Kings 05-06 Home Opener

DB at The Barnesyard found a great moment on the video screen in last night’s Kings home opener. Anybody else see this or is DB out of his gourd.

I watched the whole opening with my daughters (2 years, 7 months) and my 2 year old loved it, though for a few moments it was deemed scary. The whole thing did have a very occult human sactifice ritual vibe to it which is probably supposed to seem cool. And now she is nuts for Bonzi Wells, or at least for his name.

UPDATE: DB was right. It turns out Sacramento does have its own newspaper (who knew?) and it did, in fact, cover this story today.

Pick & Droll: We Have Questions, You Have the Answers?

NOTE: This is the first-ever edition of Pick & Droll, a weekly column devoted to the Sacramento Kings and the NBA, and available exclusively on The Sac Rag. Enjoy.

Now that Monarchs fever has subsided (hey, my temperature rose 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit!), the Kings are again the sporting focus of Sacramento. Training camp opens this week, which means opening day is but around the corner.

This squad is a largely unfamiliar team – only the nucleus of Brad Miller, Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bibby remain from last summer. The three players we got for Chris Webber are all still around, and three new rotation players have been added, as well.

So what are the biggest questions heading into the season?

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No Offense, Rick!

Hey all you Kings fans, not to reign on your, as yet to be held because your team can’t go the distance when it counts, parade, but our own Sacramento Monarchs have the distinction of being the “first professional basketball team in Northern California to win a national basketball title.”

Well, uh, unless you count the Golden State Warriors sweep of the Washington Bullets in 74-75.

Way to go!

UPDATE: Thanks to Sac Rag author Stickie for letting News10 know about their most egregious error. The people spoke and the people won! The Rags got juice, y’all.

Sports! Sports! Tacos! Sports!

At The Sac Rag, we don’t just bring the snark, we bring you The News You Need. Tonight, if the Sacramento River Cats win their Pacific Conference Championship Series Playoff game against the hated Tacoma Rainers, everyone in Sacramento wins a FREE taco from Jimboy’s. If that’s not a reason to catch Pacific Conference Championship fever, well then I just don’t know anything about public health scares. The taco can be consumed on Saturday. Go Cats!

Speaking of sports, The Sac Rag is now seeking a local blogger to cover prep football. From Del Oro to Sheldon, from River City to Ponderosa, local prep junkies want to know the scoop, and they want their scoop snarky. Inquire at or through our Contact Us page.

UPDATE: 2-2 in the top of the 5th… Come on taco!!

UPDATE: Uh oh, 3 runs for Tacoma in top 6. Let’s go Cats!

UPDATE: Smell the grease… 5-4 Rainiers going into the last frame.

Bonzi Is A Fun Name To Say

The Kings got Bonzi Wells in a three-way deal. Bobby Jackson and Greg Ostertag are leaving Sacramento in the deal.

I’m sad yet relieved to see Bobby go. He couldn’t stay healthy the past few years – if he had, we might have a ring (we? Ha!). Tag? Good riddance.

I’m excited for BONZI though, mostly because Bonzi is a really fun name to say. Also, he’s a beast. We need more beasts.

And pot dealers – get ready! Business is about to go up!

Stars in Sacramento? Don’t bet on it.

George Maloof, owner of the Sacramento Kings, has suggested that the 2007 NBA All Star Game be held in his city. The city is totally digging the idea and is all up for it. League officials are quite interested in it too.

Unfortunately, Maloof’s talking about Vegas, where his family owns The Palms Casino Hotel. Sorry folks, but you didn’t seriously think he would offer up Sactown, did you?

Sacramento, I Choose You!

The NBA’s free agency period is upon us. So what’s that mean for you, the Kings fan who hopes to see a winning team next year?

It means you need to shape up your yard. We don’t want to see any weeds and Geo Metros or anything among the Gloriosa lillies and crape myrtle – we’ve got a city to sell!

If you want Kwame Brown or Udonis Haslem or even (gasp!) Samuel Dalembert to be pulling down boards for your Sacramento Kings next season, you’d better put a smile on your face and greet those nice young men when they come into town to check out the practice facility. Free drinks, free merchandise and free coconut shrimp are all we ask of you, Sacramento merchants.

And if you work at Centerfolds or Risky Business and you see a tall athletic African-American fellow sitting with a guy with a mullet, be a team player and give him some special attention. The black guy, that is. Not Petrie.

(Cross-posted at Pick&Droll: A Kings Blog.)

Thanks, Geoff Petrie. Now we’re even more confused.

You’ve heard by now that the Kings picked Louisville two-guard Francisco Garcia in Tuesday’s draft.

There were a lot of questions surrounding the Kings before, and even more now. One thing everyone has been harping on is what this means for last year’s pick, Kevin Martin, who is considered a very similar player to Garcia.

I’m more concerned with what this means for Maurice Evans, our restricted free agent. It’s nearly consensus that Mo would be great to have off the bench the next few years, and possibly as our starting two-guard at some point. But he’s not ready to start regularly this year, and neither are Martin or Garcia. And Cuttino Mobley is thisclose to officially being a free agent – one we’d have trouble affording.

So, who’s our starting shooting guard this year? We’re not getting Ray Allen or Larry Hughes or Michael Redd. Are we going to (gulp) start Bibby and Bobby? It’d be thoroughly entertaining, but we’d give up 140 points every time we played against decent guards (hello Kobe, Baron, Nash, Ray Allen and Tracy McGrady! Good to see you each four times a year!)

I think either a trade will bring us our starting shooting guard or we have a strong sense that Doug Christie will sign here cheap once/if Orlando releases him. I’m all for trades, because at this point, I’m barely eager to watch the assembled team. And Doug would be a nice fill-in and a defensive mentor for Mo (who we really should re-sign) and Francisco. Kevin, I’m afraid if I ran the team, I’d be saying it was nice knowing you.

By the way, hello SacRag readers! I’m Ziller, and I run a Kings blog called Pick&Droll. I’ll be posting both here and there, so feel free to visit both often. Often, I said.