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Kings sunk by playoff-bound Grizzlies

Posted by rc360 on April 9, 2011

The Sacramento Kings looked like they weren’t going to be able to come back against the Memphis Grizzlies, but somehow they still made the game watchable down the stretch.

Even though the Kings were down by as much as 12 points in the fourth quarter, the Kings brought their deficit down to a one possession game. Marcus Thornton scored seven of his team-high 18 points for the Kings in the final 2:31 of the game.

Memphis went to shoot a pair free throws three times and missed the second of each pair and keeping the Kings alive. Sacramento came up short when Tony Allen blocked Tyreke Evans shot and Zach Randolph sank a pair of free throws.

The Griz clinched their first playoff berth in five years, beating the Kings 101-96.

Samuel Dalembert had 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Kings and Jason Thompson had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Click here to read full story at Examiner.com Sacramento

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Kings fans gather for Here We Build rally

Posted by rc360 on April 5, 2011

Sacramento Kings fans came out yesterday to attend the Here We Build rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza.

Fans from all over the Sacramento region came out not only to support their team to stay in town, but also to find a way to get a new sports and entertainment complex built.

Spawned from a tweet of frustration from local radio personality Carmichael Dave, the Here We Build movement has gathered over $500,000 in pledge money toward a new complex through Here We Stay on TwitterFacebook and its website.

“We are woefully behind in terms of some sort of a very large venue for all sorts of events,” Rancho Cordova City Council Member Linda Budge said at the rally.

Budge was one of the many speakers at the rally. Greg Lukenbill who moved the Kings to Sacramento in 1985, was also in attendance.

Click here for full story on Examiner.com Sacramento

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Kings’ Casspi unhappy, wants out of Sacramento

Posted by rc360 on April 4, 2011

In a column on the Israeli sports website ONE, Sacramento Kings player Omri Casspi that he’s unhappy with his situation on the team and stated his desire to leave the team.

The tenacious 6-foot-9-inch small forward is in his second year in the NBA and averages 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds. Although he’s played more games at small forward than teammates Donté Greene and Francisco García, he was benched for three games of the last five-game road trip in favor of those two players.

The Kings won all three games when he was benched.

“It’s not easy for me to sit on the bench, which has happened to me quite a bit in Sacramento’s last few games,” Casspi said according to the Jerusalem Post. “I’m a player who lives the game and as soon as you take away the thing I love the most in the world – playing basketball, it is hard for me.”

Casspi is the first and only Israeli to be drafted in the first round and play in the NBA. Happy to be put back on the floor, he sparked the Kings’ 116-113 win over the Phoenix Suns, scoring seven points playing the entire fourth quarter, the only quarter he played.

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