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Greivis Vasquez did not play in Monday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors as he rested his right ankle. Vasquez had surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle back in May. Last week's training camp was the first time h...
Greivis Vasquez did not play in Monday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors as he rested his right ankle. Vasquez had surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle back in May. Last week's training camp was the first time he was cleared to play this summer. Yahoo's Marc Spears reports that Vasquez is expected to make his Kings debut on Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Spears also mentions that Vasquez has been "tabbed their point guard of the future". Isaiah Thomas is the incumbent starter for Sacramento and he won't be easily unseated from that position. Both players offer the Kings a very different look, with Thomas being a more natural scorer and Vasquez a more natural passer. Both players are in the last years of their deal. The Kings could try to secure Vasquez long term by offering him an extension before the deadline of Oct. 31st. More from Sactown Royalty: StR Night I: Ticket Donation thread Kings vs. Warriors score: Golden State wins meaningless game 94-81 Kings vs. Warriors preview: Our first look at the new Sacramento Kings Individual Ticket Sales Begin on October 10th Along With "Top-10" Game Pack Kings schedule: Preseason Week 1 is here, everyone!
about 3 hours ago
Luc Mbah a Moute was once considered one of the league’s elite defenders.  In his five NBA seasons, the veteran forward made a name for himself on the defensive side of the floor.But over the last two years, injury woes have slowed...
Luc Mbah a Moute was once considered one of the league’s elite defenders.  In his five NBA seasons, the veteran forward made a name for himself on the defensive side of the floor.But over the last two years, injury woes have slowed down his career.  Bothered by issues with his right knee, Mbah a Moute has not been the same player who built his reputation guarding multiple positions.  However, the 27-year-old veteran appears confident that in a new environment, team and system, he can get back on track.“I think it’s exciting, but there’s also a lot of responsibilities,” Mbah a Moute said during media day last week of the newness surrounding the Kings franchise. “So just take on the challenge, that’s all I’m looking forward to.”Mbah a Moute has missed a total of 57 games the last two seasons due to a myriad of health problems.  He had knee surgery after the lockout-shortened season in 2012, but recovery kept him sidelined through December.Mbah a Moute’s injury woes came on the heels of a new contract in 2011.  The former UCLA Bruin earned a four year, $19-million extension in Milwaukee after the Bucks matched a restricted free agent offer extended by the Denver Nuggets.With two years and approximately $9 million remaining, the Cameroonian native is convinced that his injury woes are behind him.“I think last season I came in, I didn’t even start the season,” Mbah a Moute said.  ”I was still recovering from surgery.  So it’s just so much better to come in the season and be in shape, and having played this summer and feeling healthy and all that.  So I’m excited.”Following the conclusion of his final year with the Bucks, Mbah a Moute had no additional procedures done to his right knee.  And this summer, the veteran forward felt healthy enough to play for his national team in Cameroon.  According to Mbah a Moute, that time with the Cameroonian national team helped him recalibrate his body.“I was just trying to get stronger and just play,” Mbah a Moute said of participating in this year’s Afrobasket tournament.  ”A lot of times you can correct a lot of those things by playing, just being comfortable playing.  That’s what I did, I played with the national team.”Mbah a Moute is in what appears to be a two-man race with John Salmons to start at small forward.  However, his versatility to defend multiple positions may lend itself to head coach Michael Malone, who will likely tinker with Mbah a Moute’s place on the floor.If that’s the case, Mbah a Moute doesn’t mind.  With a reputation around the NBA for having the ability to defend anyone from Chris Paul to LeBron James, the 27-year-old veteran is ready to contribute wherever he can.“It doesn’t matter to me,” Mbah a Moute said when asked what position he prefers to play.  ”I think if you asked (someone else), I’ll say probably at the small forward.  But I always end up guarding guys (at different positions).  Sometimes point guards to centers even, so I mean to me it doesn’t matter.  My goal is just to come in here and whatever position I’m at, try to help the team and try to do what I do.”Sacramento represents a new chapter for the sixth year pro’s career.  Fingers crossed, he’s also hoping that it represents a new chapter for his well-being.“I feel great,” Mbah a Moute said of his health here this preseason.  ”I’m feeling good right now so I’m excited man.  It should be fun.”
about 7 hours ago
Hey guys ive been wanting to do this post for a while. i have cable w/o any way of recording games and as of now i might be going to the home opener nd the ESPN game and i was thinking it would be a good idea if the site had a youtube pa...
Hey guys ive been wanting to do this post for a while. i have cable w/o any way of recording games and as of now i might be going to the home opener nd the ESPN game and i was thinking it would be a good idea if the site had a youtube page with games on them. Not sure of the legalities but i mean thers other games on there. I would really like to be able to catch that commercial free game a few times because i know its going to b great.
about 15 hours ago
By Tony Xypteras Expectations Going Into Last Season: To say I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from John Salmons would be an understatement. He was coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, with much of it spent in a suit...
