The Kings lose to the Clippers for the third time this season.
The latest from Sleep Train Arena as the Sacramento Kings prepare to take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lineups and notes as the Kings face the Clippers.
After a disappointing first season in Sacramento, the Kings need the veteran forward to return to form.
Foul troubled hampered both DeMarcus Cousins and Dwight Howard, but the Magic were able to survive a close one in Sacramento.
With all of the golf coverage from this last weekend, we got away from the morning cup o' Kings. Today, we are back and since it's his birthday, we will look into some old footage of Kings power forward/center Jason Thompson as a senior at Rider University.
Kings President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie, became known for his ability to mine talent in Europe through the late 90's and early 2000's. Peja Stojakovic and Hedo Turkoglu
became crucial pieces during the glory years of Kings basketball, both drafted as young European prospects by Petrie and his staff. Following the European invasion, Petrie turned to players from small U.S. colleges such as Western Carolina, Rutgers and Rider. Like his European picks, Petrie found success, first with Kevin Martin and most recently with Jason Thompson.
Thompson started out hot as a rookie, joining Spencer Hawes in a promising front line. But the hope that a Spencer Hawes/Jason Thompson front court could return the Kings to the playoffs dissipated quickly. Before last season, Hawes was traded to Philadelphia with Andres Nocioni for center Samuel Dalembert, clearing minutes for rookie DeMarcus Cousins. Lost in a four man rotation of Dalembert, Cousins and Carl Landry, Thompson struggled in his transition to a role player. After starting 114 games his first two seasons, JT started only 39 games last season and saw his minutes drop from 31.4 in year two to just 23.3 in his third year as a pro.
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For anyone still hoping for a big splash at the small forward position, this is going to be disappointing. The small forwards of free agency have been raided and are now being signed by any and every contender for next year.
While the Kings have Andres Nocioni, Donte Greene and now Omri Casspi at the small forward position, ...