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  • Kings pull the plug on yet another head coach, Walton fired

    In a move that was all but inevitable, it was announced Sunday morning that the Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Luke Walton after a disappointing 6-11 start to the 2021-22 season. Current associate head coach Alvin Gentry will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season, and Rico Hines has been promoted to be his lead assistant. “After a thorough evaluation of the season thus far, I decided to make a change to the head coach position,” said Kings General Manager Monte McNair. “I want to thank Luke for his efforts and contributions to our team.” During his 2+ years in Sacramento, Walton compiled a 68-93 (.422) record, which surprisingly enough was the best winning percentage by any head coach since Hall of Famer Rick Adleman was fired back in 2006. For whatever reason, a very vocal Sacramento fan-base did not like Luke from the moment he was hired by then general manager Vlade Divac and are probably crowing quite loudly today. Whether it was due to the sexual assault charges lobbied against him during the summer of 2019 (that were later dropped), or criticism of his inability to manage LeBron James in the 2018-19 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, or just the overall national media’s attitude towards him as not a quality head coach, he was doomed from the day he set foot in Sacramento. As for the players, most had Luke’s back throughout the constant noise from the outside. De’Aaron fox and Tyrese Haliburton repeatedly supported Walton. The rest of the core also publicly backed him when asked. Center Tristan Thompson held an emphatic post-game Q&A where he made it clear that coaching was not the issue, and it was the players (or certain players) that need to step up if they were going to turn the season around. The only player reported as having issues with Walton was disgruntled bigman Marvin Bagley, but he hasn’t liked any of his coaches since arriving in Sacramento and is likely one of the first players to be shipped out before the February NBA trade deadline. "We all know all of us have to be better, especially over the last two weeks,'' McNair said. "We're not meeting expectations. That's not just on Luke. That's on me, the rest of our coaches and players. Everyone acknowledges that.'' Monte now must come up with a winning plan moving forward. The offensive-minded Gentry, 67, is clearly not the long-term solution the team needs. Fans should probably expect to see more of an up-tempo run-and-gun style over the remaining 65 games. That might be enough to slip into the play-in tournament, but without a solid defensive plan and improvements at the 3 and 4 positions, little more. Young, upstart coaches who think outside-the-box are all the rage now for the NBA teams of tomorrow and is likely the direction Sacramento should go next summer. Who that is will probably be the hot topic distracting Kings fans for the next seven months. But for now, Sacramento fans need to deal with the noise of having run through their tenth head coach in their past 15 seasons, with not a single playoff appearance to show for it. The drum beats on…

  • Monte McNair on the Tampering Podcast

    Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair speaks with Sam Amick from The Athletic on all things Kings, his path to the head of an NBA front office, and a little about his unremarkable college football career. The interview is just over an hour and well worth it for any Kings fan who craves to know more about the man behind the team’s makeover in the hopes of retirning to past glory.

  • Offense stalls for Kings, fall to Pacers 91-94

    After dropping 140 points on the Charlotte Hornets less than 48 hours earlier, the Sacramento Kings completely lost their mojo Sunday afternoon as they fell to a gritty Indiana pacers squad 91-94 at Golden 1 Center. The frustrating defeat moved Sacramento back to the .500 mark at 5-5 for the season. The Kings shot just 36.9 percent from the field, but the more telling stat was the rebounding numbers, as the Pacers grabbed 54 boards to just 33 for Sac. Indiana’s giant front-line of Domantas Sabonis and Miles Turner combined for 26 of those boards. Indiana was just the more physical team this afternoon, and they bullied Sacramento for 48 minutes. Sacramento did have multiple chances at the end of the game to either tie or win the contest. With 1:28 remaining, Tyrese Haliburton buried a three-pointer to bring the Kings within 91-93. But missed opportunities by the Kings on their final four possessions sealed their fate. Davion Mitchell misses 8-foot two point shot De'Aaron Fox misses 18-foot pullup jump shot Tyrese Haliburton misses 31-foot three pointer De'Aaron Fox bad pass (Torrey Craig steals) End of game Sacramento won’t have much time to worry about this loss as the defending 2020-21 Western Conference champs Phoenix Suns visit the Golden 1 Center Monday night with the hopes of avenging their 110-107 loss on their home court when Harrison Barnes burned them at the buzzer. Post-game Interviews

