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The Sacramento Kings signed Shareef Abdur-Rahim to a multiyear contract Friday, three days after the New Jersey Nets rescinded a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers because of medical concerns about the nine-year veteran's right knee.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 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 11, 2004 |
Before Monday, it was debatable which team held the upper hand in the NBA's "other" Western Conference semifinal playoff series. Was it the Sacramento Kings, who had seized home-court advantage from the top-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves by splitting the first two games of the series last week at Minneapolis? Or was it the Timberwolves, whose late rally Saturday night had given them an exhilarating victory while handing the Kings a heartbreaking Game 2 defeat? There's no question now.
April 12, 2004 |
Well, that was educational, wasn't it? For months, everyone was wondering if the Lakers would blow up after the playoffs. Now everyone is wondering if the Lakers will blow up before the playoffs. A lot of mettle was tested Sunday. The Sacramento Kings passed and the Lakers took a pass. The Kings, who'd been rolling and tumbling for weeks, pulled themselves together. Meanwhile, the Lakers pulled a no-show, a very bad sign in a game with so much significance.