Saturday, October 22, 2005

Needing to Take Charge

A golden opportunity has come the Kings way and hopefully they can take advantage of it. The Phoenix Suns big man Amare Stoudemire will be out for the first 4 months of the season due to a knee injury, and so with that gap in the Suns lineup the Kings need to capitalize and take an early lead in the Pacific division. The Kings start their season on a 4 game road trip, but then spend most of the rest of the month at home with a mixture of good to mediocre teams. So now this is where I say the obvious thing, the Kings need to win the games against those lesser teams, i.e. New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors, and Charlotte Bobcats. It’s definitely going to be an exciting season in the Pacific division, it’s not going to be a lock like everyone thought it would be.

Monday, October 10, 2005

New Season With New Faces

The 2005-06 season for the Kings kicked off last Monday, with Media Day, but practice began that following Tuesday. The thing that seems to stand out the most right now is how deep the Kings seem to be with young talent. With the addition of rookie center Luke Schenscher, whom they claimed off of waivers from the Denver Nuggets, and rookie forward Eric Sandrin, for example. Keep an eye out for this team; they have a dangerous combination of enthusiastic young players filling right in with the experienced veterans.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Who’s Going to Run the Show?

Mike Bibby is due for an unbelievable year. Sure he’s always been a reliable point guard that did his job as expected. But this is the time for him to truly establish himself as one of the top 2 or 3 point guards in the league. Bibby has increased in his points per game, assists per game, and minutes per game every year since he’s been in Sacramento. Without Chris Webber there, traded last season to the Philadelphia 76ers, Bibby should be able to step up and play a more dominant role.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

An Old Friend Calls It Quits

Vlade Divac announced he was going to retire after 15 seasons. Divac said he was going to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach. So let’s remember this former comrade and the 7 great seasons he gave to the Kings. Divac only played 15 games last season for the Lakers because of injuries, and these injuries eventually led to the decision of hanging it up. In his first season with the Kings in 1998, Divac helped the Kings get back to the playoffs, and ever since then the Kings have been a playoff contender year in, year out. Vlade deserves the thanks and respect of the Kings organization and its fans.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Summer Time

Guess what the youngest player on the team has been doing in his off-season?

Shooting guard Kevin Martin has been preoccupied in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio. In honor of his NBA career his high school alma mater retired his jersey in May. He went around town talking to the youth of the city and was interviewed by the local news station, The Zanesville TimesRecorded. Soon it will be off to Sacramento to get ready for the 06’ season.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Who is Better?

A new debate has aroused my thoughts, a debate that will probably continue for ages to come. The question being; who is better Shaquille O’Neal or Wilt Chamberlin? Now before anyone decides to answer this question, one should take time to think about it. To think about all the factors that comes into play.

For one I am not a big fan of Shaq but the man is very good at what he does and will some day join Wilt in the Basketball Hall of Fame. But consider it was two different eras and two different styles. It is almost like comparing Joe Montana to Brett Favre, both great players but two different eras. So what do you all think?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Get Better

At the nice ol’ age of 57 is president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie, of the Sacramento Kings. Petrie had an angioplasty to remove the blockage that was found after he complained of chest pains to his wife.

Petrie started getting chest pains while he was running. He complained about tightness in his chest and it turned out to be a blocked artery in his heart.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

What the?

This is something I didn’t know about. There was a basketball fan, Mark Leidheisl, killed in a fist fight after a Sacramento Kings game in the Arco Arena parking lot. This guy was only 39 but apparently was drunk and on some type of opiate.

Who goes to basketball game on an opiate? Well the Sacramento Country District Attorney, Jan Scully, said the other men in the fight were defending themselves and not at all the aggressor. So no charges could be pressed nor were their any arrests.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

End of season quote

Brad Miller had something to say as well...
“It’s probably my second-hardest season basketball-wise and emotionally, with everything that goes into it, right behind winning 17 games in a year. It was just something that there was a mindset with everyone who was here at the beginning of the year thinking that we would make a run at a championship. But after everything that has happened, there was just a lot of curveballs. We would have never had guessed any of these moves that happened at the beginning of the year. It was just tough with all the injuries.”

