I like this move for the Kings. Hickson is a good young player. He will be part of a good core with Cousins and Evans. Casspi is alright, but nothing great, the Cavs will also get a 1st round pick.
3-way deal with the Kings, Bobcats and Bucks: Bucks get Beno Udrih, Stephen Jackson and the 19th pick. Charlotte gets the 7th pick and Corey Maggette. Kings get the 10th pick and John Salmons.
via Ken Gerger
Oh God, please don’t let this be true. A day after rumors that the Kings may trade their 7th pick for Tony Parker, they are just going to get John Salmons back instead.
A montage of all the great Sacramento Kings moments to the tune of Love Song by Tesla. This played after Grant Napear and Jerry Reynold’s emotional farewell. Tough to watch if you are a Kings fan.
Final scoreboard for Sacramento Kings? Things were looking good for the Kings being up by 3 with 9 seconds to go after trailing by 20 in the fourth. Phil Jackson had to put his main unit back in and Kobe fittingly spoiled things hitting a three with 4.8 seconds left in regulation; ultimately prevailing in OT. The Board of Governors meeting in New York to pursuade NBA owners on the fate of the Kings is currently in session. The Maloofs gave Sacramento a possible parting shot by not showing up to the final game and by giving their customary courtside seats to Lakers fans.
Power Balance Pavillion still packed nearly an hour after Kings game ended. Even Bobby Jackson was cool enough to make an appearance. Sorry for the iPhone camera quality.
I’ll admit, it’s going to be tough to watch. It’s cool that it will also be Phil Jackson’s last regular-season game (probably). As much I love the Lakers too, it’ll be nice to see the Kings beat them one last time for the road.
MUST WATCH: Tyreke’s half-court, buzzer beating, game-winner.
That’s as good as a championship for Sactown.
First time this season that I’m proud to be a Kings fan.
2002 Western Conference Finals Game 4
If Horry missed the Kings would have been up 3-1 and likely would have won the Western Conference Finals and taken care of the Nets in the Finals like any Western Conference team would have. Instead, the shot went in and the Lakers came back in the series eventually winning the 2002 Finals. An NBA championship came down to this one shot.
Last week, public relations super wizard David Stern took the first real jab at the NBPA over collective bargaining negotiations next summer by threatening contraction, actually getting rid of teams, if NBA salaries aren’t cut by 33% ($800 million) in the new collective bargaining agreement. One team it’s not looking good for is the Sacramento Kings.
Recently, yet another arena proposal that was looking promising fell through in Sacramento. David Stern has been working hard with the Maloofs and the city of Sacramento for years on a new arena and this may be the final straw. Stern officially gave the Maloofs the ‘OK’ to relocate the team if they want. Although the Maloofs have always denied any desire to move the team, if they can’t make money in the current arena even during sellouts, what’s there to do. This issue prompted me to watch Sonicsgate again, a free online documentary on the events leading to the Sonics leaving for Oklahoma City, and the similarities are eerie. For the Kings to avoid contraction or relocation, they need quick results in on-court performance as well as local investors and developers getting an arena deal done now. Losing to the Nets last night was not a good start, and having former Phoenix Suns guard Kevin Johnson as mayor of the city is not as much help as anticipated. The Maloofs have until February of 2011 to decide if they want to relocate for the 2011-12 season.