Vivek Ranadive Rumors
“The NBA has long stood for inclusion and respect, and the Sacramento Kings are proud to be a part of that legacy,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “On and off the court we have a diverse team representing different countries, races, religions, ages and sexual orientations. In basketball and in Silicon Valley, we share a similar philosophy – it does not matter who you are, your religious beliefs, your sexual orientation, or the color of your skin – everyone is welcome in our family. All that matters is that you’ve got game. We applaud and support the NBA’s decision to ensure that all members of the NBA family, our fans and our partners are able to attend and enjoy the All-Star game in a state where they feel welcome and safe. We enthusiastically support Commissioner Silver and we are proud to play in a league that is a leader in promoting the importance of diversity and equality.”
Jason Jones: Kings are hopeful a new coach, Vlade Divac hiring Ken Cantanella and Vivek Ranadive taking a step back show free agents dysfunctional days are the past. There are still skeptics around the league about the Kings. It goes back to the old “Show and Prove” motto for them.
The Sacramento Kings are set to open a new $507 million stadium in October. Inside you’ll find screens that are nearly as long as the court itself (84 feet) as well as high-capacity Wi-Fi systems intended to provide blazing fast internet for all in attendance. In addition to tweeting, snapping and providing the occasional status update, the Wi-Fi will provide fans with something new entirely: virtual reality replays of all the action. Now, no matter where you’re sitting, you can don a VR headset and view 360-degree replays of the action as if you were sitting courtside, according to Paul Jacobs, vice chairman and co-owner of the team. Jacobs is also the executive chairman of mobile chipmaker Qualcom, and he wants to provide an up-close experience that’s unlike anything many of us have ever seen.
The Kings are praying Hield falls to them at No. 8. He has been on Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive’s radar for months and is exactly the sort of player they need — both as a shooter and as a high-character player who is focused on winning.
The Sacramento Kings, led by owner and former tech executive Vivek Ranadive, are certainly one of the most tech-savvy franchises in sports, from accepting Bitcoin to partnerships with Uber to the drones at the Golden 1 Center construction site — so it’s no surprise that the team plans on utilizing chatbots to improve engagement with fans.
The challenge with building tech into a project as massive and expensive as a sports arena is that tomorrow’s advances become yesterday’s relics. Ranadive and company have set themselves the formidable task of not only building today’s most up-to-date technology into the Golden 1 Center but creating an edifice flexible enough to adapt to what the future brings. That means building an arena that doesn’t just have concrete at its core. It also has code.
The Kings will be ecstatic if Hield is still on the board. Both GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive love him. He would be a major upgrade at the 2, giving their backcourt some much needed shooting. And he’s ready to play right now — a must for a Kings team that is playoffs-or-bust.