By Tony Xypteras Expectations Going Into Last Season: To say I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from John Salmons would be an understatement. He was coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, with much of it spent in a suit behind the Kings bench due to a strange hip injury. A part of me honestly thought his career was over. He looked disinterested (or maybe he just looked like John Salmons, a player known for a lack of facial expression). I thought there was a slight possibility that the Kings would use the amnesty clause on him, and then I quickly remembered that that is what a team with good ownership would do. Reality: John Salmons was OK last season, and realistically, OK is about as much as Kings fans could have wanted. He started the year on the bench before quickly nudging James Johnson out of the starting lineup, and that is the position he would play for the remainder of the season. Salmons gave the Kings decent production as the 5th most important player in the starting unit, proving to the NBA that at the very least he still deserves a spot in the league. He did a lot of John Salmons things. Hit some 3’s, missed some 3’s. Played decent defense when bigger small forwards didn’t outmuscle him. Showed his good passing abilities with limited time handling the ball. He’s not a guy you want starting for you, but I wouldn’t say his play aggressively hurt the Kings last season. 2012 – 2013 Statistics: 76 G / 30 MPG / 8.8 PPG / .399 FG% / .371 3P% / 2.7 REB / 3.0 AST / 0.7 STL / 0.3 BLK / 1.1 TOV Moving Forward: The disappointing reality right now is that John Salmons could return to the starting lineup this season after the Kings failed to land a major upgrade at small forward this offseason. As OK as Salmons was last year, this was a position that I really thought the Kings needed to address and they didn’t. The Kings did trade for a very good defender in Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, a move that just about everyone endorsed. But is Mbah A Moute enough of an upgrade? I’m not so sure. Personally I would give Mbah a Moute the starting small forward spot just because we’ve already seen what Salmons can give you there, and it isn’t enough. I want to assume that this is how defensive-minded head coach Mike Malone will also see it, but you just never know. Mbah A Moute is a better defender than Salmons, a trait that the Kings front office apparently values now, so we’ll have to wait and see. Previous Kings teams required a small forward who could spread the floor because of Tyreke Evans deficiencies as a jump shooter. This team is different. With either Marcus Thornton or Ben McLemore starting at shooting guard, 3 point shooting won’t be an issue this year, which theoretically means they don’t need Salmons shooting ability in the starting unit. To take that way of thinking one step further as it relates to Salmons, I think he could be effective in a bench role. He’s never going to live up to his contract (which just happens to be in its last year, essentially), but as a veteran bench player who can swing between multiple positions, the Kings could do worse.
about 18 hours ago
"As I write this, my hands are shaking." Aykis16 on 1/9/13 We all remember the day we learned that Daina Falk's seemingly silly tweet was actually based on fact and that, yes, the Kings had actually been sold to a group in Seattle. I...
"As I write this, my hands are shaking." Aykis16 on 1/9/13 We all remember the day we learned that Daina Falk's seemingly silly tweet was actually based on fact and that, yes, the Kings had actually been sold to a group in Seattle. I felt terrified, angry, confused and sick to my stomach. Well, friends, that was nothing compared to this. As I write this, my hands are shaking: I am growing a mustache. On my face. Why? FOR THE CHILDREN! What does this have to do with you? Read on! This month I will cultivate what is sure to be a disturbing example of facial hair gone wrong as a fundraising stunt for public schools in Sacramento and San Francisco. I was shamed/challenged by both an (awesome) elementary school Principal who demanded I consider it. When I balked, my youngest daughter heard my excuses and said these words: "Dad, don't you tell us 'who cares what people think?'" Oh yeah. Damn. Yet I still resisted. Last Friday, after what proved to be one IPA too many, I became sentimental while looking at Sign Lady's love page…and I thought, hell, why not? What does it matter? Well, now I am paying the price. Some people are born to rock a 'stache. I am not one of those people. My facial hair is weak… think Johnny Depp or Bob Dylan. It is with deep regret that I look upon myself each morning, questioning my own self-worth, doubting my existence. But alas, it is too late to go back. Now I turn to you, the community that I can say (without joking) that I really have deep admiration for, to consider sliding a few of your hard earned dollars to schools in need. The link below will take you to my donation page and there you can find a project to help fund. I have selected schools in SF and Sacramento… and even one in Placerville (wut wut!) that all have a population of high poverty students. These schools don't have a whole lot of fancy auctions to fill their coffers. These schools need help. Plus, I can't bare to think that I endured this mustache for no reason. To sweeten the pot, I will award the highest STR contributor to this fundraising campaign with a signed Shareef Abdur-Raheem Kings jersey! NOT KIDDING. So I know that STR sent you, please write "Let's do this Sacramento" or something! Link to my Giving Page at DonorsChoose.org As a bonus, I offer these icons of Basketball who have shown that a mustache can be a thing of beauty.
about 18 hours ago
Sep 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Greivis Vasquez (10) at Kings Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Although the Sacramento Kings tipped off preseason action Monday night in Oakland ...
