November 7, 2006 |
We'll build you a new arena, and we'll spend more than $500 million to do it. You sell all the tickets, hot dogs and T-shirts you can, for basketball games and concerts and everything else, and you keep almost all the money. The Sacramento Kings simply had to say yes, and help persuade voters to say yes too. But the Kings said no, all but sealing defeat of two measures on today's Sacramento ballot designed primarily for their benefit.
February 23, 2006 |
In recent NBA history, there were three great teams. Two won titles. This is about the third. It's a new era for the Sacramento Kings, the reign of Ron Artest, however long it lasts. Gone are their old monarchs, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Bobby Jackson and Doug Christie, who averaged 55 wins for five seasons and twice beat the Shaquille O'Neal-Kobe Bryant Lakers in the Pacific Division. Their wizardry is a memory.
January 26, 2006 |
After suspending Ron Artest on Dec. 6, using all 19 shopping days before Christmas and 31 more before next Christmas, the Indiana Pacers finally found a new home for their controversial forward, sending him to Sacramento for Peja Stojakovic. "We're gamblers," Sacramento co-owner Gavin Maloof said Wednesday night in New York before the Kings' game against the Knicks, "so we're going to take a chance on him." As usual with anything involving Artest, it wasn't simple.
August 13, 2005 |
The Sacramento Kings signed Shareef Abdur-Rahim to a multiyear contract Friday, three days after the New Jersey Nets rescinded a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers because of medical concerns about the nine-year veteran's right knee. "The only thing I can tell you is that I'm healthy," Abdur-Rahim said. "I've never missed games or practices because of my knees." The Kings, who bid for the free agent's services earlier in the summer, wasted no time reasserting their interest.
February 24, 2005 |
The star-crossed seven-year career of Chris Webber in Sacramento ended in a stunner Wednesday night, when the Kings, who had risen and fallen with him, sent the five-time All-Star forward to the 76ers for three journeymen. Going to the 76ers with Webber were reserve forwards Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley. Coming from the 76ers were forwards Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas and Brian Skinner.
November 26, 2004 |
Whatever remains of the great Lakers-Queens, er, Kings, rivalry, it's back again. Phil and Shaq are history, as are the Lakers as we knew them. The Sacramento Kings have seen better days themselves, but if the rivalry is over, as Kobe Bryant suggested, it's news to the fans here. As far as King fans are concerned, they're still up here and the Lakers are down there in Sodom, Gomorrah, Los Angeles or one of those places.