Despite all the conjecture that Tuesdays Virginia Beachcity counsel meeting would include a cohesive plan to move the Kings to theEast Coast, the latest relocation threat proved to have little basis or atthe very least is still in a very infant stage.The Maloofs, owners of the Kings, did not appear at themeeting or the press conference afterward, and according to Comcast-Spectacorpresident Peter Luuko, the main corporate backer of a possible Virginia Beacharena, Comcast-Spectacor has not even spoken to the Kings.We have not had any formal talks with the Kings, Luukosaid, according to ProBasketballTalk. We have not had any talks.The Maloofs have not filed for any Virginia-based trademarkapplications with the terms Kings or Royals and have no new trademarkapplications filed with the United States Trademark office, ProBasketballTalkreported. Marketing consultants with the city of Virginia Beach have registered the Internetdomain names vbkings.com and virginiabeachkings.com.Even if Comcast-Spectacor did initiate talks with theMaloofs, Virginia Beachis still far from breaking ground on a new arena. Two city councilmen said theywould oppose using public funds to build the stadium and questioned the citysproposal.Councilman Bill DeSteph noted the misleading geographicparameters the city used. Under their framework, which allowed them tocalculate that Virginia Beachs market includedthree million people, Sacramentocould claim to be a market of 10 million people.If were talking about Sacramento,lets go out 100 miles and lets include the San Francisco Bay Area and letsinclude Fresno,DeSteph said.Luuko remains committed to Virginia Beach, which he said is one of the largest underserved (sports)markets in North America.Luuko and Virginia Beach director of economic development Warren Harrissaid they would negotiate with pro sports franchises during the next two month,working on a 25-year lease.
The Sacramento Kings make the 90 mile commute to Oakland for a match up against the first place Golden State Warriors Friday evening. The Kings have lost three straight and are just 2-11 over their previous 13 games as they transition to a youth movement.
Buddy Hield tied his career-high with 21 points versus the Milwaukee Bucks last time out. He’ll face a different beast against the Warriors. Klay Thompson is one of the best two-way shooting guards in the league. He can light you up from long range and shut you down with physical play on the other side of the ball.
Matt Barnes joined the W’s after being waived by the Kings during the All-Star break. The 37-year-old forward has played nearly 20 minutes per night for Golden State, averaging 5.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 11 games.
Warriors by 17.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Buddy Hield vs. Klay Thompson -- Hield is averaging 14.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 27.6 minutes over 14 games with the Kings. The rookie shooting guard is shooting 50 percent from the field, 44.9 percent from 3-point range and posted double-figure scoring in all but two games since coming over via trade during the All-Star break. Thompson is one of the premiere player at his position, posting 22.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. The Kings have been on the receiving end of plenty of his scoring outbursts over the years.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 27-44 third place in Pacific
Warriors: 57-14, first place in Pacific
Kings: SG Malachi Richardson (torn hamstring) status unknown at this time, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.
Warriors: SF Kevin Durant (tibial bruise, knee) out.
The Warriors lead the season series at 2-1 with a 109-86 victory at Oracle Arena. Golden State holds a 199-186 lead over the Kings all-time and a 71-65 advantage during the Sacramento-era.
“I’m trying to kill ‘em, plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there. They’re the enemy now, so we’re trying to kill ‘em - beat them by 50.” -Matt Barnes on his approach against his former team
Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson spent time in a Colorado courtroom Thursday to face allegations of potential probation violations. Lawson was granted a six-week stay in case and will reappear in court on May 4, CSN California has learned through a league source.
According to Jesse Paul of the Denver Post, Lawson, through his attorney Harvey Steinberg, entered a denial of probation violations. Lawson tested positive for alcohol three times in the past year, according to published reports. If true, it would be a violation of his probation.
Lawson’s legal troubles stem from a 2015 DUI arrest in Denver. The eight-year NBA veteran signed a one-year deal with the Kings on Aug. 31, 2016. Through 63 games, including 21 starts, the 29-year-old guard has posted averages of 9.2 points and 4.7 assists in 25.1 minutes per game.
He sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks for “planned rest.” Lawson is expected back in a Kings uniform Friday night when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.