Tag:Sacramento Kings
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Carl Landry misses Rick Adelman

Posted by Royce Young

When you lose, and lose a lot, players, coaches, fans and local media start saying things. And I'm not talking about nice, positive things necessarily.

So as is the case in Sacramento, a team that's been a solid disappointment at 10-33, players are saying things. In this circumstance, it's forward Carl Landry.

Landry, talking with the Sacramento Bee,
was elaborating about what worked with former coach Rick Adelman in Houston. As a result, he gave the Kings a bit of a backhand.
“We ran and everybody shared the ball,” he said, “and when we didn’t have anything on the break, we’d run pick and rolls. We won 22 straight games (in 2007-08) without Yao (Ming) and mostly without Tracy McGrady . We could do that here, but that’s not what we do, and you have to play the system the coach (Paul Westphal) wants.”
More Landry:
“The basketball IQ on this team is not very good,” Landry said, “and that (knowledge) takes time. If you look at J.T. (Thompson), he’s had three or four coaches in his four years, coaches that probably weren’t that good. Everybody in this league can play. But it’s about spacing, having the right guys on the floor, running the right play. Move the ball. Set back screens, down screens, and play together. Our shooting percentage is so low because everything is one-on-one.”
So take that Eric Mussellman and Reggie Theus.

Obviously Landry has a point, otherwise the Kings wouldn't struggle scoring (26th in offensive efficiency) and might be a bit better. What this shows though, is that Paul Westphal has all but lost his squad. He's already supposedly safe for the season (mainly because of his big contract) but the team just isn't buying into his system.

The Kings prefer to run (eighth in pace) but because of a number of different reasons, one being that they don't move the ball all that well, it's not working. The team has tried to anchor its offense around Tyreke Evans' ability to bail them out with penetration late in the shot clock, but that's not the best system.

Thing is though, players still have to play. In Houston, the players shared the ball. I'm sure Westphal isn't telling his guys to run but play selfishly. I imagine the system has a lot to do with producing unselfish play, but still, players can make plays.

It's never a good thing to lose and it just gets worse when players start telling you, rather candidly, why you're losing. That's what Landry's doing here and more than anything, it's another example of how Westphal is struggling with this young team.

Via Sactown Royalty
Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:18 am
Edited on: January 26, 2011 8:19 am
 

The Shootaround: LA takes Utah's swagger

Charles Barkley names his pick for best point guard, A Magic writer keeps Dwight Howard's future in perspective, the Jazz take another top loss, Billy Hunter warns the Sacramento Kings to save money and Kendrick Perkins' tough road back to the court is remembered. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • There have been some very early reports that Dwight Howard might fly the coop in Orlando when he's able to be a free agent, but Orlando Pinstriped Post argues that it could be worse for Magic fans, as Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams has already turned up his rhetoric. "Williams' remarks illustrate that Orlando doesn't quite have it so bad with Howard. Apart from complaining about his teammates' defense--something he's obviously entitled to do, given the accuracy of his statements and his status as a team co-captain--Howard's at least remained neutral about his pending free agency.
  • Speaking of the Jazz, they've been struggling, and got crushed by the Lakers last night. Raja Bell tries to explain things to the Salt Lake Tribune, "We just lost our swagger somewhere along the lines. You know, we start pressing, we start trying to do everything so right that it backfires. I think it's a tough way to play."
  • Beyond The Beat catches up with the Sacramento Kings regarding an impending work stoppage. "It could take a year. It could take a day. We really don't know, but I know it's a serious issue and I can see them (players' association) pushing a lockout," Carl Landry told Beyond the Beat. "He (Hunter) forewarned us that there might be a lockout in effect, and he shared different ideas that will help prepare us for the lockout. They (players' association) are there for us and are already thinking about different contestants and things that will help the players."
  • Former Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton says he does not support the Oklahoma City Thunder in any way, notes the Seattle PI. "He would not attend an alumni event in Oklahoma City if invited. 'I didn't play in Oklahoma City,' he said. 'That would be disrespect to Seattle fans. We never played there. Why would we go to Oklahoma City and give the fans that opportunity or privilege?'"
  • Good news for Hornets fans: AFP reports that the team won't be going anywhere. "The NBA New Orleans Hornets will remain in the Louisiana city for at least another season after meeting an attendance goal that prevents an escape clause activation in their arena lease."
  • The Heat Index investigates what using LeBron James as a power forward will look like for the Miami Heat.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:12 am
 

