco. Q: We all know Marco's reputation for shooting the ball, but what else does he bring to the table? A:...
Sactown Royalty Aug 6, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay to Attend USA Basketball Mini-Camp in Las Vegas

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the official roster for the men’s national team mini-camp that will take place from August 11th-13th in Las Vegas, and that announcement included both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay were on the Team USA roster that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, so their participation in Vegas this week shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. From USA Basketball’s official press release - Added to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and participating in the Aug. 11-13 USA National Team training camp are...
Sactown Royalty Aug 6, 2015

Golden 1 Center construction update

The Golden 1 Center is now more than a year into its construction process and with each passing day, a new feature of the downtown arena pops up. These days, the roof trusses and the exterior façade metal panel and glazing at the south side of the practice facility are the new noticeably visible features on the exterior of the building. This video we shot Wednesday shows how the arena is shaping up. At the 7-second mark you will see what's left of the Downtown Plaza bridge after it was gutted. At the 25-second mark is the main entrance of the arena where the five-story, glass hangar doors...

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