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The Sacramento Kings signed Shareef Abdur-Rahim to a multiyear contract Friday, three days after the New Jersey Nets rescinded a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers because of medical concerns about the nine-year veteran's right knee.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.
May 20, 2004 |
Midway in the fourth quarter, Kevin Garnett cradled the basketball in his hands on the right wing. With a quick first step, he blew past Chris Webber along the baseline, gathered the ball, leaped high into the air and threw down a dunk, igniting another standing ovation from a full-throated, stick-banging crowd at the Target Center.
May 19, 2004 |
Perhaps Sunday's blow to the head from Anthony Peeler left Kevin Garnett feeling vulnerable. Or, maybe he's just prone to hyperbole. Whatever the case, the NBA's most valuable player promised to come prepared tonight for Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal series matching his Minnesota Timberwolves and the Sacramento Kings at Minneapolis. "This is it, all the marbles," he said. "I'm sitting in the house loading up the pump.
May 17, 2004 |
The Lakers can wait. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings aren't finished baiting, bumping, belittling and generally bedeviling one another. The Kings, making good on a vow by Chris Webber, squared their second-round playoff series with a 104-87 victory Sunday in Arco Arena that included a nasty third-quarter altercation between league most valuable player Kevin Garnett of the Timberwolves and reserve Anthony Peeler of the Kings, resulting in Peeler's ejection.
May 13, 2004 |
The Sacramento Kings aren't buried yet. After two heartbreaking losses left them in a desperate situation, the Kings picked themselves up Wednesday night and registered a season-saving 87-81 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in front of 17,317 in Arco Arena. Chris Webber scored 28 points and the Kings squared their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece, with Game 5 set for Friday night at Minneapolis and Game 6 on Sunday at Sacramento.