TAG: Sacramento Kings

FIBA World Cup / Aug 28, 2014 / 2:30 pm

DeMarcus Cousins Will Be Team USA’s Back-Up Center

DeMarcus Cousins

Before Team USA trimmed its roster down to the final 12 last weekend, there was a lot of speculation on whether DeMarcus Cousins would make the team, as head coach Mike Krzyzewski appeared to be favoring Mason Plumlee as a secondary big man. Turns out, both players made the team, and now Cousins has been formally named the back-up center heading into the FIBA World Cup. Read More »

2014 Free Agency / Aug 25, 2014 / 9:00 am

Celtics Aren’t Making Rajon Rondo Trade A Priority

Rajon Rondo

The Boston Celtics are in the process of carving out more room to add players, and either trading Rajon Rondo or signing him to an extension aren’t high on their priority list, according to the Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn. He appears destined for a free agency tour next summer, and the C’s want more evidence he’s bounced back from his ACL surgery before determining whether he’s a part of their long-term rebuilding effort. Read More »

NBA / Aug 21, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Ranking The NBA’s Biggest Offseason Losers

Kobe Bryant

Anytime you have winners you’re bound to have some people that lose. This year’s summer is no exception: there were plenty of teams and players who “lost” this past offseason. After counting down this summer’s “winners,” it’s only right that we give an equal share of the limelight to those whose situation was less fortunate than their NBA counterparts. Let’s take a look at some of the “Biggest Losers” of the offseason (sorry…there’s no association to the weight loss show on this one, unless we’re counting LeBron’s newer, skinnier body as a loss). Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Video / Aug 21, 2014 / 3:30 pm

DeMarcus Cousins Auditions To Be Team USA’s Third Splash Brother

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins (photo. NBA Instagram)

USA Basketball members and Golden State Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson comprise the NBA’s most proficient shooting backcourt. After the sharp-shooters set a record for combined three-pointers made by a tandem in 2012-2013 and led Golden State to a surprising playoff appearance, they earned the moniker “Splash Brothers.” Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 14, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Rudy Gay Hopes DeMarcus Cousins’ Injury Was Boogie “Just Being A Drama Queen”

DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay

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 »

NBA / Aug 12, 2014 / 9:30 am

Dime Q&A: Shaq On DeMarcus Cousins, Mastering The Triangle, Sharknado & More

Shaquille O'Neal

Yesterday, Shaquille O’Neal was at Rucker Park to promote the re-release of the Reebok Shaq Attaq IV and to act as a celebrity coach for the 2014 EBC Rucker Park All-Stars. In a wide-ranging interview, Shaq discussed his role as minority owner of the Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins, how he thinks the Knicks will do with the triangle offense and more. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 8, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Report: Team USA Adds Rudy Gay In Wake Of KD’s Absence

Rudy Gay

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 »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 3, 2014 / 1:45 pm

DeMarcus Cousins Says He “Would Be Crushed” If Cut From National Team

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins isn’t Team USA’s conventional big man. Coach Mike Krzyzewski stresses pace and space above all else on both ends of the floor, always preferring a nominal power forward like Carmelo Anthony next to a mobile, intimidating interior presence that impacts the game without the ball. That’s not Cousins, and despite a training camp performance that’s led many to call him the best big on the roster save for Anthony Davis, a recent report suggested recent Select Team call-up Mason Plumlee has a better chance to make the 12-man World Cup roster than he does. In a candid interview with Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee, Cousins acknowledged his style of play is a strange fit for USA Basketball and said he “would be crushed” if not named to the national team. Read More »

Smack / Aug 1, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Isaiah Thomas Says He’s “Going To Kill Sacramento” Next Season

Darren Collison, Isaiah Thomas

After the Sacramento Kings signed Darren Collison to a three-year, $15 million deal on the second day of free agency, then-restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas told Sactown Royalty’s Blake Ellington at his youth basketball camp this week, “I knew I wasn’t coming back.” An ensuing sign-and-trade sent him to Phoenix, and he’s since said he felt disrespected by the Kings. Now, he’s ready to “kill Sacramento” even while thanking their fans and his former coach for supporting him during his time in Sacramento. Read More »

NBA / Jul 31, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Isaiah Thomas On Family, Free Agency & More

Isaiah Thomas

Second-round draft picks tend to carry limited value, and for good reason: the second round is, for the most part, a complete and utter crapshoot. That being said, a vast majority of second-round talent rummaging around today’s NBA was plucked late. Prime examples include Carlos Boozer and DeAndre Jordan, who were both selected with pick 35, and Chandler Parsons was taken with pick No. 38. Still, it’s pretty much unheard of for the last pick to become something in the Association, and that’s where Isaiah Thomas – the one who inked a four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix – was drafted. Read More »