Instant Replay: With no answer for Spurs' stars, Kings drop third straight

Instant Replay: With no answer for Spurs' stars, Kings drop third straight


SACRAMENTO -- “Mercy, David.” That is what coach Dave Joerger said his mom would say after looking at the Kings schedule over their five-game homestand. It’s also what plenty of Kings fans were saying Wednesday night as Joerger’s team was manhandled by the San Antonio Spurs by a deceiving final of 110-105.

Gregg Popovich’s starting squad put on a show for a sold out Golden 1 Center crowd. After a slow start to the season, 36-year-old Pau Gasol had a breakout game against the Kings frontline of DeMarcus Cousins and Kosta Koufos. The 16-year NBA vet dropped 24 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes, but he wasn’t the only starter to find success against Sacramento’s defense.

All-NBA defender Kawhi Leonard dominated the battle at the small forward position over Rudy Gay. The twice reigning defensive player of the year scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds while holding Gay to just 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting.

LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 21 points and six rebounds and Tony Parker added 14 points and seven assists in the win.

Cousins looked like a man possessed. Depending on the quarter, that was either a good or a bad thing. Sacramento’s leading man came away with 26 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, but he forced plenty of shots and the Spurs made the Kings pay on the other end.

Sacramento’s bench unit made their mark on the game, combining to outscore the Spurs 57-22. Matt Barnes (15 points) and Ben McLemore (14 points) were the catalysts for the strong second team play, combining to score 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting.

Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action and Darren Collison finished with 10 points and six assists.

STANDOUT PERFORMER -- Gasol never seems to age. He frustrated Cousins on multiple occasions and looked every bit the part of player 10-years younger than his actual age.

TURNING POINT -- The Kings had a few moments in the early second quarter and even made a late fourth quarter run once the Spurs waved the white flag, but this game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score reads.

INJURY UPDATE -- Sacramento continues to motor through their early season schedule without any major injury to speak of. Omri Casspi and Anthony Tolliver sat the bench for 48 minutes, but both are 100 percent healthy.

WHAT'S NEXT -- The Kings continue their five-game homestand Friday night with a matchup against the red hot Los Angeles Clippers.

Kings, NBA announce joint investigation into Luke Walton allegations


Kings, NBA announce joint investigation into Luke Walton allegations

SACRAMENTO -- The Luke Walton situation isn’t going away anytime soon.

After two days of back and forth between accuser Kelli Tennant and her attorney and Walton’s representation, the Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced a joint investigation into Tennant's allegations of sexual assault against Walton.

-- Team Hires Independent Investigator --


Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Kings and the National Basketball Association announced today that they have commenced a joint investigation into the allegations contained in a civil lawsuit filed Monday against Kings Head Coach Luke Walton.
The Kings have hired Sue Ann Van Dermyden, founding partner of Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux, who is an expert on employment law with decades of experience in conducting investigations, and Jennifer Doughty, a veteran investigator and senior associate attorney at Van Dermyden Maddux. They will lead the Kings investigatory team.
The NBA's investigatory team will be led by Elizabeth Maringer, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Integrity and Investigations. Prior to joining the NBA, Ms. Maringer served 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, including three as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.
The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation.

It appears that the Kings are ready to wait out the process. Walton signed a four-year contract to become the team’s new head coach on April 15. A week later, Tennant, a former broadcaster for Spectrum SportsNet, filed a civil suit against Walton in a Southern California court.

The initial incident, which allegedly took place in 2014, occurred while Walton was an assistant coach on the Golden State Warriors staff. During Tennant's press conference on Tuesday, she alleged Walton engaged in continued inappropriate behavior all the way up to 2017, while he served as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to a league source, it is too early to give an estimation on how long this may last, but the investigation has already commenced.

Source: Kings interview Jeff Hornacek for assistant coach position


Source: Kings interview Jeff Hornacek for assistant coach position

SACRAMENTO -- While chaos pelts down on the Sacramento Kings and newly hired head coach Luke Walton, the team continues to press forward.

NBC Sports California has confirmed through a league source that former NBA player turned head coach, Jeff Hornacek, was in Sacramento earlier this week to interview for a lead assistant coach job on Walton’s staff.

Known for his gritty play style over a 14-year NBA career with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz, Hornacek began his pro coaching career in Utah under legendary head coach Jerry Sloan during the 2010-11 season.

He spent three seasons as an assistant in Utah before heading to Phoenix to take over the Suns head coaching job in 2013. His Suns shocked the NBA in his first season, posting a 48-34 record and barely missing the postseason.

In his second season, the Suns took a step back, finishing the 2014-15 season with a 39-43 record. Hornacek dealt with an unbalanced roster that included three starting level point guards. At midseason, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were dealt away in a three-team deal, leaving Eric Bledsoe and newly acquired Brandon Knight to finish the season.

The next season was more of the same. The team spent major money on aging free agent center, Tyson Chandler, which didn’t work out as planned. Bledsoe went down midseason with a knee injury and Hornacek was relieved his duties after a 14-35 start to the season.

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Following his experience in Phoenix, Hornacek coached the Knicks to a 60-104 record during from 2016-18. David Fizdale posted a 17-65 record this past season following Hornacek's departure.

A basketball lifer, the 55-year-old Hornacek has a career record of 161-216 record over five seasons at the helm. He spent last season away from the game, but he is ready to jump back into the game as an assistant.

The former All-Star guard would make a solid addition as an experienced voice on Walton’s bench.

Sam Amick of The Athletic was first with the news of Hornacek’s interview.