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April 14, 2015 Updates
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Karl admits he still has fondness for Nuggets he coached such as Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried. When Karl reads the box scores, he sometimes looks at Denver’s first. “It’s still an emotional moment in my life,” Karl said. “I can’t deny that I miss Denver. I miss the team; I miss the city. It’s a place I love.” Sacramento Bee

Faried admitted it was “awkward” seeing Karl coach another team. “He was my first NBA head coach, and he taught me a lot,” Faried said. “We made it to the playoffs every time I was with him. It was bittersweet. I knew I had a job to do (Sunday), but it was also good to see my former coach.” Sacramento Bee

April 12, 2015 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has signed David Stockton through the 2015-16 season. The Kings had previously signed Stockton to a 10-day contract on February 20. A day later, Stockton made his NBA debut at the STAPLES Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. He recorded one point (0-2 FG, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and one assist in seven minutes off the bench in his lone appearance with the Kings. NBA.com

How have you had to adapt or evolve from when you first started coaching in this league to now with how the game has changed? George Karl: I think every year you have to be aware of where the game is going and how it’s changing. Come on. The game, when I got in it in the ’80s, the 3-point shot had no value. Teams were probably shooting the 3-ball less than 10 times a game. Maybe less than five times a game. And now the game is dominated by the 3-ball. And then the hand-checking that was taken off a couple of years ago, giving the freedom where from my early 80 years to probably the early 2000s you didn’t like little guards because you could hold them and grab them and post them up and abuse them and be physical with them. Now little guards are probably a necessity. Or if you’re lucky you have a fast, quick, strong little guard like Russell Westbrook. Oklahoman

George Karl: The game … is size as important as speed now? Is speed more important than size? Is the 3-ball more important than the 15-foot jump shot? I mean, analytics people have thrown some stats at us that you have to look at. You have to be aware of them. Sometimes I don’t think the game is as beautiful as ESPN makes it. I think the game, at times in my opinion, has plateaued a little bit. I don’t think anybody wants to say that because we live on ratings in the NBA. But I think there’s some really good basketball teams in the league, and when they play well it’s magnificent to watch them play. But I also think there’s some bad basketball going on every once in a while in the league, too. Oklahoman

April 11, 2015 Updates

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will miss the final three games of the 2014-15 NBA regular season to rest and begin rehabilitating his right ankle and other leg injuries, the team announced today. An examination by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles revealed that Cousins has sustained multiple lower leg injuries over the course of the season, including ankle sprains and a calf strain – injuries sustained during a particularly heavy volume of basketball activity dating back to the summer. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp. NBA.com

Rudy Gay sustained a concussion on March 30 and was held out of the next three games. After initial resolution of his symptoms, Gay successfully returned through the NBA Concussion Policy’s return-to-participation protocol. Upon returning to full competition earlier this week, Gay experienced symptoms that required further observation and rest from play. The Sacramento Kings medical staff has continued to consult with the Director of the NBA Concussion Program, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, and has ultimately decided that Gay will not participate in games for the remainder of the season. NBA.com

The Sacramento Kings are planning to re-sign guard David Stockton before the end of their season to a multiyear deal, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Stockton, son of Hall of Fame guard John Stockton, will soon rejoin the Kings after playing out a 10-day contract with Sacramento last month. ESPN.com

Bhullar, though, certainly will remain in the Kings' plans even if he is not signed to a rest-of-the-season deal. The 7-foot-5 center spent the bulk of the season playing alongside Stockton in Reno with the Kings' D-League affiliate and is expected to return to Sacramento's NBA Summer League squad in Las Vegas in July, given Kings owner and India activist Vivek Ranadive's fondness for him. ESPN.com

April 10, 2015 Updates

Rudy Gay says he has head coach George Karl's system down "mentally," which is progress from January when he felt "lost" under Tyrone Corbin. But he is still hoping to get some direction on what the front office wants out of him this offseason. Gay, who signed an extension with the Kings a month before Michael Malone was let go, had this to say when asked about his goals for the offseason that begins in less than a week. "It's kind of different. I never really; for the most part I've always been with the organization and I kind of knew what they wanted me to do. But you know, I have to sit down and see what those guys; see what they want from me next year and try to come in as close to that as possible," Gay told Sactown Royalty. Sactown Royalty

April 9, 2015 Updates

Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to see a specialist about his sore right foot. Cousins was one of five Kings unavailable because of injury for Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Last week, Cousins was rested for a game at Memphis partly because of lingering physical issues that have accumulated over the season. The sore foot is the first ailment that has required him to seek a second opinion. Sacramento Bee

April 8, 2015 Updates

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. ESPN.com

 

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