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- Sprained ankle will keep Jeffries out another six weeks
Sacramento Kings forward DaQuan Jeffries just cannot catch a break. During his first on court action following a prolonged absence due to back soreness, the Kings athletic second-year wing rolled his left ankle when coming down on a teammate’s foot during practice Tuesday. An MRI was performed on Wednesday revealing a Grade 3 sprain. Jeffries will be re-evaluated in six weeks according to the team. The former Tulsa standout played primarily for the Kings’ G-League squad in Stockton last season before shining with the parent team during their eight-game bubble appearance last summer. He was rewarded with a guaranteed contract with the Kings for the 2020-21 season and was expected to be in the bench rotation. Point guard De’Aaron Fox suffered a similar injury last season and missed 17 games as a result. Fox came back much sooner than expected so we will see if DaQuan has similar super healing powers as well.
- Kings battle back and take another win from the Nuggets
The Sacramento Kings used a 27-10 run to close out the fourth quarter to get a 125-115 victory over the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night at the Golden 1 Center. The win was their second over the Nuggets in less than a week and earned the Kings a 3-1 mark for the season. Quick Notes De’Aaron Fox led the squad with 24 points, nine assists, and two steals. Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes were dominant on offensive throughout the game finishing with a combined 38 points on 16-of-25 from the field. Rookie Tyrese Haliburton once again closed out the game and finished with 13 points, six assists, three steals, and was making all the right plays to help the team grab the win. Sacramento had their best performance of the season from behind the three-point line finishing 16-of-33 for a 48.5 percent mark. Nikola Jokic had one of those dubious quadruple-doubles with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, and ten turnovers. Jamal Murray missed the game with a sore right elbow. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- Suns change it up; shutdown Fox, Kings 116-100
The Sacramento Kings were plain outworked by the Phoenix Suns Sunday night as they stumbled their way to a disappointing 116-100 loss Sunday night at the Golden 1 Center. The defeat dropped Sacramento to a 2-1 mark in this early season. De’Aaron Fox was ineffective throughout the game finishing with just 12 points, four assists, five turnovers, and no rebounds. He struggled with foul trouble for most of the game and was just a mere shadow of the dominant player we saw less than 24 hours earlier. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- Kings grind out 106-103 win over Suns: earn 2-0 start
It was not a pretty game, but the Sacramento Kings fought and clawed their way to a 106-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns Saturday night at the Golden 1 Center. The win marked their first home opening victory in seven years and the 2-0 start is their first in 17 years. This team is figuring out how to win games and it is fun to watch. Game Notes De’Aaron Fox had a dominant game with 24 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal. He also hit three of his seven three-point attempts and ran the squad like a star point guard should. Marvin Bagley recorded his second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. He is really beginning to find his game and be a contributor on both sides of the court. The Kings continued their dominance on the boards pulling down 56 Saturday night, including 16 on the offensive side. This is getting ridiculous; Sacramento never wins the battle of the boards and are quickly becoming one of the league’s best this season. Sacramento shot just 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) from deep, but found other ways to score, like 33 free-throw attempts. This team is finding many ways to get points and it is great to see. Not much time to celebrate this win as both teams are back at it on the G1C floor Sunday night at 6pm for the rematch. Post-game Interviews Pre-game Interviews
- Jerry Reynolds gets his own corner of the G1C
As the Sacramento Kings kickoff their 2020-21 home schedule Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns, there will be something new greeting the local and national media as they enter the Golden 1 Center at the Northeast entrance. The new Jerry Reynolds Media Entrance was unveiled today to honor the beloved Jack-of-all-trades who has been a fixture of the franchise since it moved to Sacramento back in 1985. Featuring a plaque and framed images of the former head coach, general manager (Kings and Monarchs), player personnel director, and most recently TV color commentator will adorn the walls inside and outside of the doors of the newly dedicated entrance. “There has always been and always will be, only one Jerry Reynolds,” said Sacramento Kings Chairman and Owner Vivek Ranadive. “Jerry’s name is synonymous with the history of the Sacramento Kings and he will forever be a member of the franchise’s family. I stand with the entire organization in wishing Jerry and his family nothing but the best throughout his well-deserved retirement.” “For 35 years, I have been blessed to be a part of this incredible organization, and while I have received