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NBA Gameday: Rudy Gay out for Joerger's Memphis homecoming

NBA Gameday: Rudy Gay out for Joerger's Memphis homecoming

Welcome home coach Joerger, your visiting locker room is down the hall to the left.

After nine seasons in Memphis, including the last three as the head coach of the Grizzlies, Dave Joerger returns to FedEx Forum for the the first time as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings Friday night.

The Kings are coming off their worst performances of the year. Playing without DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore, the Kings were walloped by the Rockets Wednesday night in Houston by a final of 132-98.  

Despite missing starting point guard Mike Conley Jr., the Grizzlies have won seven of their last eight, including an impressive 93-85 win over the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

OPENING LINE

Grizzlies by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

DeMarcus Cousins vs. Marc Gasol -- Cousins has been a beast all season long and he comes in well rested after sitting out Wednesday night’s game as a healthy scratch. But he draws one of the stoutest defensive fronts in the game. Gasol is averaging a career-high 19.8 points per game while helping to carry the scoring void left by Mike Conley’s injury. After shooting just 66 total 3-pointers in his first eight seasons in the NBA, the versatile big out of Spain has gone 41-for-90 (45.6 percent) from long range this season.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 9-16, third place in Pacific

Grizzlies: 18-9, third place in Southwest

INJURY REPORT

Kings: SF Rudy (hip flexor) is out, SF Omri Casspi (ilness) is out, SG Ben McLemore (quad contusion) is probable.

Grizzlies: PG Mike Conley Jr. (back) listed as doubtful but went through shootaround and hopes to play after missing previous nine games, SF Chandler Parsons (knee) doubtful, F Brandon Wright (ankle) out, F Deyonta Davis (foot) out, James Ennis (calf) probable.

SERIES HISTORY

Memphis swept the season series against Sacramento 3-0 lead last year. The Kings hold a 43-35 record against the Grizzlies all-time.  

QUOTE

“Lot of friends, lot of good times, you know, nine-years there. Kids basically - their whole life that they can remember is there. I’m excited to see some friends and some neighbors and some old coworkers.” -Dave Joerger on his return to Memphis

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure

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Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure

SACRAMENTO -- The Kings updated the health of one of its core players Monday night.

As his teammates ran through the team’s annual media day, second-year shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a procedure on his left knee. 

According to the team, the procedure performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was successful. Bogdanovic will need four to six weeks of recovery time, which likely will cost him the first few weeks of the regular season.

Bogdanovic injured himself while playing for the Serbian national team last week. He left the game early and eventually made it back to Sacramento, where an MRI revealed the extent of the damage.

This was the second procedure done by Dr. Williams on Bogdanovic’s left knee this summer. The first was a minimally invasive meniscus debridement on April 24, and he was given a timetable of a six-to-eight-week recovery.

During his rookie season, Bogdanovic averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for the Kings. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team and is expected to start at shooting guard for the Kings when he’s cleared for duty.

Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises

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Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises

SACRAMENTO -- Basketball is back for the Kings, who will play host for their annual Media Day festivities Monday afternoon. Player will shuttle from one station to the next. They will take pictures, do interviews and disappear into the giant photo booth for preseason video intros. 

Prior to the meet and greet, the team released the latest roster update, and there are very few surprises. Here is a look at the squad that will open training camp Tuesday morning.

Outside of the usual suspects, Jamel Artis, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Pittsburgh, will be in camp and compete for the Kings' final two-way contract. Wenyen Gabriel, a rookie out of Kentucky, signed a two-way deal with the Kings after a successful summer league audition.