Jimmer Fredette to play in Goon Squad Classic

Looks like Jimmer Fredette will get to make his Sacramento basketball debut after all.  According to Kings forward Donté Greene, the rookie-to-be will play in the Goon Squad Classic. Great news. @jimmerfredette gonna come out and show some love 2 sac town, #GSC and @COS_Foundation good look'n ... More

Hickson in Herzilya: Week 1

J.J. Hickson officially became the Sacramento Kings first player to start his season, debuting Sunday night for Israel's Bnei HaSharon/Herzilya against Hapoel Holon. With the growing realization that his exploits might be the only basketball we get from any current Kings for a while, we're going to give you a weekly summary of J.J.'s international adventure, in what will hopefully be an experience that gives Sacramento a better power forward.

First, let’s start with some background on the team J.J. has joined.

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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 20: CBA Chat with Larry Coon and Tim Donahue

Apologies for the hiatus, but we're back with a new episode of the CK Podcast.  And today, we focus on the CBA.  The NBA and Players Union let fans down again, as labor negotiations ended Tuesday with no new labor agreement.  But is a resolution really in sight?  Larry Coon, author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ, and Tim Donahue of fellow TrueHoop network blog Eight Points, Nine Seconds, join us for a panel discussion.

An excerpt from Coon's latest, saying it's "gut-check time" for the players:
It's now soul-searching time for the players. For now they have drawn a line in the sand at 53 percent. Players like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are leading the charge to hold firm and not give another inch. But Bryant and Garnett don't necessarily represent the interests of the rank-and-file players.
And Donahue on how these negotiations are framed:
One of the big traps that we consistently fall into is viewing the sides as two monoliths. It makes the math easier. But it also muddies the waters. The “players” are 400-plus individuals at different points in their careers with different financial positions, personal concerns and general outlooks on life.
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Boo lockout

Today was supposed to be media day at Power Balance Pavilion.  It's kind of like the first day of school.  You get to see a bunch of friends that you haven't seen all summer, meet the new kids and take pictures.  Sure, there would be a little bit of homework after, but this was supposed to be a ... More

The lockout officially eats games

The NBA has been gracious enough this morning to send out the following press release:   NBA POSTPONES TRAINING CAMPS FOR 2011-12 SEASON, CANCELS 43 PRESEASON GAMES NEW YORK, September 23, 2011--The NBA announced today that player training camps for the 2011-12 season have been ... More