Friday, October 21, 2005

Moving Sale

Everything must go! Half off!

It's sad to say that only months after christening this here website with the first blurb of idiocy, I'm leaving it behind to wither in the tempestuous Sacramento fall weather. SACKINGSBLOG.com, your home for crackpot opinions on the Kings and the NBA, is sadly no more.

But fear not, masochists - SACTOWN ROYALTY is here to bludgeon you with misguided prose.

Having understood the complaints from Celtics fans that my site was "hideous" even before they pointed it out to me, I looked for ways I could run a Kings blog while doing even less work. That took me to the wholly wonderful SportsBlogs Nation, a network run by the guys that brought you Daily Kos and Athletics Nation, as well as my personal favorite Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles.

SBN offers me a lot of things (the actual potential for some ad revenue, a clean site look, a close network of sportsbloggers, easy-to-use technology), and hopefully it will offer my current and future readers some great features, too. Over at SR, you can post a diary, which is like a mini-blog where you can spout off on anything, even if I haven't posted on it.

You do have to register to comment or post a diary, but it's extremely easy to do so. Also, feel free to use a throwaway freebie email account to register - although we promise not to spam you, I understand some people's hatred for logins.

I thank you all for reading my crap, posting your own crap, emailing me to tell me you actually like my crap and clicking on my ads. All very much appreciated.

And I hope y'all will join me over at SACTOWN ROYALTY.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Major SKB News Coming

Tune in first thing tomorrow morning, as we have big news for all three of our readers. It may involve some work on your part, and probably none on ours. Other than that, it should make you happy. If it doesn't, we're sending our large Sicilian uncle over to "visit." Capiche?

Survivor: Sacramento Update

In case you haven't been paying much attention, two more players have been kicked off the island. Rickey Paulding, as expected, was dropped, as was Erik Daniels, who actually had a roster spot most of last season as a backup and seldom-used forward.

Sam Amick wrote up the ED cut a few days ago. With Dan Langhi and Anwar Ferguson already gone, this brings the magic cut number to three.

Eric Sandrin has to be next to go, along with either Luis Flores or Ronnie Price and Luke Schenscher or Jamal Sampson. My money is on Sandrin getting cut within days and Flores and Luke Dynamite getting cut on Halloween.

Suns Still Better?

SI thinks so. Their league preview has the Kings as the sixth-best team in the West, behind the Spurs, the Nuggets (yes, the #2 Denver fricking Nuggets), the Suns sans Amare, the Mavericks and the Rockets. The Sonics rank at number 7, much to the displeasure of the hilarious SuperSonicSoul.

Our own division preview will be laid out starting Monday.

Nasty

Reading this story on Big Nasty makes me really hope the guy gets significant minutes this season.

Of course, seeing him on offense and remembering 1997 (when he was the number one option) makes me wish he wouldn't get any minutes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Blogosphere Power Rankings

It's a few days late, but...

YAYsports has implemented a fantastic feature - a weekly compendium of basketblogger power rankings. The first edition came out Monday and can be found below.



The top five looks very similar to my own, though Cleveland over the Kings should never happen. I also think that because EVERYONE seems to believe the Suns are going to plummet to the fiery depths of Golden-State-Warriordom, that they're probably going to hang around the top this season. Fricking conventional wisom.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Gone Fishing

Sorry for the late notice, but SKB is on a short vacation until Wednesday. We'll catch up on the win over L.A. and whatever happens versus the Warriors Sunday then. But for now, our mind is a clean slate, worrying not about cat-vomit uniforms, rebound margins or Adelmania.

Feel free to comment on any of the weekend games in the comments of this post.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Fandemonium, A Few Days Late

Okay, so almost a week late. But we finally got some pictures from a reader!

Keith sent along the following photos from Saturday's Fandemonium event, which didn't include a scrimmage (?) but did have other fun things, including Bonzi Wells and Brad Miller peddling snacks and beer.

Here's Bonzi (either signing autographs or squeezing ketchup on a hot dog - we can't tell):


...and B-52 posing with 6-year-old Kings fan Jason:


...and something we are totally NOT ready to discuss yet, the cat-vomit jerseys:


Thanks Keith!

Boston's Ebert and Roeper

So I check my traffic this morning and see a veritable avalanche of unnormal hits. Where are they from? Celtics Blog, where one of the top 5 hoopsbloggers on the planet complimented me.

So I check the comments of the too-kind post, and I see this C's fan's response:
"SacKingsBlog is OK.. the writing is entertaining but man oh man is that a hideous layout."

You win some, you lose some. But is that one hell of a t-shirt in the making?

