Tag:Sacramento Kings
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:15 am

Kings face boycott over Anaheim relocation

A Sacramento man is encouraging fans to boycott Kings games because the franchise might relocate to Anaheim. Posted by Ben Golliver. maloofs

Day by day, the Sacramento Kings' potential relocation to Anaheim gets uglier and uglier. 

The latest turn features a direct backlash to the team's ownership group, the Maloof family, as News10.net reports that a Sacramento man is calling on the team's fans to boycott an upcoming game as retribution for the team's relocation plans.
Doug Elmets of Elmets Communications is urging fans to boycott the April 1 game against the Denver Nuggets. Playing off the earlier campaign waged by loyal fans called "Here We Stay," Elmets is calling his boycott "There They Go."
"Every indication is that the Kings are going to be leaving. And why should we, in the final few games, be rewarding the Maloofs by putting more money in their pocket and selling out these games," Elmets asks.
"Let's take one game, one game only -- the one that is most appropriately on April 1, April Fools Day, and boycott that game," he suggested.
The Kings, who have already been eliminated from the playoffs, host the Denver Nuggets on April 1. 

The folks in the "Here We Stay" movement would counter Elmets' argument by saying that hope still exists, despite all the warning signs. One possible snag in the relocation effort, SacTown Royalty notes, surrounds a possible delay in renovation funding for Anaheim's Honda Center, something that would be necessary for an NBA team such as the Kings to play there.

The boycott concept really isn't all that logical here, at least not yet. There is plenty of time for spite and anger should the Kings finally decide to relocate. A deal isn't done until it's all the way done, and, unfortunately, its the Maloofs' team so they hold all the cards. The "Here We Stay" campaign has made so much sense because it appeals to basic emotional concepts -- loyalty, family, shared history -- that have the potential to change someone's opinion even if doing so isn't in their financial best interest. A boycott only encourages a dismissive response.

In other words, continue to hold out hope, Kings fans, as long as hope still exists. 

h/t: HoopsHype
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:54 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 6:56 pm

Video: DeMarcus Cousins ejected after shoving

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was ejected after a shoving match with members of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Water is wet, the sky is blue and Sacramento Kings rookie big man DeMarcus Cousins can't control his emotions. 

Cousins' latest display of immaturity came on Sunday in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the Kings leading 77-62 near the end of the third quarter, Cousins couldn't keep his cool after being pushed by pesky Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour

Standing off the ball, Cousins took a two-arms shoved from Ridnour. The foul was obvious, completely unnecessary and immediately whistled. Cousins, however, couldn't let it go at that, stomping towards Ridnour and bumping bodies while the two jawed. Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic intervened, lightly restraining Cousins, which led the Sacramento big man to shove out with both of his arms, an act that Pekovic reciprocated.  

But, wait, there's more. Timberwolves guard Martell Webster then attempted to play peacemaker, putting his left arm into Cousins' chest, an act that again led Cousins to shove Webster away with both of his arms, tossing Webster into teammate Jason Thompson. At that point, Cousins was immediately booted from the game by multiple officials.

Here's a look at the sequence courtesy of YouTube user Kingsflix.

Cousins and Kings fans will likely feel as if he got the raw end of this deal given that his actions were mostly in response or retaliation to Minnesota's actions, but at some point he will need to come to terms with the fact that his size and track record make him an easy mark for officials. 

So, Luke Ridnour shoved you. Who cares? Set up the side out of bounds play and nail him with a good, solid pick. Cousins stepped to Ridnour with something to prove, but he only proved how easily he is mentally manipulated.

The Kings held on for the victory over the Timberwolves, 127-95.
Posted on: March 19, 2011 6:40 pm

Kings waive Luther Head

Posted by Royce Young

The Kings announced today that they've waived guard Luther Head. It's not really surprise as Head hasn't contributed much this season and has bounced around a pretty good amount.

With Tyreke Evans coming back soon (hopefully), Head just isn't of much need to the Kings. He appeared in 36 games for Sacramento (started 14) and averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 assists per game in 16.3 minutes a night.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 18, 2011 7:27 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 10:43 pm

Maloofs support Kings GM Geoff Petrie amid rumors

The owners of the Sacramento Kings have issued a statement of support for GM Geoff Petrie amid rumors that they are looking to make a change.maloofs Posted by Ben Golliver.

