Source: Kings' Lawson missed flight from Las Vegas to Kentucky

Source: Kings' Lawson missed flight from Las Vegas to Kentucky

SACRAMENTO -- Next to Ty Lawson’s name in the box score for Saturday’s Kings 124-119 win over the Wizards read “OUT - Personal Reasons.” Unfortunately for the 28-year-old point guard, that might define his short tenure in Sacramento.

CSN California has confirmed an earlier report from ESPN’s Marc Stein that Lawson missed the team flight out of Las Vegas on Friday. After failed attempts to get to Kentucky, the veteran point guard instead flew to Sacramento where he will meet to discuss his fate with the Kings brass on Sunday.

Lawson joined the Kings this summer on a non-guaranteed one-year deal after a rocky 2015-16 season spent with stops with both the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. He has impressed throughout training camp, gaining plenty of praise from both coaches and teammate, but that might not be enough to secure his roster spot.

The Kings signed Lawson with the understanding that they would have a zero-tolerance policy with the speedy, but troubled guard. Whether his actions over the last few days is enough to warrant waiving Lawson is unknown at this time.

Sacramento was counting on the former North Carolina Tarheel to start the first eight games of the season while starting point guard Darren Collison serves his NBA suspension for a domestic violence conviction. That plan is now in jeopardy.

With the season just over a week away, the Kings must decide if Lawson, who has a history of personal issues, can hold up his end of the bargain. If not, they have the option to retain veteran guard Jordan Farmar or surf the trade market for another stand in for Collison.

Lawson came to the Kings with career averages of 13.1 points and 6.2 assists per game in seven seasons in the league. But he is coming off a forgettable campaign that saw his numbers dip to 5.7 points and 3.6 assists over 66 games with the Rockets and Pacers.

There was hope that he could rebound this season in Sacramento and help solidify the Kings second unit. But this early stumble places Vlade Divac and his front office group in a tough spot. Lawson’s explanation of the situation and his willingness to adhere to team standards may ultimately decide his fate as an NBA player.

Start of Hawks-Kings game delayed due to protests outside arena


Start of Hawks-Kings game delayed due to protests outside arena

SACRAMENTO -- Giving new meaning to playing under protest, the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks game at Golden 1 Center was delayed 13 minutes Thursday evening due to an actual protest outside the building.

Protesters locked arms in front of the entrance to the building, blocking ticket holders from entering the arena.

The Kings released the following prepared statement.

“Tonight’s game began with a delay. Due to law enforcement being unable to ensure ticketed fans could safely enter the arena, the arena remains closed and we ask fans outside to travel home. We will issue further information soon regarding a refund.”

Minutes before the 7:10 game start time, the Kings invited what few fans made their way into the building to sit in the lower bowl. A couple of thousand fans moved as close to the court as possible, while the doors remained closed to the outside.

The protest stems from the release of police body cam footage of the officer involved shooting death of South Sacramento resident, Stephon Clark, on Sunday evening. The video was released on Wednesday.

As of 8pm PST, the Golden 1 Center remains surrounded by protesters with security and police officers stationed insider every entrance and exit door.

De'Aaron Fox and the Kings seek revenge on the Hawks in Sacramento


De'Aaron Fox and the Kings seek revenge on the Hawks in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- The countdown has begun. The Sacramento Kings host the Atlanta Hawks Thursday evening in game 73 of the regular season. With just 10 games remaining on the schedule, the Kings are in full evaluation mode.

Sacramento is coming off a sub-par showing against the Detroit Pistons. Buddy Hield posted his fourth straight 20-point game and De’Aaron Fox added 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, but the Kings lost by 16.

The Hawks sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but they are coming off a shocking win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Dennis Schroder dropped in a season-high 41 points to help Atlanta snap their six-game losing streak.


Kings by 1.5


De’Aaron Fox vs. Dennis Schroder --  Fox is one of the fastest players in the league, but Schroder is no slouch. The Kings’ rookie point guard played sparingly the last time these two teams faced off, but it’s his show now in Sacramento. Schroder is coming off a big performance in the Hawks win over the Jazz on Tuesday. He plays with a force that Fox hasn’t quite figured out yet. It’s speed vs. speed. 


Kings: 23-49, fourth place in Pacific

Hawks: 21-50, fifth place in Southeast


Kings: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (sore hamstring) probable, SG/SF Garrett Temple (ankle sprain) out, PF Zach Randolph (gastroenteritis) questionable, SF Iman Shumpert (knee/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Hawks: SG Kent Bazemore (knee) out, SF DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal strain) out, PF John Collins (ankle) out, G Jaylen Morris (ankle) out, G Antonius Cleveland (ankle) out, G Malcolm Delaney (ankle) out.


Ten Games to Make a Lasting Impression -- The Kings’ young core is getting an opportunity to show what they have. A couple of players are jumping off the page in the post All-Star break schedule and a few are fading. The team is evaluating what they have and what they need for the upcoming summer.  

Play Hard -- Atlanta lacks talent, but they don’t lack heart. Mike Budenholzer teams come to play, which Utah just found out the hard way. The Kings had an active practice on Wednesday. Hopefully that carries over to Thursday night’s game. 

Revenge Game -- Dave Joerger’s group got their lunch money stolen the last time they faced the Hawks. The 46-point drubbing was the worst loss of the year for Sacramento. Atlanta comes in short-handed and with a 21-50 record, but they are still capable. The Kings need show up and get a little payback.  


Atlanta torched the Kings in their early season matchup, running over the Kings for a 126-80 win at Philips Arena. The Hawks hold a 159-154 advantage all-time over the the Kings and lead the series 43-18 during the Sacramento-era.