Shootaround 1.19.11: Butler targets the playoffs

Posted by Royce Young
  • Caron Butler says he can be back for the playoffs: "I know what muscles to keep fired, what little things to do," Butler said. "I just need some time. I've been through this before when I was 15 years old and it took about 4.5 months to come back from, and I was rolling. I was good. I was healthy. So I just need some time."
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: "If Dwight Howard ends up pulling a Shaq and leaving after next season for Los Angeles, the City of Orlando should immediately sue the Magic and the NBA for $500 million in damages. That's how much it cost to build the new arena that we were led to believe would be the Dwight House for years and years to come. Now there are rumblings and rumors and angst and anxiety that Dwight might try to orchestrate an exit a la LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony when his contract is up after next season. If he does then we were sold a half-a-billion-dollars worth of hot air."
  • Speaking of surgery, holy crap about Marcus Camby. I think Matt Moore put it best: "In the meantime, the Blazers will suffer through their fifth player undergoing knee surgery this season. Five. Oden, Roy, rookie Elliot Williams , Jeff Pendergraph, and now Camby. This is the third center this season, fourth to miss some time this season due to knee surgery (Przybilla missing significant time in the beginning). This has moved beyond ridiculous. It's into patently absurd. It's ludicrous."
  • Mikhail Prokorov is coming to New Jersey tonight. Fred Kerber of the New York Post: "The circus that has evolved around the Nets truly becomes a three-ring affair tonight. In the center ring will be billionaire Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who is in the country for the Nets' 'Evening of Russian Culture,' but presumably also to seek a meeting with Carmelo Anthony if the Nets and Nuggets finalize the framework of a trade and if permission is granted to speak with the star about signing an extension."
  • We told you about a report that Anaheim is making a play for the Kings. Victor Contreras of the Sac Bee: "Maloof told The Bee's Dale Kasler "No, no, no" when asked if KFBK's report was accurate. On a follow-up call Tuesday morning, Maloof told Bee sports columnist Ailene Voisin he can no longer comment on arena issues as instructed by the NBA. Also Tuesday, a Honda Center spokesperson wouldn't comment about possible discussions with NBA owners but reiterated that the arena would love to host an NBA tenant. So what's fact? The city is still entertaining ideas from developers on arena proposals that would keep the team in Sacramento long term. What's fiction? The Maloofs would put themselves in position to lose control of the franchise."
Posted on: January 14, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Anaheim making a strong push for the Kings?

Posted by Royce Young

It's no secret that the Sacramento Kings are looking at potentially relocating. The Maloof brothers even pulled out the deadly, "We'll look at our options" phrase. 

The early candidates that have been mentioned for Sacramento? San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas or a return to Kansas City. You know, the same list that always pops up. But the real candidate might be just down the road a bit. Anaheim.

According to KFBK/1530 in Sacramento via the Orange Country Register, the Maloofs met recently with Ducks owner Henry Samueli to talk about his proposal to bring the Kings to Anaheim. 

Reportedly, Samueli offered the Maloofs a $100 million loan as part of the proposal to help cover the extra costs that come with relocation and territorial rights fees and also offered to help the Kings owners manage their debt.

That has to be an intriguing offer to the Maloofs. They're having some financial issues, but they don't want to sell. They want to keep the Kings franchise breathing and in their hands, but also get them somewhere that they can make money. 

The Kings have been pushing for a new arena and it's looking more and more like that will fail, even with the support of mayor Kevin Johnson. Without a new arena, the Maloofs may have their hands forced if they want to keep the franchise.

In Anaheim, there's a new arena in the Honda Center and the Kings could just slide in and be co-tenants with the Ducks there. Anaheim has also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for the Hornets, especially with the word about Larry Ellison trying to buy the team. I would bet if Ellison got his hands on the Hornets he would look to move them West as fast as possible. And Anaheim would likely near the top of his list.

But it's not a done deal that the Kings will move anyway. I'm sure the Maloofs would prefer to keep the team in Sacramento and just start making money there. And while they've got a new deal with Power Balance for naming rights, they need real money. That comes with new sponsorships, better attendance and a new arena. Unless they get that last one, they may have to, well, look at their options.

Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:16 am
 

The Game Changer: Big margins of all around

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  

THE BIG ONE: NEW YORK FIGURING OUT THE ROAD

They might not have beat someone by 55, but the Knicks got themselves a darn good road win in Portland Tuesday night, taking down the wounded Blazers 100-86.

