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Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:42 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Officials in talks to bring NBA back to Seattle

By Matt Moore

When the Sonics left Seattle, it was regarded as one of all-time basketball tragedies. Not just because over 40 years of history was wiped away, but because the way it happened left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. And even though Oklahoma City has worked out pretty awesome as an NBA city, talk has persisted that Seattle needs a team back. Apparently some people in Seattle's mayor's office and a wealthy owner prospect are making good on that talk. The Seattle Times reports: 
A wealthy San Francisco hedge-fund manager and officials in the Seattle mayors office have been working behind the scenes for eight months to bring an NBA team back to the city as early as next fall and build a new arena, according to emails and documents that reveal a far more concerted effort than previously known.

A Dec. 13 agenda for a meeting between the parties shows they were talking about details such as a "Review of Basic Deal Structure," "Financing Issues," including "City Debt Capacity," and "Security for Public Financing."

The documents, released Friday to The Seattle Times under a public-disclosure request, also provide the first glimpse of how the largely unknown hedge-fund manager, 44-year-old Seattle native Christopher Hansen, approached the city about his desire to buy an NBA team and build an arena south of Safeco Field.
via Local News | Seattle sports-arena talks well under way, documents show | Seattle Times Newspaper.

So how would Seattle get a team? The Times  reports that Hansen could be targeting the sacraamento Kings, who are undergoing their own arena crisis, with a February 14th city council meeting effectively Judgment Day for the future of professional basketball in Sacramento. To date the Maloof family who owns the Kings have yet to indicate any interest in selling the Kings. 

The report comes as a surprise that discussions have already progressed to this point. Any arena discussions with Seattle have to ensure profitability for the city under a voter provision. Trying to put together an arena plan, acquire a team and relocate them by fall is extremely improbable, but not impossible. However, things would have to move at an accelerated pace.

The group is also looking at a hockey franchise, as our guys at Eye on Hockey detailed.
Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:48 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Report: Miller gets year in jail for pistol whip

Posted by Ben Golliver
Oliver Miller is reportedly heading to jail on an assault charge. (Getty Images)

The Big O is headed to the big house. 

Former NBA player Oliver Miller has reportedly been sentenced to a year in jail after he was convicted of first-degree assault for arrested for pistol-whipping a man at a Maryland barbecue back in April. 

HometownAnnapolis.com has the details.
[Judge Paul A.] Hackner sentenced Miller to five years of prison, suspending all but one year. He recommended work release and ordered five years of probation upon release. Miller is to have no contact with the victim, Jason Ray Worley, 32, and must complete anger management. His attorney, Paul Mack, called the sentence reasonable.

Prosecutors say at least three people saw Miller, known as "The Big O" during his nine-season NBA career, attack his girlfriend's brother, Worley, in front of the victim's home on Birchcrest Court in Arnold on April 17.

Deputy State's Attorney Thomas Fleckenstein said Miller got out of his car and "blindsided" Worley while he talked to his sister - Miller's girlfriend - using a handgun to repeatedly strike Worley in the face and head.
Miller, 41, plead guilty to the first-degree assault charge in November. He was facing up to 25 years in prison but had no prior convictions. 

Miller, who has reportedly tipped the scales at more than 400 pounds, played nine seasons in the NBA, averaging 7.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. The journeyman center played for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:53 am
 

Report Card: Derrick Rose rolls over Knicks

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Derrick Rose carved up the Knicks on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Here's a quick rundown of Thursday night's NBA action. it was a light schedule, with just six games on the docket.

Derrick Rose

32 points, 13 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 turnovers. It was an interesting situation on Thursday night where the power of one scorer/distributor was greater than the power of two scorers. Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony combined for 60 points but took 53 shots to get it done,  and while Rose didn't shoot out of this world himself -- 12-for-26 -- his ball distribution made sure Chicago was above 50 percent as a team. He found Joakim Noah for a number of easy dunks with well-timed passes. Here's Ken Berger of CBSSports.com from Madison Square Garden on Rose's huge night. 

Denver Nuggets

A 21-point road win over L.A., even if the Clippers were on the back-to-back, is worth writing home about. Sometimes everything goes right. When Danilo Gallinari doesn't miss any of his five 3-point atempts and Timofey Mozgov doesn't miss a shot -- 5-for-5 -- while holding his own against L.A.'s frontline, Denver won't lose many games. For a team that shoots roughly league average from deep, they sure make 12-21 from outside look easy. Their reward is sole possession of the West's No. 2 seed.

