Known as an inefficient, overpaid player the last few seasons, Gay is now with the Sacramento Kings and has won over his coach, teammates, fans and even critics with improved play since his departure from Toronto in December in a seven-player trade.
There are three days left until the trade deadline, the best Thursday of the season, no matter what TNT might say. Folks stay glued to their Twitter feeds awaiting word of who is heading where, with 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET the most riveting two hours of the entire season.
This season, with so many weak Eastern Conference teams trying to add a difference maker that would allow them to compete with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, and with the Western Conference race basically a nine-team affair, there is a strong desire to get better immediately among at least half of the teams in the league.
Does that mean that 15 teams will be involved in trades? Heck no. That only happens on draft night.
You may think you know the biggest NBA fan…or, perhaps, you think you deserve that distinction yourself.
Everyone has their moment, impassioned by the play of their favorite player(s) on their favorite team(s) while watching their favorite sport. Some fans are crazy and have fits of rage when their team doesn’t play to their expectations. Others, however, may be more subdued when facing . They’d rather turn off the television and go to bed before seeing the end of the game if their team is losing.
Some fans enjoy a great game, regardless of who is playing.
However, the greatest fans—in any sport, but especially in basketball—are likely the guys who have committed their lives to it…the players, themselves.
The National Football League has gotten a lot of negative press this season, from Riley Cooper’s use of a racial slur to the Aaron Hernandez murder trial. Considering that the NFL is the most popular sport in America, it is reasonable to think that when trouble arises in The League everyone will be talking about it.
Such is the case with the recent revelation that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has been harassing teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team in recent weeks due to an emotional breakdown.
Sacramento Kings big man Jason Thompson doesn’t mince words on the matter.
For the first time in what feels like forever, there is legitimate optimism and unabated excitement over this season’s Sacramento Kings. For one, they stayed.
I wish I were more excited about the basketball moves that the Kings made over the offseason, but make no mistake about it; Sacramento had a better offseason than any other NBA city.
It wasn’t easy. A lot of very smart people put a lot of time and energy (and funds) into keeping this team out of Seattle.
From Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his staff to multiple grassroots efforts from guys like Carmichael Dave, Mike Tavares and Crown Downtown, Blake Ellington and the “Here We Stay” movement (and many others), it took this perfect storm of support to keep the Kings in Sacramento.
And of course, none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the new Kings ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov.