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Catching up with Jerry Reynolds

The Sacramento Kings finished up an incredibly busy week on Friday by introducing newly acquired Aaron Brooks at a press conference on the floor of the team's practice facility.  Brooks and President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie, took center stage, but hiding on the periphery was Jerry Reynolds, Kings Director of Player Personnel and long-time member of the team's television broadcast. Reynolds has been a fan favorite since the team moved here in 1985.  He has worn just about every hat imaginable for a franchise that has had more than its fair share of ups and downs.  Last weekend I had a chance to just sit and watch the first period of the Kings summer league game against the Lakers, but that conversation was just two guys catching a game.  On Friday, however, I was able to get something a little more formal for your listening pleasure. Excerpt Reynolds on if you can really learn about a player in a short summer league stint:
"I think you can, but I think maybe it's a little bit different.  I think what you can learn, is who can't do it.  To me...for the most part you don't want to make too much of it, because guys, whether they're averaging 12 points a game or 15 points a game or whatever, that's all just jibber-jabber at some point.  But some players that you see, clearly it's just not going to work.  You know, in a five game period, you just say - this guy is not a pro and he's not gonna be." -Jerry Reynolds
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Jimmer Fredette comes clean, admits he was trying to fit in

We have been screaming this from the mountain tops since the first day of training camp last season.  Jimmer Fredette is too nice.  He wants to fit in too badly.  He doesn't want to steal the spotlight, he just wants to be one of the guys and by doing so, he has lost the edge that made him great. Following the Kings' final summer league game in Las Vegas, Jimmer finally said what needed to be said, for himself and for everyone involved.
"I think I changed my game too much," Jimmer said on the NBATV telecast.  "I was too passive.  I was trying to fit in a little bit too much.  That's what I was working on this year.  Just getting that confidence back.  Just getting that stroke back and just being aggressive when I'm on the floor.  That's what they (Kings) got me for, to score the basketball and make plays for this team."
I don't know about you, but I feel better now, and no, I'm not joking. ... More

Meet Aaron Brooks, your newest Sacramento King

The Sacramento Kings have been a constant source of news for the last week to ten days.  Between mini-camp, summer league, free agency and trades, there has been very few dull moments.  Today the team called a news conference to introduce the newest King, point guard Aaron Brooks, who was signed to a two-year deal on Monday ... More

10 minutes with legend and Sacramento Kings director of scouting Scotty Stirling

James Ham catches up with Scotty Stirling, the Sacramento Kings' director of scouting. More

It’s official, the Sacramento Kings acquire James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors

While most of us were busy sleeping, the Sacramento Kings were finishing off a deal to land small forward James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a 2014 2nd round pick.  ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the deal, but it has since been confirmed by our friend Sam Amick of SI.com as well as others. The Kings have just confirmed the acquisition through an official press release.  Here is Geoff Petrie, Kings President of Basketball Operations' quote on the transaction.
“We’re excited to add a talent like James to our young nucleus of players,” said Petrie. “He’s an outstanding defender with athleticism who can play at both positions up front while providing some versatility offensively and adding a dimension to what we can do on the floor.”
Johnson is an interesting prospect.  Taken 16th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, he is moving on to his third team in four seasons.  The 6-foot-9 245-pound Johnson started 40 games last season for the Raptors, posting up 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, two assists, 1.4 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes per game. ... More

Are the Sacramento Kings tired of waiting for Hassan Whiteside?

After two season and two Las Vegas Summer League games, it appears the Sacramento Kings are now wondering if and not when Hassan Whiteside will ever cash in on his tremendous potential. The former Marshall standout slid to the second round two seasons ago and at the time, he appeared to be a steal.  So much that the Kings turned down plenty of offers to sell their pick and instead, drafted the athletic 7-footer with the 33rd overall pick. But after two seasons and a total of 19 games played, the team's patience appears to be waning. Following Saturday's game in Las Vegas, Kings summer league co-head coach Alex English made it known that Whiteside was limited to just 12 minutes during the contest because he failed to hustle back on defense. ... More

Summer League interview series part 3: Isaiah Thomas

Very few rookie second round picks make an impact on a team like Isaiah Thomas did for the Sacramento Kings last season. He may be undersized. He may not have the brand recognition of a Kyrie Irving. But this kid can play and he is becoming a leader/glue guy for this Kings roster. Thomas is missing summer league this ... More

Game Recap: Kings bounce back, beat the Lakers 84-72

Unlike the Bobcats from a night ago, the Los Angeles Lakers did not bring their starting five to summer league and it showed. Looking to bounce back from last night’s debacle, the Kings pulled away from the Lakers late, beating the purple and gold by a score of 84-72. While the fans were waiting for Jimmer Fredette or Thomas Robinson to blow up, it was the 5-foot-11 Josh Akognon who looked unstoppable.  The 26-year old out of Cal State Fullerton led all scorers with 25, shooting 10-for-16 from the field, including 4-for-8 from distance. ... More

Summer League interview series part 2: Marcus Thornton

The Sacramento Kings spent big money on Marcus Thornton in free agency last season and for the most part, he delivered.  Thornton led the Kings in scoring and provided the perimeter shooting the team so desperately needed. Like DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas, Thornton is here in Las Vegas to support his young teammates, ... More

Summer League interview series part 1: DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings have shown up in force in Las Vegas.  Jimmer Fredette, Thomas Robinson and Hassan Whiteside are on the summer league team, but their teammates are flying in from all over the country to lend their support.  DeMarcus Cousins was already in Las Vegas working out for the USA Select Team, but Marcus ... More