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- Kings move up and snag the #4 pick in the NBA Draft
The Sacramento Kings and General Manager Monte McNair received some welcome news Tuesday afternoon when it was revealed that they had moved up to the fourth pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Based on their lottery odds, it was expected that Sacramento would land somewhere around the seventh pick, but now things are about to get rather interesting. While most feel that the top three picks will be some order of center Chet Holmgren, forward Paolo Banchero, and forward Jabari Smith Jr, the Kings sit with an opportunity to go in any number of directions at fourth. Experts have tabbed Perdue’s Jaden Ivey as the next best prospect in the draft. An extremely athletic 6-4 shooting guard with crazy speed and loose handles, but a guaranteed crowd exciter. Is Ivey the right fit next to De’Aaron Fox? Or could the Kings package the pick with Richaun Holmes and/or Harrison Barnes and get their hands on a proven young star in the league? There have been whispers that the team is seriously considering moving the pick, but that was when they thought they would be at #7. At #4, it might be worth waiting to see how the top three play out before dealing the pick as this is seen as an extremely wide-open draft order and one of the big men could slide down and hand Sacramento the starting power forward of the future they desire so much. We have 37 days until the June 23 NBA Draft and Monte now sits in the catbird seat waiting for his phone to ring. This time, it is good to be a King.
- Cooler heads prevail; Mike Brown tapped as new Kings head coach
Truthfully, was it ever really in doubt? Sources have confirmed that the Sacramento Kings are hiring Warriors assistant Mike Brown to be their new head coach heading into the 2022-23 season. Brown will be the team’s 12th head coach since Rick Adelman was let go back in 2006. Brown, 52, spent eight seasons as head coach for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers before spending the past seven seasons working under Steve Kerr in Golden State. He has amassed an impressive 347-216 (.616) record in his head coaching career in the NBA. Leading up to the team’s decision, there was a lot of chatter about the other candidate, Mark Jackson, and his position as the front-runner. However, it was obvious that most of that chatter was being sourced from the Jackson camp and his co-workers at ESPN where he is currently a TV analyst. Let’s be honest, Jackson really wanted the head job with the Lakers and all the Sacramento talk was just an attempt to leverage his position. Not as if the Kings have not been used for leverage before, but Sacramento fans had to endure a week of speculation and worry before the candidate they preferred was finally revealed on Sunday. The Brown decision was obvious in so many ways. It showed that GM Monte McNair is truly in charge of basketball decisions in Sacramento and not owner Vivek Ranadive, who was repeatedly reported as preferring Jackson. The Brown hire silences any further question about who is making the final call now. Brown has been a successful coach throughout his career, his only blemish was his short tenure with the Lakers where he was handed a team with an aging super-star (Kobe Bryant) and unrealistic expectations following the departure of the much beloved head coach Phil Jackson. He deserved another chance following such an impossible situation. Brown is known as a defense-first coach and this Sacramento squad desperately needs to refocus on defense if it hopes to get anywhere near the playoffs next season. Brown will start his new head coaching duties in Sacramentoonce the Warriors current playoff run has ended. A couple of current Kings players have worked with Brown in the past. Center Damian Jones was a member of the Warriors from 2016-19, and Chimezie Metu was a member of the Nigeria national team in 2020 where Brown was the head coach. The attention now turns to the May 17 Draft Lottery, the June NBA Draft, as well as summer free-agency and trades. Much more needs to be decided by the Kings before next season, but step #1 is now complete.
- Bye-bye Ty; Kings acquire Sabonis from Pacers
If there was ever a time for Sacramento Kings fans to realize that the NBA is a business first, it was Tuesday at 10:28am PT when they were hit with the news. The Sacramento Kings have traded Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, and Tristan Thompson to the Indiana Pacers for Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lam, Justin Holiday, and a 2023 second-round pick. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to break the news and was so eager to be first that he butchered the names and details of the trade. Nevertheless, a bold move indeed and a necessary one for SacTown. While Ty was beloved in Sacramento for his charisma and star potential on and off the court, the fact is that the Kings are a total mess right now and general manager Monte McNair had to change it up. In just 1.5 seasons in the league, Haliburton quickly ascended as the Kings’ most prized asset, and his value likely would never be higher. So, they snagged a 25-year-old two-time All-Star for the kid from Kenosha, WI. Not to be overlooked, but the Buddy Love era is now officially over. The Bahamian bomber was both loved and despised by fans, but his absence will be clearly evident. Regardless of which side of the fence you are on. The Kings are likely not done yet. Marvin Bagley remains on the roster, as well as Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes. Not saying that the latter two need to go, but the move for Sabonis clearly signaled a shift towards building a team around De’Aaron Fox’s strengths and more moves will be needed to accomplish that.
- Davis undergoes wrist surgery, out for season
The hits just keep on coming for the Sacramento Kings this season. On Tuesday, the team announced that guard Terence Davis underwent successful surgery in New York City on his right wrist to repair the ECU tendon. He will be re-evaluated in approximately three months, but essentially his season is over. After struggling early on this year, the third-year swingman had really started to catch fire and was making a strong case to replace sharp-shooter Buddy Hield as the team’s lead scorer off the bench. On January 19, he dropped a career-high 35 points against the Detroit Pistons. But six days later, while driving to the hoop in Boston, he was fouled hard and crashed onto the floor injuring his head and wrist. He returned to the court to try and complete the three-point play but missed the free-throw and never returned. It will be interesting to see what Sacramento decides to do with the remainder of the season. With Davis out, Hield presents the only real scoring threat off the bench and all the rumors have the Kings trading Buddy Love by the February 10 deadline. Terence is under contract with Sacramento for the 2022-23 season, so he’ll be back ready to light it up next year.
- Metu latest King to fall into Health & Safety Protocols
Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu has entered the league’s Health and Safety Protocols as of Tuesday and will likely miss the next three to four games for the Kings. Metu joins starting center Richaun Holmes who was sidelined over the weekend. There are still several key Sacramento players who have not yet been swept up in the latest Covid-19 outbreak including Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield, and Tyrese Haliburton. But it is likely inevitable that they will fall at some point. Hopefully, absences can be spread over a longer period rather than in clusters so the team can more easily absorb the roster depletion. Jahmi’us Ramsey has been recalled from the team’s G-League affiliate to fill in for Metu in the meantime.
- Now its Richaun's turn to enter Health & Safety Protocols
Just one game after the Sacramento Kings were able to get back to a full roster following a covid-19 outbreak earlier this month, it was announced on Saturday that starting center Richaun Holmes has been placed in the league’s Health and Safety Protocols. He will now likely miss the next three games with a hope that he can return in time for the team’s January 7 contest in Denver, but that is a best-case-scenario. Holmes was just five games into his return to the court following a 7-game absence after he suffered an eye laceration during the Orlando Magic game back on December 8. As a result of that injury, he made the decision that he would wear protective goggles for the rest of his career due to several eye injuries he suffered of late. The 6-10 high-energy bigman has averaged 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds over 27 games this season. His effective play with guard Tyrese Haliburton has developed into a lethal offensive weapon for the Kings this season. With Richaun out, the Kings have several other centers on the roster to turn to. Alex Len is recovering from his own bout with Covid-19 and has yet to see any action since being activated. Reserve Damien Jones has emerged as a very competent presence in the paint and will likely see extended time on the floor as head coach Alvin Gentry has clearly started trusting the 6-year veteran more of late. Tristen Thompson has also showed similar activity and will surely see some time if Len is not ready to return. As of Saturday, no other Sacramento players have been announced as entering in Health and Safety protocols, but there are several key guys that missed the first wave. Including Harrison Barnes, Haliburton, and Buddy Hield. These announcements tend to come in clusters, so stay tuned. We could be in for another rough couple of weeks.
