The Sacramento City Council provided mostly glowing reviews Tuesday night of the city’s plan to help finance a new downtown sports arena for the Kings.

Finding and acquiring top players will be a challenge

Sacramento Kings officials held a training and outreach session Wednesday morning with community and faith-based groups to begin recruiting workers from “high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods” for the construction of the new arena.

Rick Adelman deserved a better exit. After winning 50 or more games for five consecutive seasons – including a 61-21 record in the 2001-02 season that ended agonizingly close to an NBA championship – Adelman was fired after the Kings went 44-38 in 2005-06.

The price tag for the new Sacramento Kings arena just went up, and the team’s development deal with the city has undergone significant changes.

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As the Kings’ franchise player, he needs to become the team’s biggest recruiter and selling point for free agents

After missing the playoffs eight consecutive seasons and finishing with a 28-54 record for the second year in a row, there were plenty of reasons for the Kings’ “repeat” performance: Sluggish offense. Shaky defense. Too little passing. Too many blown opportunities on the home court.

Records and stats final regular season.

For the first time, the NBA this season will reveal the ballots cast by media members for its annual postseason awards. But even before they’re released, here are my selections for the 2013-14 season:

With a climactic City Council vote just weeks away, Sacramento officials plan to release an update Monday on the city’s negotiations with the Kings over the planned $448 million arena at Downtown Plaza.

Is anyone at Sleep Train Arena actually getting any sleep these days? Didn’t think so. Barely hours into the offseason, which will be far less traumatizing than the previous three years for obvious reasons – the league just said no to relocation! – the Kings owners and front-office executives are staring into the teeth of three significant personnel issues.

Sacramentans crammed into Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday night to watch the Kings wrap up their eighth consecutive losing season. Unlike last year’s finale, when a possible move to Seattle was under discussion, the mood was almost purely celebratory.

Join The Bee's Jason Jones at noon today to discuss the Kings' just-completed NBA season. Was it what you expected? Are you optimistic about next season? Join the live chat and share your thoughts and questions with Jason.

The message was made clear nearly a year ago when Michael Malone was hired as coach.

Though the Kings weren’t close to making the playoffs again this season, they were the only team in the NBA with three players who averaged at least 20 points.

Late Royals great was known for his all-around skills

The season is over. Now on to to the top priorities for the offseason.

DeMarcus Cousins should be seated at the dinner table right now, elbowing for space and fighting for the entrees alongside Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones and other reporters and observers as they provide live updates and highlights from tonight's season-ending game between the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena.

A look at today’s Kings game vs. Phoenix; including: broadcast information, three keys to the game and probable starters.

For the eighth consecutive season, the Kings will stagger across the regular-season finish line Wednesday, clutching airline tickets long ago punched for summer vacation instead of a trip to the playoffs.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins must serve his automatic one-game suspension after being called for his 16th technical foul of the season, the NBA announced Monday. Cousins will miss the season finale Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns and will not be allowed inside Sleep Train Arena for the game, per league rules.

The number of flashing digital billboards along Sacramento freeways could double as the result of a deal nearing completion between the city and the Sacramento Kings. The plan will allow the Kings to erect six changeable-display signs over the next few years. It’s part of a larger agreement being negotiated between the city and the team’s owners to build a $448 million arena in Downtown Plaza.

The NBA announced Monday Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended for Wednesday’s season finale against the Phoenix Suns for being assessed his 16th technical foul of the season.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will serve a one-game suspension in Wednesday night's season finale against the Phoenix Suns, NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn announced Monday afternoon.

The Kings had collectively patted center DeMarcus Cousins on the back for going 22 games without a technical foul.

Barring a reprieve from the NBA, tonight was DeMarcus Cousins’ last game of the season. Cousins was called for his 16th technical foul in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 106-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena. That technical foul means Cousins is suspended for Wednesday’s season finale against Phoenix.

Michael Malone doesn’t know Rick Adelman well. But when Malone was hired last year as coach of the Kings, it was Adelman, a former Kings coach, who reached out to him.

The Kings will have guard Isaiah Thomas available for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

These days, the exciting, fast-paced, winning brand of basketball in Southern California is played by the Los Angeles Clippers.

There is a generation of fans young enough not to remember Vince Carter as one of the NBA’s most exciting players.

If the speculation is true and Rick Adelman retires when the regular season ends this week, he can’t just slip out a side door this time. Not again.

A look at today’s Kings game vs. Minnesota; including: broadcast information, three keys to the game and probable starters.

Isaiah Thomas isn’t ready for his season to end. The point guard missed his 10th consecutive game Saturday because of a right quadriceps contusion when the Kings lost to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.. But he could return for Wednesday’s season finale against Phoenix.

Before today’s game, Kings coach Michael Malone called Clippers guard Chris Paul the best point guard in the NBA.

The depth of Spurs should not be overrated after San Antonio clinched the NBA’s best record while resting its star players.

Watch a replay of The Bee's Jason Jones and other reporters and observers as they provide live updates and highlights from tonight's game between the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena.

Time: 6 p.m.

The Kings are at Staples Center for “Lob City.”

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones and other reporters and observers as they provide live updates and highlights from today's game between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Coverage on our live blog begins at 11:30 a.m. Gametime is 12:30 p.m.

Ray McCallum has certainly made the Kings’ backcourt situation more interesting. In a region known for its farm-to-fork phenomenon, what we have here is a good old-fashioned bake-off between a rookie on a late-season tear and a popular starter (Isaiah Thomas) who could sell pepperoni pizza to a vegetarian.

Time: 12:30 p.m.

The Sacramento Kings’ downtown $448 million arena dream took a step toward reality Thursday with initial City Hall approval of the building design and hundreds of pages of planning and environmental documents, zoning changes and variances.

There was a moment late in Wednesday night’s loss at Portland that captured everything the Kings want from Derrick Williams on the court.

When Vivek Ranadive became the majority owner of the Kings, he said he wanted to make DeMarcus Cousins famous in his native India.

The Kings announced they will play the Brooklyn Nets in two preseason games in China in October.

There was no questioning the effort this time. One night after a lackluster fourth quarter against Oklahoma City, the Kings showed resolve Wednesday night, overcoming a 15-point deficit to take the lead in the final two minutes.

Sacramento’s planned downtown sports and entertainment arena just got more compact, shorter, and, according to its architect, better.

A coalition of unions and their supporters pressed Sacramento city officials Wednesday to ensure that at least portions of the so-called “ancillary development” surrounding the new Kings arena be unionized, particularly the proposed hotel.

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