The coaching staff on day 2 of camp.
Yesterday was a disappointing day at the practice facility. Media availability changed from evening sessions to morning sessions for Monday and Tuesday, leaving us with a front row seat to an empty gym. Eventually a few players trickled in to shoot - Tyreke Evans, Francisco Garcia and Lawrence Hill. A couple more came out for interviews after Coach Paul Westphal spoke. But over all, it was a quiet day at training camp.
Similar to last off-season, Kings fans have been clamoring for a glimpse of Tyreke Evans' preseason jump shot. A few weeks ago we saw Evans at the Goon Squad Classic and although he scored over 50 points and hit plenty of jumpers, his distinct upper body fall-away was back. That is not what we saw today.
On the first day of training camp, I caught up with Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton. He had just signed a lucrative four-year, $31-33 million deal to stay with the Kings after they traded for him midway through last season. If the 27-game, small sample size was any indication of what Thornton can do for the Kings going forward, the deal will end up being a bargain.
While Thornton looks ready to take on any challenge on the court, his demeanor off the court is much different. He is quiet, respectful and honest. Coming off his rookie contract, Thornton had major decisions to make this summer in regards to his future in the NBA. As a free agent, Thornton turned down multiple offers from European teams during the lockout
, even with the chance of a cancelled NBA season. In the end, patience paid off for the 24-year old shooting guard
out of LSU.
It was fun to watch you tweeting on Friday night, the emotional response. Talk a little about that, finding out you got your new contract.
It was kind of emotional. There wasn't no boo-hooing, it was just a couple of tears of joy me and my mom shared. But it's over with and it's down to business now.
Last night, camp began with a Q&A with Geoff Petrie, followed by two hours of viewing time during the team's scrimmage. We have seen more basketball action in the first two days of camp this season than all 20-plus days of last season combined
Recap of the first day of training camp for the 2011-12 Sacramento.
It's Jimmer Time! And also Tyler Time! And wait ... Isaiah Time! The Sacramento Kings announced this evening that first and foremost, they need a new pen, this one is all out of ink, and secondly, that while they were busy inking Chuck Hayes and Marcus Thornton, they had a little bit more time to sign all three of their ...
Sacramento Kings Director of Player Personnel and long-time color commentator, Jerry Reynolds, gives his take on the acquisition of Chuck Hayes for Kings.com. You have to love Jerry and his straight forward approach to player analysis.
With a star-studded opening week schedule, the Sacramento Kings are selling tickets at a frenetic pace.
The Sacramento Kings just announced their training camp schedule for the 2011-12 campaign. The teams practice facility doors open at noon on Saturday, December 10th for day one of camp. On Thursday, December 15th, the Kings hold their official media day, followed by their annual Kings-on-Kings open scrimmage at 7pm. Camp ...
Last season, the Sacramento Kings marketing team unleashed a can of worms with their season-opening campaign Here We Rise.
The slogan became Here We Stay
, Here We Build, Here We Sit, Here We Purple,
as Kings fans rallied to save their team.
Well, how does Back In Black
sound for the 2011-12 season? What does it mean? It means that the Sacramento Kings will turn back the clock to their glory years with a re-invented black alternate jersey.
Today, the Kings rolled out their new look, complete with a promotional video that includes Kings legends Bobby Jackson, Scot Pollard and Doug Christie
. Although I am not a jersey wearing kind of guy, I had the privilege of seeing the new design last night and these things are going to fly off the shelf for Christmas.