We now have two slogans here at SKB. Vote for your favorite:

SACKINGSBLOG.com: We use all sorts of math and shit to prove a point.

Or

SACKINGSBLOG.com: "The writing is entertaining, but man OH MAN is that a hideous layout."

The choice is yours, America.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Shocker: Tsakopoulos Wants to Build Homes

The Bee has the story on Angelo K. Tsakopoulos's new plan to get the Maloofs their arena. It involves developing land in eastern Sac County - property that is earmarked as open space.

This sped-up development would raise funds to build a new arena for the Kings in North Natomas. A similar plan got killed last spring when Angelo's fellow landowners balked at contributing 20 percent of their home-selling profits.

Tsakopoulos is a magnificently hungry power broker, for those unfamiliar with him. He has the money, land and connections to essentially do want he wants, and though sources in the Bee story say such a plan is far-fetched (a recently approved growth plan doesn't call for homes on AKT's land in eastern county).

That the tribes are involved in this plan is interesting, too. They are a big source of funds, though it's unclear how they will contribute to any arena plan. And the Maloofs certainly don't seem to be counting their eggs yet. So, you know, grain of salt.

Will Sacramento get an ultimatum this year? I'd guess yes, and I'd venture that the ultimatum will be 2008.

Rip Hamilton's Secret Exposed!

Along with pondering the idea of painting his clear face mask like a superhero, Andrei Kirilenko talks about how refs probably call tougher games on guys guarding players with broken noses. Rip Hamilton is sooo going to hurt AK47 for giving away his secret.

Kings Lose Meaningless Game, Blogger Jumps to Conclusions

The Kings dropped their first preseason game to the Mavs last night, going down 96-83.

The Good
- Kevin Martin and Jason Hart both looked good on defense. B-52 had his moments on D, too.
- KT started and got into a nice flow in the second half. He ended up 5 for 8, hitting some nice-looking midrangers.
- Shareef, coming off the bench, was excellent.
- 82 percent from the line as a team.
- We feel confident in saying Skinner is healthy.

The Bad
- Peja went 1 for 7. Somewhere, Chris Webber chuckled.
- The starting 5 looked horrible together, which is to be expected since, you know, this is like their first game together (though 4 of the 5 were together part of last season).
- Bibby looked real slow. Again, to be expected. It was the first preseason game.
- The team shot 20 percent from behind the arc and 43.7 percent overall. Bibby and Peja were each 0 for 3 for long-range.

The Vaguely Irritating
- Ronnie Price and Jamal Sampson got a combined 4 minutes of playing time, and E.D., Flores, Paulding, Sandrin and Luke Dynamite did not play.

All in all, it's very good to be seeing NBA basketball on a TV near me. I like the basketball.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Open Game Thread, 10/11, Preseason Game 1

Consider this a thread to talk about tonight's preseason opener vs. the Mavs - before, during or afterwards.

I don't care if we win or lose any preseason games. Let's just hope everyone stays healthy, that the youngsters show us something (hi Kevin Martin!) and that Kenny Thomas doesn't pout.

Let's (cautiously) go Kings!!!

Joint Surface Defects, How I Love Thee

Now I never wish harm on anyone, especially a guy practically my own age.

But Amare Stoudemire being out the next four months is probably the best thing to happen to the Kings title chances since Kobe went down with food poisoning in 2002. My glee-o-meter is off the freaking charts right now.

How prescient was this email exchange I had with a famous Suns fan yesterday?
SKB: I hope Amare's knee is as chewed up as a
$2.99 sirloin from the Sundowner.
Famous Suns Fan: Yeah, you'd better. Because otherwise, he will eat Kenny Thomas for brunch.

KT - you've been spared The Amare Stoudemire Eggs Benedict Experience. I'll toast to that.

Inside Stuff, Shorter



NOTE: Welcome, readers of the Carnival of the NBA. Please note that this site is now defunct, but you can find Tom Z.'s crackpot analysis of the Kings and the NBA on SACTOWNROYALTY.com. Thanks.

My basketball jones is really acting up today. Part of it is, you know, the start of freaking preseason tonight!. Another part could have to do with seeing my first 05-06 episode of Inside Stuff this morning.

Here are the, um, highlights:

- Balki Ginobili is well-loved in native Argentina. Surprise.
- Sugar Ray Allen absolutely needs to grow back his fade. Conversely, Baron Davis absolutely needs to shave his facial tribute to Just for Men spokesman Clyde Frazier. NBA Week on Wheel of Fortune should be entertaining, to say the least.
- Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques Wamutombo is the funniest man alive. Can we just keep a camera on this guy? The Sports Illustrated story last season that followed Deke, Yao and Patrick Ewing out for dinner single-handedly forced me to resubscribe. Comedy gold, that Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques Wamutombo.

