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  1. Trey Burke thinks there’s ‘a good chance’ he can win Rookie of the Year award

    Sep 26, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Trey Burke was selected with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft, but was traded that night from the Timberwolves to the Jazz after Minnesota felt they could get better value by trading down to the 14th slot. With eight players going ahead of him, Burke wouldn’t appear to be the favorite to take…

  2. Isaiah Thomas hopes the starting point guard spot in Sacramento is ‘up for competition’

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Golden State Warriors

    Isaiah Thomas started 62 games at point guard for the Kings last season, but with an average of just 4.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game, he’s someone who has looked to score first rather than distribute to others. With the Kings making DeMarcus Cousins the face of the franchise, you can bet that they’ll…

  3. “Shaq-ramento” era begins in Sacramento. Strange as it sounds.

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    It sounds strange to anybody that followed the Kings and Lakers rivalry over the last decade, but the “Shaqramento” era took off on Tuesday in Sacramento, where minority owner and team consultant Shaquille O’Neal introduced himself to the media. As quotatious and loquacious as ever, Shaq sounded less like the sometimes tongue-tied analyst we see…

  4. Knicks bring in Cole Aldrich, but with camp invite only

    Sep 24, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Cole Aldrich

    The guy drafted one spot ahead of Cole Aldrich back in 2010 is on the cusp of signing a $90 million contract extension (Paul George). Aldrich has been the opposite NBA story. He could not carve out a spot in Oklahoma City (losing time to Nick Collison), and while he had a short stint with…

  5. Quote of the day: Shaq is renaming Sacramento “Shaq-ramento”

    Sep 24, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    “The new name of the town will be ‘Shaq-ramento, capital of California.” —Shaquille O’Neal, now one of the O’ners of the Sacramento Kings, at his introductory press conference in that role. We’ll have more from this press conference later, but Shaq was a vintage version of himself speaking to Sacramento. He apologized for calling the…

  6. Report: DeMarcus Cousins near contract extension with Kings

    Sep 23, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Paul George just about has his. John Wall got his. Larry Sanders got his. They all got extensions to their rookie contracts, the early extensions out of the 2010 Draft. DeMarcus Cousins was one other name where we expected a deal — he is potentially the best player in the 2010 draft class but with…

  7. Shaq buys in, he is minority owner of Sacramento Kings

    Sep 23, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Auburn v LSU

    Few players ever tormented the Kings like Shaquille O’Neal. He was the face of the Lakers in 2002 when the Kings had the second-best team in the NBA but just could not get past Shaq and Los Angeles. For years as that rivalry built, Shaq enjoyed taking some shots at Sacramento. Now, he owns a…

  8. Kings offer challenge after ESPN ranks the franchise worst in major sports

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    ESPN_Ad2

    ESPN caused a stink in Sacramento recently when ESPN the Magazine released its franchise rankings across the four major sports. The cover contains the headline, “#1: The Memphis Grizzlies are the best franchise in sports” followed by “No. 122: The Sacramento Kings are not.” While this rating could have been somewhat explainable if the hapless…

  9. Friday And-1 links: The sad tale of Korleone Young

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    korleone Young

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Brazilians like spectacular soccer goals…. • If you read one thing today…

  10. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  11. Kings to televise season opener without commercials

    Sep 17, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

    Kings Sale Basketball

    On Oct. 30 when you tune in — or at least the people in Sacramento tune in — to watch the Kings season opener as they host the Denver Nuggets, there will be no commercials during the broadcast. You read that right, no commercials. Zero. The time that would normally be filled with a Blake…

  12. Report: Nerlens Noel to sign shoe deal with Reebok

    Sep 13, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel

    The conventional wisdom is big men don’t sell shoes, attacking perimeter do — Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose. But Nerlens Noel, the center out of Kentucky who will play with the Sixers once he gets healthy (remember the knee injury last season) thinks he can be the exception to the rule. Noel…

  13. Isaiah Thomas shows off handles at Seattle pro-am (VIDEO)

    Sep 6, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas

    This isn’t exactly new — the Jamal Crawford pro-am in Seattle was going on couple weeks back — but Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas is one of those guys with a game made for this kind of event. Ball is Life put together a highlight package of his handles and moves from the event and you…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Royce White denies domestic abuse accusation

    Sep 5, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than you love the start of the NFL season… • We noted in…

  15. Ben McLemore’s jersey change hints at Kings retiring Peja Stojakovic’s number in the future

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    peja stojakovic kings

    The Kings have been an historically awful NBA franchise, but they did have one era of relative greatness that deserves recognition. Sacramento appeared in the playoffs for eight straight seasons from 1999-2006 under head coach Rick Adelman, and played an exciting style of basketball centered around the passing of big men Chris Webber and Vlade…

  16. Gary Payton picks Golden State to win Western Conference

    Sep 3, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Golden State is going to be a trendy pick for some this season. They have the shooting in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, they have added Andre Iguodala to help them in transition and with perimeter defense, they have a double-double machine in David Lee coming back, they bring Harrison Barnes off the bench. Optimism…

  17. Kings want McLemore to work on creating his own shot

    Sep 3, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Kings Mavericks Basketball

    Even when he was ice cold for a stretch at Summer League, when you watched Ben McLemore go up for a jumper you couldn’t help but admire the form. It just seemed obvious that eventually the shot will fall. However, the Kings have bigger plans for McLemore than as a spot-up three guy. He’s athletic…

  18. Ten free agents still out on the market

    Sep 3, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    At this point, the free agent cupboard is pretty bare, and a number of teams have filled out their rosters anyway. Let’s just be honest — if you’re still on the free agent market there is a reason. Still, there are a few teams still looking to add player 14/15 to the roster off minimum…

  19. New Kings coach wants Cousins to be an improved passer

    Sep 2, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    New Kings coach Mike Malone says of his offense what every coach says about their offense in the off-season — he wants to run. He wants to defend and be up tempo in transition. That may be true, but it’s pretty much like everyone running for president in the last 30 years saying they want…

  20. Mike Malone already bringing the energy as Kings head coach

    Sep 1, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Cody Zeller, Michael Malone

    Mike Malone has been one of the most well-respected assistant coaches for quite awhile, but he’s moving one seat over this year as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. According to an interview he did with the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin, it sounds like the new head coach will bring a much-needed energetic approach to…

  21. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

  22. FIBA Americas Tournament became Renaldo Balkman show on Friday

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Balkman goes for a basket against Brazil's Giovannoni during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament tipped off on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, with teams from North, South and Central America attempting to move one step closer to playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s still a bit early to be talking about that since the tournament won’t end until September 11, but…

  23. Wall, Sanders got their rookie extensions, what about the other rookies?

    Aug 30, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    John Wall will be with the Wizards for five more seasons, making $80 million. Larry Sanders will be with Milwaukee for four more years, $44 million. Those are the first two extensions to the rookie deals out of the 2010 draft. They were both expected and both got done early — teams have until Oct.…

  24. FIBA Americas tournament tips off today

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Juan Barea, Nicolas Laprovittola

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament begins in beautiful Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday morning. This is actually the fourth FIBA tournament of the year — following Asia (where Hamed Haddadi was MVP), Oceania (which was just Australia vs. New Zealand a couple of times) and Africa (where Nigeria was just upset despite featuring four players…

  25. Warriors’ GM talks about long road to them landing Iguodala

    Aug 29, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    After a second round playoff run and the most optimistic season the Warriors fans have had in decades, the front office could have just tried to bring the band back together and grow the team that way. Instead, they came out aggressive getting into the fringes of the Dwight Howard conversation. But that was a…

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