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Kings Talk: Episode 67

On this episode of Kings Talk presented by Cap City Crown, Tony and John discuss who has the best shot at winning the third backup center role, Mike Brown’s first real interview of the offseason, […]

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Kings Talk: Episode 67
Kings Talk: Episode 66
  • Given his shooting prowess, size, awareness, and toughness, the excitement swirling around the signing of EuroLeague MVP Sasha Vezenkov has been growing throughout the previous few months. On Thursday, the anticipation reached a new benchmark with the Bulgarian’s introductory press conference in Sacramento. Even as Vezenkov is achieving a childhood dream of finally getting a chance to play in the NBA, he remained level-headed about the reality of having to [...]
  • Last week, the big news—if one can call it that—was that former King Skal Labissiere was given a training camp invitation to compete with Nerlens Noel and Neemias Queta for what will presumably be the last roster spot reserved for a true center. Could Sacramento add another? After it had been reported that it was imminent, the Mavericks waived veteran center JaVale McGee on Tuesday. His services are likely to [...]
  • With last week’s schedule release, it’s time for the annual proclamation of the obvious: the Kings have to be better at home. For any team sport, it’s inherent that winning at home and establishing an advantage there is key to overall success. It’s so true that even pointing it out feels like a hollow platitude. Even still, there are a few reasons winning at home will be particularly critical for [...]
  • After a season that required a lot of “searching” regarding a backup to Domantas Sabonis, the Kings are proving to be approaching the backup center role seriously. In July, Sacramento re-signed Alex Len, who easily did the best job filling the role after he finally got a shot to hold it down with eight games remaining. And after being reportedly linked to him last season, they inked veteran Nerlens Noel [...]
  • One of the most relieving breaks in the monotony of an offseason stranded in the middle of August is the official release of the NBA schedule. And this week, it’s here, ready to guide basketball fans away from the void between one season and the next. Complete Kings 2023-24 Schedule 👑— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 17, 2023 Let’s dive right into it. Kings fans learned a bit earlier that [...]
  • Just when it really looked like the Neemias Queta experiment was over, the Kings pulled him back in—at least for the moment—by signing him to a partially-guaranteed standard contract this week. Ironically enough, it seemed the signing of Nerlens Noel indicated that Sacramento may move on from their 2021 second round selection, particularly with the 7-footer suffering from a stress reaction and sprain in his foot during Summer League, but [...]
  • The Sacramento Kings promoted Jimmy Alapag from Stockton to become the NBA team’s player development coach, essentially replacing Lindsey Harding, who is now the head coach of the G League club. Alapag is considered one of the very best players in the history of Filipino basketball after a thirteen-year playing career that was followed up by four years of assistant coaching in the PBL. He got a job with the [...]
  • We’ve definitely reached basketball’s slow period. Things will pick up when the regular season schedule is announced, when the FIBA World Cup gets underway, and, presumably, when Sacramento begins adding guys for its training camp roster. Until then, everyone has to pretend the release of the preseason schedule is somehow exciting. This—this emptiness, this void—is exactly why there is some remnant of an inclination to peek at the offseason power [...]
  • The Kings made some changes this past month, but as is clear, they are more or less attacking the upcoming season with the same core as the year before.  Thus, getting better depends in large part on the players already on the team getting better, and on that front, there is one in particular that stands out.  Is this the offseason of Keegan Murray?  The improvement of the team—while it [...]
  • The topic of our fifth and final Summer League rewind is Keon Ellis, last year’s prized undrafted free agent signing. Excluding of course Keegan Murray, who was clearly outstanding in his two California Classic performances, Jordan Ford and Ellis appeared to be the best overall performers for the Kings, but it was the latter’s abilities that look more translatable to the NBA level. The thing that was most pleasing about [...]
  • Though he managed to crack the rotation at the end of the regular season and provide some necessary defense on the wing, there is still plenty of room to grow for Kessler Edwards, which is why it’s so encouraging that he competed in Summer League in spite of being what could be called a true NBA player. Acquired as the lone trade deadline acquisition in February, Edwards did not initially [...]
  • Having already done breakdowns for Neemias Queta and Colby Jones, the next Summer League assessment will be for the Jalen Slawson, the second rookie. After being drafted 54th overall out of Furman, Slawson signed a two-way deal with the Kings, which foretells that he’ll play most of his basketball with the Stockton club in order to refine his game. However, with that two-way contract, injuries and missed time—as rare as [...]
  • Colby Jones’ Summer League has further substantiated the viewpoint that the Kings had a spectacular draft as the 34th overall pick looked far more like a first round selection than a second rounder. As a first year player, Jones is far from perfect and will have to really bring his best to get consistent minutes this season. That last point isn’t an indictment of the rookie; rather, it’s due to [...]
  • As has been noted a few times before, things have not gone Neemias Queta’s way this summer. With a spot open for another center on the roster, it was striking that the 2021 second round pick did not receive one of the three available two-way contracts a few weeks ago. Further calling his future with the organization into question was the fact he suffered a stress reaction and sprain in [...]
  • After going 5-2 throughout the Summer League—2-0 at the California Classic and 3-2 in Las Vegas—fans won’t really engage with much Kings basketball between now and the start of training camp in September. Though Sacramento again failed to win the Summer League title after winning it in 2021, there was some excellent play from a lot of guys. Among other things, Keegan Murray lit it up in his two games [...]

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