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Sactown Royalty Oct 2, 2015

Vlade's Day Out: Choose your own Adventure!

As fans, we often fancy ourselves as armchair experts. With every move a team makes, we see thousands, if not millions of hot takes that follow, from the cordial and cheery, to the downright insane. In "Vlade's Day Out", my spiritual follow up to "The Vivexpendables", you, the reader, get to play the part of Vlade. When Vivek gives you 24 hours NOT to screw up, every decision you make has consequences. Do you have what it takes to make it through Vlade's Day Out? There's only one way to find out as you live a day in the life of Sacramento Kings General Manager Vlade Divac. You wake up...
Sactown Royalty Oct 1, 2015

NBA Impersonator @BodtAdot5 Nails Jason Williams Impression

Internet sensation, @BdotAdot5, visited Sacramento this week to impersonate some Sacramento Kings greats, and his first Kings-centric video will have you craving some White Chocolate. For the uninitiated, @BdotAdot5 (a.k.a. Brandon Armstrong) has become something of a sensation on social media this offseason due to his spot-on impersonations of NBA superstars.  His incredible impressions of Shaq, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden are particularly incredible.  In fact, just stop what you're doing and watch those.  I'll wait... You back?  Cool. Armstrong's videos...
Sactown Royalty Sep 29, 2015

Watch: Kings scrimmage during first day of Training Camp

Courtesy of Sean Cunningham of News10, we have video of the first Sacramento Kings practice of training camp.  The footage is a few minutes long and contains some of our first looks at many of these new players as Sacramento Kings. The teams were split into two with last year's starters being featured on the Black Team and Rajon Rondo, Omri Casspi and Willie Cauley-Stein helming the White Team.  According to the Sacramento Kings Twitter page, the Black Team won the scrimmage 41 to 29. After the practice, head coach George Karl was pretty happy about the results. George Karl...
Sactown Royalty Sep 28, 2015

Divac plays reporter, asks Karl about playoff chances

Vlade Divac and George Karl shared an amusing moment during the Sacramento Kings media day. All media days are lighthearted, but Monday's Sacramento Kings version had a particular freshness to it. This was highlighted by a comical exchange between Kings head coach George Karl and Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations and general manager. The Kings public relations team had just told the media scrum around Karl that this was the last question and he needed to move along. During his final answer, Karl was in the middle of discussing the importance of passing and the flow of...
Sactown Royalty Sep 28, 2015

George Karl, DeMarcus Cousins call their relationship 'solid'

George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins appear to have moved past their disagreements. DeMarcus Cousins and his head coach George Karl had their share of differences last season and those differences spilled into an offseason that appeared to feature a standoff between the two most important pieces of a retooled Sacramento Kings team. Karl and Cousins have already been seen smiling together since then, but on Monday during media day it looked as if they had officially made up. Karl started it off by saying this about their relationship. "I think it's solid to good … That's where I'm at with...
Sactown Royalty Sep 28, 2015

Notes, Quotes and more from Sacramento Kings media day

The Sacramento Kings held their annual media day today before heading off to San Diego tomorrow for the start of training camp.  Our own Blake Ellington was in attendance and will have more for you throughout the week.  For now, here are some of the highlights: Rajon Rondo: Cousins on Rondo: "Dude is a flat out genius when it comes to basketball." — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 28, 2015 Rudy Gay says Rondo brings "leadership"to point guard position. — Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) September 28, 2015 Rajon Rondo on if he would consider staying in Sac if things...
Sactown Royalty Sep 28, 2015

It's a Sacramento Kings reunion!

While many fans are eagerly awaiting the start of a new Sacramento Kings season, the Kings have invited many of their former players into town today for a Kings Invitational Golf Tournament. One of the best pictures taken are of some of the mainstays from Sacramento's best teams, all in their best golf gear, aside from Vlade, who is wearing the same grey button-up that he seemingly wears to everything. Squad reunited at #KingsInvitational pic.twitter.com/4N4Z2GOpSx — Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) September 28, 2015 It's nice to see the guys reunited again, even if a few of...
Sactown Royalty Sep 28, 2015

30Q: We answer your questions!

For today's 30Q, we asked you guys on the website, Facebook and Twitter to submit your Kings-related questions.  We took the 30 best questions and will answer them now! 1. From the comments, airmaxpg asks "What do you think needs to happen for the Kings to make the jump from possible lower end playoff contender in the West to actually being a Championship team?" A: Well that's putting the cart before the horse, but there's a few basic things that I feel need to happen;  DeMarcus Cousins needs to become a no ifs, ands or buts about it Top-5 player in the NBA, and more importantly, stay in...
Sactown Royalty Sep 27, 2015

30Q: Was the dysfunction last year worth it?

Last year's midseason meltdown was one of the more depressing and frustrating moments that I've experienced as a fan and I have to imagine it was much the same for members of the franchise itself.  Ownership and management vastly overestimated the amount of pull they had with the team as well as the quality of the team itself.  Their plan to retool and refocus midseason backfired horribly and ended up making the team worse off.  It's no surprise that most of the people involved in making those decisions are now gone. The Kings are in better hands now, but the whiff of failure still...
Sactown Royalty Sep 26, 2015

30Q: Can the Sacramento Kings start the season strong?

