The USA Basketball team who took the floor against Finland today was supposed to be one of the weaker iterations of the American powerhouse that’s won the last World Championship (now called the FIBA World Cup), and the last two Olympic gold medals. That said, they dominated Finland on Saturday with some stellar defense, and the last addition to the team, after Paul George went down, Rudy Gay, even skied for a pretty one-handed thump. Read More »
Before Mike Krzyzewski took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge with the help of his grandkids, Coach K called-out members of Team USA to do the same. Just a few days later, Steph Curry and five of his teammates have already taken Krzyzewski up on his offer. Read More »
During a USA Basketball scrimmage in practice today, Kings power forward and FIBA World Cup hopeful DeMarcus Cousins, went down with a right knee injury. While the extent of the damage isn’t yet known — he’ll have what USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo called a “precautionary” MRI — he didn’t appear to be in a lot of pain. Teammate and recent USA Basketball invitee, Rudy Gay hopes Boogie was “just being a drama queen.” Read More »
The withdrawals of presumptive Team USA locks Kevin Love and Blake Griffin from the 2014 FIBA World Cup were one thing. Coach Mike Krzyzewski has always preferred to utilize a nominal, athletic power forward in the Carmelo Anthony mold as opposed to more traditional big men alongside a true center, which is why the absences of Paul George and Kevin Durant loom so large. USA Basketball’s best available options to play that crucial role are gone, and the country’s most logical if less optimal replacements – Love and Griffin – never came. Read More »
In the wake of Kevin Durant’s abrupt departure from USA Basketball, the national program has added Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay to its group of finalists for the 2014 FIBA World Cup squad. Read More »
/ Jul 17, 2014 / 1:45 pm
The Kings are again looking to make a deal for Detroit’s underwhelming 2013 free agent acquisition, Josh Smith. The two clubs recently returned to a deal they had discussed last month, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein. We’re not so sure the deal works for Sacramento, though. Read More »
The Sacramento Kings want Rudy Gay back next season. But first, they have to wait for him to decide on a player option which would net him $19.3 million next season. Either way, the organization made their desire to keep Gay in the fold for the long run very clear on Tuesday.
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Sacramento might be lottery-bound again this summer, but when it comes to sneakers, they’re right up there with some of the best teams in the league. DeMarcus Cousins is considered one of the NBA’s biggest sneakerheads and Isaiah Thomas is always debuting some dope Reebok PEs. Add in the trade that brought Rudy Gay to California and you can see why the Kings had to be a destination for Nice Kicks‘ ongoing “Sole Access” series. Read More »
If you watched the NCAA tournament this past weekend, you had the chance to witness that the best teams do not always win. We saw Duke lose to a 14-seeded Mercer team that destroyed all of our brackets, while also witnessing Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Wichita State all fall early.
Having the best talent can only get you so far when it comes to tournament time. In a tournament where anything can happen, it takes a great team that plays together to win the NCAA title–not just a group of individuals. Read More »
/ Feb 27, 2014 / 4:45 pm
While the players receive all of the attention on the court, it is the general managers who construct the teams off the court, in hopes of leading their organizations to great success. Without these executives, it is difficult to fathom how professional franchises would properly function.
At the end of each season, the NBA gives out the Executive of the Year award, which is voted on by executives of the league’s 30 teams. The season is now closer to completion than it is to its start, and the race this year is certainly tight. Read More »