Five Things To Watch: Sacramento Kings

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Kevin_Johnson,_Mayor_of_Sacramento,_CA,_skyline_of_SacramentoFor 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.

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SH Blog: Chris Paul upset with Clippers, Pacers players call Battier dirty

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Chris PaulWell played, T.J. Simers.

It was reported late Thursday evening that Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is very upset with the organization for linking his name to the firing of Vinny Del Negro. Chris Broussard of ESPN has details:

Chris Paul is upset with the Los Angeles Clippers organization because he is being widely blamed for the firing of Vinny Del Negro as the Clippers’ coach, according to a source close to the situation.

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SH Blog: Marty Blake dies, Clippers sweep defenseless Lakers, DMC acting the fool again

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Jeremy Lin RaceThe off day of Final Four Weekend was dominated by the NBA.

In addition to a nationally televised afternoon doubleheader that forced Chris Sheridan to temporarily embargo his weekly MVP Rankings, 60 Minutes had a feature on Jeremy Lin, approximately one year after the height of “Linsanity.”

And before you delve into our collection of NBA news, check out the latest effort from columnist and resident historian/voice of reason Jan Hubbard, who sets the record straight on Mark Cuban’s interest in Brittney Griner.

We begin with sad news. Marty Blake died today, and a whole generation of basketball writers said, “Who?” 

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Kamenetzky: The Cali Report: Clippers finally healthy; Whither World Peace?

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Let’s take a run up and down America’s best state (sorry, we are Cali guys) and check on all four teams.

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Bauman: Dear DeMarcus, please embrace your talents

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Dear DeMarcus,

The mainstream media or fans might not ever understand, and they probably don’t care to, either.

You see, you’ve made in excess of $7 million during your first two seasons in the NBA and will be over $10 million by the time this season ends.

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