I'm a hermit, and leave my house for four reasons and four reasons only: grocery shopping, school, sports, and Kings games.
demarcus cousins will be fine.. i made more mistakes than him. as a young player its hard to adjust sometimes to something different.Metta World Peace weighs in on DMC
Thought you guys could use a summary of your new starting SF's career so far, especially since the lockout makes the Kings' videos impossible to watch. Enjoy. :)
Kinda sounds like a eulogy to me. Kudos to Shaq on a great career. Dude was a class act. One of the most dominant players known in the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, has retired from basketball. This is my chance as an NBA player to say thank you and express great appreciation for one of the most important players there have ever been. First, he is a great player with an amazing personality. I have spoken with him several times. I know him is a man who, while he almost reaches a height of 7'3", he acts like someone at 5'10", just dancing, singing and laughing all the time. I have spoken with him about Israel. He always used to say only good things about our country and about basketball here. He did not speak Hebrew fluently, but he was always throwing out a few words, saying hello and asking about my health. He told me he had a friend in college from Israel, and that to this day they are very good friends. He said he wants to visit here. I hope he really will come and if so, I would love to show him the country. I got to play him when he was in Cleveland and Boston. It's true that in some years he was a great defensive player, but to play him against stars such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron or Nowitzki, it's an unusual experience. I think his fatigue is caused him to retire. When he was in shape, he was a player of 30 points per game, it was impossible to stop him. If you worry about his future, do not. Shaquille is one of those people with all options open to him. Whether it's basketball, TV, or really, anything else. Remember him not only because of his basketball abilities, but also because of his sense of humor, that he gave entertaining interviews, was a good dancer and actor, and because of the rest of his colorful characteristics.
I noticed this in the Bee this morning: However, district leaders say they will offer sports and clubs in any case, thanks to a new partnership with the Sacramento River Cats. The partnership...
KISS came to town for a benefit concert Sunday night and offered a tongue-in-cheek mea culpa. They may be to blame for the need to replace the dilapidated Power Balance Pavilion concert venue and Sacramento Kings home court. "We've played there many times," Paul Stanley said of the arena once called Arco. He grinned. "We're probably one of the reasons that it needs renovating." "I was just thinking," he said. "I am willing to go to Arco Arena with a bucket of plaster and try to fix all the cracks that we put in."Sacbee
After years of fits and starts, Sacramento city officials today launch the move they say will open the massive downtown railyard for development. A morning groundbreaking ceremony is planned for a $41 million project to shift the rail tracks a few hundred feet north of their current location. That creates room for development of the railyard's front end, and allows new roads to loop into the now land-locked site. Moving the tracks will take between 18 months and two years. The work includes building two new pedestrian tunnels under the tracks and new passenger platforms. Once the tracks are moved, Fifth and Sixth streets will be extended north on already constructed bridges, linking downtown to the 240-acre site. Site owner Inland American Real Estate Trust then expects to start selling land for development. City officials envision an urban site with housing, offices, stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. The city also intends to build a modern transit center. The downtown train depot would likely maintain some transit-related function, but could also include a restaurant and offices. The front of the railyard is being considered for a sports and entertainment facility that could house a basketball team.
Excerpt: Sacramento doesn’t quit. We’ve survived floods and fires and plenty more. It's in our nature to keep fighting. That’s the fighting spirit that makes Sacramento unique. Today, we are hopeful that we will soon be celebrating our resurrection as an NBA city. We're not there yet -- but we're close. We have much to be grateful for on this Resurrection Sunday. All you have to do is believe -- I do. Happy Easter!
League officials say the team, which was preparing to apply for permission to relocate to Anaheim, will play in the state capital next season. The NBA officials agree that if the Kings live up to all of their pledges, the team is expected to stay in Sacramento long-term.LA Times: NBA's Kings expected to remain in Sacramento
Details on most of the Kings' offseason plans.
Check these out: Alley Katz: $1 purple beers de Vere's Irish Pub: $4 "King Hooters" Ella: Happy hour all day for people wearing purple Esquire IMAX: Free popcorn for movie-goers in purple Ettore's Bakery: Free cup of coffee for customers in purple Melting Pot: $5 "Kingsberry" blackberry margaritas Strings Express: Free cheesy garlic bread to patrons in purple 3 Fires Lounge: Free purple ice cream for customers wearing purple
"Sources indicate former Kings all-star forward Chris Webber was seen in Las Vegas talking with members of the Maloof family Saturday afternoon."
Bobby Jackson's speech/interview after last night's game.
Johnson said he is not here to complain or to bock a move. He intends to remind the NBA of the glory years in Sacramento, when the arena was packed, and to provide evidence of renewed interest among Sacramento business leaders for corporate sponsorships of the team. Business leaders in the last two days were hurriedly signed up what they said they hoped would be $10 million in corporate backing for the team.Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/sports/kings/archives/2011/04/maloofs-mayors.html#ixzz1JVMfuUi9
Six months after someone painted a swatiska on Omri Casspi's image, someone has stolen the portion of the Sacramento mural with his face. -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento police are investigating who vandalized the Kings mural at 16th Street and R Street downtown. The painter said someone ripped off a portion of the panel with Omri Casspi's face on it. It's the third time someone has defaced the painting and targeted Casspi specifically. The first two cases of vandalism occured in September last year. Someone painted a swastika on Casspi's face. Casspi is the first Israeli-born player in the NBA. The painter has now written a message on the mural. That message says, "Someone stole my face." That message also offers a $5,000 reward and asks anyone with information to email the painter.KCRA Twitter (Danielle Leigh) Sacramento Kings Mural Vandalized Photos
Casspi said his intent wasn't to cause problems and that he will continue to work hard and wait his turn to play. "I haven't played in a while and coach came up to me and told me he's going in different direction – and he's not going my direction," Casspi said. "So I'm not mad at nobody or trying to cry about not playing, but it is what it is. "So hopefully I'll be in a better situation next year." Wespthal said he understands Casspi's frustration. Casspi has started 27 games this season so not playing isn't easy. But Francisco García has been the most consistent starter at small forward. Donté Greene is also playing well. "He's saying the truth the way he sees it," Westphal said. "I don't agree with in particular his statement that he wants to go to a team where team play is important. Maybe that was lost in translation but that's kind of a ridiculous statement." Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said he hadn't heard from Casspi, and acknowledged it has to be a frustrating time for the player. But with five games left there isn't a pressing need to do anything with Casspi, who is under contract for next season. Petrie said any talk of what to do next season is "premature." "Ultimately the season will be over and there will be a lot of discussion about what needs to be done with the roster," Petrie said.Sacramento Bee
I won't lie to you: It's not easy to sit on bench, as I have the last few games in Sacramento, and see the other guys play on the court. I'm an athlete, one who lives for the game, and taking away the thing I love most - playing basketball, it's been hard for me. The situation in Sacramento isn't like it was for me before. Coach Paul Westphal has been doing different things in practice, and it has been made certain I'm not in his plans. There are still six games left in the season, I'm not saying I'm counting the seconds until it's over, I just try to keep fit and ready for when they call my name to play. Coach told me a few games ago that he is exploring other options for next season, so as you can tell, I am not really sure of his plans. I know there are a lot of teams, including some strong playoff contenders, who are interested in me for next year and going forward. I hope I find myself on a team who will appreciate my ability as an athlete and as a human being, and get to play on a squad with a "team first" mentality. I still don't know if I will stay a Sacramento King beyond this season. I am a player under contract, I really love the fans, the city, the owner and the General-Manager. Things just don't seem to be going well. Don't get me wrong; Sacramento is the team that gave me the opportunity to play in the NBA,and it would be selfish of me to say I want to leave, but I am sure that I'm good enough to play, whether it's for the Kings organization or for another team. The year in Sacramento seemed to start out positive, but unfortunately, it hasn't progressed the way I wanted, in all parameters, and everyone can see it. It's clear, from my perspective, that the situation on this team isn't ideal for me. There are teams that I would fit well on, because I'm a team player and get along well with staff, I just hope I am appreciated enough here that I they will let me go somewhere else where I can just play basketball. "What does not kill you...." - like the saying goes, is always on my mind, and something I have turned to in similar situations in the past. That phrase has been reinforced in situations before and I am just seeing it again. I'm sure this will be something I just sit and laugh at when I look back on it. To end on an optimistic note, I want to congratulate Maccabi Tel-Aviv for their incredible feat of reaching the Final Four! I watched the last game and I am the happiest person in the world for the Maccabi team . With ths host city of Barcelona's team losing to Panathinaikos, this is a big game for Maccabi and it shows how they are a good club with great management. Do I think that Maccabi can win? Well, just look at the game with Barcelona and see what a tough time Panathinaikos gave them, it's definitely going to be difficult and hard fought game. This is an intense weekend, and the best team will raise the trophy when it is all said and done. It will be interesting to see and I'm sure I will keep my fingers crossed for Tel-Aviv.Omri's Blog 4/4/2011
"Sometimes we forget how much we love the game, and when you don't play, you appreciate the game better," said Casspi, who had four rebounds and two points in 12 minutes off the bench against Denver. "I'm just happy to go out there and have fun." Casspi was a spark in Tuesday's win over Phoenix, and Westphal praised the second-year forward for handling the situation professionally. Sitting wasn't easy for Casspi, who has started 27 times this season, but he maintained the same approach. "Be the professional you need to be and be ready when it's time to go out and play," Casspi said. "It's hard to be the three on this team because we don't run a lot of plays for us. Just be ready."Sacramento Bee
Suns guard Steve Nash tweeted about the possibility of yesterday's game being his last in Sacramento and said it's tough to think about. "(The Kings have) got a great history and tradition here," he said after the game. "The fans are great and their team's just starting to come around and play really well again, so I feel for the fans. "We had a lot of battles here, playing them in the playoffs a number of times when I was with the (Dallas) Mavericks. They had the great crowds back then and it was one of the best buildings in the league as far as the atmosphere."Steve Nash, as quoted in "The Examiner"
Maloofs told Mayor KJ..not done deal in Anaheim & if it falls thru "We love Sac & we will be back with renewed commitment & vigor"Jim Crandell
Lame, ticket thief. Lame. SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Only a handful of home games remain for the Kings, and with the future of the franchise in Sacramento in doubt, die-hard fans may hope to land what may be the team’s last tickets. After the theft of a charity founder’s car, some tickets may land fans a meeting with security instead. Authorities said about 60 tickets to the April 11th game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder are still missing after someone stole the car from the founder of Sweet Dreams, a charity that designs rooms for sick children. Jennifer Richards said a thief drove her car away while she ran inside her home to grab something off her counter. "I walked out of my garage, looked around, and my car was gone," she said. Jennifer’s car was recovered Friday, but there was no sign of the stolen tickets. The Kings replaced the charitable tickets, but say there’s a chance the thief may try to sell them. The tickets, all from section 101 between Rows S to X, have a face value of about $95, but will be worthless if they are used at the April 11 game. "When they scan these tickets, they will come up as stolen," Jennifer said. Kings officials said anyone trying to use the tickets will be escorted to security officers and questioned about how they obtained the tickets. They will not be allowed to watch the game.
Just talked to an insider of new #Kings deal "Things are better today then they have been in months." Talks ongoing. $ is there. #herewestayDrew Garrison
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