97 results for tag: Paul Westphal

Updated: Kings sign Chuck Hayes to 4-year, roughly $20-mil deal

Chuck Hayes, who graduated from Modesto Christian, will be a Sacramento King. More

Updated: Kings re-sign Marcus Thornton for four years, $31-mil

Kings come to terms with their restricted free agent guard. More

More action at Kings practice facility as seven work out today

With players trickling back to Sacramento, the Kings practice facility in Natomas was a bit livelier today.  Francisco Garcia, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Jason Thompson, Hassan Whiteside and J.J. Hickson all wandered onto the practice court at various times this afternoon. Since they're currently not obligated to, none of the players addressed media only Jason Thompson addressed media (I had to leave before he did).  But the curtain was raised while a few of them organized a light scrimmage session.  We have some video (without audio) of that, plus additional notes after the jump. ... More

Guest Post: Ranking the Sacramento Kings’ top three position battles

Photo: James Ham

Editor's Note: We were originally planning a 3-on-3 roundtable on this topic. But since our friend section214 of Sactown Royalty fame (who we invited to participate) wrote three, extensive and well-thought responses, we figured we'd run his work as an entire guest post . Hey, thanks for inviting me over to the Kingdom. The offices here are much more plush than that dungeon TZ has us writing out of. And the brandy and cigars are a very nice touch. I guess “Insider” sales must be pretty brisk. I’ve given this subject a lot of thought, and by that I mean that I really have not given it much thought at all. But a gig’s a gig, and as this helps meet the requirements of my work release program, I appreciate the opportunity. ... More

Five takeaways from Geoff Petrie’s Wednesday presser

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. ... More

Marcus Thornton eager to play, patiently awaits new labor deal

Photo: Steven Chea/CK

Marcus Thornton figures to be one of the top free agent options when the NBA resumes business.  But the lockout, 140 days and counting, has kept his big payday on hold.  So like the rest of us, he waits. "I wasn't expecting for it to go this long," Thornton said over the phone from Louisiana of the league work stoppage. "I'm just sitting back and waiting until everything is done and see what happens then." ... More

3-on-3 Roundtable: Weighing-in on Kings coaching hires and departures

You may be familiar with ESPN.com's 5-on-5 roundtables, which feature opinion and analysis from ESPN writers and TrueHoop Network contributors on pressing NBA topics.  Along with other THN blogs, Cowbell Kingdom is bringing that format to a local level with the introduction of our own 3-on-3 roundtable. The Sacramento Kings made some major changes to its coaching staff yesterday.  Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie announced the hirings of both Bobby Jackson and Keith Smart to Head Coach Paul Westphal's staff.  Jackson, a former fan favorite and 2002-03 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, had served the last two years as special assistant in the Kings front office.  Smart previously worked the prior eight seasons in Golden State, including serving as head coach last year.  Their hirings also meant the end for three of Westphal's other assistants.  The contracts of Mario Elie, Truck Robinson and Otis Hughley were up after last season and were not renewed. James Ham, Jonathan Santiago and special contributor Akis Yerocostas, associate editor of Sactown Royalty, share their thoughts on the Kings coaching hires and departures. 1.  Bobby Jackson: Your impressions on the hire. James Ham:  Great hire.  The fans love him.  The players love him.  As a third assistant, Jackson will learn the ropes from two quality assistants in Jim Eyen and Keith Smart.  Jackson spent a lot of time around the Kings last season, so the transition to full-time assistant should be an easy one. Jonathan Santiago:  I concur with James.  Not only has Jackson spent time in the Kings front office, but he's played with some of their current players as well.  He's the ideal bridge between the coaching staff and the roster. Akis Yerocostas:  I love the hire of Bobby Jackson. He's always been a leader on and off the court, and the returning players already know him and respect him.  It will be nice to see Bobby on the sidelines once again. ... More

*** Updated** Kings continue coaching staff changes, add Smart

Big news coming out of Sacramento in regards to coach Paul Westphal's coaching staff.  Per an official Kings press release:   SACRAMENTO, CA ---- Sacramento Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie today announced the hiring of Keith Smart and Bobby Jackson as assistant coaches on Head Coach Paul ... More

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 good day, a day of new ... More

Basketball 101 anyone?

We have done our fair share of covering youth basketball camps for Kings players so far this summer.  You've seen Jimmer bury 60-footers surrounded by kids wearing Get Jimmered shirts.  On Monday, Tyreke sat for an interview over at Hardwood Palace, while young campers toiled in the background.  Today, we have something ... More