The High Post
The high of the week easily has nothing to do with basketball. We announced the #HereWeGive initiative on Thursday and set ourselves a goal to sell at least 250 tickets to get 500 kids to a game. We blew through that goal in not even 24 hours thanks to your kindness and generosity. It reminded me once more of what an awesome community we have.
I also got to see some incredible stories in the comment section from those who have had experiences with foster children or even being them. This story by JTDrawoh deserves to be highlighted:
I don’t write comments on here often/ever. I think my only comment was a rage reply to an Otis shot on Cousins that forced me to make an account. But I love this community and feel like sharing my first hand experience.
I am a born and raised Sacramentan and lifetime Kings fan. I grew up watching Kings with my mother before me and my little sister were taken out of her care by CPS and placed in foster care. One of the most cherished memories I have with my mother was when we watched, on Tv, Kevin Martin make the Game winning layup against the Spurs in the last playoff series we appeared in. We jumped and danced for hours.
But a few years ago I lived at the Childrens Receiving Home at Auburn and Watt, it was a hard time then, and I had no chance to watch my favorite team. But, the Receiving Home was donated tickets, and for the first time ever, I got to see my team live. It was a Bucks vs Kings. We sat in the nosebleeds somewhat behind the backboard, but I could care less. For the first time in my life I got to see the Kings play.
My all time favorite Kings was Peja and his jersey had been retired a night or two before, so seeing his jersey in the rafters put such a smile on my face. Then just before the Game started, completely unexpected to me, Peja walked onto the court and took a seat courtside and received an ovation. I was looking at my favorite player EVER in the flesh and blood after seeing highlights my whole life. I started to cry right there in my chair, to this day the only time I cried from happiness. It was the greatest moment of my life.
That’s so cool to read and it makes me very happy to think that we could be giving several hundred children similar memories. Let’s try to get this to 500+ tickets sold before the end of the week. Next year, with even more time to prepare, we’ll do even better. I’m incredibly proud of you guys and this community.
The Low Post
When it comes to tanking, everyone seems to have their own solution, but they all revolve around not playing the vets any minutes. There’s a problem with that. Those guys are human beings too, and they want to get on the court. They want their hard work rewarded.
So I see comments all the time about why certain vets are getting more playing time than the rookies and I just can’t help but cringe a little. The Kings ARE playing their rookies more. They’re playing every single one rotation minutes, if not more. Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein are the minutes leaders since the All-Star break. The Kings are also resting at least two or three vets each night now, sticking to nine or ten man rotations.
For some of these people complaining, it’s like they don’t see that this was a team that was not built to tank. Sure, they’re tanking now, but before the season, this was a team built to try to make a playoff run and now that they’ve made a huge trade, there’s still only three or four young guys on the entire roster. It’s not like those guys can play 48 minutes a game while the vets languish on the bench.
Next year the Kings will be significantly younger. They’ll be bringing in potentially four more rookies (two lottery picks, a high second rounder and Bogdan Bogdanovic). They’ll have Malachi Richardson back from injury. And who knows what they might get if they shed some of these veteran’s salaries.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Kings won three more games this year to end where they were last year. They play hard and they’ve got a relatively soft schedule. This rebuild is going to take a while, and this year was not the ideal start. Next year they’ll be going into it with youth at the forefront of their minds, so have some patience while the team assembles itself. This is not even close to what the team will look like in a year or two.
A Statement From Editor Akis Yerocostas on the Lack of An April Fool’s Day Joke on Sactown Royalty
“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the website. Blogging begins with culture and jokes matter. With the upcoming season set to be one of the most tumultuous in a decade, this decision will allow us to better withstand the hardships of blogging about a tanking and rebuilding team going forward. We want to thank previous April Fool’s Days for providing levity in hard times but it’s time to get serious. The commenters at Sactown Royalty are the best in the world and we are all committed to giving them a website that will make them feel the same existential despair as watching the Kings over the last several seasons.”
When reached for further comment, associate editor Greg Wissinger sighed and replied “we had a better April Fool’s Day joke two days ago”.
Kimani’s Photo of the Week
What’s Vivek looking at?
Highlight of the Week
Player of the Week
11.0 PTS, .500 FG%, 10.7 REB, 1.7 AST, 1.3 STL in 30.3 MPG
It was kinda tough picking a player of the week this week because there wasn’t really one guy that had an amazing stretch or anything. Individual players had great individual games (Buddy Hield, Ben McLemore, Ty Lawson) but didn’t really bring it all week. I want to highlight Willie once again because he’s really making an active effort to get on the boards more and it’s showing up in his stats. He has been going up against some of the best rebounders in the NBA too and coming down with double digits. He’s now nearly at almost 20% Defensive Rebounding Rate for the season, which is passable for a big man. Since the All-Star break, his defensive rebounding rate has been at 22.4%, and if that’s about the rate he rebounds going forward, that’s a good sign. He’ll need to keep it up for a full season and not just for 20 games though.
April 4th vs. Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m.
April 7th at L.A. Lakers at 7:30 p.m.