January 7, 2012 |
Anaheim has Disneyland, a former Stanley Cup winner in the Ducks and, as of last month, Sir Albert Pujols . So why would the city want any part of the Sacramento Kings? The NBA franchise was in disarray after Coach Paul Westphal temporarily dismissed promising-but-erratic center DeMarcus Cousins last week, only to be fired four days later. The Kings responded by making a Smart hire — not Shaka, mind you, but Keith Smart , he of the NCAA tournament heroics while making a last-minute shot for Indiana against Syracuse in the 1987 national championship game — to replace Westphal.
April 22, 2011 |
NBA officials now expect the Kings to play next season in Sacramento, league executives told The Times on Friday. Whether the team, which was about to seek permission to move to Honda Center in Anaheim, stays in Sacramento beyond next season is yet to be decided. Officials say it will depend on Sacramento-area governing bodies and businesses fulfilling Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's pledges to the NBA relocation committee last week in New York, including construction of a downtown arena for the Kings.
February 21, 2011 |
If you have to kiss a lot of amphibians to find a prince, you have to woo a lot of NBA teams to win one's heart. With March 1 the deadline to file for relocation, Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are maintaining a stony silence about their intentions. This suggests two possibilities for Anaheim with its NBA-ready arena, after months of discussions with the Maloofs, who reportedly visited two weeks ago: It's Plan A, with the Maloofs giving Sacramento a last chance.
April 24, 2009 |
The Sacramento Kings fired interim coach Kenny Natt and his four assistants Thursday, a week after the club finished with the NBA's worst record. The Kings, once a model of stability during eight consecutive winning seasons and playoff appearances under coach Rick Adelman, will be looking for their fourth coach since Adelman was fired in 2006 by owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. Natt, a longtime NBA assistant for Jerry Sloan and Mike Brown, was promoted after Sacramento fired Reggie Theus on Dec. 15.
January 29, 2006 |
Guys who own Las Vegas casinos had better know a thing or two about bluffing. And obviously, they relish a gamble. But those aren't the only reasons Sacramento King co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof were all smiles when the deal that brought them Ron Artest from Indianapolis was finally sealed. Artest has that effect on everybody. At first. He's funny and sincere, he arrives full of energy, and more to the point, Artest is conscientious about showing up for work. Until he loses interest. And then?
March 7, 2004 |
It's an hour before game time at Sacramento's Arco Arena, and the faithful have gathered for battle. Cowbells dangling around their necks, their hair dyed purple and black, they carry hand-painted signs with a simple message: "Beat L.A." No matter that the Los Angeles Lakers have arrived for this mid-January game without three of their best players--Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone, all sidelined because of injuries.