Most Kings fans expect a better year, but can the team start strong? And if they don't, does it mean anything? Most Sacramento Kings fans expect the Kings to take a major step forward this coming season. Of course, the challenge is for the team to actually accomplish this, and that starts with game one. In game one the Kings face the Los Angeles Clippers. They face them again in game three. The Kings then face a stretch against the Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and the San Antonio Spurs. That's a murderer's row of Western Conference teams, even if...
Blazersedge Sep 25, 2015

Sacramento Kings 2015-16 Season Preview

With the relationship between star player DeMarcus Cousins and head coach George Karl supposedly in dire straits, can the Sacramento Kings pull themselves together with the help of new additions? Sacramento Kings 2015-16 Season Preview 2014-15 Record: 29-53, No. 4 Pacific Division, No. 13 Western Conference Roster Additions Willie Cauley-Stein (C) – Drafted No. 6 overall Rajon Rondo (PG) – Signed as free agent Marco Belinelli (SG) – Signed as free agent Kosta Koufos (C) – Signed as free agent James Anderson (SG) – Signed as free agent Caron Butler (SF) – Signed as free agent...
Sactown Royalty Sep 25, 2015

30Q: Hey Kings – why not now?

This season can be special if the Kings players pull the best out of each other. Every kid selects a sport at a young age they love. If they are lucky enough they are gifted with the physical ability to excel in it. If they are even more lucky, and driven, then they excel to the point where they make a career out of it and reach the big leagues. It can get complicated as money is involved, a lot of it. The pressure is there and so are egos. But at the heart of it, the love that started it all has to be pulled out of everyone on a team to make it work and experience true success. When a...
Sactown Royalty Sep 24, 2015

Comcast SportsNet announces big changes to TV coverage

Comcast SportsNet California, the local television provider for all Sacramento Kings games, is making some big-time changes to their broadcast coverage.  Former Kings guard Doug Christie is joining the pre-game and post-game telecast and James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom is taking over Bill Herenda's role as CSN's Kings Insider. From the Press Release: CSN California (@CSNAuthentic), the home of "Authentic Bay Area Sports," announced today its coverage of the Sacramento Kings for the 2015-16 season, which includes 81 games (80 regular season, one preseason); extensive game day coverage...
Sactown Royalty Sep 24, 2015

Give us your 30Qs for the season!

Our annual 30Q series is almost done, but for one of our final posts, 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 in the past 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 exception?).  You could also ask questions about specific...
Sactown Royalty Sep 24, 2015

30Q: Will the Kings Empower Roland Beech?

The post-Dirk Nowitzki prime era Dallas Mavericks are perennial overachievers, at least in this basketball observer's mind, and I say that with all due respect. They get every drop of potential out of their roster on a consistent basis, and this obviously includes their finals win over the Miami Heat in 2011, but taking last years roster to 50 wins considering how brutally difficult the Western Conference is was another good example. Their offense last season was inexplicably good before Rajon Rondo happened, but I’m going to try to keep every post of mine from deteriorating into a...
Sactown Royalty Sep 23, 2015

30Q: How do the Kings fit the Dribble-Drive offense?

Does the personnel Vlade Divac assembled match the coach's style? After a year-and-half hiatus, George Karl is back on the coaching sidelines. Known as an X's and O's mad scientist, Karl's newfound opportunity gives him a chance to restart the wacky experiment he began in Denver. With his trusty assistant Vance Walberg at his side, Karl once again tries his hand at introducing the NBA to the Dribble-Drive offense. Besides that Nuggets team, the offense is mostly untested at the NBA level. Walberg had originally created it for his high school teams. It's most famous iteration thus far has...
Sactown Royalty Sep 22, 2015

30Q: What's new at the Golden 1 Center?

Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger joins us to chat about the Golden 1 Center and the Downtown Commons. The new home of the Sacramento Kings is coming along nicely. We reached out to Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger to get an update on the construction and the surrounding area of the arena, now known as the Downtown Commons (DOCO). The Downtown Commons concept was recently released, can you paint a picture of what fans are going to see in this area as they walk up to the arena for a game? We hope DOCO becomes Sacramento's gathering place. On event days and non-event days,...
Sactown Royalty Sep 22, 2015

The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 85: Tony Xypteras talks Rajon Rondo

The whole show is Rajon Rondo talk. Yep. We went there. The Sactown Royalty Show is back! There's not much Kings news right now, so Tony Xypteras and I went all in on Rajon Rondo and dedicated the whole episode to him. Tony and I are both fascinated by Rondo, and have been well before he came to Sacramento. It was a fun conversation, be sure to check it out. Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Sactown Royalty Show on BlogTalkRadio Like the show? Subscribe to us on iTunes or on Stitcher! Leave us ratings, leave comments, let us know how we're doing. Ratings and comments on...
Sactown Royalty Sep 21, 2015

30Q: How will Darren Collison respond to coming off the bench?

One of the biggest additions the Kings made this summer wasn't a trade or signing at all, and yet nobody seems to be talking about it.  I'm talking of course about the return of Darren Collison, who missed the entire second half of last season due to an abdominal tear.  Collison's injury came just before the Kings hired George Karl and as a result, Karl never got to utilize Collison. Before his injury, Collison was one of the few bright spots for the Kings.  The initial news of his signing was overshadowed by the fact that the Kings let a fan favorite player in Isaiah Thomas go for...
Sactown Royalty Sep 20, 2015

30Q: What do the Kings see in James Anderson and Duje Dukan?

Sacramento's front office made so many moves this summer that sometimes it's hard to keep track of all of them.  Perhaps two of the more surprising moves were giving guaranteed contracts to James Anderson and Duje Dukan.  Anderson was a former first round pick by the San Antonio Spurs who ended up playing internationally in Lithuania last season.  Dukan had a good summer league for Sacramento but wasn't a stand-out in college. The fact that these players got guaranteed contracts is a little bizarre given that they are unproven (especially in Dukan's case).  Anderson bounced around in...

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