Sacramento Kings 2014 News and Updates
3/6/14 - After dropping three straight, the Sacramento Kings collected a much needed win at home on March 3, defeating New Orleans 96-89. Four of the Kings’ five starters scored in double figures, led by DeMarcus Cousins’ 23 points and Isaiah Thomas’s 22; Cousins also cleared 12 rebounds for the Kings, while forward Reggie Evans had 13 rebounds. Cousins, however, will have to play carefully going forward, as he has 15 technical fouls on the season; his next T will lead to a one-game suspension, with additional suspensions and fines coming after every pair of technicals after that.
2/27/14 - Oof. The Sacramento Kings suffered their worst loss of the season earlier this week, with visiting Houston victorious by a 129-103 count. Even so, five Kings scored in double figures, led by forward Rudy Gay with 25 points; bug man DeMarcus Cousinschipped in 16 points and six boards, while Ben McLemore added 15 points and four steals.. Off the court, the Kings successfully negotiated a buyout of popular guard Jimmer Fredette, the 2011 college basketball player of the year at Brigham Young. League sources say that several teams will have interest in Fredette once he clears waivers.
2/20/14 - In the days leading up to the February 20 league trade deadline, the Sacramento Kings made a pair of important moves; acquiring Jason Terry and Reggie Evans from Brooklyn in exchange for Marcus Thornton, and sending a second-round draft pick to Miami for Roger Mason Jr. and cash. However, it has been reported that the Kings then waived Mason after acquiring him. On the court, the Kings dropped their third game this season to Golden State, 101-92. Despite a wrist injury, Kings guard Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 26 points, and also collected seven assists for the Kings.
2/7/14 - After not being able to hold on to a win against Indiana, the Sacramento Kings found themselves in a similar situation against Toronto; having to keep the Raptors at bay despite a furious Toronto scoring rush in the fourth quarter. Unlike against the Pacers, though, the Kings were able to hold on for the win, 109-101, despite leading by as many as 22 points earlier in the game. “We make it interesting,” Kings coach Michael Malone told the Sacramento Bee newspaper afterwards. Rudy Gay struck his former team for 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Kings.
1/31/14 - First renderings were recently released by the Sacramento Kings of the new Downtown Plaza arena the team hopes to be playing in come the 2016 season. The arena design borrows elements from other highly acclaimed venues around the league, including the recently opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Indiana’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Kings have been working for several years to replace the suburban Sleep Train Arena; ESPN reported that construction on the new facility is slated to begin in summer.
3/8/13 - Perhaps the most talked about topic for the Sacramento Kings this year is their potential move to Seattle. Come mid-April fans should have a better idea of whether or not they'll need to clear their calendars for the 2013-2014 season at Sleep Train Arena. As the Kings finish up regular season play, their focus may be more on the NBA Draft than the NBA Playoffs. With Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, and DeMarcus Cousins, the franchise has some young talent to build on and they will look to do so in the lottery this year.
The Kings have not played well on the road this season and yet Sacramento Kings tickets to their away games are averaging about 30% more than tickets at home. Kings tickets at home are averaging $60, about half the price of the League average of $116. All but three games this season at Sleep Train Arena are averaging under $100 including upcoming matchups on the Sacramento Kings schedule: Los Angeles Clippers (3/19) and Philadelphia 76ers (3/24). Golden State Warriors tickets between the two Nor Cal teams averaged just $39 (12/19) and $61 (11/5) - the Kings won both those games. The Sacramento Kings owners offer cheap Kings tickets throughout the season. Get-in prices were as low as $2 for matchups early in the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves (11/27) and Toronto Raptors (12/5). Should the Kings move to Seattle, what do you think the average cost of Super Sonics tickets will be?
Sacramento Kings 2013-2014 Season
The Sacramento Kings are 1-5 on the season, losing every game since their season opening win over the Nuggets. First-year coach Mike Malone endeavors for more effort from a lot of his players who he feels are "guys [that] just care about themselves on this team.” As a result, he will be making some major changes in the lineup before Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Kings are on a long home stretch for the majority of November, with plenty of chances to utilize home court advantage and put some numbers in the win column. An exciting upcoming game will commence Friday Nov 15, when the Pistons visit the Kings for a frontcourt face off between DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe. At this point, Sacramento is desperate to avoid breaking the franchise record for worst start of a season: 1-7 in the early 90s. Cheer on the team at Sleep Train Arena and help rally the season!
After the sale of the Kings to Northern California businessman Vivek Ranadive, the team will officially be staying in Sacramento. With new ownership and front office personnel, the Kings look to rebuild under first-year coach Mike Malone. Replacing longtime Kings point guard and former #1 pick Tyreke Evans is promising rookie and former Kansas Jayhawk Ben McLemore. Evans makes his first return to Sacramento as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans on 12/23.