Vlade Divac has quietly emerged as the new lead voice of the Sacramento Kings’ front office, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Divac, who was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is indeed regarded as the team’s top basketball official by owner Vivek Ranadive after months of turbulence in Sacramento.
October 19, 2017 | 12:24 pm EDT Update
Chris Paul: “One of the biggest things I was looking forward to this year is to be able to watch somebody as talented as James. Our whole team is one thing, but James is special, man. I catch myself sometimes watching. I’ve got to get used to it, but he’s unreal.”
As the final seconds ticked away Wednesday night, Andre Drummond looked for Reggie Jackson on the Little Caesars Arena floor. Neither were the star of stars on the franchise’s first official night in a new home. But Drummond wanted to put the spotlight on Jackson, who simply was solid in the Detroit Pistons’ 102-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. “It was just an emotional moment for myself and him,” Drummond said in the home locker room. Just to have him back is exciting for me … It’s good to have him back.”
“Honestly, we were just talking about how we have to go out there and lead each and every night,” Jackson said of the post-game embrace. “We have to be our best selves. If we want to do something special, we have to do it on a day-to-day basis. Not necessarily just games; we have to continue to get better in practice, then we have to translate it over to games and come out and compete each and every day.”
Vince Carter: Today for me, it was interesting. I’m not going to say I was overly excited. After you’ve played so many years, it’s coming to work like normal. It is kind of weird. A lot of my friends texted me, ‘Good luck this year and tonight in your 20th season.’ I know what it is. It’s 20 years. But I was able to sit back and say, ‘Hey, I was able to outlast a lot of great players and still play and still contribute.’
Vince Carter: This is what I wanted going into free agency. I wanted to be able to play and compete. I am still going to be a team guy. I’m still going to mentor guys. I’m not going to say ‘coach’ guys, but I’m still going to [mentor]. At the same time, I want to play as well. That’s just who I am and what I do. Leading up to today, there was a calming excitement, if that makes sense. I was like, ‘Man, it’s another season.’ But at the same time, I was excited to be doing it again. Not many guys can say they played 20 years. There are only a select few. And some of the guys I’ve played against are some of the legends of the game.
Vince Carter: Then, we get to game time. For me, I’m always locked in. I’m always ready to go and ready to play. It wasn’t nerves. It was just excitement. I’m excited for our young guys. Leading up to shootaround, I was asked what to expect from our young guys. I said, ‘I felt excited and confident for our young guys.’ They put a lot of work in. I asked our fans to be patient. We are going to make some mistakes. We’re young. But at the same, [the Kings fans] are going to appreciate the product we’re going to put on the floor. These young guys want to get it, they want to learn and they want to be good. That’s what it was, and they play hard. The fans are going to enjoy that, and they got to see it tonight.