The vultures are circling in Sacramento, as continuing reports that the Kings and its owners, the Maloof family, are looking to relocate to Anaheim have prompted rumors that the organization might be looking for a new management team as well as a new market.

On Friday, ESPN.com reported that former Portland Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard was under consideration for Sacramento's GM position, which is currently held by Geoff Petrie. 
Sources close to the situation say that Kings co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof, after years of patience, are giving strong consideration to starting all the way over should the team complete its increasingly anticipated relocation to Anaheim … which would mean a change in the front office, as well, before deciding whether to retain or oust Westphal.
The Maloofs, sources say, are fans of former Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard and increasingly considering him as a potential hire for the looming new era in Orange County as the Anaheim Royals.

It remains to be seen if the Maloofs can actually stomach going through with such an aggressive revamp, after working so closely with Geoff Petrie so long, but the Kings have been steadily declining since Petrie's unsuccessful dismantling of their glory-days team from the early 2000s.
Within hours of that report, the Kings issued a release to the media that backed Petrie.
“There is absolutely no truth that we are considering anyone else for our General Manager position. We consider Geoff Petrie to be the best in the business and look forward to continuing our resurgence with him at the helm.”
If this song and dance sounds and looks familiar, that's because virtually the same thing happened back in December, when CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that the Maloofs might be ready to move on from Petrie and coach Paul Westphal. 

Writing on Friday, Berger notes that a move to Anaheim "would be only one of many factors making the time right for an organizational housecleaning." 

You know the old saying: owners support GMs right up until the second they decide to fire them, so take the Maloofs' statement with a grain of salt. They're doing Petrie, a long-time employee, a solid by protecting him from a one-sided account, but that doesn't mean they should stick with him blindly this summer, especially if they do go through with plans to relocate.

If only the Maloofs showed as much respect and consideration to their fanbase.

Anyway, the Kings have been spinning their wheels in the league's basement for years. An executive like Pritchard, who has experience building an organization from the ground up and winning back a lost fanbase in Portland, would seem an ideal fit for a move to a new market. Pritchard developed a reputation as a bit of a salesman in Portland, and while that might not work a lot of places, trying to pitch the "Anaheim Royals" to a sports-soaked market like Southern California is going to take an executive with the right mindset and communication skills. 

Once the ink dries on their press release, the Maloofs should give some thought to the idea of Pritchard, or a young executive like him. Assuming they haven't already, of course.
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:20 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 12:35 am

Sacramento Kings trademark Anaheim Royals name

The Sacramento Kings have reportedly reserved new franchises names in case they relocate. Posted by Ben Golliver. maloofs

It's been nothing but bad news for fans of the Sacramento Kings lately, as all signs point to the franchise relocating to Anaheim. 

Wednesday's news hit like a gut punch: News10.net reported that a lawyer representing the team's ownership group, the Maloof family, has filed the necessary paperwork to reserve multiple names for the franchise in the event it relocates to Southern California. 
The United States Patent and Trademark Office received an application on March 3 by a Nevada corporation seeking the exclusive right to use the name "Los Angeles Royals."
Another application filed the same day reserves the name "Anaheim Royals." The city of Anaheim, which owns the Honda Center, has reportedly insisted that any team playing there carry the city's name.

The web domains losangelesroyals.com and anaheimroyals.com have also been registered within the past three weeks.
The Sacramento Bee also reported the filings.

This is a common, and necessary, legal step during a relocation effort, and it's not usually undertaken unless the ownership group is serious about a potential move.

During the former Seattle Supersonics' transition to Oklahoma City, website domain registration information was cited in the first reports of the franchise's name.

It's worth noting that the "Kings" team name is already taken in Southern California because the National Hockey League's L.A. Kings have been in existence since the 1960s. As for the Royals moniker, it dates back to the days before the Kings franchise settled in Sacramento, as the team had previously been called the Rochester Royals, Cincinnati Royals and Kansas City Kings.

