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  • article-image: Kings Make Franchise History from Long Range

    Kings Make Franchise History from Long Range

    They don’t call him Buddy Buckets for nothing. In their clash with the Washington Wizards earlier this month, Sactown made some noise in the record books. Buddy Hield, doing what he does best, knocked down a triple to set a new franchise record for threes made with the 739th made trey of the season.

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: Peja, Webber Power Kings Over Mavs

    This Date in Kings History: Peja, Webber Power Kings Over Mavs

    The Kings used an early 15-2 run to jump out on the higher-seeded Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the team's Western Conference Semifinals matchup on May 6, 2003. "We knew exactly what we needed to do," said Kings center Vlade Divac , who had 14 points in 15 minutes. "It was beautiful."

  • article-image: Making Of: Kings New Logos

    Making Of: Kings New Logos

    Hundreds of intricate concepts and countless rounds of back-and-forth revisions would soon follow, but when Rodney Richardson – Founder and Principal of RARE Design – sketched a preliminary concept of Sacramento’s new logo, he didn’t realize he’d inadvertently found exactly what he and Kings decision-makers were seeking. The powerful, all-encompassing symbol invoked a deep sense of nostalgia while reinvigorating a heritage that had long distinguished the historic franchise.

  • article-image: Farewell Sleep Train Arena

    Farewell Sleep Train Arena

    Game time is more than an hour away, but Nick Bryant’s eyes are transfixed on the Sleep Train Arena court, where various Sacramento Kings are performing their pregame shooting ritual in preparation for the March 30th game against the Washington Wizards. Dressed in a vintage Kevin Martin, No. 23 Kings jersey and wearing a “Vote for Boogie” sweat-stained headband, Bryant and approximately 120 fans have converged behind the courtside seats to get a close-up look at their basketball heroes.

  • article-image: Kings Q&A: Grant Napear

    Kings Q&A: Grant Napear

    In honor of the team's final games at Sleep Train Arena, Kings.com catches up with team legends who will be in attendance for the last regular season game. Grant Napear has been the man behind the microphone for as long as the Kings have been in Sacramento, providing exciting and iconic calls for the biggest moments in the team’s history.

  • article-image: Kings Q&A: Jerry Reynolds

    Kings Q&A: Jerry Reynolds

    In honor of the team's final games at Sleep Train Arena, Kings.com is catching up with team legends who will be in attendance at the last game to get their thoughts and favorite memories from playing in Sacramento. Since he moved with the Kings from Kansas City to Sacramento, Jerry Reynolds has worn many hats within the Kings organization. From Head Coach, to General Manager to his current role as Kings TV Color Analyst, Reynolds has been a staple in the history of professional basketball in Sacramento.

  • article-image: Kings Q&A: Vlade Divac

    Kings Q&A: Vlade Divac

    In honor of the team's final games at Sleep Train Arena, Kings.com is catching up with team legends who will be in attendance at the last game to get their thoughts and favorite memories from playing in Sacramento. For six seasons, Vlade Divac won the affections of fans in Sacramento with not just his high level of play, but also his leadership and warm personality. No. 21 was a crucial component to the Kings success during his time suiting up in the purple and black, helping guide his team to the playoffs during every season he spent in Sactown.

  • article-image: Kings Q&A: Bobby Jackson

    Kings Q&A: Bobby Jackson

    In honor of the team's final games at Sleep Train Arena, Kings.com is catching up with team legends who will be in attendance at the last game to get their thoughts and favorite memories from playing in Sacramento. Much like how Kings fans gave the team a boost when needed, Bobby Jackson was a pivotal player in providing energy off of the bench during his time in Sacramento. The former Kings guard electrified and entertained Sacramento basketball fans during his six seasons in the purple and black - playing a crucial role as an offensive spark plug for the team.

  • article-image: Kings Q&A: Peja Stojakovic

    Kings Q&A: Peja Stojakovic

    In honor of the team's final games at Sleep Train Arena, Kings.com is catching up with team legends who will be in attendance at the last game to get their thoughts and favorite memories from playing in Sacramento. Peja has been a part of many fond memories while suiting up for the purple and black and now continues to contribute to the Kings, serving as Directory of Player Personnel and Development and Reno Bighorns General Manager.

  • article-image: Webber Ranked in ESPN All-Time Top 100 Players

    Webber Ranked in ESPN All-Time Top 100 Players

    Using a combination of peak performance and career value, ESPN built a ballot of 150 of the greatest players in NBA history. Then, using an expert panel each was placed in individual matchups and voted on. The results found Kings legend Chris Webber within the Top 100.

  • article-image: High Tops, High Fives and High-Top Fades

    High Tops, High Fives and High-Top Fades

    By: Nate Rose While most of my forays to pregame shootarounds yielded few returns — other than an autograph from Craig Ehlo and Sarunas Marciulionis — I did manage to secure one signature I’m still particularly proud of to this day. 