other honors throughout my career, this ranks at the top as the most meaningful,” said Jerry Reynolds. “I want to express my deep appreciation to the Kings for their support over the years. I will always have a special place in my heart for Kings fans and all of the players, staff and media colleagues with whom I had the pleasure of working with over my tenure, each person made the journey enjoyable and unforgettable.” Reynolds officially announced his decision to retire back on November 5, but it was well understood that the organization was moving in a different direction following the sudden resignation of lead-play-by-play announcer, and close friend Grant Napear earlier in the year and the subsequent hiring of ESPN’s Marc Jones to pair with current color commentator Doug Christie for the upcoming season. Reynolds had already begun scaling back his duties with the team a couple years earlier and It was just the right time for him to move on and start the next phase of his life. Jerry will continue to follow the Kings closely from his couch in Roseville and we should expect to hear from him and his opinion on the team for many years to come as a frequent guest on local media outlets, but on his own schedule and his own terms. He is also expected to continue hosting his podcast The Jerry Reynolds Show, so we will not be without that familiar French Lick, IN twang. And generations of media members entering the G1C will have a constant reminder of someone who’s unwavering devotion to the Sacramento Kings and excellence in every role he held has set a very high standard they can only hope to achieve.
- Buddy’s OT buzzer-beater put back is just golden for Kings
Buddy Hield’s game-winning tip-in at the buzzer capped a hard-fought 124-122 OT victory by the Sacramento Kings over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at Ball Arena. With 25 seconds remaining in OT and Sacramento down 120-122, things looked bleak when Michael Porter Jr. blocked Cory Joseph’s corner three-pointer that would have given the good guys the lead. But this year’s Kings squad appears to be a different breed and they were not even close to giving up on the game as the Nuggets had the ball and the lead on their home court as the clock was rapidly ticking down. Just 15 seconds later, De’Aaron Fox made an amazing closeout block on Will Barton’s layup attempt. Harrison Barnes grabbed the rebound and ran the length of the court for the game-tying layup with 6.5 seconds left. Barnes continued his late-game heroics by then knocking the ball away from Denver’s Nikola Jokic with two seconds remaining. He drove to the hoop for the winning dunk but was blocked by Barton. But out of nowhere flew in Hield for the tip-in at the buzzer to seal the win. Buddy then proceeded to sprint off the court followed by teammates as they stole their season opener in thrilling fashion. This was a great performance by Sacramento throughout. They played solid defense when they needed to and neither team was ever able to establish a double-digit lead. Notes Fox and Hield combined for 43 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. After a slow start, they both came on strong in the second half. Barnes finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Marvin Bagley had a solid outing with 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth. Cory Joseph came off the bench to score 15 points and collect two blocks while his defense set the tone for the entire team. Rookie Tyrese Halliburton played 30 minutes and was clearly trusted by the coaching staff during crunch time as he scored 12 points, including two key three-pointers late in the game. The Kings grabbed 54 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive glass. Damn! We are not used to that. Denver’s Nikola Jokic was an absolute beast finishing with 29 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assists, and three blocks. He single-handedly was responsible for fouling out both Bagley and Richaun Holmes. Jamal Murray was completely shutdown by Sacramento's defense as he made just 1-of9 shots before fouling out late in the game. Jabari Parker and DeQuan Jeffries both missed the game due to lower back soreness. Post-game Interviews More Videos Pre-game Videos
- Kings to sign Chimezie Metu to two-way deal
Two days after waiving center Chimezie Metu, the Sacramento Kings are reportedly signing the former USC bigman to a two-way contract for the 2020-21 season according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Metu, 6-9, played in all four preseason games for the Kings averaging six points and 2.3 rebounds. He impressed the coaching staff enough to force the team to choose him over veteran center Frank Kaminsky for the final spot on the extended roster. He will join second-year guard Kyle Guy as the club’s two 2-way players this year. Metu was originally drafted in 2018 by the San Antonio Spurs with the 49th overall pick. He appeared in 47 games over the past two years averaging 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. Chimezie is a young, athletic big that the Kings can now take a closer look at to see if he can develop into a solid contributor for the team in the coming years. While it is still unknown if there will be a G-League season this year, he can workout with the parent club in the meantime and is eligible to appear in a limited number of games if needed.
