Jason Kidd Retiring From NBA After 19 Seasons

NEW YORK — Jason Kidd became one of the best by making others better. He turned around a longtime-losing franchise, guided another to a championship, and helped his last one to its first division title since the year he came into the NBA 19 years ago. Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him. […]

Mike Malone Reaches Deal to Be Kings’ New Coach

OAKLAND — Incoming Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is already making moves to rebuild the fallen franchise. The Kings have an agreement in place with Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone to be their head coach, a person familiar with the decision said Thursday night. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition […]

Kings Stars Past & Present Headline Long Live The Kings Rally

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings today announced programming details for the LONG LIVE THE KINGS RALLY presented by Sleep Train Mattress Centers, which will take place on Thursday, May 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown Sacramento. Kings legends Chris Webber and Mitch Richmond are set to join Sacramento […]

Sacramento and Seattle Wrestle for the Kings in New York: Decision Still to Come

NEW YORK – Sacramento laid out its “compelling case” of its plans to build a brand new sports and entertainment arena and financial efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings in town Wednesday to the NBA’s Finance and Relocation committees in New York. So did an investment group that has already agreed to buy 65 percent […]

Mayor Johnson Names Names for Kings During State of the City Address

SACRAMENTO – Ending weeks of widespread speculation and rumors, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson told The OBSERVER that billionaire Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24-Hour Fitness, are the majority equity partners who will make a bid for the Sacramento Kings. “Yes, they are,” Johnson told The OBSERVER when asked if Burkle and Mastrov […]

Stern says Seattle Group Has Filed For Relocation For The Kings

NEW YORK – With one more procedural move, the Sacramento Kings took another step toward Seattle. NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday night that the Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer, which recently reached an agreement to purchase the Kings, has formally filed for relocation with the league. Stern spoke in Minneapolis […]

NBA Encourages Healthy Lives During ‘FIT’ Week

NEW YORK — The NBA is encouraging fans to live healthy, active lives during its annual “NBA FIT live healthy week.” Running Thursday through Feb. 1, the week features special programs and events in arenas and online to inspire families and kids. Players are wearing specially designed warm-up shirts, headbands and wrist bands, and fans […]

KJ Introduces Local Ownership Group Interested In Buying The Kings

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson warned the citizens of Seattle not to celebrate too early over the recent news that the Sacramento Kings have been sold to play in their city. Johnson assembled a group of 20 local business leaders — including African American physician Dr. Nate Allen — who are committed to keeping […]

Former El Grove & NBA Standout, Bill Cartwright Hired to Coach Japan’s Osaka Evessa

OSAKA, Japan — Former NBA player and coach Bill Cartwright has been hired as coach of the Osaka Evessa in Japan’s professional basketball league. Cartwright coached the Chicago Bulls from 2001-03. Osaka announced Tuesday he would guide the team for the rest of the 2013 season. Osaka is in ninth place in the 10-team Western […]

Maloofs Agree to Sell The Kings to Seattle Group

SEATTLE — Nearly five years after their colors, banners and history were packed away into storage and their franchise relocated, the SuperSonics are one significant step closer to returning to Seattle. And the Kings are on the edge of leaving Sacramento. All that appears to stand in the way now is approval by NBA owners. […]