At 36, Kings forward Matt Barnes admits that it takes longer to recover from the rigors of basketball than it used to. With sore ribs, courtesy of a Draymond Green elbow, Barnes played in just one preseason game, but had a full, a live practice Sunday and will be ready for the season opener Wednesday at Phoenix.
After giving up the league’s most points per game last season, the Kings are learning a new defensive system under first-year coach Dave Joerger. They no longer just want to talk about playing good defense. They want to put the talk into action.
Dave Joerger has a chance to succeed with the Kings, or at least stick around for more than a couple of seasons, for one reason: Both principal owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac endorsed his hiring. But for Joerger to thrive, both owner and GM must have his back.
The Kings open the regular season Wednesday in Phoenix. But with so much to learn about new coach Dave Joerger’s system, the Kings aren’t putting much emphasis on the Suns, yet. The priority is still to understand the new system better.
Former Sacramento Kings forward Kenny Thomas is part of an ownership group that opened El Rey, a Mexican eatery. The location near Golden 1 Center was major factor in his decision to get involved. A third restaurant is under construction in the same building.
Join a live chat with Sacramento Bee Kings beat writer Jason Jones as he previews the team’s 2016-17 season. Bring your questions and comments for Jason. The chat begins at 11 a.m. Monday, October 24. Follow the Kings at www.sacbee.com/sacramento-kings
The Sacramento Kings said Thursday they’ve bought controlling interest in the Reno Bighorns, their affiliate in the NBA Development League. The Kings and Bighorns have been affiliated for eight years, since the founding of the Reno team, and Sacramento has controlled the Bighorns’ basketball operations since 2013. With the deal announced Thursday, “the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns,” the team said.
Trade rumors are part of the NBA, and the latest speculation has Kings forward Rudy Gay going to the Miami Heat. Kings coach Dave Joerger scoffed at the rumors, saying he’d like to keep Gay. Gay said he will continue to practice and perform as a member of the Kings, adding, “It’s out of my control.”
Speculation from Sacramento to Miami has Rudy Gay, along with teammate Darren Collison, being traded to the Heat for point guard Goran Dragic. After practice on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, Gay responded to those rumors by saying he's not concerned about the trade rumors and he's preparing to begin the season as if he'll remain in Sacramento all season.
As Darren Collison begins his eighth season he is as confident as he’s been in the NBA. The veteran is having a good preseason and credits new coach Dave Joerger and playing with experienced teammates for his play.
Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson said he looks forward to the start of the season with the Kings after he was excused by Vlade Divac for 'personal issues' and hopes to improve his shooting after a poor outing in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers 92-89 in Sacramento on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Golden 1 Center.
The Sacramento Kings look to wrap up the preseason with a fourth-straight exhibition victory. The team hosts the Los Angeles Clippers tonight (Oct. 18, 2016) in Golden 1 Center. Here are the expected matchups among both team's projected starters: