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There's a new Kings' No. 15 in town; Sacramento settles on uniform numbers

There's a new Kings' No. 15 in town; Sacramento settles on uniform numbers

The change from Adidas to Nike isn’t the only switch going on with the Sacramento Kings uniforms this season. Plenty of new faces have joined the roster and the influx of veteran talent has forced some players to make a change in number.

Vince Carter has sported the No. 15 dating back to his time at North Carolina. He’s also worn the number in stops in Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix and Memphis, with the only exception coming during his time Dallas, where he had to wear 25 because the Mavericks had retired Brad Davis’ No. 15.

Carter will wear No. 15 in Sacramento, displacing rookie Frank Mason III. Counting Mason, Carter is the 27th Kings player to wear 15, including DeMarcus Cousins, who wore the number from 2011-2017.

Mason will swap to No. 10, bringing back memories of former point guard Mike Bibby. It’s the 26th time the No. 10 has been worn by a Kings player, including legends Jack Twyman and Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Ty Lawson wore No. 10 last season in Sacramento.

George Hill will wear No. 3 this season with Sacramento, like he has in his previous stops in San Antonio, Indiana and Utah. The addition of Hill forces a change for second-year big man Skal Labissiere, who swapped to No. 7 for the upcoming season.

Hill becomes the 21st player in franchise history to wear the No. 3, joining the likes of Randy Brown, Vernon Maxwell, Gerald Wallace and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Labissiere is the 15th Kings player to don the No. 7, including Danny Ainge, Bobby Hurley, Jimmer Fredette and Darren Collison from last season.

Bogdan Bogdanovic has worn both 7 and 13 in his time in Europe. But with Labissiere swapping to 7 and Georgios Papagiannis wearing the No. 13, he’ll give No. 8 a shot in Sacramento. Only eight past Kings have chosen No. 8, including Eddie Johnson and more recently Rudy Gay.

Malachi Richardson chose to wear No. 5 last season, but with the departure of Ben McLemore, he was able to snare No. 23 for the upcoming season. Richardson is the 17th player to ask and receive permission to wear 23. The number holds a special place in Kings’ fans hearts from the five year stretch the power forward Wayman Tisdale wore it. Kevin Martin made No. 23 look good from 2005-2010, as well.

Lastly, veteran big man Zach Randolph will wear his standard No. 50. It’s the same number he’s worn in stops in Portland, New York, Los Angeles (Clipper) and Memphis over his 16 year NBA career. He’s only the seventh player to sport 50 in Kings history, including Ralph Sampson and Eddie House.

NBA fines Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins for incident with fan

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NBA fines Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins for incident with fan

Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in trouble with the league office again.

The NBA fined the Pelicans big man $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language towards a fan" during the final minutes of the team's season opener on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies.

The referee's heard the exchange between Cousins and the fan, and assessed a technical foul to Cousins. That technical foul was rescinded as part of the league's announcement Saturday.

After Wednesday's game, Cousins offered this explanation of the incident:

"That was pretty bogus, man. The ref, he sat there and heard (the fan) speaking to me in a very nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man. I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I felt (the ref) should have handled it, he decided not to, but he handled my end of it. I look forward to speaking to the league," Cousins told reporters, according to USA Today.

Cousins makes his first trip back to Sacramento since being traded by the Kings on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Gameday: Big underdogs, Kings face Nuggets looking for second straight win

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Gameday: Big underdogs, Kings face Nuggets looking for second straight win

With a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, the Sacramento Kings are feeling good heading into their first back-to-back on Saturday. They’ll face a Denver Nuggets team that lost their season opener to the Utah Jazz and is looking for their first victory of the season.

The combination of George Hill and De’Aaron Fox at the point guard position was too much for Dallas to handle on Friday. Hill poured in 21 points, including two huge shots down the stretch and Fox came away with his first 10-assist game of his career.

Denver added veteran Paul Millsap in the offseason to match with rising star Nikola Jokic. Jokic struggled in the opener, but still managed to post seven points, eight assists and 12 rebounds. The Kings will have their hands full trying to slow the 7-footer.  

OPENING LINE:
Nuggets by 11

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Nikola Jokic -- Cauley-Stein has posted back-to-back double-doubles to start the season and comes in averaging 15.5 points, 10.5 rebound and two blocks in 29 minutes per game. Jokic is one of the more versatile bigs in the game. He picks and chooses his spots to score, but his passing ability makes him a dangerous player.

WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 1-1

Nuggets: 0-1

INJURY REPORT:
Kings: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (right ankle sprain) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out

Nuggets: No injuries to report

SERIES HISTORY:
These two teams split the season series last year and hold an identical 86-86 record against each other all-time. The Kings lead the Nuggets 65-63 during the Sacramento-era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
MORE TIME FOR FOX - The Kings speedy young guard is showing that he’s ready to carry more of the load. In his first game, he posted 14 points and five assists. In Game Two, he set up his teammates for a team-high 10 assists while adding nine points and six rebounds. He’s averaged 25 minutes a game in the first two, but his play is already commanding more.

GIVING BUDDY SOME LOVE - Lost in the shuffle of the team’s first win was an nice all-around performance from Buddy Hield. The second-year guard was one of eight Kings to grab five rebounds or more against the Mavs, but Hield’s late board in traffic was probably the play of the night. If he can post more 13 point, six rebound, three assist games early in the season, he’ll find himself on the court more often than not.

MORE FROM SKAL NEEDED - Skal Labissiere has all the potential in the world, but he’s off to a quiet start through two contests. He needs to be more aggressive calling for the ball and continue to hit the glass hard. He’s averaging 10 points and 7.5 rebounds in 23 minutes per game, but one of those came with Zach Randolph on the shelf. He’ll need to earn minutes like everyone else on this team.

QUOTE:
“My coach has that much confidence in me, a 19-year-old kid to stay on the floor in crunch time, and when he has that confidence in me, my confidence goes up that much more.” -De’Aaron Fox on coach Dave Joerger sticking with him down the stretch in the Kings’ first win.