1284 results for author: Jonathan Santiago

J.J. Hickson’s Israeli deal includes NBA opt-out clause

The labor impasse has forced the hand of J.J. Hickson and now the Kings big man is headed overseas. According to multiple reports, he has signed to play in Israel for Bnei Hasharon.  He replaces Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker, who suffered an undisclosed injury and is returning to the U.S. to recover. ASM ... More

#NBARank: Who rises and falls among Sacramento Kings swingmen in 2012?

Photos: James Ham and Steven Chea

Photos: James Ham and Steven Chea

DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans were the only Sacramento Kings to crack the top 100 of ESPN.com's inaugural #NBARank. But where might they and their other teammates land on next year's list?  In part one of our three-part debate, we weigh-in on the Kings' swingmen.

What is #NBArank?

#NBArank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along. You can also follow along here: @NBAonESPN

How did we rank the players?

We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player." Here is the full list of voters from ESPN.com, the TrueHoop Network, TrueHoop TV, Daily Dime Live, ESPN TV, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, espnW, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, ESPN Fantasy, ESPN Games, ESPN Dallas, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Chicago, ESPN New York, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics. ... More

Goon Squad Classic Update: Venue, sponsor and date being finalized

Looks like lockout basketball in Sacramento coming closer to becoming a reality.  Kings forward Donté Greene appeared on the Carmichael Dave Show and said the Goon Squad Classic is rounding into form. Who's playing? He's received commitments from Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and Houston Rockets point guard ... More

Filmmaker opens up on the making of The Wayman Tisdale Story

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to talk to filmmaker Brian Schodorf, who produced a soon-to-be released documentary on the life of former Sacramento Kings great Wayman Tisdale.  Here a few excerpts from the Q&A, which you can read in its entirety over at SLAM. Schodorf on what compelled him to make a documen... More

More details on Donté Greene’s Goon Squad Classic

Straight from my SLAM story earlier today...new details are in bold. Social Media played a major role to keep the Kings in Sacramento for at least one more year.  And now, it's playing a vital role to bring basketball back to California's capital during the NBA Lockout. Kings forward Donté Greene is organizing a charity ... More

Donté Greene planning charity basketball game in Sacramento?

Four home games at Power Balance Pavilion were lost after the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season yesterday.  But Kings fans might have basketball to cheer for if Donté Greene has his way.

Earlier today, Kings fans tweeted at the Sacramento Kings forward about putting together a charity exhibition game in the Capital region.  He took their message to heart and it appears Greene has plans in the works to host a game the weekend before Thanksgiving. Among the players who’ve declared their interest?  Wizards point guard John Wall along with Greene's fellow teammates Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins.  New King J.J. Hickson also says he'd like to play.  Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Rockets point guard Jonny Flynn, Lakers forward and Sacramento native Matt Barnes, teammates Tyreke Evans and Hassan Whiteside were also extended Twitter invites by the Kings forward. Sacramento has proven before that a simple tweet can spark a major idea.  So the possibility of a barnstorming exhibition featuring your favorite Sacramento Kings isn't out of the question.  But with PBP off-limits due to the lockout, where would they play? ... More

Say goodbye to these Sacramento Kings games

The posturing and the politicking continue in labor negotiations between the NBA and Players Union.  Both sides met twice before David Stern's imposed game-cancellation deadline today.  But no agreement according to reporters on the scene. Stern says no chance of an 82 game season. No more meetings scheduled at the ... More

Arena meetings in Dallas simply an “update” for NBA

Sacramento city officials, representatives from the ICON/Taylor team and league brass met yesterday in Dallas.  KFBK's Rob McAllister was told by a city staffer that the meeting was merely an "update" on the arena project's recent progress.  Mayor Kevin Johnson and Assistant City Manager John Dangberg, who both represented ... More

NBA 2K12 Q&A: Producer on the inclusion of the 2001-02 Kings, the game’s historical focus and more

Yesterday was a bittersweet day for some NBA fans.  The league and players union didn't reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the start of the 2011-12 season is in jeopardy.  But, it also marked the release of NBA 2K12, the 13th edition of 2K Sports' long-running basketball franchise. With the league locked out and the city still fighting to build a new arena, the mood around Cowbell this offseason has often been serious.  So I decided to lighten things up a bit by catching up yesterday with Erick Boenisch, a producer of NBA 2K12.

NBA 2K11 was centered around Michael Jordan and most video game critics were calling it the greatest basketball simulation ever.  So with such a high standard set, how did the development crew think about topping last year's edition? Well exactly one year ago today (October 4th), I was on this call with someone else and they were asking me "2K11 - greatest game ever.   Jordan Challenges - love it.  How will you ever top yourselves?"  And here we are fast forward one year, and we have NBA 2K12 with the NBA's Greatest featuring who we think are the 15 greatest and most influential players in NBA history. It's a credit to this team, the development team we have here, and just what kind of creative minds we have and really tapping into the NBA and the NBA's history in regards to just developing a product that our consumers are really interested in.  I think with NBA 2K12 over 2K11, we've really improved the game in just about every area possible from adding this NBA's Greatest to My Player Mode improvements to gameplay improvements.  It's spreads all boundaries of the game.  2K12 is a pretty phenomenal accomplishment here. Last year and this year's editions of the NBA 2K have revolved around the league's rich history.  Why that approach? I think historical players in the NBA, and this may just be me being a huge NBA fan - more so than any other sport, but I feel like today's youth can relate to them better than perhaps stars in other sports.  I think when you think of guys like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and on down the line, those players still have a lot of cultural relevance in today's NBA.  But when you start looking at baseball and you start looking back to the Hank Aarons and the Reggie Jacksons - the Jim Browns in football, I don't feel there's that connection between today's youth and those older players.  And I think their relevance is a stark contrast in the NBA where people are still hungry for the content of these classic players and we really struck on delivering that to our fans. It's not so much about just getting them in the game - it's about positioning them in a way that's fun and educational for our users.  And that's kind of what we did with the NBA's Greatest this year in regards to having very specific commentary about the players where we tell their histories and stories, to presentational elements where we have, like that Bill Russell game (which is played) in black and white.  Just a really unique way we can kind of bring basically the NBA's history.  It's so rich.  Just in the last 45 years, it's gone from pretty much nothing to the number two sport in America.  And it's a great opportunity for us to tell that history of the NBA and tell our younger audience kind of where basketball came from and they can kind of see obviously where it is today.  It's been educational for even us as well. ... More

Highlights: Jimmer, Isaiah and Honeycutt from Jimmer’s All-Stars

If you didn't catch last week's game, here a few Kings rookie highlights from Jimmer's All-Stars. Isaiah Thomas Tyler Honeycutt Jimmer Fredette A tip of the hat to Lockout Hoops for sharing. More