In other words, this just got even more serious, folks. A report regarding the Kings' applications for the new names drew nearly 200 comments in less than four hours on Kings blog SacTownRoyalty.com. As many fans noted, the Kings recently played in throwback jerseys that bore the name "Royals." Brutal.
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:10 am
Edited on: March 14, 2011 8:30 am

Shootaround 3.14.11: Dwyane Wade wins in court

Dwyane Wade wins in court, David Lee holds Kevin Love in check, Tracy McGrady takes a swing at being a labor leader, Chauncey Billups preaches patience and a whole lot more. Posted by Ben Golliver. shootaround
  • The San Francisco Chronicle writes that Golden State Warriors forward David Lee was the key to ending Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love's consecutive double-double streak. "The player guarding Love tonight was not going to be involved in the game on offense," coach Keith Smart said. "He had one objective: That was to make sure Love didn't get the glass. David Lee did a great job of sacrificing. ... "I call David Lee a good basketball player. He was locked in to do a job that was necessary."
  • In case you missed it over the weekend, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger investigates how the NFL Players Union's decision to decertify might influence the negotiations going on between the NBPA and NBA owners.
  • New York Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups says the new-look Knicks are still feeling each other out after the blockbuster trade that brought Billups and Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple, writes the New York Daily News. "I don't know at what point it becomes a problem," Chauncey Billups said. "We had one real practice yesterday. The trade was weeks ago. We have five new players on the team. It's not that easy. We end up practicing in the games."
  • On Sunday night, we took a look at Boston's historic defeat of the Milwaukee Bucks, in which they allowed just 56 points. The Journal Sentinel quotes Bucks coach Scott Skiles calling the loss "about as humiliating a defeat as you'll ever see."
  • It's come to the point where writers are asking the Utah Jazz whether they've quit on the season. The Deseret News quotes Al Jefferson who says things are still all good. "No. Heck no," Jefferson said. "I hope no one in here have quit, because there's a lot of games to be played and we have a job to do. I can speak for myself and I can speak for a lot guys in there (the locker room), and I know they haven't quit."
Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:02 pm

Hornets to San Jose talk picks up again

Could the Hornets wind up in San Jose? Could the Warriors help the Kings stay in Sacramento? The complex web of NBA ownership and relocation continues. 
Posted by Matt Moore

While Kings fans wait with fearful baited breath for the likely upcoming announcement of the King's application for relocation, the Hornets have settled into peaceful quiet after the uproar of the NBA's acquisition of their ownership last fall.  But the San Jose Mercury News reports that it's possible that Larry Ellison, who has reportedly made multiple bids for both the Warriors and Hornets, who may make yet another push to purchase the Hornets, and in the event of doing so, relocate them to San Jose, California. From the Mercury News

But the prospect of Ellison buying a struggling franchise and moving it to HP Pavilion is real enough to have spawned interested conversation at very high levels.

And if things break a certain way over the next year or two, this theoretically could happen in a relative snap -- and a flood of Ellison money.

The NBA/San Jose advantages: Ellison's billions, the handful of teams in financial distress, and the existence of HP Pavilion, which is NBA-ready.

In January, Ellison, one of the richest men in the world, confirmed that he bid on the New Orleans Hornets, but the league chose to take the team over at that time and said it was seeking local ownership.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for Ellison had no comment on the matter.

But it's probably safe to assume the NBA will wait until after this summer's labor negotiations, then put the Hornets back up for sale.

In that scenario, would anybody expect Ellison quietly to end his efforts to own a sports franchise after he was surprisingly outbid for the Warriors last July?
via Kawakami: Larry Ellison buying and moving New Orleans Hornets to San Jose plausible and possible - San Jose Mercury News.

Kawakami goes on to say that the league considers such a move hypothetical, but all the elements are there. A ready arena, aggressive ownership, and a franchise which if local ownership does not step up to acquire it, will be put on the open market. The other NBA owners who are in possession of the Hornets won't allow the NBA to throw good money after bad. And in that case, Ellison looks very attractive. 

Additionally intriguing is a scenario mentioned by Kawakami in which Warriors ownership votes against approving relocation for the Kings to Anaheim, in an attempt to set a precedent against relocation in order to protect their market from a prospective competitor in San Jose.  Along with the Lakers and Clippers ownership looking to protect their market against the Kings staking a claim in southern California, and a group of smaller market owners, that might set up the possibility for the Kings to be stranded in Sacramento, buying time for local officials to come up with a new arena plan. It's a complicated scenario of big and small market politics, but one that definitely seems plausible from where we're at. 

