Kings coach Keith Smart and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro meet before the game. Smart's contract has one year left, but his fate is up in the air given the uncertainty over the team's ownership.


Should Mayor Kevin Johnson have his jersey retired at a new downtown Kings arena?

Leading Off: Is this the last we'll see of Smart?

Published: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 21, 2013 - 7:46 am

This, that and the other thing …

• If Keith Smart looks a bit uncomfortable representing the Kings at today's NBA draft lottery in New York, it's understandable.

With Geoff Petrie likely in his final days as the Kings' basketball president, his replacement probably will replace Smart before the first season of the Vivek Ranadive era.

Maybe Smart should polish up his résumé and pass it around to the other lottery teams.

You know, just in case.

• My friend and former colleague Don Drysdale recalled Monday morning that the last time the Kings held the No. 1 pick was when they selected "Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison in 1989.

Ellison wasn't a consensus top choice, much as there isn't one in this draft. And just as Sacramento missed out on Shawn Kemp, Tim Hardaway and Glen Rice in 1989, the Kings – no matter if they pick No. 1 or No. 6 – will be lucky to land a future All-Star in this dart board of a draft.

Whomever the Kings pick, he can't be as bad as "Out of Service" Pervis turned out.

• Sixty-two percent of readers who participated in a Leading Off poll in February said Mayor Kevin Johnson should have his jersey retired at a new downtown arena if he kept the Kings from leaving town.

Now that he did it, along with getting new Kings ownership, should Johnson have his jersey retired?

What to watch

NBA draft lottery, 5:30 p.m., ESPN: The Kings are here for the seventh straight season.

Today's poll

Should Mayor Kevin Johnson have his jersey retired at a new downtown Kings arena?

• Yes, he deserves it.

• No, Kings players only.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field

Monday's results

Where will the Kings land in the NBA lottery?

• First: 25%

• Second: 9%

• Third: 13%

• Fourth: 8%

• Fifth: 9%

• Sixth or worse: 36%

Total votes: 543

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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