Monday, May 09, 2005

We have come to and end

Here is what Peja Stojakovic had to say about this recent season and the offseason to come.
"I think we all should understand what our coach has done for us and for this organization and the city and maybe we should appreciate him more than we do. He should deserve more respect.”"

“"It was a weird season, losing three starters through free agency and trades, and having injuries—we tried to mix in new guys. Everything was a part of this year. Still we were able to make the playoffs as the sixth seed, we didn’t have home court advantage and Seattle played good basketball all year long. They deserved it and they played better basketball all series long.”"

“"I really believe that this team has talent. So what is going to bring next year, what kind of moves are going to be made— I don’t know. But I do believe that this team has talent.”"

What about the ffseason?
"Besides the regular things, for sure I need to work on my post game and get some new move into my repertoire and try to get better. It’s tough in Greece to find guys to play basketball because they’re all chasing around the beach and no one wants to play ball in the summertime.”"

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Being punished

Sacramento guard Cuttino Mobley was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Monday for making an obscene gesture toward fans at the end of the Kings' first-round playoff game at Seattle.

Mobley, who scored 22 points in an 87-82 loss, made the gesture after hitting a 3-pointer with 42.4 seconds to play that cut the SuperSonics' lead to 83-82.

Game 2 of the Kings-Sonics series is Tonight night in Seattle.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Kings Open can of Woop Ass

Kenny Thomas put up 32 points and 14 rebounds, a career-high, and Mike Bibby had 24 points and eight assists for the Sacramento Kings in there latest victory over the Los Angeles Lakers 124-105 this past Sunday.

The Kings picked apart their biggest rivals with 68 points in the second half and 51 percent shooting on the day and to top it off the Kings also 62 rebounds compared to the Lakers 32.

Since the Webber trade the teams has opened their offense a little more just with in the last 7 games the games at least made 118 points in five on those games. It looks like momentum will carry on into the playoffs for the kings.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

In to the Playoffs

The Kings have won 10 of the last 16 games and they did it with out C. Webb. The Kings have been playing with a lot more effort and a certain type of edge that is making their offense produce more so than it is has all season.

The Kings are holding the 5th seed for the playoff spot right now. The West is by far the more competitive conference, for example the Kings are in at the 5 spot with a 46-30 record as to were Washing is in with a 41-33 record with the rest of the East at mid range stats.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Skinner, Thomas outperform Webber

By Ric Bucher, ESPN The Magazine
Chris Webber returned to Arco Arena on Monday night and showed why Kings fans developed such deep-seated feelings about him during a seven-year run that lifted an afterthought of a team to a perennial playoff contender.

He also showed why the Kings are better off without him.

Webber, dealt to the Sixers in February as part of a six-player trade, finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes, but then the man has always been able to wield that pterodactyl's wingspan and massive mitts to fill a stat sheet. He also can be damn entertaining, whether it's with his dramatic facial expressions or moves truly audacious for someone listed as 6-foot-10 and 245 pounds.

It's when he gets those numbers that has long raised skepticism about his superstar status. Monday night's 118-109 Kings' victory only provided more fodder: The Sixers trailed by two going into the fourth quarter. Webber played nine minutes in the final period and contributed one rebound and three points. The Kings led 102-97 when Webber returned from a three-minute breather, replacing Marc Jackson. Less than two minutes after that, Sacramento had made a 9-0 run and put the game away.

Webber has sometimes been forgotten in the Sixers' offense while Allen Iverson runs rampant, but that wasn't the case here. Webber wasn't ready for an Iverson pass, producing one turnover. The next came when Kyle Korver tried to feed him in the post and Webber couldn't reach the ball. An air ball jump hook over Kenny Thomas followed.

To make it all worse, Brian Skinner and Thomas made it look as if they should've been the featured players in the deal. Skinner had 13 points and 19 rebounds, and Thomas chipped in 20 and 15, along with coaxing Webber, single coverage and all, into an 8-for-26 shooting performance.

"Maybe they won't say it, but they both had a bounce to their step," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They were ready to play."

