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March 19, 2014 Updates

That’s the only way a triple-double by Thomas could not lead a story. Thomas said it was his triple-double at any level. Thomas had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The rebounds were a career high. “Isaiah is someone that gets a lot of criticism for being a guy that may not be a true point guard,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “You can call him a lot of things but you have to give him his props because he’s a warrior and he has a huge heart. For him to go out there and get 24-11-10 while being the smallest guy on the court was tremendous. The fact that he did it against one of the rising stars in the game, John Wall, is that much more impressive. I’m really proud of Isaiah and his first career triple-double. I’m sure it won’t be his last. We just need more of that from him.” Sacramento Bee

March 18, 2014 Updates

According to a league source, the Kings will extend Royce White’s stay in Northern California later today, but the 22-year old forward will likely not play against the Washington Wizards tonight at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings will announce the re-signing of White to a second 10-day contract after his first deal expired Saturday. But he has yet to practice with the team and is not expected to make his debut in Sacramento until Friday at the earliest, when the Kings take on the San Antonio Spurs. Cowbell Kingdom

Everybody knows your dad was a Laker fan, but you were in Seattle. How did that work? Were you a Laker fan? Isaiah Thomas: I was a little brainwashed. My dad's from LA, so growing up in his house, I was a Laker fan. But I loved the Sonics, I loved Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. The Glove and the Reign Man, those were my two favorite players. But growing up, like I said, I was in a Laker household and got brainwashed. My favorite player is Kobe Bryant. I like the Lakers. It sucks. I mean, it doesn't suck I got drafted by the Kings, but that's their biggest rival, so you gotta watch what you say about the Lakers around Sacramento. SB Nation

Lots of guards in this league have trouble finishing at the rim. What is it that allows you to be able to finish so much better than a lot of guys who are 6 and 7 inches taller than you? Isaiah Thomas: I think it's just a skill. I don't know what it is. I've always been short, so it's not like I'm making adjustments. It's just something I've learned to do since I was a little boy. I'm always going in there and finishing around the giants. It's something that I gotta do as a small guard, though. Like, I gotta be able to finish around them and make adjustments and things like that. But it's definitely a skill. I mean, people ask me that a lot and I can't really tell ‘em how I do it. I just go in there and try to make adjustments in the air and get away from the shot blockers. SB Nation

For the first time since the late 1980’s, Geoff Petrie isn’t doing everything in his power to improve the personnel side of an NBA club. And he’s getting along just fine. “I’m really enjoying other parts of my life that aren’t that much available when you have the jobs I’ve had the last 30 to 35 years,” says Petrie, whose contract with the Sacramento Kings was not renewed last June after 20 years as the club’s president/basketball operations. Such as? “I exercise more,” says Petrie, who lives with his wife of 22 years, Ann-Marie, in Loomis, Calif., 30 miles east of Sacramento on the way to Lake Tahoe. “I’ve been doing a lot of hiking, a lot of bike-riding — outdoor recreational stuff. I spend a lot of time with my dog. I’ve done some traveling.” Portland Tribune

By the end of Petrie’s time in Sacramento, the on-court product turned from very good to very bad, with seven straight losing seasons and no playoff appearances while winning fewer than 30 games in each of the last five years. “We just didn’t have any (resources), really,” Petrie says. “Most of the trades we made were to make money, and we did a lot of that. We were still trying to do things in terms of talent, too, but the economics were always at at the forefront.” The club was sold in May 2013 to a group led by Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Vivek Ranadive for $535 million. A month later, Petrie was gone. “You’d like to write a storybook ending,” says Petrie, who turns 66 on April 17. “But life isn’t like that sometimes.” Portland Tribune

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“He’ll get between $4-5 million,” one Eastern Conference general manager told SheridanHoops. “Depending on fit with the rest of the team, the most I would give him is the full mid-level exception,” one scout told SheridanHoops. “Point guard is the toughest position in the NBA right now,” one league source told SheridanHoops. “The NBA discriminates against undersized point guards as well. Nate Robinson never made more than $4.5 million per year in his whole career. I’m not saying they’re identical, but just getting my point across.” SheridanHoops

March 13, 2014 Updates
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