Mayor Johnson, Stern have 'productive conversation'

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Mayor Johnson, Stern have 'productive conversation'

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recently met with NBA Commissioner David Stern and other executives regarding his city's efforts to finance a new arena, and classified the talks as "productive conversation."

The meeting, which took place in New York, also involved Tim Leiweke, the AEG President who has expressed interest in operating a Sacramento-owned arena to house the Kings.

Mayor Johnson said in a statement he "made clear Sacramento's seriousness of purpose when it comes to developing a true public-private partnership" for a new arena.

Stern has said the Kings will again explore relocation if there is no arena plan by March 1.

The Sacramento City Council has approved several preliminary measures to finance a new arena. Details of the final plan - and a vote - are not expected until at least February.

This offseason was a hectic one for the Kings. Owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, who have been pushing for a new downtown basketball arena for years, negotiated with the city of Anaheim in an effort to relocate the team south.

The news spurred a grassroots effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento that raised 800K towards a new arena. In concert with the city's response, Mayor Kevin Johnson presented to the NBA Board of Governors, convincing them to delay the relocation process.

The Board agreed to delay any relocation authorization one year, which will be up in March of 2012.

If the City Council is able to pass a plan to finance the new stadium in February, as expected, there will only be one month before the NBA Board's official delay is lifted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Matt Barnes may be in some trouble.

The New York Police Department wants to question the Kings forward because he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning, according to TMZ Sports.

Barnes reportedly punched two other people as well.

TMZ Sports has video of Barnes and teammate DeMarcus Cousins in front of Avenue Nightclub after the alleged incident.

The Kings lost to the Knicks on Sunday night and Barnes shot 1-for-11 from the field.

Cousins scored 36 points on 9-of-30 shooting.
 

Rewind: Cauley-Stein shows versatility in Kings' comeback attempt

Rewind: Cauley-Stein shows versatility in Kings' comeback attempt

Sometimes your shot won’t fall. The Sacramento Kings tried everything. Their 3-pointers went halfway down before popping out. Mid-range jumpers found the back iron of the rim. Fastbreak layups rolled out. Tip-ins bounced three times before jumping off the rim. 
 
Sacramento shot just 14-of-49 in the first half and 31-for-96 overall for a horrifying 32.3 percent from the field. And they still had a chance to win.
 
“I thought we got good looks all night,” coach Dave Joerger told media following the game.
 
The New York Knicks built a 21-point first half lead, but with 4:51 remaining in the fourth, the Kings trailed by just two. And then the shots stopped falling again for Sacramento.
 
“When you have to come back from that amount down, it takes a lot of energy and I think we ran out of legs,” Joerger added.
 
The Kings shot 7-of-29 from the field (24.1 percent) in the fourth quarter and 1-of-10 from deep as the Knicks clung to the lead. 
 
Carmelo Anthony dropped in six of his 20 down the stretch and Brandon Jennings hit all four of his free throw attempts in the final few minutes as the Knicks survived for the 106-98 win.
 
DeMarcus Cousins had a big night, scoring 36 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, but he shot just 9-of-30 from the field, including 4-for-10 from long range. 
 
While his team was struggling to hit anything in the first half, Cousins completely carried the team. But when the Kings drew near, be it Cousins or one of the other Kings players, they took ill-advised shots looking for the home run instead of methodically running their offense.
 
It’s nearly impossible to win an NBA game when you shoot 32.2 percent, but Sacramento had plenty of opportunities to complete the comeback and squandered them.
 
With the game out of control early, Joerger turned to unconventional lineups in an attempt to mix things up. Willie Cauley-Stein got an extended look in the second half and may have played himself into more time moving forward. 
 
The second-year big finished the game with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 23 minutes of action. He brought energy on the offensive end and played strong defense against the best the Knicks had to offer.
 
“I think his versatility and length to be able to have to step out and play Carmelo or step out and have to play (Kristaps) Porzingis, where maybe that’s not Kosta’s strength as much,” Joerger said. 
 
The former Kentucky star agreed with his coach’s assessment after the game.
 
“I like to play dudes like that anyways,” Cauley-Stein told reporters. “That kind of goes into to my strengths instead of trying to play a five man that’s just bigger than me and outweighs me by 30 or 40 pounds.”
 
Cauley-Stein has played more than 20 minutes in a game just once this season and he’s sat out three of the Kings' 20 contests as a healthy scratch. He came into the night averaging just 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game.  
 
“You’ve just got to remember this is my second year and a new coach, so it’s like being in a rookie year all over again,” Cauley-Stein said. “You’ve got to prove yourself to them that you can make plays, that you can knock down shots.”
 
There's no question the Kings can use a defensive-minded hustle player off the bench, but Joerger has often turned to 36-year-old Matt Barnes for those minutes instead of the Kings' first-As theround pick from a season ago.
 
With the loss, Sacramento fell to 1-3 on the road trip and 7-13 on the season. They have a two day break before facing off with the 4-15 Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.