Sep 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Greivis Vasquez (10) at Kings Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Although the Sacramento Kings tipped off preseason action Monday night in Oakland against the Warriors, they were without point guard Greivis Vasquez who the team acquired in exchange for Tyreke Evans during the offseason. Vasquez, who underwent offseason surgery on his ankle to remove bone spurs has been with the team, though, rather than pushing him needlessly, the Kings want to take a cautious approach before putting him in the lineup. That will likely happen Monday night when the Kings host the Los Angeles Clippers. Per Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears: Sacramento Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez is expected to make his debut against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, a source told Yahoo Sports. The Kings only have one game between now and Monday, a matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas on Thursday so the return should give Vasquez two games of preseason action before the regular season tips off later this month. How coach Malone dictates the starting point guard duties are still unknown, though, the two extra preseason games Isaiah Thomas will see could potentially sway a decision. Greivis Vasquez expected to make Sacramento Kings debut Monday - A Royal Pain - A Royal Pain - A Sacramento Kings Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 19 hours ago
October 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) loses the ball against Golden State Warriors center David Lee (10, left) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 94-81. Ma...
October 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) loses the ball against Golden State Warriors center David Lee (10, left) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Kings 94-81. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Although DeMarcus Cousins is now entering his fourth season in the NBA, the first three were less than productive. That’s not to say that the former Kentucky star didn’t produce, he certainly did that (at least from a box score standpoint) but overall, the offense was relatively woeful under Keith Smart and Paul Westphal. Granted, it’s not as if Smart or Westphal had a lot of tools to work with, but both seemed determined to use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail. The offense was flat. The ball movement was non-existent. The plays (the few of them there were) were abysmal. Nobody knew what to do or what position to be in. It was literally a poorly organization recreational league offense that featured five guys who all thought they were the best offensive player on the floor. But things have changed as evident by last night’s game in Oakland. No, the tilt didn’t go the way the Kings wanted it to, but the preseason isn’t about wins and losses and while the Kings certainly have a long way to go, they’re building in the right direction. And hey, at least they finally have something that resembles an offense, an apparent first for Cousins who was asked by Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears how many types of offenses he’s been apart of: When asked how many offenses he’s been a part of as a King, DeMarcus Cousins said: “Actually this is my first one.” Organizational structure. How nice it will be to have one. DeMarcus Cousins says Mike Malone’s offense is his ‘first one’ - A Royal Pain - A Royal Pain - A Sacramento Kings Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 21 hours ago
Chris Webber thinks highly of DeMarcus Cousins, but has mixed feelings about Shaquille O’Neal owning a piece of the Sacramento Kings.Earlier this morning, Turner Sports hosted a media conference call featuring the former franchise ...
Chris Webber thinks highly of DeMarcus Cousins, but has mixed feelings about Shaquille O’Neal owning a piece of the Sacramento Kings.Earlier this morning, Turner Sports hosted a media conference call featuring the former franchise power forward and Greg Anthony, his colleague and new lead analyst for CBS Sports’ college basketball coverage.  I managed to get in a few questions to gauge Webber and Anthony’s thoughts on the Kings and they offered plenty of perspective.As a friend, Webber is happy for O’Neal’s new venture into NBA ownership.  But speaking as an ex-King, it’s a different story.  In fact, Webber’s stomach likely turns at the thought of the former Los Angeles Laker owning a piece of the franchise he once tormented.Yeah that’s something.  I’ve talked to the ownership group and Shaq is my boy. So as a friend, I’m happy he’s an owner. As a King, it’s disgusting.When I asked, Webber also had plenty to say about the franchise’s new cornerstone player.  The Turner sports analyst says that he’s thought highly of Cousins after hearing the praise of former long-time Kings assistant coach Pete Carril.  Here are Webber’s complete thoughts on what he thinks Cousins must do to take next the step in his career this year.I think there a lot of things he can do and there’s a lot of things the organization can do to build trust with the player, to put the correct people around him in an environment that will work, so I think it’s on the organization.  And two, himself, as we’ve talked before, he needs to make sure he holds himself accountable and plays as hard as he can every night.He’s one of the most talented big man I’ve seen and when coach Pete Carril told me that he’s one of the best big guys he’d ever seen, knowing coach never uses his words like that lightly, I believed it sight unseen.And the kid’s incredible, I think that he just needs to build some consistency, some trust and relax in the trust.  And I think that he could have a great opportunity.  The contract, knowing new ownership does a great player make, it’s all in the commitment that he puts in himself.Anthony also weighed in on the Cousins debate, suggesting that no other center in the league comes close to matching the skill of the 23-year-old big man.Listen to me, from a talent standpoint and an ability standpoint, DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t take a backseat to anybody at the center position in the NBA.  