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Sactown Royalty 5 hours ago
Kings vs Grizzlies Preview: Welcome to the First Game of the Rest of the Season

Kings vs Grizzlies Preview: Welcome to the First Game of the Rest of the Season

After the disappearance of The Great Rudini, the Kings will need to pull a rabbit out of the hat in order to beat his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies. Wednesday’s game against the Pacers was rough. With no fewer than six articles on Sactown Royalty since then highlighting just how deep into the darkest timeline we really are, I have a hard time adding to the pile. Everything that can be said, has been said and by writers far more interesting. As this is my preview (till Akis reads this), I’m just going to take a brief second to talk about Rudy Gay. Rudy Gay for many years was my...
Sactown Royalty 15 hours ago
The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 112: Carmichael Dave Returns

The Sactown Royalty Show Ep 112: Carmichael Dave Returns

We talk Rudy, Boogie, and more The Sactown Royalty Show is back! This week I'm joined by Carmichael Dave, making a return to the show. In this episode we discuss Rudy Gay's injury and what it means for the team's future. We talk about building around DeMarcus Cousins, and whether or not the Kings should Trust The Process and hire Sam Hinkie. Check it out! 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 iTunes really help us out with promoting the show. And of course, continue the discussion in...
Sactown Royalty 21 hours ago
Kings fans agree: This season sucks

Kings fans agree: This season sucks

They like the arena though. And Garrett Temple. Before Rudy Gay’s injury sent shockwaves through the tortured Kings fanbase, I set up a poll to take the temperature in the room on how everyone was doing halfway through this season. 600+ of you took the time to respond and while there were few results that everyone agreed on, it’s clear that we are not happy campers. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the season so far? Overall Average: 3.9 Nobody’s happy with the way things are going, and that was before Rudy got knocked out for the season. What’s even more surprising is out...
Sactown Royalty 23 hours ago
MRI confirms fully ruptured Achilles for Rudy Gay

MRI confirms fully ruptured Achilles for Rudy Gay

The Kings forward will undergo surgery and prepare for a long recovery. Rudy Gay underwent an MRI today to confirm the preliminary evaluation of a torn Achilles tendon, suffered during last night’s game against the Indiana Pacers. The original diagnosis was unfortunately confirmed by the MRI results as a full rupture of the left Achilles tendon. The Kings have stated that surgery for the injury will be scheduled in the coming days. The most recent high profile Achilles injuries in the NBA have been to Wesley Matthews and Kobe Bryant. Matthews suffered his Achilles tear on March 5th,...
Sactown Royalty Jan 19, 2017
Trudge onward, rebuild, or something in between?

Trudge onward, rebuild, or something in between?

The Kings don’t have a clear path moving forward. What path they choose will drastically shape this franchise for years to come. For the past few days I’ve been composing an article around the Kings tough choices ahead and it was going to be titled “Balancing on a Knife’s Edge”. Now, due to the devastating news of Rudy Gay’s season-ending injury, Sacramento is balancing on a knife’s edge that’s straddling a fence which is between a rock and a hard place. There are so many factors at play that make each potential choice almost impossible to execute correctly. Things to...
Sactown Royalty Jan 19, 2017
Morning Conversation: On Rudy Gay, and where the Kings go from here

Morning Conversation: On Rudy Gay, and where the Kings go from here

Rudy Gay’s injury changes so much for the Sacramento Kings. Welcome to ‘Morning Conversation’, a semi-regular, not-so-original thingamajig that I’m going to try and put together every non-gameday weekday morning, time and life permitting. There are aspects of the Sacramento Kings worth discussing that rarely get discussed, but may not warrant a full-blown post. As a Kings fan living outside of Sacramento, I’m pretty isolated. Nobody in Boston wants to hear about my fleeting Kings thoughts, but maybe you do? What now? I don’t know where you’d rank Rudy Gay’s now torn...
Sactown Royalty Jan 19, 2017
Processing the Rudy Gay injury

