Sacramento Kings Rumors
“We deserved keeping the Kings here, but we deserve an NBA All Star Weekend, that would be amazing, new arena, new technology coming into that arena. It’d be worth it to put the NBA on that type of stage,” said life-long Kings fan Carlos Ramirez. Sacramento Sports Commission Director Mike Sophia said he too, initially thought what a great idea. “My immediate thought was ‘wow’ we should do that, but first of all I’m sure the NBA already has a plan and secondly a turn-around on an event that size is quite a challenge,” said Sophia.
He said Sacramento would meet most of the requirements from the NBA for an event that size, but one area the city lacks is number of hotel rooms. He said the city could get creative like others have and think of ways to add vacancies. “The Super Bowl in Jacksonville years ago brought in cruise ships so they had enough rooms to be able to host the Super Bowl,” said Sophia.
“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.”
A slimmer, more nimble Cousins has spent the past 2 1/2 months dedicated to yoga, pilates and weights in heated rooms as part of his offseason training regimen. Next month, he’ll play in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro before his seventh NBA season in Sacramento. On the night of the NBA draft last month, Cousins’ Twitter post “Lord give me the strength” could have been viewed as a shot at the Kings’ front office for adding another center in the first round. That’s until you unfold a yoga mat at Vegas Hot! On Wednesday morning, Cousins went through a series of Venus poses in a room that is “therapeutically heated for 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity,” according to the studio.
So before he even steps on the floor with Team USA, Cousins begins his day strengthening his hips, spine and shoulders in various yoga poses while working up a sweat at the urging of a former teammate. “I really became consistent this offseason,” Cousins said. “Rajon Rondo is a big fan of yoga and he would push it to me, push it to me always.”