Thoughts, observations and quick hits on interesting moments, events and developments that occurred during the previous week.
Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive, one of the NBA’s leading experts on technology and software, will join rookie Ben McLemore at this weekend’s All-Star Game festivities in New Orleans. McLemore is among the participants in Saturday night’s annual Slamdunk contest. Ranadive, the CEO of TIBCO and first-year owner of the Kings, is among the featured panelists at the invitation-only technology summit Friday morning.
Between snowstorms, a slam-dunk contest that includes Ben McLemore, an All-Star Game that may or may not include DeMarcus Cousins and four games in East Coast cities, some of the questions pertaining to the 2013-14 Kings should be answered.
New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will arrive in Sacramento on Wednesday late in the morning or early in the afternoon – if an approaching East Coast snowstorm doesn’t delay or cancel his charter flight from New York.
Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who takes over for David Stern on Feb. 1, already is making organizational changes. In the most significant of a handful of internal moves, Silver promoted longtime league executive Mark Tatum to Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. There had been some speculation that Silver would scrap the position when he assembled his new staff. Instead, he opted to retain the spot for the executive who is referred to within the league as the first lieutenant.
NBA Commissioner David Stern is spending the final hours of his 30-year tenure the way one might have expected. The party is on. The private celebration Tuesday night in Manhattan was attended by past and present league executives and owners who are closest to the Commissioner.
While Charles Smith apparently is having second thoughts about accompanying Dennis Rodman and a handful of former NBA players to Pyongyang, North Korea, for an exhibition game scheduled for Wednesday, Doug Christie didnt express any such reservations during a brief cell phone conversation with his wife, Jackie.
Former Kings star Vlade Divac’s father killed in auto accident in Serbia
This DeMarcus Cousins/Derrick Rose situation has been blown way out of proportion.
In another life, DeMarcus Cousins might have been an actor. The camera finds him for every one of those dramatic shoves, elbows, frowns, shrieks, head-shaking moments.