- Metu for the win: Kings stun Mavs at the buzzer 95-94
Chimezie Metu nailed a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings a thrilling 95-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center. The victory was the Kings’ second in just 24-hours and brings them back to within six games of the .500 mark. Baby steps... The two teams will square off again on Friday at 3pm to wrap up 2021.
- Alvin Gentry discusses his disappointment in the team and next steps
Sacramento Kings interim head coach Alvin Gentry speaks with the media following the team’s practice Monday afternoon.
- Tyrese Haliburton talks about the team's struggles of late
Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton speaks with the media following the team’s Monday afternoon practice.
- 24 minutes of basketball, then 24 minutes of WTF
“It’s the most disappointed I have been in my 34 years in the NBA. I can honestly say that. That performance was absolutely ridiculous.” Returning to the bench following a 5-game absence while in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols, Sacramento Kings head coach Alvin Gentry opened his post-game press conference with brutal honesty and absolute disgust in his team’s performance following a 127-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday afternoon at the Golden 1 Center. The truth is, Gentry has not seen anything if this was indeed his most disappointing loss of his career. Long-suffering Kings fans have experienced much worse over the past 36 years, and this kind of defeat is nothing new in Sacramento. Apathetic Kings fans have likely already brushed this one off as the normal. But there is never a need for anyone to ever accept such a long string of inconsistency from a professional franchise, and Gentry is beginning to see his coaching legacy suffer the same fate as so many past coaches in the capital city. Sacramento has a way of breaking even the NBA’s most decorated coaches. It’s the one thing this franchise is consistently good at. On to the game, if we must… The Kings did welcome back some much-needed reinforcements with the return of De’Aaron Fox (12 points, 5 assists), Terence Davis (15 points), and Marvin Bagley (3 points, 3 rebounds). But, aside from a couple brief moments, none of them were particularly effective against an aggressive Memphis defense. Sacramento did find a way to hang tough during the first half and held a narrow 50-49 lead at the break. However, in the third quarter, the Kings became completely focused on the referees and lost focus on their opponents on the court and the game quickly fell apart. Memphis scored 40 in the 3rd and 38 in the 4th. Game over. The Grizzlies were more physical and just pushed the Kings around throughout the second half. Straight-line drives to the hoop, second and third chances via offensive rebounds, and wide-open 3-pointers. It was like watching a video game and your 6-year-old cousin was playing as the Kings, and he had never played the game before. Some of the numbers that stood out: Sacramento was outrebounded by a 53-38 mark, including a 19 to 9 differential on the offensive glass. Harrison Barnes finished with 12 points and seven rebounds but was a game-worst -36 in +/-. Richaun Holmes played just 13 minutes and finished with four rebounds and no points. He battled foul trouble all night, but he truly was a non-factor when on the court. Buddy Hield decided to take the night off. In 24 minutes, he was 0-3 from the field and scored just two points. Sacramento faces the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night at the G1C. They’ll likely win the game, but that won’t make these greater issues go away. Something more must give before the February trade deadline if Gentry, general manager monte McNair, and any of the other decision-makers expect to be around to see the 2022-23 season. Post-Game
- TD’s big night sinks Clippers, Kings win 104-99
Terence Davis erupted for 28 points in 29 minutes to lead the Sacramento Kings over the Los Angeles Clippers 104-99 Saturday night at the Golden 1 Center. The win was their second against the Clipshow this week and brought them within just one game of the tenth seed in the Western Conference. Sacramento doesn’t play again until Wednesday when the Orlando magic come to town. Three days of practice is just what new head coach Alvin Gentry needs to get his squad back on the right track and in the mix with the rest of a rather mediocre Western Conference. Full Game Highlights Alvin Gentry Terence Davis Tyrese Haliburton Marvin Bagley
- Kings pull plug on 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 introduction
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