Collison says goodbye: 'Sac fans are truly the best'

Collison says goodbye: 'Sac fans are truly the best'

SACRAMENTO -- With all of the excitement following the Sacramento Kings free agent spending spree, there is a reality that is often missed. With each player that joins the roster, another moves on.

Following his signing with the Indiana Pacers, veteran point guard Darren Collison gave a statement on his departure to NBC Sports California.

“Sac fans are truly the best,” Collison sent via text message. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a great fanbase. Night in and night out, I gave it my all regardless of what the team was going through. Sacramento will be called home due to the love and support I’ve received. Thank you.”

On Friday afternoon, the 29-year-old guard turned to social media to give one more goodbye to Kings fans in a series of tweets.

Collison joins a growing list of former Kings players from this summer. Arron Afflalo and Anthony Tolliver were waived prior to the draft. Rudy Gay signed a deal earlier this week with the San Antonio Spurs. Both Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans are now with the Memphis Grizzlies. Langston Galloway signed a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons and with Sacramento’s roster now set at 15, Ty Lawson will not return.

The Kings added four rookies on draft night and are expected to announce the signings of Bogdan Bogdanovic, George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter over the next few days.

Summer of change begins in Sacramento


Summer of change begins in Sacramento

If the first two weeks of the offseason in Sacramento are any indicator, it’s going to be a summer of change in Kingsland. Fans were sent into a frenzy on social media Tuesday evening when the news broke that long time PA announcer, Scott Moak, had been relieved of his duties as Vice President of Game Entertainment, Production and Content with the Kings.

According to the team, Moak has been offered to stay on as the public address announcer, a position he’s held since 2002. But he has yet to make a decision on his future with the club. 

“We are restructuring our community programs given the importance of that role, now more than ever. Scott is a cherished announcer and we offered him the opportunity to stay in that role, as originally envisioned for him,” the Kings organization said through a prepared statement.

Prior to his role as the VP of Game Entertainment, Moak served as the team’s Vice President of Community Impact and Executive Director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation from 2014-2017. 

Bee Makes Cutbacks

In addition to the Moak news, veteran NBA columnist, Ailene Voisin, was let go by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday afternoon after 21 years with the newspaper. 

A pioneer in the field of sports journalism, Voisin began her career with the San Diego Union in the early 1980’s and has been a staple in the Sacramento media world since 1997. 

Voisin is one of the longest tenured female columnists covering the NBA and a legend in the industry.

Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic out 8-10 weeks after surgery


Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic out 8-10 weeks after surgery

The Sacramento Kings announced Wednesday morning that rookie shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a successful procedure to repair a slight tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee.

The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Bogdanovic, 25, is expected to resume basketball activities in 8-10 weeks

Bogdanovic joined Sacramento last summer after playing professionally in Europe. He averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assist and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for the Kings this season.