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Updated: 2018-02-19T09:20:57-08:00

 



Vivek Ranadivé discusses the DeMarcus Cousins trade, Vlade Divac’s performance and more

2018-02-19T09:20:57-08:00

Vivek discusses the past, the present, and the future of the Kings Sacramento Kings owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé opened up to the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin for a wide-ranging discussion. Vivek discussed his plans to bring an All-Star game to Sacramento, the decision to trade DeMarcus Cousins, Vlade Divac’s performance, and the future of the team. The Kings chairman has been far less present in the media lately, and it’s interesting to get his take on the state of the team. We’ll delve into some specifics, but I’d encourage you to read the full article before proceeding. On the decision to trade DeMarcus Cousins: That was my hardest decision so far, because DeMarcus was an All-Star, he had been here a long time and the fans haven’t had a winning team for so long. I really felt for the fans. But our front office had a plan – and it’s not a secret. We’re a small market. You build through the draft. This meant that we were entering a total rebuilding (phase). And I think it was the right thing for us... ...But I absolutely support (Divac’s) vision. The worst thing is to be stuck in the middle.” Ok, fair enough. This doesn’t address if the Kings maximized their return and it doesn’t address why the Kings didn’t blow it up earlier, but the middle is a really bad place to be for a small market team. Ailene, to her credit, follows that response by asking about the team’s struggles in the draft, specifically missing on Papagiannis. Vivek responded Again, look, I didn’t know who Papa was. But when Vlade explained what the thinking was, that they were not in love with anybody after No. 7 that year, and he had followed this (Bogdan) Bogdanovic kid for a long time … He felt that if he got the rights to that kid, that it was worth whatever the No. 8 could have been. That was not a great draft, as you recall. And we got also a second-round pick and Skal (Labissiere). And, listen, this is not a guaranteed business. There is always some luck involved in the draft. And this is where Vivek begins to lose me. As has been rehashed ad nauseam around here lately, the fact that 2016 was a bad draft doesn’t excuse that Papagiannis was a baffling pick at the time and in hindsight. There’s always luck in the draft, but there’s also the problem of making a bad selection. What I do find interesting about this answer is that, if we take Vivek at his word, he trusted Vlade to make the draft decisions. This could be putting it on Vlade to protect himself, but I certainly find it more believable that Vlade was infatuated with Bogdan and Papagiannis rather than those being decisions driven by Vivek. This next question I’m going to include the full question and the full answer. I want to credit Ailene again here, because I think this is a good question that doesn’t pull any punches. Q: So how do you assess Vlade’s performance? He has been criticized for some of his moves, including the trade with Philadelphia that cost your club its first-round pick in 2019, Papagiannis, as well as his decision to spend considerable sums last summer on aging veterans Zach Randolph ($24 million, two years) and Vince Carter ($8 million, one year). Some also believe he should have gotten more for Cousins. That said, he also has received props within the industry for drafting Willie Cauley-Stein, acquiring Bogdanovic and creating salary-cap flexibility. There is no consensus on Labissiere yet and while the early reviews are favorable, it’s too early to evaluate 2017 picks (De’Aaron) Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and Frank Mason. A: So, when Vlade came into the job, he was coming in as more of a culture guy, Sacramento basketball royalty. I felt it would be great to have somebody Sacramentans love and respect. At the time Pete (D’Alessandro) was there, but then he left just before the draft (2015) and Vlade had to scramble. But I had full confidence that Vlade would surround himself with smart, talented people, and I think he has done that with Brandon (Williams) and K[...]



2018 NBA All-Star Game Thread

2018-02-18T16:30:02-08:00

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A bunch of non-Kings players are playing in a game today at 5 p.m. on TNT.




All-Star Saturday Open Thread

2018-02-17T16:30:02-08:00

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Go Buddy!

It’s All-Star Saturday, and that means we get to enjoy the Skills Challenge, the 3 Point Shootout, and the Dunk Contest. Buddy Hield will participate in the Skills Challenge.




The Sacramento Kings roster as pronounced by Chris Webber

2018-02-17T09:31:41-08:00

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article written by Axis Yorkostan

Bunyan Bunyanovic

Deron Fox

Bunny Heel

Gary Temple

Billy Frankenstein

Bobby Jackson

Harry Styles

Cole Laboosterseat

Zach Randolphlundgren

Jafarr Simpson

Human Shroompert

Frank Masonill (think about it)

Bruno Cabernet

Costco Doofus

Jack Coolovic

Vince Carter




Bogdan Bogdanovic named MVP as Team World beats Team USA 155 to 124

2018-02-16T20:08:37-08:00

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Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield carried their team to victory

NBA All-Star Friday night was a treat for Kings fans as three Sacramento Kings faced off in an exhibition between some of the best and brightest of the NBA’s young stars. Bogdan Bogdanovic caught fire from long range, making 7 of 13 threes en route to 26 points and 6 assists. Many of those threes were from well beyond the three point arc, and the performance was enough to win Bogdanovic MVP honors.

There’s an argument to be made that Buddy Hield should have been co-MVPs with Bogdan, as Buddy scored a team-high 29 points for team world and showcased some nice dribbling moves too that might come in handy for tomorrow night’s Skills Competition.