  • A record-setting night: Kings buzz Hornets by 30

    The Sacramento Kings set a franchise record Friday night when they dropped 22 three-pointers on the Charlotte Hornets as they ran away with a dominant 140-110 victory at the Golden 1 Center. The win moved Sacramento to a solid 5-4 record for the season and 2.0 on the homestand. Let’s just touch on some of the highlights from this amazing night : 22-of-44 on three-pointers Richaun Holmes scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds Buddy Hield dropped eight three-pointers to finish with 26 points Sacramento outrebounded Charlotte by a crazy 56-28 mark Seven Kings scored in double-figures Sacramento shot 55.2% from the field for the game Every King who saw court time Friday night was a positive +/- Chimezie Metu made his season debut and made the record-setting three-pointer in the final minute …and those were just a few of the highlights Friday night. Post-game Interviews

  • Just not enough 3s in Big D, Kings fall to Mavs 99-105

    The Sacramento Kings were clearly spooked by all the ghosts and goblins sitting in the stands at the American Airlines Center Sunday afternoon. The team came into the contest averaging nearly 13 made 3-pointers per game on 37 shots (34%), but on this frightening afternoon, the good guys were just 7-for-37 (19.4%) as they fell to the Dallas mavericks 99-105. Dallas scored 15 more points on threes, and that was your Halloween game recap in a pumpkin. Richaun Holmes had his usual stellar performance finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but the rest of the starters where a combined 16-50 from the field. The shots just were not falling. Sacramento will close out their 4-game road trip with a very tough contest Tuesday when they visit the Utah jazz. The Kings played them close back on October 22 before stumbling late in the game. If they can pull out the victory, it would make this road trip an unqualified success. Post-game Interviews

  • HB buries the 3 at the buzzer, Kings beat Suns 110-107

    Harrison Barnes is on fire this season. The cool and collected vet calmly drained the game-winning three at the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings a thrilling 110-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night at Footprint Arena in Phoenix. The win moved Sacramento back to .500 for the season and drops Phoenix to a disappointing 1-3 mark.

  • Another 4th quarter collapse dooms Kings, fall 107-119 to Warriors

    For the third straight game, the Sacramento Kings suffered a total collapse of execution in the fourth quarter as they fell to the Golden State Warriors 107-119 Sunday evening at the Golden 1 Center. The loss dropped the team to a disappointing 1-2 mark on this early season. For three entertaining quarters, the Kings and Warriors treated the fans to a playoff-like atmosphere as the two teams traded buckets at a furious pace. Sacramento trailed by just two points going into the final frame, but Golden State then quickly established themselves as the composed team, while the Kings bumbled their way to another frustrating defeat. Sacramento committed 19 turnovers that led to 29 Golden State points. Meanwhile, the Warriors had just six turnovers as the Kings recorded zero steals for the game. Just 48 hours earlier, they had 15 steals against the Utah Jazz. A total lack of aggression Sunday night. One bright moment was the play of rookie Davion Mitchell. The defensive Stallworth changed up his focus and dropped a career-high 22 points on 9-16 shooting, including 3-6 from deep. Unfortunately, the Kings would have preferred his defense and toughness this evening. Harrison Barnes continued his solid play recording 24 points and seven rebounds. De’Aaron Fox’s final numbers may have looked good, as he finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and six assists, but he was a total non-factor throughout the game and has really struggled in the early season. His seven turnovers and 1-6 on three-pointers makes one wonder if the team would have been better tonight with him off the court. His inability to lead the squad in late games is really becoming concerning. This year. Sacramento will have a couple days to dwell on their past two home court failures, before they hit the road to face the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns Wednesday night. Post-game Interviews

  • Kings can’t close the deal, fall to Jazz 101-110

    The Sacramento Kings controlled the best team in the Western Conference for 44 minutes but could not close the deal as they fell to the Utah Jazz 110-101 Friday night in their home opener at Golden 1 Center. The loss dropped Sacramento to 1-1 on the season. Harrison Barnes followed up his career scoring effort Wednesday night with a new career rebounding mark on Friday. The Kings’ everything forward finished with 25 points and 15 boards for the game. Buddy Hield scored his jersey number (24) by hitting six three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. His new bench role could soon result in some Sixth Man of the Year whispers. Of course, the Kings will need to win their share of games first, but he is quickly looking like head coach Luke Walton’s instant offense off the bench as he has clearly been given the green light to shoot at will. While the Kings controlled the score for much of the night, their inability to make shots and get stops at the end of games is an area they need to improve on. De’Aaron Fox injured his shoulder during the first half and was not able to deliver when his team needed him the most. Sacramento hopes to get back over the .500 mark when the Golden State Warriors visit the G1C Sunday night. Post-game Interviews

  • A Rip City Thriller; Kings top Trail Blazers 124-121

    Harrison Barnes dropped a career-high 36 points, including eight three-pointers to lead the Sacramento Kings to a thrilling 124-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night at the Moda Center.

  • Davion Mitchell and Neemias Queta introduced to Sacramento

    Rookies Davion Mitchell and Neemias Queta speak to the media for the first time since being drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2021 NBA Draft.

  • Monte McNair reflects on Kings 2021 draft picks

    Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair shares his thoughts on the team's selection of Davion Mitchell with the ninth pick and Neemias Queta with the 39th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

  • Kings get bigger, acquire Tristan Thompson from Celts

    The Sacramento Kings have started the process of bulking up their frontcourt, while clearing out a crowded backcourt. On Friday it was reported that the Kings have agreed to ship veteran point guard Delon Wright to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that would bring center/forward Tristan Thompson to Sacramento from the Boston Celtics. Thompson, 30, brings experience, size and toughness to the paint, something the Kings have had in limited supply of late. While not a serious scoring threat, he is very efficient around the basket and a tenacious offensive rebounder. Last season with the Celtics, he averaged 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in limited minutes. The trade likely signals a future move by the Kings to acquire a starting-caliber center. While Thompson can start in a pinch, having him as your opening day 5 would be viewed as a failure for general manager Monte McNair. Last year’s starting center Richaun Holmes is still a realistic target for the Kings and having Thompson back him up would make a very nice 1-2 punch at the 5. However, Holmes is going to test the free-agent market this summer and there are no guarantees that he will return to Sacramento. The Kings are limited to offering Holmes just $10.4 million for 2021-22 due to restrictions by the CBA. If he will agree to a discount for the upcoming season, Sacramento could offer much more next summer as they would hold his Bird rights (3 years of service). Sacramento does have two other centers on the roster. 7-foot journeyman center Damian Jones has shown hints of some real talent, but more needs to be seen before he is ready for the spotlight. Rookie Neemias Queta is a project with mad defensive skills, but it is too early to project his place with the Kings right now. And yes, there is still a chance that Marvin Bagley could remain in the picture. The often-injured bigman could possibly shift over to the 5 at times if the Kings decide to go with a center-by-committee approach. Not likely, but still on the table as of now. It was recently reported that Sacramento and Memphis were in advanced talks to swap Begley and the ninth pick in the 2021 draft for center Jonas Valanciunas, but the deal fell through at the last minute and the Grizzlies ended up making a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans instead. Blerg! The 6-9 Thompson is in the final year of his contract that will cost the Kings $9.7 million. It was not that Boston did not want his services, it was just that they were up against the luxury tax and desperately needed to shed salary. They had originally hoped he could be a primary scoring threat in the paint, but that just isn’t his thing. He is an extremely good backup big in the MBA these days, nothing more. The move temporarily adds about $1.2 million in salary, but many more moves are expected by McNair in the coming weeks. Decisions on guards Buddy Hield and Terrance Davis, as well as Bagley need to be made, and there is still hope that a major move is coming that could dramatically shakeup the frontcourt. Stay tuned! Notes: Head coach Luke Walton was a teammate of Thompson’s with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011-13.

  • The fans are coming back to Sac

    Move over creepy cardboard cutouts, real fans are coming back to the G1C. Starting April 20, the Sacramento Kings will be welcoming back as many as 3,500 Kings fans into the Golden 1 Center following Friday’s announcement by California Governor Gavin Newsom that indoor facilities in the state can begin reopening to limited capacity. While the final details on exactly how many fans can return and whether they will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent testing results has not been announced, it is still great news for the Kings’ faithful who want to cheer on the squad as they make their push for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. “We are excited about today’s announcement regarding indoor professional sports venues and look forward to safely welcoming fans back to the arena in the near future”, in a statement by the Sacramento Kings. “ On behalf of the entire organization, we thank Governor Newsom, state and county public health officials and the NBA who have worked tirelessly to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, providing prevention guidelines and protocols and for collaborating to create a robust health and safety plan that enables guests to return to Golden 1 Center.” Based on the remaining schedule, Sacramento will host eight games to close out the regular season, with matchups against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder . Its not the Los Angeles Lakers or Brooklyn Nets, but it is NBA basketball, and after 405 days, its back in Sac!

  • Kings take down Cavs 119-105, finish roadtrip 3-3

    The Sacramento Kings closed out their season-long 6-game road trip with a solid 119-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The win was the team’s fourth in their last seven games. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 30 points and six assists, while new starting backcourt teammate Tyrese Haliburton finished with a career-high 28 points on 11-for-15 shooting. Harrison Barnes quietly nearly snagged a triple-double with nine points, ten rebounds, and eight assists, and was vocal all night encouraging his teammates on defense. Sacramento returns home for a rematch with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center.

  • Short-handed Kings fall back into bad habits in loss to magic

    De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley were both sidelined with injuries and the Sacramento Kings put forth a rather uninspired effort in a disappointing 123-112 loss to the Orlando Magic Friday nigh at the Golden 1 Center. The defeat dropped the squad to 12-13 for the season. Fox (knee) and Bagley (calf) were both held out of the contest, so rookie Tyrese Haliburton got his second start of the season. He finished with 14 points and seven assists but was far from his usual winning ways. In fact, the entire starting lineup was rather unimpressive all night. Especially on the defensive side as they allowed Orlando to shoot 50.5 percent from the field, including 44.1 percent from deep. Those numbers are reminiscent of Sacramento’s struggles earlier in the season when they lost 9-of-11 games and showed no pride in their defense. Orlando’s Nikola Vicevic dominated the Kings’ throughout the game hitting from all over the court for 42 points, just one off his career high. In the last week guys named Nikola have lit up the Kings for 92 points, as Denver’s Nikola Jokic dropped 50 on Sacramento last Saturday. Some bright news for Sacramento was the return of Nemanja Bjelica who came off the bench to score 15 points, grab nine rebounds, and dish out six assists in 28 minutes of action. While he probably will not be with the team much longer as trade rumors abound, putting up such a stat line after missing so many games can only improve the Kings’ return on any trade. The guy can still play ball. Sacramento will need to get it together soon as the Memphis Grizzlies come to town on Sunday. They represent one of the team’s the Kings are likely to be battling with for the playoff/play-in spots by the end of the season. Post-game Interviews

  • Sixers' size too much for weary Kings in 119-111 loss

    The Philadelphia 76ers used their size and 35 free-throw attempts to wear down the Sacramento Kings and come away with a hard fought 119-111 victory Tuesday night at the Golden 1 Center. The loss snapped the Kings modest 4-game winning streak and dropped them to 12-12 on the season. De’Aaron Fox had another outstanding night with 34 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds. Marvin Bagley battled Joel Embid all night while Richaun Holmes sat with foul trouble and finished with a solid 17 points and six rebounds. Sacramento hopes to start a new winning streak on Friday night when the short-handed Orlando Magic come to town. The Kings are playing much better basketball of late and there is a sense now that every game is winnable again. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews

  • You cannot stop these Kings, only hope to contain them

    The Sacramento Kings are rolling through the NBA’s best teams with reckless abandoned. On Sunday afternoon they took down the vaunted Los Angeles Clippers 113-110 at the Staples Center to earn their seventh victory in their last eight games. De’Aaron Fox continued his All-Star play with 36 points and seven assists to lead Sacramento’s fourth-quarter push over LA. Buddy Hield broke out of his brief shooting slump to finish with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Tyrese Haliburton contributed 13 points himself, including two huge three-pointers in the final quarter. The Kings close out this murderous row of tough opponents Tuesday night when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers at the Golden 1 Center. It will be another great test to see just how legit this squad is as they make their push to be considered as a playoff contender. Post-game Interviews

  • Get out the brooms, Kings beat Nuggets again 119-114

    Despite Nikola Jokic’s career-high 50 points, the Sacramento Kings played one of their most complete games of the season in a thrilling 119-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets Saturday afternoon at the Golden 1 Center. The win earned the Kings a 3-0 season sweep of the Nuggets and brought their record back to the .500 mark at 11-11. Harrison Barnes led four players with 20+ for the game with 28 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Richaun Holmes added 21 points and 10 rebounds. De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton chipped in 24 and 23 points respectively. Sacramento was efficiently sharing the ball all day dishing out 30 assists while only committing seven turnovers. It was a fun game to watch as the ball flew around the court while players passed up good shots for wide-open great shots. The Kings have now won six of their last seven games, but do not have much time to celebrate as they face the vaunted Los Angeles Clippers in a Sunday matinee at the Staples Center. Their last two matchups with the Clips have not gone well, so this will be a true test to see if they have really turned the corner on this season. Post-game Interviews

  • A Rookie and a Fox are too much for Celts, Kings win 116-111

    Tyrese Haliburton scored a career-high 21 points, including five three-pointers to help the Sacramento Kings grind out a 116-111 victory over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center. The win brought the squad to within just one game of the .500 mark at 10-11 and was their fifth in their last six games. Post-game Interviews

  • Fox ain’t messing around, takes over game to sink Pels 118-109

    De’Aaron Fox is learning how to take over NBA games. The dynamic point guard scored 17 of his team-high 38 points in the final 7:07 of the 4th quarter to lead the Sacramento Kings to an outstanding 118-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night at Smoothie King Arena. Post-game interviews

  • Kings fail to execute at the end, lose to Heat 105-104

    Richaun Holmes’ desperation shot at the buzzer was blocked by bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat escaped with a 105-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. The loss snapped Sacramento’s brief three-game winning streak and dropped them to 8-11 for the season. Marvin Bagley scored an efficient 17 points on 7-8 shooting, including 3-4 from deep. The third year forward has really developed his long-range game and is now shooting at a very respectable 37 percent from deep. He is clearly working on the aspects of his game that are expected of bigs in the NBA these days. De’Aaron Fox scored 17 of his team-high 26 points in the final quarter and it looked at times as if the point guard might single-handedly will his team to the victory, but he was unable to execute the final play which resulted in Holmes throwing up some junk as the game ended. The Kings had the unfortunate luck of being the opponent Jimmy Butler decided to return against after missing three weeks due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol. The Heat’s star scored 30 points and had 16 free-throw attempts for the night. The Kings had only 11 attempts as a team. Sacramento now travels to New Orleans for a scheduled rematch with the Pelicans on Monday. Hopefully, they will get to play as there are some rumors swirling now that a Miami player may have been in contact with an individual with Covid-19 earlier that day. If so, the Kings could be looking at some more time off. Post-game Interviews

  • Kings hold off Raptors for third-straight win 126-124

    The Sacramento Kings are beginning to figure things out, and the results are winds as they survived a late rally by the Toronto Raptors Friday night to come away with a gutsy 126-124 victory at Amalie Arena. The win was their third-straight and brought them to within just two games of the .500 mark for the season. Forward Harrison Barnes continued his strong play this season scoring a team-high 26 points. He also grabbed seven boards and dished out five assists. Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox combined for 46 points to carry the scoring load as both Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley had rough nights finding the basket. Overall, the Kings offense was clicking for most of the night as they shot a stellar 55.1 percent from the floor, including 44.4 percent from deep. Combine that with another 30-assist night and generally good things happen. Sacramento will not have much time to enjoy this victory as they take on the Miami Heat on Saturday night in South Florida. Post-game Interviews More Videos

  • Ready and rested, Kings roll Magic 121-107

    The Sacramento Kings looked like a team that had four days of rest and practice as they rolled to a wire-to-wire 121-107 thumping of the Orlando magic Wednesday night at the Amway Center in Florida. The victory was their second-straight and brought them back to within three games of .500 at 7-10 for the season. Buddy Hield broke out of his scoring slump with a season-high 29 points, including 7-for-12 from deep. He also grabbed five rebounds, had three steals, and a block for the night. But the big news was the team’s newfound efforts on defense. For the second-straight game, Sacramento put the clamps on their opponents, holding Orlando to just 41.7 percent from the field. Maybe all this team needed was a little Covid-forced break to catch their breaths and rest their bodies to find their mojo again. Surprised that more teams are not considering this little trick to get some rest days in a season when there are rarely, if ever, two days in a row off. The Kings head over to Tampa Bay next for a rematch with the Toronto Raptors on Friday, before facing the Miami Heat on Saturday. Post-game Interviews

  • Kings fight their way to a much needed 103-94 victory

    The Sacramento Kings battled their way through the New York Knicks for 48 minutes and came away with the 103-94 victory Friday night at the Golden 1 Center. The win snapped their four-game losing streak and reminded us all that this team can win games. Harrison Barnes had another solid game with 21 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Richaun Holmes finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocks, while Tyrese Haliburton added 16 points, five rebounds, four blocks, and two steals off the bench. Both teams struggled all night with their shooting, with the Kings hitting just 41 percent from the field and the Knicks even worse at 38 percent. But, after weeks of their opponents seemingly hitting everything they threw up, it was a nice change of pace to see the team be able to grind out a defensive slog like this. Sacramento now has four days off before they face the Orlando Magic in Florida thanks to their back-to-back games in Memphis being cancelled due to health and safety protocols. The time off could not have come at a better point in the season. Hopefully, some solid practice sessions and rest will do the squad some real good. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews

  • Kings still searching for answers following another loss

    The Sacramento Kings are desperately searching for answers as they suffered another third quarter collapse and fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 115-96 Wednesday night at the Staples Center. The loss dropped them to 5-10 for the season. Post-game Interviews

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