Could Ellison's interest in the Hornets be what keeps the Kings in Sacramento? This whole situation continues to get stranger and stranger by the second as NBA ownership finances take a bigger role on the public stage. 
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:07 am

Friday 5 with KB: Going the distance

Posted by Matt Moore

In this week's edition of the Friday 5 with KB, we ask how far the Heat can go, where the Kings will be, and how the March slog will work out. All this and more in this week's Friday 5 with CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. 

1. Point blank, right now, how far do you think the Heat go in the playoffs? 

Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: A loaded question deserves a dance-and-dodge answer. First, it depends on who they play. In any round, I'd be concerned if I were the Heat playing Boston, Chicago or Atlanta. Boston obviously has their number, and the Bulls have a player capable of winning a playoff game by himself on the road -- plus, several of their core players have been through playoff series together in the past, which Miami's guys have not. For all their lack of defense and rebounding, the Knicks still impose a certain fear factor simply because of the offensive weaponry they have and because Carmelo is so good in the clutch. So in a roundabout way not to answer your question, I could see Miami getting bounced in the first round or getting to the conference finals. I don't see them going farther than that, and if I had to guess, I'd say they lose in the second round.

2. San Antonio got fairly detonated last Sunday against the Lakers. I have concerns about their defense in terms of length versus the Lakers and their ability to guard stretch fours like West, Aldridge, and Randolph. Am I nuts or is the San Antonio record not indicative of their playoff strength? 

KB: I think you've pinpointed the Spurs' weakness fairly well, but I'm not as concerned about them as you are. Having said that, I do think Z-Bo or West could give them fits in a first-round series. I just think it's a different story in a best-of-7 when Duncan will have rest between games and Pop will have time to make adjustments and figure it out. While I think it's a little insulting to say the Spurs may not be as good as their record, the reality is that the playoffs are all about matchups. And if San Antonio consistently has a bad matchup against bigger teams or floor-spacing fours, their record won't help them win that series. I don't think that's hysterical; it's just a fair observation.

3. I don't mean to alarm anyone, but the extension for the Kings to file for relocation is coming up in the next few days. How does this play out from what you know now? 

KB: Anaheim or bust is what it looks like to me. I've increasingly gotten the impression that the commissioner has run out of patience with Sacramento, and the Maloofs' posture is the definition of one foot out the door.

4. What are the teams most likely to tank from here on out? Are there any? We're not looking at a super strong draft class. 

KB: I guess you could argue that Charlotte already tanked by trading Gerald Wallace, though their plan is more geared toward using the cachet of Michael Jordan to attract a marquee free agent in 2012. Also, there's no rule that says the Bobcats have to cede the eighth spot to Indiana; the Pacers have to earn it. Imagine that: Charlotte trades its best player for two first-round picks and still makes the playoffs. It could happen. Other than that, I don't envision tanking being nearly the storyline it's been in past years. For one, it's a weak draft to begin with and could get weaker if underclassman pull out due to lockout fears. Plus, in the West, all the teams on the bubble really want to make the playoffs -- Portland, Denver, New Orleans, Memphis, Phoenix, Utah and Houston. Same in the East with New York, Philly, Indiana, Charlotte and even Milwaukee.

5. This is what I refer to as the NBA's deathmarch, trying to slog through the days post-trade deadline, pre-playoffs. Are you looking forward to the quiet or does the endless stretch of March get to you on the beat?

KB: After the excruciating Melo saga -- which for me culminated with writing the breaking story of the trade from seat 27C on my Delta flight from Los Angeles to New York on Feb. 21 -- I welcome the sanity. The Melo story was all-consuming for weeks, even months, and the deadline was busier than most people in the basketball and media business expected. On the NBA beat, this is always the time of year to take a breath and try to recharge a bit. It's also a time when I typically welcome the opportunity to focus on, you know, basketball again. But I'm energized on a couple of fronts more so than I've been in deathmarches past. I'm interested in seeing how the Knicks thing works out with Carmelo and Amar'e, and eager to see how the Perkins trade affects Boston and Oklahoma City. Also, the playoff races at the bottom are tight, which will lead to more compelling March and April games than we've had in recent years. As mentioned above, there are five teams legitimately battling for the final three spots in the East and six teams vying for the final four spots in the West. So that means I will pay even less attention to the NCAA Tournament than I normally do. As soon as I catch my breath.
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