  • article-image: Bobby Recounts Most Memorable Moments

    Bobby Recounts Most Memorable Moments

    How did your experience as a young player in the League impact how you coach and scout young talent? “I’m kind of a hard critic when it comes down to it. I look for guys who can do everything, and it’s hard to find guys who have all those qualities — guys who can rebound, score, pass, defend, push the ball, see the court and have a great attitude. It’s also about shooting, if he can create his own shot or for his teammates, or if he is a good teammate. I look at all those things as I go out to critique a young man and judge how good he can be at the next level.”

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: Kings Extend Home Winning Streak

    This Date in Kings History: Kings Extend Home Winning Streak

    Following their historic 2001-02 campaign, the Kings once again started their season with force. Winnings their first 10 games at home, Sactown looked to extend their winning ways at Arco Arena against the Denver Nuggets. With Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic, Mateen Cleaves, Hedo Turkoglu, Lawrence Funderburke and Scot Pollard all out, it was up to Christie and Jackson to lead the way. Christie finished with a team-high 23 points, 8 rebounds, six assists and four steals against Denver.

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: K-Mart’s Buzzer-Beater

    This Date in Kings History: K-Mart’s Buzzer-Beater

    Eleven years ago, emotions were riding high at ARCO Arena as the clock wound down on Game 3 for the Sacramento Kings of their opening series for the 2006 NBA Playoffs. Owning a narrow 93-92 lead, the opposing San Antonio Spurs controlled the basketball as they tried to shave off as much as they could of the remaining 27 seconds. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili dribbled and dribbled as the seconds wasted away, while the uproarious Sacramento crowd chanted “defense”. In the end, the home crowd’s chants were answered.

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: Hedo Drops Near Triple-Double Versus Nuggets

    This Date in Kings History: Hedo Drops Near Triple-Double Versus Nuggets

    With Peja Stojakovic sidelined, then second-year forward Hedo Turkoglu stepped in to have a memorable, career night. In 44 minutes of play, Turkoglu hit on 12-of-15 from the field for a 31-point, 10-assist and nine-rebound effort. Just missing a triple-double, the Turkish sophomore credited Stojakovic for his standout performance. "Peja is a good scorer, probably one of the leading scorers on the team," said Turkoglu to ESPN. "And today I tried to do the same things as him, to rebound and score."

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: December 28

    This Date in Kings History: December 28

    Just one year ago today, Omri Casspi turned heads around the League in an epic three-point shootout with Golden State’s Stephen Curry. With three minutes remaining in the first half, Casspi and Curry combined for nine threes at Oracle Arena, responsible for 29 of the half’s final 31 points. By the break, Omri hit on 7-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 26 points while Curry finished with 17 points, all in the final three minutes of the second quarter.

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: Peja, Webber Power Kings Over Mavs

    This Date in Kings History: Peja, Webber Power Kings Over Mavs

    The Kings used an early 15-2 run to jump out on the higher-seeded Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the team's Western Conference Semifinals matchup on May 6, 2003. "We knew exactly what we needed to do," said Kings center Vlade Divac , who had 14 points in 15 minutes. "It was beautiful."

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: Kings Acquire Webber

    This Date in Kings History: Kings Acquire Webber

    Chris Webber 's era in Sacramento saw the team's greatest achievements on the court, ultimately coming one win short of a berth in the NBA finals. On this day 17 years ago, the Kings acquired the mult-time All-Star and former No. 1 overall pick in exchange for another franchise legend in Mitch Richmond and forward Otis Thorpe.

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: Kings Advance to WCF

    This Date in Kings History: Kings Advance to WCF

    "Beat LA" chants rained down as the buzzer sounded on Game Five of the Kings semifinal matchup with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, May 13, 2002. Sacramento's team had just advanced to the Western Conference Finals to play the Los Angeles Lakers - a team that had knocked them out of the playoffs the previous two seasons.

  • article-image: This Date in Kings History: Kings Extend Win-Streak to 12

    This Date in Kings History: Kings Extend Win-Streak to 12

    The 2002 campaign was a special year for Kings fans. The team won 61 games - the most in franchise history - and nearly earned a trip to the NBA Finals. Winning over 60 games in a single season often means teams go through stretches of complete dominance, and Sacramento did too. From a Dec. 23 victory over the Phoenix Suns to a Jan. 21 win over the Memphis Grizzlies - nearly one month - the team didn’t lose.

  • article-image: Webber Outduels Duncan

    Webber Outduels Duncan

    On January 13, 2000, the Kings welcomed the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs to the raucous confines of ARCO Arena. At the time, the Spurs boasted a 24-12 record, while Sacramento was making noise of its own sporting an admirable 20-12 record. The Kings had won two-straight prior to the big Western Conference matchup with the Spurs, defeating Houston and Indiana at home. San Antonio was on a three-game winning streak and three-nights prior had seen MVP Candidate Tim Duncan explode for 46 points and 14 rebounds against Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz.

  • article-image: On This Date in Kings History: C-Webb's Career Night

    On This Date in Kings History: C-Webb's Career Night

    On January 5, 2001, the Kings held the best record in the Western Conference (21-8) and were coming off an incredible overtime win against Phoenix in which they watched former Sacramento swingman and current Suns guard Tony Delk score a career-high 53 points.