Since the unofficial end to the lockout last weekend, news has hit us fast and rapidly. With so much information breaking left and right, we're starting a new featured post this season highlighting suggested links on opponents, the league and of course the Kings.
- Sacramento parking spaces and garages have emerged as a potential game-changer in the battle to build a new arena. However, new findings reported by the Sacramento Bee's Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak suggest they may not be as valuable as the city originally hoped. "But with a pivotal City Council decision on the deal scheduled in less than two weeks, city officials say those parking spots may not be as valuable as originally hoped. City Manager John Shirey told The Bee on Thursday that the assessed value of the city's parking facilities is lower than officials' early 'hopes or expectations.' The recent estimates came from financial consultants at Bank of America. Multiple sources familiar with the details of the project told The Bee this week that the city may be able get $200 million – or slightly more – in upfront cash by leasing its parking operations to a private company. That would include 7,200 spaces in garages, 5,500 on-street spaces and parking citation revenue. Shirey would not confirm that figure, but he said the new estimates are lower than originally believed. Officials have never said publicly what their early estimates were."
Swingman Francisco Garcia
was the first King to take advantage of the open door policy at the Kings Practice Facility today. Kings.com
provides video of the media session after the jump. But before that, here are a few highlights.
- Garcia said he kept in touch with his teammates during the lockout. He said he believes Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson will be back in Sacramento on Monday and thinks DeMarcus Cousins will be back Tuesday. Garcia also spoke to Samuel Dalembert today and would like to see the Haitian center back in a Kings uniform this year.
- Garcia was in the Dominican Republic for most of the lockout. He did attend one the union meetings in New York.
- Garcia on being the first King to return. "It's been a long time. Actually, it feels like a couple years since we've been back."
Photo: Jonathan Santiago/Cowbell Kingdom
The NBA shut down all basketball-related communication from league front offices during the lockout. Yesterday afternoon, Geoff Petrie broke his silence, addressing media for the first time since June. After the jump are a few bullet-point takeaways from Wednesday's media session with the Kings President of Basketball Operations.
Now that the five-month work stoppage is nearing an end, the NBA is fully reengaging itself in arena talks with the city. From Rob McAllister of KFBK Radio:
“We’d be only kidding ourselves, we knew the commissioner’s plate was full,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson on how talks had been going with the league.
To paraphase Roger Mason Jr. - looks like an NBA season, how u? I touched base with Kings forward Donté Greene
this afternoon for his take on the tentative end of the NBA lockout.
Thoughts on what's transpired over the last 24 hours?
I'm happy, pleased. Looks like we have a fair deal in place. So just looking to get back out there and be playing and hanging with my teammates.
Have you received any messages from the leadership of the dissolved players unions?
Nah, no emails or phone calls quite yet. I don't think it's a done deal for sure. Nothing has been signed to my knowledge. But I believe they're happy with the agreement in place and probably are looking to sign and definitely going to sign.
After 149 days of back and forth negotiations, the NBA Lockout is almost over. I caught up with Sacramento Kings big man Jason Thompson
and picked his brain earlier today on the good news.
Your initial reaction to the news.
It's a good relief that we're not unemployed and that we got our jobs back and what better day to start than on Christmas. They say it's tentative right now, but obviously it's good to have hope. It's going to be good to be around teammates and things like that (again).
How did you first hear the news?
I mean just like I was telling people. I heard it through ESPN and stuff like that. I was out to eat and then I just saw it on the news.
With news of a new labor agreenment being tentatively reached, your Sacramento Kings took to Twitter
to share their reactions.
The NBA and Players Union are resuming labor negotiations today, but Tyreke Evans will not wait for a resolution. Virtus Roma, the Italian team Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings played for, announced they've reached a contract agreement with the Sacramento Kings guard. Scott Schroeder of SB Nation has some details on the ...
The team over at Yay Area's Finest put together an amazing mixtape of all the highlights from the Goon Squad Classic. Tremendous tip of the hat to them for their work.
Shameless plug alert. My final thoughts on this past weekend over at SB Nation Bay Area. A snippet:
Following suit with most of the exhibitions played during the lockout, the contest, which took place at an approximately two-thirds-filled-to-capacity UC Davis Pavilion, was more style than substance. Greene's team, ...