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In a press release Monday, producers of "Playing to Win: A Relentless Pursuit to Save a Team" announced they'll premiere the documentary at the Sacramento International Film Festival on April 29 in downtown’s Esquire IMAX Theater. “The film chronicles the heartache, fight and resolve during the tumultuous era in Kings history when the franchise seemed destined to relocate to Seattle,” stated the release. “After years of hard work by so many people in this community, we are thrilled to be able to present this film on the big screen,” said director Rusty Prevatt in the release. “The threat of the Kings leaving Sacramento for Seattle brought this community together in a way we have never witnessed before. We hope our film has captured the city’s passion for keeping its beloved team in Sacramento.” The film will showcase exclusive interviews with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadivé, Kings President Chris Granger, KHTK Sports 1140 Host Carmichael Dave and more. The documentary’s initial showing — which comes just days after ESPN’s “30 for 30” film that also chronicles the city’s effort to retain the Kings — is scheduled for the two-year anniversary of the NBA Relocation Committee’s recommendation (7-0) to keep the team in California’s capital. NBA.com

During a recent game against the Washington Wizards, Paul Pierce pushed Omri Casspi out of bounds and into a little girl. On Tuesday, Casspi tried to make it up to the little girl by giving her an Elsa doll. You know, Elsa, from that movie Frozen that people are for some reason still crazy about. For The Win

March 24, 2015 Updates

“I want to come back here so badly,” Casspi, a first-round draft pick by the Kings in 2009, said. “I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.” Sacramento Bee

If Casspi re-signs with the Kings, his girlfriend Shani Ruderman, a Los Angeles native who has practiced law in Israel, plans to take the California bar exam. She’s taking classes at Sacramento State to improve her English language skills. “Shani loves it here,” Casspi said. “We both do. This community has been through so much, and now we are on the right path. I want to be a part of that, especially with that new arena coming, coach Karl and Vlade here. When the time comes, my agent will talk to (general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) and hopefully we get it done.” Sacramento Bee

The season got more miserable and messy after Cousins returned and the team later clumsily replaced Tyrone Corbin with George Karl, continuing a cycle of mismanagement. “It’s been a circus, man. It’s been a complete circus,” a flustered Cousins said, when asked to describe this season. “We got off to a hot start. Unfortunately, I got sick, so it ruined the look of the team. I take some blame for that. I know for a fact, if I wouldn’t have gotten sick, things wouldn’t have happened the way it happened. It was no way it could. At the same time, a lot of it is not my fault and we all know why. But this has been a disappointing year.” Washington Post

“I saw a young man growing as a person, as a responsible member of a team, and I could see some leadership oozing out a little bit,” Colangelo said. “What developed was some trust and I think for him, that’s important. I think in his life and his career, there may have been — in fact, there has been — a lack of trust. Not blaming anyone, but just that it wasn’t there. He’s the kind of guy that needs to have that kind of relationship, not only to be happy, but to perform to the best that he can.” Washington Post

Eventually, Cousins had to release a statement explaining how he wasn't against Karl’s arrival. When asked if it bothered him that his name was mentioned as the obstacle to Karl, Cousins angrily shook his head. “I felt like a line was crossed and I was trying to figure out how I’m going to deal with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in Sacramento,” Cousins said. “And not to sound arrogant, but what’s bigger than my name in Sacramento? It could be a damn forest fire in Sacramento, my name will come up. ‘It was near DeMarcus Cousins’s house!’ ” Washington Post

“It’s, what can I learn from this? Not, why is this happening to me?” Cousins said. “I feel like everything is a lesson. At the end of the day, it’s just going to make me a stronger person. I know I’m going to reach success, some type of way, because that’s just me. That’s what I do. That being said, I’m going through these hard days now, because when my time comes, there’s no stopping me.” Washington Post

March 23, 2015 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has signed David Wear to a 10-day contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D'Allessandro. The 6-10, 235-pound forward is averaging 16.3 points (.478 FG%, .394 3pt%, .812 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 30.0 minutes per game in 43 contests for the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento’s NBA D-League affiliate. Wear registered career highs of 33 points (12 of 18 FG) on Jan. 3 at Los Angeles Defenders and has hit seven three-pointers in a game twice (Nov. 16 vs. Grand Rapids and Jan. 3 at Los Angeles Defenders). NBA.com

March 22, 2015 Updates

A few weeks ago, Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters that he likely could never coach the Celtics because he had played such a pivotal role in the 1980s rivalry between the teams. Having been on both sides, Fox has a different perspective. “Byron obviously had a huge, long stretch of competitive series and years of battling for championships and understandably so, they butted heads consistently,” he said. “In my time, it was like the Lakers and Sacramento [rivalry]. Being a member of the Sacramento Kings organization would be quite strange and I don’t know if I could take that job. Me personally, the Celtics and the Lakers, I have great loyalty to both organizations. I have a lot of love for LA. I live out here in LA but I go back and forth to Boston a lot. When I was playing in Boston, the Lakers were really not very good at the time. We weren’t competing for championships. “I root for both teams and I want both teams to do well.” Boston Globe

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