Kings Official Media Release

Kings To Host Five 2012 NBA Draft Parties in Neighborhoods Throughout Sacramento Region

-- Locations will offer fans opportunities to win prizes and mingle with Kings players Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson and Hassan Whiteside, Kings Dance Team members, Breakers and Slamson --

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., June 25, 2012 -- The Sacramento Kings are partnering with CBS Radio and popular local establishments to celebrate the 2012 NBA Draft by hosting parties in five locations on Thursday, June 28 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Fans attending festivities at any of the five sites will have chances to meet Kings players and team personalities, enter free raffles, participate in basketball-themed contests and watch the draft unfold with fellow fans in family-friendly environments.

“I’m looking forward to meeting loyal Kings fans and seeing how the draft plays out,” said Kings guard Marcus Thornton. “This is an exciting time for everyone—it will be fun to experience the enthusiasm with all of our supporters.”

All five parties are free to the public, with doors opening at 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • The M!X: Downtown Sacramento (corner of 16th and L Streets).
    Appearances by Marcus Thornton & Jason Thompson
    **1140 The Fan’s Grant Napear will broadcast live throughout the afternoon.
  • Dave & Buster’s: Roseville (1174 Roseville Parkway).
    Appearance by Hassan Whiteside
  • Pins n’ Strikes: Elk Grove (3443 Laguna Blvd).
    Appearance by Marcus Thornton
    **Fans can meet the new Sacramento Kings Dance Team at their NBA Draft After Party from 8 – 10 p.m.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Folsom (2759 E. Bidwell St.).
    Appearance by Hassan Whiteside
  • Oshima Sushi Fugu Lounge: Natomas (2071 Natomas Crossing Drive).
    Appearance by Jason Thompson
  • Kings players will make appearances at each party, stopping to pose for photographs and sign autographs as time allows. They’ll be joined by Sacramento Kings Dancers, Kings Breakers, Slamson and entertainment department emcees Scott Moak and Scott Freshour. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded throughout the evening at all party locations.

    Additionally, those fans purchasing Kings 2012-13 Full Season tickets by June 28th will be eligible to take part in the team’s remaining Draft Experiences, which include an autographed jersey of the Kings draft selection, a seat on the team-chartered bus shuttling the new player(s) from Sacramento International Airport, an exclusive meet & greet with newest Kings(s) plus an invitation to the official draftee press conference and admittance into the Kings practice facility to view a Summer League practice before the team departs for Las Vegas. Kings season tickets start at just $13.50 per game.

    About Maloof Sports & Entertainment (MS&E):
    Maloof Sports & Entertainment includes the Sacramento Kings and Power Balance Pavilion. Owned by the Maloof family with long-term, local partners, the organization is committed to being a contributing member of the Sacramento community. Teaming up with local leaders and non-profit organizations to give back to those in need throughout the region, MS&E has donated millions of dollars to charity in 12 years of Maloof family ownership. For more information about Maloof Sports & Entertainment, please visit Kings.com, PowerBalancePavilion.com or call 916-928-0000.