Arena 'conversation' starts in Virginia Beach

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Arena 'conversation' starts in Virginia Beach

A conversation about a new 18,000 seat arena in Virginia Beach, VAbegins today. Will the Sacramento Kings be involved as previously reported?

REWIND: Report -- Kings on the move to Virginia Beach?
A city council meeting is set for 3 p.m. ET Tuesday andsubsequent press conference is to follow in Virginia Beach. Scheduled to attend the meetingand the press conference are high-ranking officials from Comcast-Spectacor and LiveNation, partners in the consortium which are looking for approval to builda new beach-front arena in Virginia Beach.According to a blog today on WAVY TVs website, todaysmeeting with the Virginia Beach city council and consortium leaders is meant tostart a conversation regarding the proposed new facility. Officially, there are no professional teams (NBA or NHL)which have aligned themselves with the arena effort there. Relating to the Kings, an NBA sourcetold CSN Bay Area last week, We have no information from the Kings on thismatter and there has been no application for relocation."Still, reports from Inside Business last week said representatives from the Kings would be in Virginia Beach this week, a report the Kings have denied.
George Maloof Jr. also denied the team had specifically engaged intalks with the coastal town:We have been approached by several cities over severalyears about moving the Kings, and we will not comment other thanthat." Stay logged on to CSNCalifornia.com as this story develops.

Joerger: Rebuilding Kings hope to make the playoffs in...

Joerger: Rebuilding Kings hope to make the playoffs in...

The Kings' playoff drought is at 11 years and according to head coach Dave Joerger, it's going to last a few more years.

Speaking on Sirius XM NBA Radio on Tuesday, Joerger was asked about the differences between his coaching gigs with Sacramento and Memphis, and outlined the Kings' timeline for reaching the postseason.

"It's different. It's been a great learning experience for me. It's going to be an interesting process. You know, three years from now we hope to be in the playoffs. And so how do we do that? We were just talking about Memphis and it's the same thing. So if you're management, there's a couple times a year, two or three times that are really hot. Trade deadline, draft, free agency, boom, boom, boom. We're in Memphis sitting there getting 50 wins a year. Okay, maybe the trade deadline came and went, maybe we got a guy, maybe not, not too stressful. Get the 23rd, 24th pick in the draft," Joerger said.

"It's different now. In this situation, it's a higher pick, now free agency has a little bit more focus on it. So how we execute in free agency, how we execute our draft picks and how we execute at the trade deadline as this thing builds, you try to go too fast, you can make mistakes. But I think slow and steady wins the race," Joerger concluded.

So Kings fans can look forward to the 2019-20 season when the team returns to the playoffs.

Joerger is at the helm of a Kings team that is in full rebuild mode. The team traded center DeMarcus Cousins during the All-Star break and turned the team over to several first and second-year players. They posted a 32-50 record during the 2016-17 season, good for a third-place finish in the Pacific Division.

The Kings hold the No. 5, 10 and 34 picks in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft and will add to their stable of young players.

 

Kings to host six players in first 2017 Pre-Draft workout

Kings to host six players in first 2017 Pre-Draft workout

With the NBA Draft Lottery in the books, the Kings can now start hosting players and will bring in six prospects for a workout on Thursday, May 18.

Here are the six players that will participate in the workout in Sacramento.

Wesley Iwundu (G – 6’7” 205 lbs.) Kansas State
Brynton Lemar (G – 6’4” 195 lbs.) UC Davis
Landen Lucas (C – 6’10” 240 lbs.) Kansas
Eric Mika (C – 6’10” 233 lbs.) BYU 
Naz Mitrou-Long (G – 6’4” 203 lbs.) Iowa State
Tai Webster (G – 6’4” 188 lbs.) Nebraska

The Kings hold the No. 5, 10 and 34 picks in the 2017 NBA Draft, which takes place on Thursday, June 22.