Amar'e Stoudemire got the best of LaMarcus Aldridge, outscoring his counterpart 23-18. Ronny Turiaf added a season-high 19, Wilson Chandler 17 and Raymond Felton 17.

But the story was really just how rough it is for the Blazers right now without Brandon Roy. Wesley Matthews is having a nice season and Nicolas Batum is good some nights, but just 86 points against the Knicks? It was obvious that Portland was missing someone that could pile up points in the second half. The Blazers tried to go to Aldridge, but the Knicks zeroed in there. Rudy Fernandez was there for some kick-outs, scoring 18, but it was all long jumpers for Portland. There was no isolation option. No players that could take over. It was kind of painful to watch such a promising team lose with so much talent in suits.

However, the Knicks picked up another nice road win. New York is now 12-8 on the road this season, which surpasses their road win total from all of last year. The Knicks are roped into the Carmelo Anthony stuff, but what's lost is how well their current small forward is playing. Chandler had 17 big points and came up large for the Knicks late in the game as well.

The Knicks have one of the best home court advantages in the league, but now they're figuring out the road. One of the many differences in this New York team from year's past.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Kevin Love dropped his sixth 20-20 game of the season with 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Aaron Afflalo had a career-high 31 on 11-14 shooting.

Nick Young scored a career-high 43 and went 4-4 from 3 in the third quarter.

Alonzo Gee had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs. Doesn't sound impressive? Well his 12 points were 21 percent of his team's total output.

DENVER ERUPTS ON PHOENIX

Maybe the distractions were getting to them recently, but Tuesday the Nuggets put it all behind them as they beat up on the Suns 132-98.

Denver scored a combined 82 points in the second and third quarters as the Suns defense basically was them letting the Nuggets shoot wide open shots as they crossed their fingers hoping the shots didn't drop. Problem was, they did.

The Nuggets shot 56 percent from the field and made 37 free throws. Carmelo had 28 points, Aaron Afflalo a career-high 31 on 11-14 shooting and Ty Lawson and J.R. Smith combined for 31 on a combined 9-11 from the field.

Carmelo hasn't left Denver yet. And while he's there, we're still seeing glimpses of just how good of an offensive force the Nuggets can be. Of course it helps to be playing the Suns, but still, 82 points in two quarters is pretty impressive against anyone.

WASHINGTON TRIES TO LET SACTO WIN

It was like a lesson on how to blow a game. The Wizards led by eight with under a minute left. Led by six with 20 seconds left. Led by four with 10 seconds left. But not only did they turn the ball over, the Wizards took bad shots, missed free throws and basically, played all-around stupid basketball. It was kind of impressive, in a disaster film kind of way.

But in the end, Washington got it done behind Nick Young's 43 points. The Kings, being absolutely horrible, couldn't take advantage of about 25 opportunities to seize the victory and the Wizards took home a 136-133 overtime win. The was between two teams a combined 18-53 and it certainly showed.

L.A. BEATS CLEVELAND BY LIKE A MILLION

What's the box score look like for the loser after a 112-57 game?

The leading scorer for the Cavs was Alonzo Gee with 12. The starting five combined for 23 points, led by Manny Harris's eight. Mo Williams went 1-9, J.J. Hickson 1-8, Antwan Jamison 3-10 and Harris 2-8. The team shot 29.9 percent from the field. They turned it over 19 times.

Basically, everyone sucked.

And then LeBron tweeted something. Pretty rough night for the Cavs.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

Kenyon Martin and Goran Dragic got into a weird little scuffle during the third quarter of Denver's win over Phoenix. For some reason, Martin grabbed Dragic, hugged him and wouldn't let him go. Dragic fought back like a little child trying to escape the grasp of his mother.


PARTING THOUGHT

During the Timberwolves-Spurs game, things got a little technical late in the game. With the Spurs up double-digits, the Wolves felt like they were getting the short end of the whistle. So they complained.

First, Corey Brewer got T'd. Then Darko Milicic got a tech from the same call. Then Kurt Rambis picked up two because of the same call. There's four T's. Just 10 seconds later, Kevin Love made a pretty demonstrative gesture toward the official and picked up a technical. Five T's in just 10 seconds, all handed out by Ken Mauer.

That's got to be some kind of record. Manu Ginobili on all the technical fouls: "It was awkward."
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Kings arena to be Power Balance Pavilion?