Processing the Rudy Gay injury

Dealing with the ramifications of Rudy going down I’m still processing the Rudy Gay injury from Wednesday night’s game, so apologies in advance if my thoughts are a bit scattered. I’ll do my best to be coherent, but man this is just a crushing blow. There’s a lot to deal with when a team suffers an injury like Rudy’s, so let’s unpack it all. Rudy Gay the person God what a crushing blow. No matter your opinions on his play, you’ll struggle to find anyone willing to speak ill of Rudy Gay as a person. You could hear it in the postgame interviews with teammates, Rudy is a...
Indy Cornrows Jan 19, 2017
Pacers final score: Pacers stage comeback, topping Kings 106-100

Pacers final score: Pacers stage comeback, topping Kings 106-100

Paul George scored 24 and Jeff Teague had 22 to lead Indiana to a late win over Sacramento. Execution nearly proved fatal for the Indiana Pacers, who struggled to get out of their own way in the first two and a half quarters against the Sacramento Kings. Indiana trailed by 18 at halftime with the Kings shooting 64% and limiting Indiana to just 11 first half rebounds, but even Sacramento going ice cold in the third wasn’t enough to help the Pacers trim more than a point off of that lead in the first eight minutes of the third. But out of a Pacers time out, Indiana woke up, finally bringing...
Sactown Royalty Jan 19, 2017
Rudy Gay Tears Achilles In Kings’ 106-100 Loss To Pacers

Rudy Gay Tears Achilles In Kings’ 106-100 Loss To Pacers

What a disaster. The Indiana Pacers found themselves in Sacramento tonight to face the Kings on their final game of what has been a disastrous 7-game homestand. The Kings desperately needed a win tonight, but maybe even more importantly than the win, this season had started to take a serious turn for the depressing over the last week, so any sign of life would have been appreciated. Fortunately for all parties, the Kings had one of the better first quarters they’ve had all season. With Ty Lawson out, Dave Joerger sent Garrett Temple and his decent handle to the bench, forcibly...
Sactown Royalty Jan 18, 2017
Quick Poll: State of the Fanbase, Jan. 2017

Quick Poll: State of the Fanbase, Jan. 2017

How are you feeling about the Kings? Let us know by filling out our survey. We’re right about at the halfway point of the season now so I thought it’d be a good time to get a real feel on how the fanbase is doing. If you’d like to participate, just submit your answers in the below form. After a day or two of gathering responses, we’ll publish the results. Please note that you have to put your username/name at the bottom in order to submit or your answer will not be recorded. This helps me filter out duplicate responses/trolls, not that it necessarily stops them.
Sactown Royalty Jan 18, 2017
Kings management needs to get on the same page

Kings management needs to get on the same page

A front office can't operate with two differing objectives The Sacramento Kings are attempting to go two directions at once. The team is trying to build for long-term success and sustainable respectability, but the team is also chasing the eighth seed and an end to the second-longest playoff drought in the NBA. The team cannot do both, and they need to decide which goal is the most important. One would hope that the franchise already had made this decision. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be the case. The problem is you have a serious difference of opinion within the organization as...
Sactown Royalty Jan 18, 2017
Kings vs. Pacers Preview: Sacramento Looks to End Homestand With a Victory

Kings vs. Pacers Preview: Sacramento Looks to End Homestand With a Victory

As the Kings are set to head out on the road, they have one more shot at a win against Paul George and the Pacers. Losers in five of their last six games, the Kings come into Friday’s game against the Pacers bruised, but not yet broken. Having already lost Omri Casspi for a few weeks with a calf strain, and with upstart point guard Ty Lawson a game time decision with an ankle injury, the Kings will have to pull together, and find a way win against a Pacer’s team looking to reestablish themselves as one of the Eastern Conference’s elite teams. Led by former All-Star Paul George, and...
Sactown Royalty Jan 17, 2017
When will the Kings start playing the young guys more?

When will the Kings start playing the young guys more?