The question is whether or not he’s going to mature to a point where he can take advantage of that ability.The great players, what separates the good guys from great guys is not necessarily always their ability, but it’s their mental makeup.  And that’s the question and gonna be the challenge for DeMarcus.  And I would suspect that DeMarcus would tell you that himself, that that’s where his real growth will come.It’s not from his basketball talent; it’s from his mental makeup.  If he matures and becomes the pro that his talent dictates, then Sacramento is gonna have an anchor on that frontline for many years to come.As far as the Kings’ roster is concerned, Anthony believes the Kings’ conservative offseason was a wise decision.  The 45-year-old former journeymen point guard likes that the new ownership, front office and coaching staff are taking stock in what they have before making any major moves.Well I would say, I think it’s smart that when you make the type of changes that you make at the top that you come in and evaluate your roster before you start making wholesale personnel changes.  You know with their new coach Mike Malone, they’ve brought in a guy whose far more defensive oriented for a team that was next to the worst defensive team in the league.  And then when you’re as athletic as they are, that shouldn’t be the case.  So I think they
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OAKLAND - Some postgame notes and quotes from Monday night's preseason opener that the Kings lost, 94-81, to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors went back to
OAKLAND - Some postgame notes and quotes from Monday night's preseason opener that the Kings lost, 94-81, to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors went back to
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When Michael Malone took over the head coaching job for the Sacramento Kings, it was with the knowledge that he was inheriting one of the league’s worst defensive teams.  Ranked last in the NBA or close to it in most defensive stat...
When Michael Malone took over the head coaching job for the Sacramento Kings, it was with the knowledge that he was inheriting one of the league’s worst defensive teams.  Ranked last in the NBA or close to it in most defensive stats a season ago, change is going to take time.  Better defensive players have been added and a new scheme is being implemented to help hide some of the weaknesses, but playing defense at the NBA level is a mindset.In Monday night’s loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Kings looked rough on the offensive end, turning the ball over 26 times and shooting just 41 percent from the field.  But the defense was solid, especially early in the game.“I thought our defense for three quarters was great,” coach Malone told the media scrum last night after the loss in Oakland.  “And then they started off the fourth quarter on a 24-10 run.”The Kings starting frontline of Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins stood out in game No. 1.  They looked extremely comfortable together, with each player showing glimpses of the new defensive mindset.  While the results weren’t earth shattering, there was a noticeable difference in these two players in particular.“Coach is giving me the confidence of doing certain things defensively,” said Thompson.The veteran forward looked like a completely different player defending the pick-and-roll.  He showed hard on the dribbler, but kept his man pinned deep.  When the Warriors tried to throw over the top, he was balanced and in position to steal the entry pass.  The official scorer gave him two steals, but from my seat, it looked closer to four.  In the battle for the starting power forward position, Thompson took an early lead with his play on Monday night.While Thompson was working on sealing off the post, Cousins was flying in to block shots and even cut off the baseline as a help defender on multiple possessions.  Cousins has great feet, which helped him lead the league in drawing charges during his second season, but his teammates need more.“Forget all of the terminology and all of the different coverages,” Malone said of his team.  ”We have to trust, communicate and help each other every night.”Trust and communication have never been a strong suit of Cousins or this group as a whole, but those concepts are the only way this team will succeed as a defensive team.Cousins has to set the tempo.  He has the strength, quickness, length and intelligence to be an above-average post defender, but it has to be more than just an individual growth.  He has also taken on a new leadership role with the Kings and accepted the title of franchise cornerstone.  If this team going to move forward, Cousins not only must accept the challenge, but convince teammates to follow him into battle.“I think everyone on our team has bought in,” Malone said.  “And they understand that we have a ways to go, but this is a good start for us.  Whether it’s pick-and-roll, catch-and-shoot, post up, transition – they are all buying in.  They are all taking the teaching they have been given so far.”The Kings gave a solid effort for 36 minutes of the game, but fell apart late.  This was their first preseason game and their first game with Malone at the helm, so a let down against a tough opponent is understandable.“I think everyone needs to remember, this is the first time we’ve played against new faces,” Malone said.  “The timing, the spacing, the reads, our counters, all of that will come.  This is a process and I believe, that even though we lost the game tonight, we did get better tonight.”A foundation is being built in Sacramento, but it’s not the first time.  The Kings have talked a tough game in the past.  They have promised to play better defense and even showed glimpses.  They have the infrastructure in place this time around, but it means nothing if they don’
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