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May 14, 2015 Updates

“Before I came here, I contacted a lot of people just in case I needed some advice or help,” Divac said. “I talked to (San Antonio coach) Gregg Popovich, Mitch Kupchak and people from the NBA office. My goal when I got here was to talk to (former Kings basketball president) Geoff (Petrie), and I had lunch with him about things he did and to kind of learn from him. I’m blessed to have next door somebody I can call (in D’Alessandro). If I don’t know anything about something, I can get around one of the best.” Divac wants to create a positive atmosphere in the front office, similar to the one he remembers when he signed with the Kings in 1998, when many players dismissed Sacramento as a free-agent destination. Sacramento Bee

May 12, 2015 Updates

The Sacramento Kings announced today that the team has picked up the option on Reno Bighorns Head Coach David Arseneault Jr., according to Kings Vice President of Basketball and Franchise Operations Vlade Divac. In his first season at the helm, Arseneault compiled a 20-30 record and installed a fast paced offense that helped Reno lead the league in several statistical categories. The Bighorns ranked first in NBA D-League in scoring (133.1 points per game), three-pointers made (17.2 made per game), assists (26.8 assists per game), pace (116.34 possessions per 48 minutes) and three-point attempts (46.9 attempts per game). Additionally, the Kings affiliate also established a new all-time single-game NBA D-League mark with 31 three-point field goals made on Jan. 31 in a 157-132 victory against the Santa Cruz Warriors (breaking their own previous record of 28 threes on Nov. 29 against the Idaho Stampede). NBA.com

May 11, 2015 Updates
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Yet before delving deeper into basketball issues during an exclusive interview last week with The Bee, he insisted on clarifying Vlade Divac’s status in the reshuffled front office. “Vlade makes the decisions,” said Ranadive, noting that Divac’s title as vice president of basketball and franchise operations positions him above general manager Pete D’Alessandro. “Two people report directly to me. Chris Granger, who runs the business side, and Vlade from the basketball side. I want to make that clear as we move forward. We have a lot of work to do, and we are all in this together.” Sacramento Bee

“I made mistakes,” Ranadive said, “and I’m sure I’ll make more mistakes. Hopefully, I’ll make different ones. But I am successful at everything I do, and that’s not going to change. We are trying to build something special here, not just for one year, but for many years. And I’m learning that the journey is not going to be easy.” NBA owners routinely come in wedded to the mistaken belief that operating professional franchises compares with running billion-dollar companies. They confuse widgets with human beings. In his early years with the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban intruded into team huddles until future Hall of Famers Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki complained. Warriors owner Joe Lacob traded popular guard Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut – a terrific move, as it turns out – but he was tone deaf to the public reaction. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer behaves like a clown while seated courtside during games. The Knicks’ James Dolan plays a mean guitar but is reviled inside and outside Madison Square Garden. Sacramento Bee

His first gaffe, he said, was hiring coach Michael Malone before assembling a front office and selecting a general manager. “Absolutely,” Ranadive said. “People told me not to do that. But I knew Malone from when he was an assistant with the Warriors, and again, with the draft only weeks away, I had to make very quick decisions. I didn’t know any GMs. At some level, this isn’t rocket science. You hire a guy who is proven and successful, you hire a promising assistant, or you hire a college coach. We saw what happens when … ” Sacramento Bee

“All of us have different skills,” Ranadive said, “and everyone has their roles. Vlade is a unifier, a conductor, and he is very smart. People probably don’t realize that when he was back in Serbia (as head of the Olympic committee), he was dealing with political leaders at the highest level. He can interact with the person who carries your bag and interact with the president of a country. And he has a strong stomach. He wears big-boy pants. George, he is a future Hall of Fame coach. I have always respected him as a coach, and now I am getting to know him as a human being. And, yes, I ask dumb questions, and I am still an irritant. But I am counting on Vlade to pull this all together.” One of the most interesting parts of the conversation, which Divac and D’Alessandro joined briefly, was Ranadive’s thought process behind the recent hirings. For someone who normally approaches problems in a methodical, analytical manner, his two most important and impressive changes seem more instinctive than calculating. Sacramento Bee

May 8, 2015 Updates

Do you and your teammates keep in touch during the offseason? Ray Mccallum: “Yeah, we all definitely stay in touch - I talk to a good portion of the team. You’d be surprised a lot of guys are California guys so we all find ways to be in L.A. together or meet up somewhere on the west coast.” NBA.com

May 7, 2015 Updates
May 6, 2015 Updates

Were you the tallest kid growing up in school. Was it tough? (Does it bother you that people continue to make references to your height?) Shim Bullar: I was always taller than everyone else. There was a certain time when everyone had stopped growing, and I still kept growing and growing. I didn’t find it tough as people were really willing to support me and my dreams. After a point in time people started identifying me for my height, but not for the person I am. But I got used to it, and didn’t really care about what people thought about me. Huffington Post

May 5, 2015 Updates

The Celtics canvassed the league last year looking for a team willing to give up a disgruntled star, but there were none available, and there are not likely to be many available this summer, either. They might pursue, say, DeMarcus Cousins or Chandler Parsons should the Kings or Mavericks begin a deconstruction, but it is unlikely either of those guys gets moved in the end. One of the consequences of the coming salary cap explosion is that teams that might otherwise be wringing their hands over a potential luxury tax hit — the Warriors, Bulls, Clippers and Thunder, for instance — figure to be more willing to absorb the blow with knowledge that it’s a one-year indulgence. So players that might otherwise be on the market — Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, Enes Kanter, etc. — aren’t likely to leave their current teams, nor are those teams finding it necessary to trade players to clear space to keep them. The Celtics have cap space available and Danny Ainge will continue to burn up phone lines trying to find a feature player, but don’t expect him to come up with anything just yet. Sporting News

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While Monty Williams is under scrutiny in New Orleans, at least he has a contract for next season. His assistants, including the highly regarded Bryan Gates, do not. Assistant coaches are often forgotten when teams contemplate head coaching changes, and they're especially at risk when -- like Denver's Melvin Hunt -- they are elevated to interim head coach when an in-season change is made. Depending on what the Nuggets do with their coaching search, Hunt could wind up back with George Karl as an assistant in Sacramento, league sources said. CBSSports.com

Today, the Sacramento Kings announced a five-year extension with KHTK 1140 AM to serve as the franchise’s exclusive radio rights holder through the 2020-21 NBA season. KHTK 1140 AM, the sports arm of CBS Sacramento, has been the radio rights holder of the Kings since the station’s inception in 1994. The agreement includes all preseason and regular season games, as well as the team’s official pregame and postgame show and weekly call-in show, Kings Talk. NBA.com

 

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