Wait… didn’t Terry Francona and GM Theo Epstein help the Boston Red Sox win two World Series after they hadn’t sniffed a Championship in a hundred years? Oh well, anyone can have a good decade. Rick Adelman was there for the Kings’ best years. Let’s run him out. Steve Mariucci? The last guy to take the 49ers to a playoff win. We’re making some changes. Bill Neukom? Ten months after The Parade down Market Street… who does he think he is? I know, you raise the bar so high… expectations change. Everybody gets hypercritical. Fans, sportswriters, the big wigs. Even Christopher Columbus, after opening the door to the New World… was shackled and sent to prison. I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.
October 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment
I agree with Monty Poole of the San Jose Mercury News.. who’s recent story suggests that success can be hazardous to your career. Yeah, prosperity can be costly. The Golden State Warriors had gone years without sniffing the playoffs. Then, not long after upsetting top seed Dallas one year, GM Chris Mullin was gone. The last time the 49ers won the NFC West, they actually made it to the second round of the playoffs. Not good enough… Steve Mariucci was fired. Rick Adelman had a marvelous run with the Sacramento Kings, and he was then run out of town. The Giants took it to Game Seven of the 2002 World Series. What happened to the manager, Dusty Baker? Oh, gone. And now, not even a year removed from the uncontrolled euphoria down Market Street, the World Series Champions’ top guy, Bill Neukom, has been escorted out of the building. So there it is. Give it all you’ve got… play your heart out… then watch your back.
September 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment
Who’s going to pay for the nearly $400 million Kings Entertainment and Sports Complex? How much will be coming from the Maloofs, and public and private sectors will finally be revealed on September 8th.
Then look for a more detailed report September 13th that will be sent to the City Council.
August 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
I’m sure there will be some that don’t like this Kings trade, but I’m not one of them. In case you haven’t heard, Omri Casspi and a #1 pick are gone to the Cleveland Cavaliers for J.J. Hickson. Hickson replaced the injured Anderson Varejao last year, and proceeded to dominate. He wrapped up the last month of the season averaging 19 points and 12 boards a game. His one knock is for a center, he could block some more shots. Plus, will he get the ball as much as he did in Cleveland? Probably not. However, if the Kings can find a way to get him involved with some garbage points under the basket, he could be a force down low. I would expect him to start for the Kings.
June 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had the 4th most votes to land on the All-Rookie First Team. He had a solid season, at least statistically. He averaged almost nine rebounds a game, which led the team, and was second among rookies.
Also making the first team-Blake Griffin who was he only unanimous selection, Washington’s John Wall, Landry Fields and San Antonio’s Gary Neal.
May 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
It’s been a wild couple of days in the news department, hasn’t it? The cherry on top is the news that the Sacramento Kings are staying, at least for another season.
Everybody had press conferences today. Did Charlie Sheen and Barack Obama hold press conferences on the Kings arena too? I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. Here’s highlights of David Stern’s conference call and Kevin Johnson speaking this morning.
May 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Kevin Johnson gave another press conference to give yet another update on the state of the Sacramento Kings. He said today was about getting 25 businesses to commit to what they already had verbally. He said they not only delivered quick than expected, but they also gave more than predicted, to the tune of over $10 million.
April 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Wouldn’t you know it.. the last night will be filled with Lakers fans. You don’t think they’ll rub it in our faces do you? Well, what can you do? What is likely to be the Kings final game in Sacramento will elicit plenty of emotions, not just at the arena but for thousands of fans watching the broadcast. Anger, sadness, pride, futility, frustration, loss… yeah, we feel all of that. Near the end of “The Cincinnati Kid,” Ladyfingers asks.. “You still playin’ Kid?” He says softly.. “No, I’m through.”
April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment
Alongside his usual team of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley, Chris Webber shared his thoughts on keeping the Kings in Sacramento. In fact, he surprised everybody by saying he is part of a group trying to do that very thing. He said, he couldn’t talk about it at length, but he’s definitely involved.
April 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
I guess the sad truth is that Marcos Breton is right, when he wrote “If the Kings leave Sacramento after 26 years, it’s not because any one person is at fault or the community failed. The NBA simply doesn’t work in Sacramento…” We’re a small market, not enough corporate money, no mega TV deal… the same story we’ve heard over and over again about cities not named New York, LA or Miami. And as the final games play out in what will likely be the last Kings season in Sacramento, I realize that they really have left a legacy. Come on, the thrilling moments… with Vlade, CWebb, Mike Bibby, the Conference Finals.. are too many to count. And when it was so loud at Arco you couldn’t even think.. well that just doesn’t happen everywhere. So it doesn’t matter if you move to Anaheim, Kansas City, Jackson Hole or the Ukraine… you’ll never have fans like you’ve had in Sacramento. 26 years. All in all, it’s been a pretty good run.
April 11, 2011 at 11:37 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment