Your morning cup o’ Kings: Hassan Whiteside

The Sacramento Kings have something hiding deep on the bench that most NBA teams would love to have.  Elite shot blockers don't grow on trees and if things fall the right way for Hassan Whiteside, that is exactly what he could be for the Kings.  Of course, we don't want to get ahead of ourselves here.  Whiteside played a total of two minutes during his rookie season.  He has yet to score a basket, rebound a ball or block a shot at the NBA level and I think Coach Westphal said it best in our interview series from a week ago.
He’s been working hard.  He’s an intriguing player, but it’s hard to even say what his progress is because there is no measurement of him competing in basketball to define progress.  He’s been around watching and trying to pick up as much as you can by watching.  He’s been working on his body.  So much of what’s going to happen with him is going to depend on how completely his knee heals and how much he can pick up what the NBA is all about.
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Your morning cup o’ Kings: J.J. Hickson

So many youtube videos, so much time to watch them.  After adding John Salmons via trade and Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas through the draft, the Sacramento Kings consummated one last transaction before the lockout began on July 1st.  In what might be the NBA's last transaction for a long time, the Kings dealt popular small forward Omri Casspi, along with a future first round pick, for Cleveland Cavalier power forward J.J. Hickson.  The move balanced the roster and added athleticism to the front court. There is no shortage of exciting youtube videos of J.J. Hickson.  Highlight reel plays are J.J's specialty, but if Hickson wants to earn a big extension next summer, he's going to have to prove that he can be more than just a youtube sensation.  Mental lapses on defense limited Hickson to just 28.2 minutes per game on one of the NBA's worst teams last season.  While he did average 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in those 28 minutes, you can't help but wonder if those numbers are inflated by a lack of talent around him - the old "best player on a bad team" theory.  With the Kings, he will be asked to do much less than what the Cavs needed from him last season, so hopefully less means more. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: John Salmons

The Sacramento Kings made a substantial trade on draft day 2011.  Early reports had the Kings moving down in the draft three spots and dealing Beno Udrih to the Milwaukee Bucks, but no word of what was coming back to Sacramento in the transaction.  You could hear the tension build on the streets of the River City and't. That's right Kings fans, John Salmons. Bedlam erupted on twitter and fan sites like Sactown Royalty.  I scurried off to the arena for the official announcement, even texting then-media relations member and newly appointed Director of Public Relations, Chris Clark, something about about bringing a fire extinguisher in case a riot broke out and my car was lit on fire. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Isaiah Thomas

The best part of waking up, is Kings youtube videos in your cup.  Today we've got a double dose of rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas out of Washington.  Last season, the Sacramento Kings brought in world traveler Pooh Jeter to mix up the tempo off the bench.  Unfortunately, Jeter got lost in the shuffle, leading the Kings to decline the second year option on his contract.  Isaiah Thomas will get a chance to fill this role for the 2011-12 Sacramento Kings.  Although similar in stature, there is a huge difference in play style between Pooh and Isaiah.  Where Jeter liked to use his mid-range game, Thomas is an attacking guard who can score inside or outside. Like yesterday's star, Tyler Honeycutt, Isaiah Thomas fell into the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, so he has an uphill battle in front of him.  During the NBA combine, players are measured with and without shoes.  In Isaiah's case, they may need to measure him with and without the chip on his shoulder. Video after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Jimmer Fredette

The best part of waking up, is Kings youtube videos in your cup. Yesterday marked the debut of our morning video series where we introduced you to the 'Jimmer goes to prison' story. Don't worry, there are plenty more Jimmer Fredette home movies to come. For today, let's see what the other Kings' ... More

Getting to know Jimmer Fredette, one clip at a time

Normally, covering a player like Jimmer Fredette would be a bit of a nightmare.  What can you ask a player who has been the center of media attention for so long?  Well, with the lockout in full effect, we have an opportunity to get to know the Jimmer Fredette story via interviews, college ... More

Trade winds are blowing.

Looks like the Kings have made a move, the only question is, what did they get in return?  According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the Kings and their no. 7 pick are part of a blockbuster three way trade including both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Bobcats. WojYahooNBA Adrian ... More

House keeping.

Just a bit of house keeping to take care of here for the Sacramento Kings: The Sacramento Kings have exercised the rookie contract options on guard Tyreke Evans, forward Omri Casspi and center DeMarcus Cousins for the 2012-13 season, Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie ... More

Peja Stojakovic: NBA Champion

From the Dallas Mavericks championship celebration at the American Airlines Center: First of all, I never expected to play on this team after playing against this team for so many years.  I just want to thank my teammates, thank the coaching staff, thank the ownership for the opportunity they ... More

Kings waive Jermaine Taylor.

We have just been sent an official press release from the Sacramento Kings: KINGS WAIVE JERMAINE TAYLOR SACRAMENTO, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings today requested waivers on guard Jermaine Taylor, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Taylor averaged 7.1 ... More