Sacramento Kings

The Kings snapped a 5-game losing streak so it probably feels like an A+. This wasn't a perfect effort thanks to some porous first half defense, but Sacramento made a strong fourth quarter push, a run that proved there's enough room, in the right situation, for Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and John Salmons. Evans, who has struggled against Portland this season, compensated for a slow start with some physical drives late, and Thornton made up for an off shooting night by getting to the free throw line 12 times. Portland folded hard down the stretch but that doesn't much matter to Sacramento, who is happy to get February off to a winning start. Don't overlook the 13 points and 12 rebounds from Jason Thompson, who struggled to defend LaMarcus Aldridge but made sure to get some back on the other end.

Amar'e Stoudemire

When Amar'e Stoudemire flipped in a running left-handed scoop after drawing contact, it seemed like Thursday night just might be his night. He finished with 34 points and shot 16-for-27 from the field. New York's supporting cast is such that you don't raise your eyes too much at the shot attempt number these days, especially against an elite defense like Chicago's. Live and die by your best offensive weapons. What dragged Stoudemire down was his ill-advised late 3-pointer off of an inbounds play. A career 25.9 percent shooter, that was an inexcusable decision. Then again, maybe Thursday wasn't the night to nitpick his game, seeing as how it was the first time all season he scored more than 25 points.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks got hit with your typical "lockout" game, which is strange because they had a day off to prepare. Regardless all the signs were there: poor shooting, getting killed on the glass, lots of turnovers and an inability to get to the free throw line. Who played well in this one for Atlanta? Not Joe Johnson (-27 and 4-for-10 shooting). Not Jeff Teague (-20 on 2-for-7 shooting). Not anyone, really. Memphis crushed Atlanta, 58-38, in the paint and Marc Gasol finished with a whopping +40 on the night and Tony Allen wasn't far behind, with a +36. That's a steamroll right there.

Portland Trail Blazers

You might think that Portland's 3-9 road record speaks for itself but the nature of the losses is as damning as the final number. Fully in control of Thursday's game against Sacramento at the half, the Blazers fed LaMarcus Aldridge, who pounded the Kings' bigs mercilessly. Once Sacramento started doubling Aldridge, though, Portland's shooters couldn't hit a fish in a barrel. Wesley Matthews, Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton combined to shoot 3-16 from deep. Blazers coach Nate McMillan seems unable to generate any other offense late in games. If this team plans to live or die by the three, it will be dying quite a bit.
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:53 am
 

Report Card: Derrick Rose rolls over Knicks

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Derrick Rose carved up the Knicks on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Here's a quick rundown of Thursday night's NBA action. it was a light schedule, with just six games on the docket.

Derrick Rose

32 points, 13 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 turnovers. It was an interesting situation on Thursday night where the power of one scorer/distributor was greater than the power of two scorers. Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony combined for 60 points but took 53 shots to get it done,  and while Rose didn't shoot out of this world himself -- 12-for-26 -- his ball distribution made sure Chicago was above 50 percent as a team. He found Joakim Noah for a number of easy dunks with well-timed passes. Here's Ken Berger of CBSSports.com from Madison Square Garden on Rose's huge night. 

Denver Nuggets

A 21-point road win over L.A., even if the Clippers were on the back-to-back, is worth writing home about. Sometimes everything goes right. When Danilo Gallinari doesn't miss any of his five 3-point atempts and Timofey Mozgov doesn't miss a shot -- 5-for-5 -- while holding his own against L.A.'s frontline, Denver won't lose many games. For a team that shoots roughly league average from deep, they sure make 12-21 from outside look easy. Their reward is sole possession of the West's No. 2 seed.

Sacramento Kings

The Kings snapped a 5-game losing streak so it probably feels like an A+. This wasn't a perfect effort thanks to some porous first half defense, but Sacramento made a strong fourth quarter push, a run that proved there's enough room, in the right situation, for Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and John Salmons. Evans, who has struggled against Portland this season, compensated for a slow start with some physical drives late, and Thornton made up for an off shooting night by getting to the free throw line 12 times. Portland folded hard down the stretch but that doesn't much matter to Sacramento, who is happy to get February off to a winning start. Don't overlook the 13 points and 12 rebounds from Jason Thompson, who struggled to defend LaMarcus Aldridge but made sure to get some back on the other end.

Amar'e Stoudemire

When Amar'e Stoudemire flipped in a running left-handed scoop after drawing contact, it seemed like Thursday night just might be his night. He finished with 34 points and shot 16-for-27 from the field. New York's supporting cast is such that you don't raise your eyes too much at the shot attempt number these days, especially against an elite defense like Chicago's. Live and die by your best offensive weapons. What dragged Stoudemire down was his ill-advised late 3-pointer off of an inbounds play. A career 25.9 percent shooter, that was an inexcusable decision. Then again, maybe Thursday wasn't the night to nitpick his game, seeing as how it was the first time all season he scored more than 25 points.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks got hit with your typical "lockout" game, which is strange because they had a day off to prepare. Regardless all the signs were there: poor shooting, getting killed on the glass, lots of turnovers and an inability to get to the free throw line. Who played well in this one for Atlanta? Not Joe Johnson (-27 and 4-for-10 shooting). Not Jeff Teague (-20 on 2-for-7 shooting). Not anyone, really. Memphis crushed Atlanta, 58-38, in the paint and Marc Gasol finished with a whopping +40 on the night and Tony Allen wasn't far behind, with a +36. That's a steamroll right there.

Portland Trail Blazers

You might think that Portland's 3-9 road record speaks for itself but the nature of the losses is as damning as the final number. Fully in control of Thursday's game against Sacramento at the half, the Blazers fed LaMarcus Aldridge, who pounded the Kings' bigs mercilessly. Once Sacramento started doubling Aldridge, though, Portland's shooters couldn't hit a fish in a barrel. Wesley Matthews, Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton combined to shoot 3-16 from deep. Blazers coach Nate McMillan seems unable to generate any other offense late in games. If this team plans to live or die by the three, it will be dying quite a bit.
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Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:51 am
Edited on: January 31, 2012 10:51 am
 

Geoff Petrie done soon in Sacramento?

Posted by Royce Young

The Sacramento Kings are in a state of flux. Not only are they rebuilding and not only did they recently fire their coach, Paul Westphal, but they could potentially be relocating to another city.

The team has not done well since the peak of the Chris Webber era instead suffering through lottery season after season. Coaches have come and gone, but general manager Geoff Petrie, once considered one of the best in the game, has remained a constant. Well, now he could be the next thing to go, according to SBNation.com.
The Maloofs, who own the Sacramento Kings, have recently considered relieving longtime president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie of his position, multiple sources have told Sactown Royalty and SBNation.com. No move to replace Petrie, who has been the team's only personnel boss for the entirety of the Maloofs' ownership of the Kings, is imminent, but the family has, according to sources, reached out to a management agent within the past two weeks with eyes on lining up a successor.
It can't be surprising considering the massive failures within the Kings over the past five years. They've had four head coaches, they've been absolutely terrible and they have whiffed on a number of draft picks and free agent signings.

But with the threat of a potential move to Anaheim, there's just not much of a margin for error. You can blame coaches all you want, but sometimes it's a top down thing. And it starts with the Maloofs and then Petrie. The Maloofs aren't firing themselves, so next in line is the GM. The team isn't getting it done and so someone has to be held responsible. You can only fire so many coaches.
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Keith Smart and royal responsibility

By Matt Moore

I'm about to tell you why a 29-point loss was a good thing for a team that is 6-13. You may want to duck, I'm reaching so hard. The Kings lost 122-93 to the Nuggets Wednesday night. Amazingly, this was not the grossest figure for the Kings. They allowed 92 points in the paint. NINE.TEE.TWO. If you remove every single point the Denver Nuggets, primarily a perimeter, outside-in team scored Wednesday night, and kept all the points the Kings scored, Sacramento would have won by a single point. 

That's a nightmare. That's disgusting. That's horrific. That's ugly. That's disgraceful. That's depressing. That's unbelievable. That's so bad it's impressive.

Have  I mentioned that the Nuggets were without their starting center, Timofey Mozgov, who was attending the birth of his first child, and that two athletic wings in Arron Afflalo and Rudy Fernandez were out?

So how can this be a good thing? What possible good could have come from this? NBA.com relates that the Kings did not rest starters. They did not send out the scrubs. They made the team that was responsible for it live through it.
The final, insignificant moments of a blowout that had been decided before halftime were not so insignificant after all: coach Keith Smart played two Kings starters, Jason Thompson and Jimmer Fredette, all 12 minutes in the fourth quarter of the fourth game in six nights, and two others from the opening lineup, Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, eight and seven minutes, respectively. They made “the mess,” as Smart called it, so they could stay around to clean it up.

“I want them to understand,” Smart said. “You can’t escape this…. You can’t go hide on the bench."
via They Can’t Escape This « NBA.com | Hang Time Blog.

The Kings are playing better under Smart. You can't tell after games like Wednesday night. But there is more competitiveness, more cohesion. The Kings were missing their arguably second-best player, after all. But they are wildly inconsistent, as bad, young teams are. Smart making it clear that they are held to their actions is considerably huge. He can give them a pat on the butt and punish them through that debacle at the same time. Smart's not absolved here. And Smart took responsibility for it. 

 

"We have to be able to deal with it."

Smart's not angry in the presser, he's not calling players out, he's taking responsibility and apologizing to the fans. He's not overreacting to a a terrible, awful, no-good performance.  He know there are going to be nights like this. Teams need games like this to motivate them, to force the to learn. And not hiding from it, by saying "You're going to lose, but you're going to learn" from it is making a bad situation into something positive. 

The Kings are terrible, and may not improve any time soon. But it's fascinating to watch a coach working through it well, even at the lowest points.  
 
 
 
 
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