De’Aaron Fox scored just 4 points for Team USA but did have a nice dunk in the first half of the game.

The talent on showcase tonight was really fun to watch from both teams, and it’s a good sign for the future of the NBA and hopefully, for the Sacramento Kings.




Rising Stars Game Thread

2018-02-16T17:30:02-08:00

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Go De’Aaron, Bogdan and Buddy!

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. PST on TNT.




Bogdan Bogdanovic isn’t intimidated by the speed of the NBA, or taking big shots

2018-02-16T10:22:15-08:00

Bogdan Bogdanovic is proving he belongs The game is tied at 96-96 with 55 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The shot clock is at three seconds. Two defenders collapse on Bogdan Bogdanovic to push him back off the three-point line. He sees the clock, dribbles once to his left and releases a shot. As the shot clock buzzer goes off, the ball drains through the net. The crowd inside Golden 1 Center erupts as he walks backward and puts three fingers in the air. His three helps the Kings complete a 104-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls after overcoming a 21-point deficit. The Kings rookie likes to take big shots, so much so he tries to end every practice with a “crazy” shot like this one. He refers to such shots as the easiest because there is nothing else you can do in the situation other than shoot. Kings head coach Dave Joerger appreciates that “Bogi” likes big moments, but this isn’t the only facet of the game that Joerger and his teammates like about Bogdanovic’s game. It is easily discovered when you listen to how they talk about him: “Playmaker.” “We feel comfortable when he has the ball and he’s running the offense.” “Makes the right play.” “Defensively, he gets after it.” “Great teammate.” “Get a guy open shots.” “Plays with that edge.” “Shooting.” We’ll get to these full quotes in a bit, but these qualities as a whole aren’t necessarily what you would expect to turn up so quickly in a rookie. Bogdanovic isn’t really a rookie in the true sense though. He is 25 years old and played professional basketball for Serbia for years before arriving in the NBA, which obviously helps. The entertainment aspect of the NBA and the business side of things he saw during the trade deadline are aspects of the league that sometimes take him by surprise, but what is happening on the floor isn’t all that surprising to him. That isn’t to say that the transition into the NBA is easy, but he is sure making it look that way. Bogdanovic is averaging 11.5 points, 3.2 assists 2.7 rebounds, and 1 steal while shooting 46 percent from the field. “The speed of the game for a guy coming from overseas – each guy takes their own amount of time,” Joerger said. “Some guys it’s two years, some guys it’s two weeks, and he’s learning.” If you ask Bogdanovic, he says that the speed of the NBA isn’t all that difficult. “It’s not something like unreal – I feel like I’m in that speed of the NBA, but always I think I can play better,” said Bogdanovic, who the Kings obtained the draft rights to from the Phoenix Suns when they traded Marquese Chriss, the No. 8 pick, in the 2016 NBA Draft. Maybe the speed of the NBA isn’t much a problem because of his basketball I.Q., as San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged last month: “He really understands innately how to play the game. He’s just built for it mentally, whether it’s shooting the ball or understanding spatial arrangements on the court, who he’s playing with, what shot’s good, what shot’s not, how to play with his teammates. He’s really got a high basketball IQ. On top of that, he’s got good skills. He handles the ball, he passes, he shoots. He doesn’t have any fear, he’s not intimidated by the NBA and he comes right in and plays.” Everything Popovich described are reasons why Bogdanovic, along with De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, has been selected to participate in the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game during NBA All-Star Weekend. Bogdanovic’s relationship with Hield is a good example of how his competitive spirit on the floor and light-hearted nature off the floor is contagious in the locker room. During some recent banter, Bogdanovic challenged his backcourt mate about his knowledge of professional soccer (fútbol as Bogi knows it), and Hield gladly accepted the challenge by r[...]



All-Star Weekend 2018 Prediction Contest

2018-02-16T08:49:10-08:00

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Let us know your predictions for All-Star weekend!

It’s time for the annual All-Star weekend prediction contest, which yes, is part of the actual prediction contest. The name of the events will link to their official information pages so you know who the contestants are.

Rising Stars:

1. Predict the winner (Team World or Team USA), Predict the MVP, and Predict how many points De’Aaron Fox will score (1 point for each correct guess, 3 points for two correct guesses and 5 points for all correct)

2. Predict Bogdan Bogdanovic’s Assists and Buddy Hield’s 3PA (1 point for each correct guess, 3 points for both correct)

Skills Competition:

1. Predict the winner from each bracket and predict the overall winner (1 point for each correct guess, 4 points for all correct)

2. Predict what place Buddy will finish in (5 points for a correct guess)

Three Point Shootout:

1. Predict the winner and the runner-up (1 point for each correct guess, 4 points for all correct)

Slam Dunk Contest:

1. Predict the winner and the runner-up (1 point for each correct guess, 4 points for all correct)

All-Star Game:

1. Predict the winner (1 point)

2. Predict the Final Score (2 points for getting either team correct, 5 points for getting both correct)

3. Predict the Leading Scorer (1 point)

4. Predict the Leading Assister (1 point)

5. Predict the MVP (1 point)

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Good luck, and have fun!