- Monte McNair on the WOJ Pod
Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair sits down with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski for an extended conversation on the WOJ Pod. McNair discusses his thoughts on joining the Kings franchise and his first major challenge with the decision to not match the offer sheet for restricted free-agent Bogdan Bogdanovic. He also talks about his time with the Houston Rockets and recalls some stories involving weird trade proposals born out of the Rockets front office. Definitely worth the listen as it offers a rare glimpse into the life of the new Kings’ GM that we have not had a chance to see until now.
- Joseph hypes up[ Tyrese Haliburton as a ffuture superstar?
Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call Monday afternoon.
- Luke Walton knows his starting 5, but isn't telling
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call Monday afternoon.
- Harrison Barnes is ready for the 2020-21 season
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call Monday afternoon.
- Tyrese Haliburton vs. Steph Curry; a rookie's dream
Sacramento Kings rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton speaks with the media and recalls his excitement about playing against Steph Curry and how he looks forward to lining up against LeBron James this season.
- Marvin Bagley just wants to play basketball again
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley speaks with the media about the evolvement of his game and how excited he is to just get out on the court and play basketball again.
- Walton on the health of the squad going into the season
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media about the health of the squad and other topics via a Zoom conference call Sunday afternoon.
- Buddy Hield talks about his new approach on defense
Sacramento kings guard Buddy Hield speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call following the team’s practice session Saturday afternoon. He discusses his new approach on defense and how he spent the summer preparing for the upcoming season.
- Kings waive Kaminsky, Edwards; roster now set
The Sacramento Kings have completed their roster cutdowns Saturday afternoon and the team now has their 17-man squad identified. This includes two 2-way players. On Saturday afternoon, a visibly uncomfortable head coach Luke Walton announced that center Frank Kaminsky had been waived by the team. “We let Frank go today and he did everything we asked him to do. He is an NBA player, a really good player, a really good teammate “, said Walton. “But we had one spot left and I think Glenn (Robinson III) did a really good job on earning that spot.” In four preseason appearances, Kaminsky averaged 5.3 points and a stretch 5 option that the team was hoping to utilize alongside Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley who both have not yet established their outside games. However, the emergence of Hassan Whiteside and his dominant interior defense was too much to pass up and the Kings could not carry so many bigs going into the season. Small forward Vince Edwards was released on Friday as the other necessary cut. He never appeared in any preseason games and was a longshot to make the squad after spending the last two years in the G-League. He may still be considered for the Stockton Kings roster if the league’s season is not cancelled due to Covid-19 logistics. Guard Kyle Guy still holds one of the 2-way spots, but it is unclear who of the remaining 16 will get the other one. Third year bigman Chimezie Metu and rookie Jahmi’us Ramsey are the most likely candidates. The NBA did announce that 2-way players may remain and practice with the parent squad throughout the 2020-21 season but can only participate in a limited number of actual games. With the likelihood of more players missing time due to Covid-19 protocol, this can only help the squad stay more ready for anything that this weird season may throw at them. While the initial roster cuts are complete from the coaching perspective, Walton stated that general manager Monte McNair was not necessarily done as the front office could still make another big, or small move duriing the year. We'll just have to wait and see. But fear not, there is a happy ending for Frank...
- Luke Walton announces roster cuts
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call Saturday afternoon.
- De'Aaron Fox discusses his preseason shooting woes
Sacramento kings guard De’Aaron Fox speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call following the team’s practice session Saturday afternoon.
