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Saucy Strikes Back

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The Sacramento Kings are not moving to Anaheim. This is based on two assumptions -- that Monday's tentative deal on a financing plan for a new arena in downtown Sacramento isn't blown apart by politics and that the Henry Samueli-owned Honda Center management company is weary of being spurned by the Maloof family after the past two years of fruitless relocation negotiations. Bolds added to emphasize his playing-the-victim stance. There are nice little sour-grape digs like the one above throughout, to which I say boo-hoo to you, sir.

I was not there but I was told that our group was called "militants" by a CAVE troll. I say to that...

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I was not there but I was told that our group was called "militants" by a CAVE troll. I say to that person, "Why thank you!" I was also told the business leaders were very happy to see us. #Respect

Smart Opens Up: Jimmer's Development

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"Because it's an adjustment period that he has to go through, and it's unfortunate when you come in with a lot of hype. Steph Curry, who I coached last year, came in out of Davidson and struggled early on. But he kept getting better and better and better. And he had players that could take a lot of — he had a Monta Ellis — that could take a lot of slack. Monta could get into the paint and make passes and he could just knock down open shots."

ESPN Attempts to Fix Kings Roster

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Sacramento Kings The problem: At least it appears that the Kings will be staying put, so we know they will continue to have the support of a loyal fan base. What we don't know is how the Kings are going to evolve. On paper, they have a pair of super-talented building blocks in Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. The results, however, remain awful. The offense ranks 25th in efficiency despite a third-place standing in offensive rebound percentage and the defense ranks 28th. The Kings just can't score inside the arc, ranking 29th in 2-point percentage. Sacramento once held hope that Evans could be the primary decision-maker on offense, but he's been used more at the wing positions this year. They've been using rookie Isaiah Thomas as their starting point guard of late, but he really should be used as a streak shooter in limited minutes of the bench. The fix: The Kings have to continue to develop the Evans-Cousins core and make it work. There is just too much talent there to give up. For that pairing to succeed, the third member of Sacramento's big three needs to be a playmaking point guard, who can make decisions for players who don't make good ones for themselves. If you find that, then you can get a defense-first wing to play alongside Evans on the wing and a rim protector/rebounder to go with Cousins inside. Voila! You've got a playoff contender -- if Evans and Cousins mature. (Not a given.) The Kings could offer their first-round pick and a couple of young pieces like Thomas or Hassan Whiteside to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo. The Celtics would be creating even more flexibility for the future, adding a high lottery pick and getting rid of a player they seem to want to move. The Kings would gain one of the league's top point guards, one who plays the exact style they need, though a couple of high-percentage perimeter shooters would have to be added. Rondo WARP: 7.8/13.8 (over two seasons)

Kidd-Gilchrist Intends To Stay At Kentucky Beyond This Season

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Likely his mind will change by then, but for now he seems determined to stay at Kentucky.

Kings vs. Jazz Tease 2/28/12 (via kingsflix)

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Kings vs. Jazz Tease 2/28/12 (via kingsflix)

Meanwhile, back at the trading post, some deals may actually be getting close to finalization and...

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Meanwhile, back at the trading post, some deals may actually be getting close to finalization and the Lakers are in middle of them. They’re determined to acquire a point guard sooner than two weeks from now. If it’s a multi-player transaction, Pau Gasol will be sacrificed. Should the Magic change their mind about accepting Andrew Bynum for Howard (Pau’s inclusion might do it), Jameer Nelson would almost have to be part of the package unless an above-average ball-handler can be obtained elsewhere. That someone could be Ramon Sessions ($4.2 million/$4.5 million). The Lakers are doing some fast talking to the Cavaliers, who are swamped by calls, as are the Kings. Sacramento leads the league in cap room, $9.4 million, whereas Cleveland has $7.1 million. Teams want them to take contracts for draft picks so they can maneuver. -Peter Vecsey (NY Post)

DeMarcus Cousins Rising Stars All Access (via kingsflix)

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DeMarcus Cousins Rising Stars All Access (via kingsflix)

Entire video of our welcome home to our local hero @KJ_MayorJohnson & his @ThinkBigSacto staff....

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Entire video of our welcome home to our local hero @KJ_MayorJohnson & his @ThinkBigSacto staff. #ThankYouKJ