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Summer of change begins in Sacramento

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Summer of change begins in Sacramento

If the first two weeks of the offseason in Sacramento are any indicator, it’s going to be a summer of change in Kingsland. Fans were sent into a frenzy on social media Tuesday evening when the news broke that long time PA announcer, Scott Moak, had been relieved of his duties as Vice President of Game Entertainment, Production and Content with the Kings.

According to the team, Moak has been offered to stay on as the public address announcer, a position he’s held since 2002. But he has yet to make a decision on his future with the club. 

“We are restructuring our community programs given the importance of that role, now more than ever. Scott is a cherished announcer and we offered him the opportunity to stay in that role, as originally envisioned for him,” the Kings organization said through a prepared statement.

Prior to his role as the VP of Game Entertainment, Moak served as the team’s Vice President of Community Impact and Executive Director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation from 2014-2017. 

Bee Makes Cutbacks

In addition to the Moak news, veteran NBA columnist, Ailene Voisin, was let go by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday afternoon after 21 years with the newspaper. 

A pioneer in the field of sports journalism, Voisin began her career with the San Diego Union in the early 1980’s and has been a staple in the Sacramento media world since 1997. 

Voisin is one of the longest tenured female columnists covering the NBA and a legend in the industry.

19-year-old Luka Doncic wants a date with a Friend and...a tiger?

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19-year-old Luka Doncic wants a date with a Friend and...a tiger?

In Europe, Luka Doncic is a star. It appears he would like to be one in the United States as well.

Fresh off a EuroLeague championship, as well as league and Finals MVP honors, the 19-year-old Slovenian-born wing showed a different side of himself in a video made by the folks over at Bleacher Report.

In an interview with Howard Beck, Doncic made a few of his wishes known, including his want for a signature shoe, a date with Jennifer Aniston and the future purchase of...a tiger?

"I just like tigers. I said if I go to U.S., I will buy a tiger—like Mike Tyson," Doncic told Beck.

Sacramento has Doncic on a short list of prospects they are considering with the second overall selection. He has high aspirations, both on and off the court.

It’s hard not to like the confidence and moxie of this prospect. Will he be a King come Thursday evening?

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Marvin Bagley III

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NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Marvin Bagley III

Marvin Bagley III - Power Forward - Duke - Freshman

Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-11 Weight: 220

Stats: 21.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .8 steals, .9 blocks, 39.7% 3-point

Player Comparison: Antonio McDyess, Michael Beasley

Strengths:
Bagley has springs in his legs. After skipping a year of high school, the Duke product dominated the ACC and projects as a double-double machine at the NBA level. He knocked down nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts and he runs the floor like a gazelle. He’s also one of the best rebounders in the draft and he loves to finish above the rim.

Weaknesses:
While he helps to end defensive possessions with rebounds, he’s a liability on this end of the floor. Whether it was effort or acumen, Duke spent much of the season playing zones to hide his deficiencies. He’ll need to add plenty of muscle to hold his position at the NBA level. He’ll also need to find new ways to stuff the stat sheet. His assist, steal and block numbers aren’t what you would expect from a player with his athleticism.

Fit:
Sacramento is loaded at the four with young players Harry Giles, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein all available to play the position. Bagley has plenty of talent and might make a one or two of those players expendable. He would instantly improve the team’s rebounding woes, but there are plenty of question marks.  

Chance of going No. 2:
As of now, it’s a three-man race between Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr. and Bagley, but things change quickly around this time of year. The Kings are intrigued with the big man out of Duke. He swung by Sacramento last week for a full workout and meeting with the team and he left a very good impression.