Also, ESPN tried to peddle Bill Simmons' book on the 2004 Red Sox during Inside Stuff. Too bad Boston got knocked out so Padre-like - that was a golden marketing opportunity.

We haven't picked up a copy yet (we're struggling through Phil's ode to himself right now, and the book on Sebastian Telfair is next). But knowing Simmons, we're sure it's good.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Survivor: Sacramento

The first cuts of training camp are expected to come either today or tomorrow (after the first preason game - the tension is palpable).

Thus, we're inspired to a game of Survivor: Sacramento. There's 20 in camp, and recent accounts have said the team will keep 13. That's the assumption, at least, going in.

Here's our projected order of the camp cuts:

Eric Sandrin, Dan Langhi, Ricky Paulding, Anwar Ferguson, Erik Daniels, Luis Flores, Luke Schenscher.

We see two roster spots up for grabs - the top 10 are pretty much unquestioned. Jamal Sampson (repeatedly listed as a forward by the Bee, but would be only the second 7-footer on the roster) seems to be a slam dunk - there's a dearth of height on this squad. Ronnie Price, by virtue of signing a guaranteed contract months ago, should be there too, despite Flores' best efforts.

Bringing Schenscher to camp could be taken two ways - they needed an extra big man when Lonnie Jones didn't show up, or they pounched on a cast-off with potential. We're thinking the latter.

Daniels is an interesting case - he was on the team last season, even playing a few times. But to say this team has a glut of talented forwards is an understatement. There's simply little to no room for Daniels.

We wouldn't be shocked to see Luke Dynamite, Flores or ED on the roster come the end of October. But we would be shocked to see Price or Sampson cut.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Fandemonium, Tonight

Fandemonium is at 7 tonight, and SKB won't be in attendance. Please feel free to send along your accounts and photos from the event - we'll post them here.

Someone has to get a good photo of Schenscher for us - Photoshop is calling.

Garcia v. Corliss (and Manhattan v. Utah)

Apparently, the backup 3 spot is up for grabs, with Francisco Garcia (who we all thought was a 2) battling the oldest King, Corliss Williamson to be Peja's sub.

Sam Amick writes that Garcia is taking too many bad shots, but is defending Peja well in practice and passing great. Good signs. He's also putting some weight on.

I'd like to see the kid get some early season action - we know what Nasty can do and what he can't. Let's develop a player in the regular season, for a change.

Also, apparently all three backup point guards not named Ricky Paulding are battling for the Bibby backup spot. Jason Hart has to be a shoe-in - the guy is one of the top 5 backup points in the league. He's not getting beat out by a rook from Utah Valley State or a sophomore recently cut by the Nuggets.

But it'll be interesting to see if Petrie decides to carry four point guards on the roster, sending one to the inactive list and Albuquerque. That player might end up better off - playing three times a week as one of your teams' stars is better than practicing against the top players in the world and watching games from the bench, I think.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Divac Waived By Lakers

The AP is reporting that the Lakers have waived the Marlboro Man, and will owe him $2 million if he clears waivers.

Do you want him on the Kings bench, as an assistant coach or a back-up?

Barnes: New York, New York

Matt Barnes, the patron saint of Sacramento basketball players, has signed a one-year deal with the Knicks for $745,000.

I would've loved to have this guy back - his defense is fantastic and he's a hussle guy. Good luck to Matty in NYC.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I'm Going Down Highway 80 in My Big Ole Motorhome

Kings.com's training camp blog reports on Brad Miller, who drove his motorhome to the practice facility on Tuesday, so he'd have somewhere to go between practices.

Does this line...
"Now that had to be a sight to see...Brad Miller trucking down I-80 in his big old motor home on the way to practice!"

remind anyone else of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast's Brak?

Shareef v. KT: Round 1

I honestly didn't think this would be an issue. But apparently, Kenny Thomas seriously thinks he has a claim to the starting power forward throne this season.

His reasons? He's started most of the games in his six-year NBA career and he was a starter in Sacramento last season. (KT, of course, came to the team in February, and SAR is a nine-year starter.)

KT doesn't seem like he's going to problem if he doesn't get the starting spot, but the fact it's an issue at all is mindboggling. Apparently, Kings Nation agrees.

This poll on Sacbee.com shows that 81 percent of respondents feel Shareef Abdur-Rahim should be the starter. In fact, almost as many people so far have voted that the Kings should find a new PF as have voted to insert KT into the top of the rotation.

This "battle" will continue to be fought through preseason. Let's just give Round 1 to Shareef, though.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Carnival, Resumed

Excuse us for the late afternoon postvalanche, but Carnival of the NBA #16 is up at 120 Proof Ball. Enjoy.

Sports Guy, In His Own Words

Boston Sports Media Watch has a thrillingly depressing interview with Bill Simmons. (Scroll about halfway down - the passage referenced is titled "The Guy.")

We won't lie - The Sports Guy is one of our major writing influences. His wit is sometimes mind-blowing. But his smugness is showing in this interview. And his prickness.

I mean, this guy is essentially the father of sportsblogging, even if he was never really a sportsblogger on his own. Every sportswriter buddy I had in college, including two successive editors-in-chief of the school paper, were huge Sports Guy fans. He's carrying the writing torch for every 18-34 sports fan right now.

And this is how he treats it:
“I hate the word ‘blogger’ only because I actually wrote 2-3 full-length columns a week back then, unlike just about everyone now.”

I understand that this guy has a lot of stuff going. He churns out a couple columns and some limited bloggy stuff every week, and he just published a book (of parenthetically-noted old columns, mind you). Plus, he's apparently writing scripts and wrote for a TV show for a while. Few sportswriters I know work harder.

But that's all he does for a living. He doesn't have to toil at a daily newspaper coverning planning commission meetings and environmental lawsuits and new businesses. He doesn't have to sell real estate. He doesn't have to bartend anymore. He doesn't have to dig trenches or pour cement or put in eight hours in a cubicle. Sadly, most bloggers do.

Where his hatred comes from is beyond me. Is he pissed that we can all get our thoughts published without having to toil for years to build an audience in a pre-Internet-savvy America? Is he pissed that it's so easy to get a blog going and get readers, that any chump can do it, even without a master's degree? Is he pissed that bloggers don't have to write three columns a week?

It seems like that. And it seems like that's what he hates about the mainstream media, as well. He hates that eternally-employed columnists clog the paths of the up and coming talent. He hates that you essentially have to sell your allegiances to get into the big-time sportswriting game. He hates the actual grind of the ascent required for a meaningful sportswriting career.

It's incredibly hypocritical. And it's annoying. This is a guy whose career path would indicate he'd love the breaking down of the walls for guys getting into sportswriting. Yet he's pissed that one of the walls he had to overcome - establishing your online presence - is getting knocked down by schmoes without obligations, word counts or deadlines.

He wants his to flip off The System and be the top dog in The System, all at the same time. It's disappointing. He's still the best in the game, and there's no way I'm not reading every column he writes.

But I'm really disappointed in his disowning of the sportsblogosphere. It's his kid, whether he wanted it or not. The least he could do is acknowledge it, even if he doesn't pay child support.

Ahh, Synergy

My first column is up at The Sac Rag. In case you've never clicked the link over there on the right, The Sac Rag is a rather new foray into judging the people of Sacramento with an indiscriminant eye and sharp tongue.

In fewer words, it's a bunch of Sacramentans talking shit about other Sacramentans. Loads of fun, really.

I'm going to be writing a weekly column for Don and Ron at The Rag (and not because they asked me to). It's called "Pick and Droll." I'll always link it here, but you can expect a new piece every Monday afternoon.

While you're there, check out all the other cool stuff going on. There's a restaurant reviewer, a couple of concert reviewers and more commenters than you can shake a stick at.

Bibby's Team

We were skeptical when we saw the words "Vanna White" in the lede, but Sam Amick's epic on Mike Bibby's changed perspective is absolutely wonderful.

We plan on writing more on what we think Bibby needs to do to be an All-Star later this month. Suffice it to say we're cautiously optimistic after reading Amick's account.

Adelmania Begins

It sure didn't take long for the hot seat to get warmed up.

This Rick Adelman Q&A with the Bee's Mark Kreidler mainly revolves around two questions: does Rick Adelman think he has a future in Sacramento, and does Rick Adelman think his team can win with all the new parts?

The long-form interview (emphasis on LONG) is a must-read, and a good primer of where our coach's head is at. Despite what he says about the Maloofs not owing him anything, he clearly thinks differently and will almost certainly take off next summer if he's not fired first.

This is the third time that we've seen Adelman lash out against his bosses since Philgate happen - hell, he's even lashed out against old buddy Geoff Petrie on the radio.

How much lip will the Maloofs take before throwing down with The Stubborn One? Is Terry Porter getting his luggage ready and buying plane tickets to Sacramento International? Will we, as fans, rue the day we lost one of the top 5 coaches in the league?

Let's hope we find out later rather than soon.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Umm... Joe?

Joe Davidson of the Bee calls Mike Bibby the 11th best player in the league. Discuss.


Editor:
Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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