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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Lakers

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings Summer League loss to Lakers

LAS VEGAS, NV --  The Lakers pulled the plug and the ballyhooed matchup between Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox Monday night. Los Angeles chose to sit their star young point guard, which opened the door for Sacramento to pick up their first win during the 2017 Summer League schedule.  But that’s not what happened. Los Angeles jumped all over the Kings early, leading by as many as 28. Sacramento made a late run, but fell by a final of 95-92.

-- Frank Mason is finding his stride. The former Kansas Jayhawk star looked like the little engine that could against the Lakers. He broke down Los Angeles’ defense and found open shooters. With others struggling, the second-rounder gave the Kings a boost with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench.

-- Buddy Hield is all over the board. After going cold in games 1 and 2, Hield lit the Lakers up for two 3-pointers early. And then he forced the action. He’s put on himself to have a big Summer League appears to be wearing on the second-year guard. He caught fire late, knocking down four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 22 points.

-- Justin Jackson is a nice asset to have. In today’s NBA, it’s refreshing to see a player who can play without the ball in his hands. After going 0-of-8 from long range on Sunday, the 22-year-old forward finished with 16 points on 7-for-16 from field. While he shot just 2-of-6 from deep, he plays the game under control and with confidence. That third year at UNC is paying off early.

-- De’Aaron Fox knows how to silence a crowd. With Laker fans chanting “over-rated” in the first half, Fox ran right by his defender for a lay-up. There might not be a faster player in the league. He needs to get his teammates involved, but Kings fans should be excited about their prized top five pick.

-- Ignoring your bigs is ill-advised. Georgios Papagiannis has struggled big time in Las Vegas and Skal Labissiere has been a non-factor in game 3. Sacramento over-dribbled on the perimeter and forced up bad shots, limiting their starting power forward and center to a combined nine shots, none of which found the bottom of the net.

Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments

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Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments

Sacramento — Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé released the following statement.

“I have a deep respect for our nation’s unwavering commitment to free speech and support all Americans’ right to freely express themselves. The President's recent comments are deeply disappointing, because our focus should be on fostering a culture of sensitivity and inclusion. Our mission at the Sacramento Kings has always been to unite our community and use our platform to create positive change, so we continue to stand with our players, and all people, who use their platform to raise awareness and make Sacramento and our country proud.”

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Kings hire VP of professional development

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Kings hire VP of professional development

It’s been a summer of change for the Sacramento Kings. A roster upheaval has 10 new players vying for minutes once training camp opens on Tuesday. The coaching staff has been bolstered and fresh blood was added to the front office in the form of analytics guru Luke Bornn and assistant general manager Brandon Williams. On Thursday, one more piece to the puzzle was brought in to help develop the team’s young core.

With the hiring of Galen Duncan as the franchise’s new Vice President of the Kings Academy and Professional Development, Sacramento is making a major investment in the future of their team.

According to the team’s official press release, “Duncan is responsible for implementation of the Kings Academy program, a developmental, player-centric curriculum aligning multi-faceted organizational philosophies and ideals to help athletes mature into well-rounded professionals. Under Duncan’s oversight, Kings Academy will augment on-court progress with access to practical material and experiences that help balance on-court priorities and personal responsibilities with opportunities to become impactful contributors in the community.”

After 10 years with the Detroit Lions, Duncan is making the jump to the NBA game. He’s already had a taste of the league, working with the league office as part of the NBA Rookie Transition Program.

With five rookies and another four sophomores on the roster, the Kings are investing in a seasoned mentor and life coach. Armed with a Ph.D. in health psychology from Walden University, Duncan will aid the players in everything from finding an apartment to dealing with the stress of life as a 19-year-old millionaire with no experience paying a bill.

“My passion has always been sports,” Duncan told NBC Sports California. “Sports has done wonderful things for me. I don’t care what level they’re at or how much money they make, I think there is something to learn and I have something to teach.”

With the Lions, he brought incoming rookie classes through everything from etiquette courses to teaching them how to tie ties. His goal is to transform a group of young men into professionals, who just happen to be professional athletes.

It’s not just about making a polished product for the media and general public. Duncan will work with players on a variety of personal issues, including money management, dealing with family and professional on-court performance.

“Unfortunately, sometimes family can be your worst enemy,” Duncan said. “But if structured correctly and if nurtured, I think the education goes beyond just the player. I think you have to educate the family as well about what they’re doing.”

The transition to the NBA game will be interesting for Duncan. He comes from a game where the incoming rookie class can be anywhere from 10-15 players. He hasn’t dealt with 19-year-olds at the NFL level and guaranteed contracts are new as well, but the job is very similar.

Sacramento has always had a support staff to help with the transition to the NBA game, but the addition of Duncan is a new level of commitment by the team. They have a huge group of young players and they are making an investment into their futures and the future of the franchise. It’s a clear step in the right direction.