- Cold shooting Kings fall in preseason finale to Warriors 113-105
The Sacramento Kings could not hit a three-pointer if their lives depended on it Thursday night, while the Golden State Warriors could not miss their threes as they rolled to a 113-105 victory in the preseason finale at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings shot just 7 for 30 (23.3%) from deep, while the Warriors were a scorching 20 for 43 (46.5%) for a differential of 39 points. And that was your whole game right their folks! Notes Following a scheduled day off on Friday, the Kings will have three days of practice to prepare for their regular season opener on December 23 against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. DaQuan Jeffries, Cory Joseph, and Jabari Parker all missed their third straight game with back soreness. Post-game Interviews More Videos Pre-game Interviews
- Glenn Robinson III | December 16, 2020
Sacramento Kings forward Glenn Robinson III speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call Wednesday afternoon.
- Frank Kaminsky | December 16, 2020
Sacramento Kings center Frank Kaminsky speaks with the media via a Zoom conference call Wednesday afternoon.
- Luke Walton | December 16, 2020
Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton speaks with the media on a Zoom conference call on Wednesday afternoon.
- That Guy nailed the game-winning 3 at the buzzer, Kings win
With 6.1 seconds remaining and his team trailing by two, Kyle Guy dribbled the ball up court, gave a little pump-fake, and calmly buried the game-winning three at the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings a thrilling 114-113 victory over the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night at the Golden 1 Center. The second-year guard out of Virginia scored a team-high 20 points, including 6-10 from deep and continued his push for playing time on the parent squad once the season starts. As for the rest of the game, Sacramento dominated Golden State for three quarters leading by as much as 19 until it got a little dicey when both teams went to their deep bench in the final frame. The Warriors rallied and held a 113-109 lead with just under 30 seconds remaining, but a Robert Woodard III dunk and the eventual Guy three sealed the win. Buddy Hield dropped five three-pointers and finished with 18, while Hassan Whiteside made his preseason debut with a strong 11 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and brought a defensive paint presence not seen in Sacramento for years. Marvin Bagley also made his preseason debut and contributed nine points and four rebounds in his first action since January 20, 2020. He is still working himself back into playing shape following his absence due to Covid-19 protocol, but he looked good and should be just fine after a few more games. Notes DaQuan Jeffries, Cory Joseph, and Jabari Parker all sat out due to back soreness. Rookie Tyrese Haliburton was held to just 16 minutes on the court as planned. He should see normal minutes when the two teams face off in the preseason finale Thursday. Post-game Interviews More Videos Pregame Interviews
- Tyrese leads Kings over Trail Blazers 121-106
Tyrese Haliburton and the Sacramento Kings made the necessary adjustments Sunday evening and came away with a solid 121-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers to close out their preseason set at the Moda Center. Following a rather passive debut 48 hours earlier, the rookie guard provided Kings fans a glimpse of his potential by stuffing the stat sheet with 11 points, six rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block, and no turnovers in 30 minutes of action. He also led the squad with a +20 +/-. The Iowa State standout looked more comfortable tonight as he guided the 2nd and 3rd units, made smart passes and a great backcourt steal and dunk to close out the third quarter. He did not look at all like a kid playing in just his second NBA contest. The rest of the team was equally solid. They came out of the gate in attack mode and pushed the pace and was aggressive on defense. Drives to the paint for layups or kickouts for open three-pointers was the consistent theme all night. They finished with 27 assists and just 12 turnovers. Portland’s offense was shut down for most of the game as they were held to just 40 percent from the field. Damian Lillard did not make a field goal in 13 minutes before being pulled from the game for rest. Richaun Holmes and Kyle Guy led Sacramento with 14 points each, while De’Aaron Fox finished with 13 points and four assists Notes In addition to Marvin Bagley and Hassan Whiteside remaining in Sacramento during this road trip, Cory Joseph, Jabari Parker, and DaQuan Jeffries all sat out due to back soreness. The Kings return home to wrap up the preseason with two contests against the Golden State Warriors at the Golden 1 Center starting on Tuesday night. Post-game Interviews More Highlights Pre-game Interviews
- Ready for the NBA; Rookie Tyrese Haliburton doesn't lack confidence
Sacramento Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton speaks to the media before his first NBA game Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Clearly excited and confident, the Iowa State guard will get his chance against the likes of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to see where he stands against some of the league’s best guards.