Posted by Royce Young

One of the best corporate sponsored arenas out there has always been ARCO Arena. Most people don't know what "ARCO" is (it's a gas company) so it kind of sounded like it was just a regular arena name without any sponsorship attached to it.

In 2011, naming rights for the arena will expire and after 25 years of being under the ARCO name, the Sacramento Kings' house will have its naming rights up for grabs.

And according to Sactown Royalty, the new arena will have an interesting new sponsor. The Kings have agreed in principle to a five-year deal with Power Balance LLC to rename the arena "Power Balance Pavilion." Seriously.

Owner Joe Maloof told the Sacramento Bee that people would be surprised. And I'm pretty sure they wlll be.

Power Balance is an Orange County based company founded in 2007 that pitches wristbands and bracelets that are said to improve your balance and athletic performance. Power Balance claims to "use holographic technology" to "work with your body’s natural energy field."  After claiming that the bands really totally worked, Power Balance recently put out a statement saying otherwise.

The release said: "In our advertising we stated that Power Balance wristbands improved your strength, balance and flexibility. We admit that there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims and therefore we engaged in misleading conduct in breach of s52 of the Trade Practices Act 1974. If you feel you have been misled by our promotions, we wish to unreservedly apologise and offer a full refund."

So Power Balance bracelets may not actually be what they say they are. But if you've got money, you can have a building names after you.

Recently, Maloof hinted that the franchise might be open to relocation primarily because of issues with finances. But hey, with a new sponsor over the arena and a five-year deal to boot, that's a little change in the pocket.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:16 am
 

Maloofs signal they're open to relocation

Kings owners announce they will pursue every option for long-term viability of the franchise, signaling end to pledge to keep team in Sacramento.
Posted by Matt Moore

It was inevitable that it would come to this. Eventually the owners of the Sacaramento Kings, Joe, and Gavin Maloof would have to be realistic about their situation in Sacramento with the Kings. Not only due to the long, drawn out failures by the city to finance a new arena, but of the economy wreaking havoc on everyone, making a financial liability like the Kings no longer an acceptable cost. First comes word from the Orange County Register that the Maloofs may be having financial difficulties with their Las Vegas investments, including an issue with a sizable loan. From the OC Register

The relocation rumors revved up again Friday when Bloomberg News Service reported that two private investment firms are negotiating to acquire a controlling interest in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, also owned by the Maloofs, after the family violated its loan covenants.

If the Maloofs are having significant financial problems — the Sacramento Bee reports that in 2009 the family sold its original beer distributorship in New Mexico for more than $100 million and that there also were staff layoffs in the Kings organization and at The Palms — then perhaps there is a greater sense of urgency to move the franchise to a market with better demographics, more potential corporate sponsors and an NBA-ready arena.
via Are NBA's Kings Anaheim-bound? | nba, kings, arena - Home - The Orange County Register.

On the heels of that came a release Monday from the Kings ownership group saying: "We are looking at all options to ensure the long-term viability of this franchise".

Ruh-roh. 

The Kings are 29th in the league in attendance, but have proven throughout the years that a winning team will get them in the building and loud. Unlike the Hornets, who struggle with attendance even when their team is in the midst of a playoff race, Sacramento has shown they can be profitable when the team isn't dreadful. However, the city has also voted down multiple measures to support a new arena, and in today's NBA, that can be a death sentence. 

With Las Vegas well within the eye of the current ownership group, and billionaires in both San Jose and Anaheim (including Larry Ellison who has been in pursuit of a team multiple times in the past three years), there are other options for the Maloofs. In this kind of climate, you have to consider the odds of the team staying in Sacramento to be aggressively slipping away. 
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Video: Fantasy hoops waiver wire pickup picks

CBSSports.com is back with another episode of fantasy hoops analysis, focusing this week on who you might pick up off of the waiver wire. Posted by Ben Golliver.

CBSSports.com's Sergio Gonzalez is the go-to guy for fantasy hoops advice. This week, in an interview with Lauren Shehadi, Gonzalez lists which centers or center-eligible big men might be available on your league's waiver wire and should be considered for a pick up. Just click here or watch the video below.



Gonzalez listed Denver Pistons big man Greg Monroe, Sacramento Kings big man Jason Thompson, Phoenix Suns big man Marcin Gortat, San Antonio Spurs big man DeJuan Blair

Also this week, Gonzalez and Shehadi break down who you should start and sit in your fantasy lineups
 
 
 
 
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