For Webber, meanwhile, file this one under the heading: Not Getting It Done. Or, maybe: Same Old, Same Old.

But if you're more into the WWE than W's and L's – and, for some reason, that seemed to be the theme – Webber delivered. Before the game, he focused on distributing 30 or so tickets to friends. After the game, he talked about his love for Sacramento and the friendships with Kings teammates that will endure, although it's worth noting that none got together with him when he arrived in town Sunday night. He hit some early jumpers and made a couple of strong fourth-quarter drives to get to the free-throw line for his three points, but otherwise he made GM Geoff Petrie appear to be a freakin' genius.

Even Adelman, who goes the extra mile to be diplomatic, couldn't disguise how little concern Webber warranted. "I told the team, it's all about how we play," he said. "After seven years, I know what Chris is going to do and where he's going to be. As you may have noticed, their offense is centered around Allen Iverson."

The night's emotions were centered on Webber, though, and everybody went along with it. The fans gave him a standing ovation of nearly a minute upon his introduction, the first half of which Webber whispered in Korver's ear as if to distract himself. These, after all, were fans who booed him when he tried to play his way back into form on his bad wheel last year and disrupted the flow the Kings had developed without him.

The fans outlasted him, though, forcing Webber to look up and around the arena and applaud them in return. A nice gesture, to be sure, though with Webber you never quite know what's sincere and what is simply the role he has chosen to play for the night.

Once the ball went up, he reverted to his long-running I'm-a-badass persona, a recurring role he first broke out with the Fab Five in Michigan. This time, though, he didn't play it with the same intensity seen in his first meetings with the Wizards, say, after they traded him or the first few times he faced Don Nelson after his exodus from the Warriors. He buried a 20-foot jumper 11 seconds into the game, then peered around Skinner to glower at former teammate Mike Bibby, as if to say, "Bring it." When Bibby drove for a layup, Webber stepped over to challenge the shot and knocked Bibby on his back in the follow-through, as if to say, "Don't think I won't." Or maybe it was: "Yeah, I didn't do much of that when I was here this season, but that doesn't mean I can't."

Then, when Peja Stojakovic came at him on a breakaway and missed a leaner, Webber grabbed the rebound and smirked, as if to say, "I told you he was soft." This being the Peja he vaguely accused last summer of not being tough enough and thereby contributing to why the Kings never reached the NBA Finals. When another turnover produced another Stojakovic drive on Webber, Stojakovic finished this one and drew a foul. Webber patted referee Gary Zielinski on the butt, said, "Good call," then sneered all the way back to the 76ers' bench. A little later, he grabbed a rebound and bounce passed it behind his back to Iverson while staring at the Kings' bench, as if to say, "Yeah, you once had a big man who could that."

All that, though, proved to be merely for show. If he really held any animosity or resentment toward his former teammates, it had dissipated by the second quarter. By the fourth quarter, so had his effectiveness. That left the door open for the other guys in the deal – Thomas and Skinner – to demonstrate that they had some emotions tied up in the night, as well. Skinner also played nine minutes in the final period, only his line read: five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocked shots, two points.

It is, of course, only one night, and 76ers coach Jim O'Brien is gradually finding a way to take advantage of Webber's strengths and protect his weaknesses. The Sixers no longer blitz pick-and-rolls but force the ball to the baseline, saving Webber from having to jump out and back – since he can't. While Iverson remains their offensive focal point, they mixed in enough plays for Webber against the Kings to keep him happy.

But the Kings clearly aren't mourning his absence. They are playing with the zest of men freed from bondage. Maybe they aren't any more of a threat to win a title this year than they were with him – but the way they looked Monday night, they certainly aren't any less.

As one visiting scout suggested, upon hearing the standing ovation: "I wonder if they're applauding that he's gone."

Sunday, March 06, 2005

In a Slump

It might have been the double-digit scoring from all five of Miami starters that led to a ugly 104 - 83 loss for the Sacramento Kings.

Even though Mike Bibby had 22 points and seven assists for Sacramento and Cuttino Mobley had 17 points with Peja Stojakovic adding 15. The Kings still missed starting center Brad Miller. Miller was sidelined for the third straight game due a sore calf, making Kings depend mostly on jump shots.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Why...

