By now you've probably already read about the NBA's possibleplans to introduce advertising onto jersey and expressed outragesupport forthis ridiculoussmart idea.But terms of decisions that will impact the actualbasketball product on the court, the NBA Board of Governors approved moreimportant changes regarding the use of instant replay.The board, composed of an owner or representative from eachof the 30 NBA teams, voted for expanded replay to begin this season.Referees will now use replay to immediately review allflagrant foul calls to determine whether such calls should be a Flagrant 1,Flagrant 2 or just a common foul. This should lead to fewer reviews andrevisals from the league office days after the foul occurred.Referees can now alsouse replay in the final two minutes of regulation and all of overtime to reviewblockcharge calls that center on whether the defensive player was in therestricted area.Goaltending calls can now also be reviewed in the last twominutes of regulation and during all of overtime. However, to avoid stoppingplay, questionable goaltends that are not called by the officials on the court willnot be reviewable on replay.The NBA's Competition Committee recommended each of thethree changes to replay when it met on June 18.Commissioner David Stern said the board also discussedpossible rule changes to address flopping, among other issues but decided tocontinue deliberations until at least the board's meeting in September.
SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that the team has requested waivers on guards David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn.
Stockton appeared in two contests for Sacramento during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3pt, 2-4 FT) and 5.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game, including a game-high 23 points to accompany three rebounds, eight assists and two steals off the bench at Golden State (10/13).
Jones played in five exhibition games, posting 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per contest.
Hearn appeared in one preseason game.
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The Sacramento Kings traveled the 90 minutes down highway 80 to face off with the Championship Golden State Warriors Friday evening. Missing three of their rotational guards, the Kings fought hard, but couldn’t stay with their closest geographical rivals late, falling to the Warriors by a final of 117-106. With the loss, Sacramento finished the preseason 1-5.
1- David Stockton, AAAA player. The Warriors couldn’t figure out who the speedy point guard was running circles around them. No, it wasn’t Frank Mason, it was former Gonzaga star and son of NBA legend John Stockton, David Stockton. Sacramento inked the undersized guard midweek and he took advantage of his opportunity. Stockton lit the Warriors up for 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and eight assists in 28 minutes off the Kings’ bench.
2- Welcome to the competition Malachi Richardson. The second-year wing out of Syracuse has been the forgotten man in Sacramento. Against the Warriors, he came out confident and firing from all over the floor. Richardson finished the evening with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and showed some defensive prowess against Klay Thompson.
3- Who is this Papagiannis guy? After looking completely uncomfortable in limited playing time, Papagiannis looked like someone fed him a Red Bull in pregame. The 7-footer was all over the floor, even banking in a 3-pointer in the first half. He finished the night with 13 points, seven rebounds and a block in 23 minutes of action. He’s showing signs of improvement as the preseason comes to a close.
4- An aggressive Skal Labissiere is a good Skal Labissiere. Starting in place of Zach Randolph, the second-year big looked comfortable from the opening tip. If this is the Labissiere that shows up in the regular season, the Kings are going to have quite a few interesting nights. Labissiere posted nine points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Kings kept the Warriors within striking distance for much of the game.
5- There is no quit in Frank Mason. The season is just a few days away and Mason continues to make his case for a spot in the rotation. With George Hill’s status in question, Mason has proven that he is ready for game action. Sacramento wanted Mason bad during draft season and now fans are seeing why. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and there hasn’t been a moment too big.