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The Other Side: Sacramento Kings


Don't be upset that you didn't draft me. I wasn't around at No. 5 anyway. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)


The Sacramento Kings finished with the worst record in the NBA last season but failed to snag the No. 1 pick. It didn't turn out too badly for the Kings, who drafted Tyreke Evans with the fourth selection. Evans is giving Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings a run for his money for rookie of the year. He's averaging 20 points per game and Nate McMillan has already compared him to Magic Johnson.

Despite losing Kevin Martin to a wrist injury last month, the Kings already have 10 wins, something they didn't do until Jan. 14 last season. They have hit a rough patch recently, losing five of six -- including a 95-88 loss in Portland on Tuesday -- after starting the season at 9-8.

Wednesday will be $1 beer night at Arco Arena, where the Wizards haven't lost since Dec. 21, 2004. Here's what else you need to know about the Kings:

1. Longtime General Manager Geoff Petrie is in the final year of his contract, but the Kings are expected to soon sign the man responsible for those successful Chris Webber/Vlade Divac Kings (and those terrible 17-win Kings) to an extension.

2. NBA Commissioner David Stern told SI.com that the league could be softening its stance on gambling, which thrills the Maloof brothers, who own the Kings and the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

3. The Kings are much better at home than on the road. They are 9-3 at Arco Arena, where they averaged 109.4 points per game, compared to just 99.9 on the road.

By Michael Lee  |  December 16, 2009; 8:08 PM ET
 
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Comments


"The Kings are much better at home than on the road. They are 9-3 at Arco Arena, where they averaged 109.4 points per game, compared to just 99.9 on the road."

Not...good...news

Posted by: and_1 | December 16, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why Comcast isn't offering Wizards games "on demand" anymore?

I'm going to bed early so my only chance to see this game is a replay tomorrow.

Posted by: MeviousMan | December 16, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't know much about the Kings, but I do know they have some serious size in their starting lineup.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=291212023

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 16, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Gee the Wizards are playing a team which was built through the draft and has 3 more wins than the Ernie (who can't draft a player to save his life) Grunfeld run Wizards?

The Kings are without their best player which should equal a win...wait weren't the Pacers without Granger?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 16, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"The Kings are without their best player which should equal a win...wait weren't the Pacers without Granger?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 16, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse "

Clips were without their rookie Griffin too.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 16, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

"What does Artis Gilmore have to do with anything?"

HOF career on par with Dirk's yet not in the HOF. If Artis was German, he'd be in.

Why?

'cause the HOF has separate criteria for international players, you end up judged against others from your country.

Drazen Petrovich is in, for example.

Posted by: divi3 | December 16, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Ernie would have traded the 4th pick for MM (who hasn't played since when) and Foye who can't beat a 5'2" player off the bench instead of drafting Evans.

Give Ernie a raise?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 16, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@Bulletsfan78,

You're tired!


Ummm...the no IQ is showing itself again. Agree with Van Gundy, go to Jamison. Flip, are you not calling his number? WTF.

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 16, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

This is what I'm talking about...playing the starters the whole first quarter and the 2nd quarter the other team dominates the backups.

Keep posting Jamison. He's killing down there.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | December 16, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

there ya go Dom

Posted by: divi3 | December 16, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Keep playing Boykins. Keep losing!

Flip is an idiot!

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 17, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Now Flip plays Foye with Arenas after the game is pretty much over!

FOYE SHOULD BE THE PRIMARY BACKUP PG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rphilli721 | December 17, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

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