I have no idea or explanation why GM Geoff Petrie decided it would be in the best interest for the team to trade Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76's for Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner.

Who?

I mean Petrie didn't even seem like he knew the guys he just acquired when announcing the trade. I mean the trade didn't even help with the cap room nor did help Sacramento for a playoff push...

I just don't get it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Kings Struggle

from Foxsports.com
Maybe the Sacramento Kings could have used a few more days off. After a long weekend of relaxation, they barely had enough energy to hold off the team with the NBA's worst record.

Chris Webber scored 30 points, Mike Bibby had 23 and the Kings beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-104 on Tuesday night for just their second victory in eight games.
Though Sacramento was relieved when time finally ran out on a much-needed win, nobody celebrated.

After a series of lackluster efforts leading up to the All-Star weekend, where no Kings were invited for the first time since 1992, they needed a fourth-quarter rally to finish off the lowly Hawks' 16th straight road loss.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Kings Thwarted by Suns in Thiller

from Kings.com
Chris Webber posted a second consecutive triple-double Tuesday, putting up 24 points, 10 boards and 12 assists against the Suns. But the Kings were foiled as Brad Miller's game-tying attempt was blocked as time expired, leaving Sacramento with a 125-123 loss. Mike Bibby paced the team with 27 points; Cuttino Mobley went 5-of-7 from behind the arc for 20 points.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

King on Top

The Kings where without Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic, who happened to be All-stars, going into Minnesota this past Sunday.

That didn’t matter, even though the Kings record before Sunday night in T’wolves territory was (2-12) in their last 14 regular season games there.
"Whenever we have people down, people step up,"- Mike Bibby

Brad Miller was one of those people as he posted 15 boards and had 27 points to help push the Kings to a 94-84 victory over KG and the Timberwolves.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Welcome Wagon

It seems that Cuttino Mobley has done well in adjusting with his new team, the Sacramento Kings. In his second outing Mobley had 19 points to help push the Kings to a 89-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Of course Mobley could not have done it all by himself, Chris Webber came though and led the Sacramento Kings with 23 points and 14 boards. The Kings have now won four straight games and have won the past 8 of 10 games.
"I'm having fun. I'm lovin' it. I'm just trying to do what they want me to do out there. That's score and get some energy. Maybe when you are on a winning team, your defense shows up better." - Mobley
Mobley sunk 5 of 12 field goals, but the most important being a vital 3-pointer that gave the Kings 85-83 lead with 59.6 seconds left, and he finished his solid effort with a couple of free throws to put "the nail in the coffin" with 26 seconds left.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Kings on the Rise

NBA.com
Faced with an ever-diminishing number of teammates, Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bibby did all they could Tuesday to get their team a win.

Stojakovic scored 27 points and Bibby added 18 and seven assists as the undermanned Sacramento Kings posted a 109-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

The triumph was the Kings' 17th straight at home against the Nuggets and made them winners in their first game since shipping Doug Christie to the Orlando Magic on Monday in exchange for Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley.

While star forward Chris Webber sat out to rest his sore left knee, Mobley and Bradley had yet to arrive in town, leaving the Kings with just nine players in uniform.

Stojakovic stepped up, scoring 10 points in the first quarter and nine in the closing minutes. His 3-pointer with 6:24 left snapped an 89-89 tie and gave Sacramento the lead for good.

Bibby left the game with 9:40 remaining after turning his ankle following a driving layup, and Denver quickly took advantage with a 9-0 run that tied the game, 85-85. A hobbled Bibby returned at the 7:54 mark, just before Stojakovic put the Kings ahead to stay.

Afterward, Bibby indicated he would be ready for Thursday's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sacramento clinched the game with free throws in the final minutes as Denver missed several point-blank opportunities against a zone defense, which had stalled the Nuggets much of the first half.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Kings top Spurs

A well deserved win.

With an 86 - 81 win over the Spurs, the Kings managed to dodge a bullet with Stojakovic leading the way. Though it is only the second win against a team with a winning record. The last time was against the Lakers on Novomber 26.

So this really is a good way to start the New Year.