The Kings are playing veterans over youth despite the fact that it’s not really leading to additional wins. For the first time in quite a few seasons, the Kings don’t necessarily have a young rotation player. In previous years, the Kings almost had to give their youth big minutes out of pure necessity; That’s how we got Ben McLemore starting at SG for almost three years in a row despite his production not being great. But despite drafting three rookies in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Sacramento has opted to almost exclusively play their veterans this season in the search...
Sactown Royalty Jan 17, 2017
Trade Rumors: Kings still chasing Ricky Rubio

Trade Rumors: Kings still chasing Ricky Rubio

The Kings want Rubio, but no deal is imminent The Sacramento Kings have previously been linked in rumors to Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, and it seems that infatuation is still going strong. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Minnesota is shopping Rubio, and the Kings remain very interested. The Sacramento Kings have had a strong interest in acquiring Rubio, but there’s no traction on a deal between those two teams, league sources said. So far, the Timberwolves are trying to exhaust the market elsewhere for a better return of assets than the Kings can...
Sactown Royalty Jan 17, 2017
Morning Conversation: What should the Kings do with Anthony Tolliver?

Morning Conversation: What should the Kings do with Anthony Tolliver?

The Kings have a tough decision to make. Welcome to ‘Morning Conversation’, a semi-regular, not-so-original thingamajig that I’m going to try and put together every non-gameday weekday morning, time and life permitting. There are aspects of the Sacramento Kings worth discussing that rarely get discussed, but may not warrant a full-blown post. As a Kings fan living outside of Sacramento, I’m pretty isolated. Nobody in Boston wants to hear about my fleeting Kings thoughts, but maybe you do? Should the Sacramento Kings pick up Anthony Tolliver’s $8 million team option for next...
Sactown Royalty Jan 16, 2017
It’s time to stop! (complaining to the officials)

It’s time to stop! (complaining to the officials)

The constant complaining is getting out of hand. There’s no statistic I can find that measures “complaints per 100 possessions” but if such a statistic were to exist, the Sacramento Kings would likely lead the NBA. DeMarcus Cousins is the main culprit of course (one thing that both pro and anti Cousins groups can agree is a downer), but he’s also not the lone offender. Night after night, game after game, the Kings at some point begin to focus more on the officiating than the game itself. Last night for example, Matt Barnes got whistled for a technical after committing an...
Sactown Royalty Jan 16, 2017
Morning Conversation: How good is Garrett Temple?

Morning Conversation: How good is Garrett Temple?

Garrett Temple is having an incredible season, but can he do this long-term? Welcome to ‘Morning Conversation’, a semi-regular, not-so-original thingamajig that I’m going to try and put together every non-gameday weekday morning, time and life permitting. There are aspects of the Sacramento Kings worth discussing that rarely get discussed, but may not warrant a full-blown post. As a Kings fan living outside of Sacramento, I’m pretty isolated. Nobody in Boston wants to hear about my fleeting Kings thoughts, but maybe you do? How good is Garrett Temple? When the Sacramento Kings...
Welcome to Loud City Jan 16, 2017
Thunder vs Kings, final score: Oladipo, Kanter, and Westbrook triple-double lead OKC to 122-118 win

Thunder vs Kings, final score: Oladipo, Kanter, and Westbrook triple-double lead OKC to 122-118 win

“I wanted to breathe smoke” box score | Sactown Royalty The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Sacramento Kings on the road, 122-118. Behind the 20th triple-double on the season by Russell Westbrook (36-11-10, 4 steals, 7 TOs), the Thunder got back in the win column and moved 8 games over .500 once again. The game, which is the 2nd of 6 consecutive road games and the first of a back-to-back (Clippers are tomorrow), was an up-and-down affair. The Thunder would play stretches of brilliant ball, only to follow it up by sloppy play which allowed the Kings to get back into it. In fact,...
Sactown Royalty Jan 16, 2017
Kings dig yet another hole they can’t climb out of and lose to the Thunder 122-118

Kings dig yet another hole they can’t climb out of and lose to the Thunder 122-118

With (Insert Team Here) coming to town, the Sacramento Kings put up a valiant effort, but took the (Insert Quarter Here) quarter off and came up just short thanks to a bad mistake/many by (Insert Player/Players Here). While the Oklahoma City Thunder have been doing great this year on the back of Russell Westbrook, who is having a year that can only be described as preposterous, this was a winnable game at home. Unfortunately, it was basically a rehash of every single other game on this 1-5 home stand. Whether it was dumb decisions (I’m looking at you, Matt Barnes), bad technicals (I’m...

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