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Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone

The Sacramento Kings have sensationally fired head Coach Mike Malone despite beginning the new season with better-than-expected results.

Starting with an impressive 11-13 record in the tough Western Conference, and competing without star center DeMarcus Cousins for 9 games, the Kings felt it necessary to relieve Malone of his duties and instate assistant coach Ty Corbin in the interim. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news via Twitter yesterday afternoon to a considerable backlash from fans who found it to be a big surprise.

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Rudy Gay Traded to Sacramento

Rudy Gay has been traded from the Toronto Raptors in a multi-player deal to the Sacramento Kings, reported Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski yesterday. As part of the deal Gay will head to the Kings alongside ex-Toronto team mates Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, while the Raptors will receive forward John Salmons, guard Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.

Following a 6-12 start to the season, the Raptors have seemingly elected to dump the salary of Rudy Gay, owed $17.8 million this season and $19.3m (player option) the next, and begin the rebuilding process with a clean slate. GM Masai Ujiri has also been able to unload the contracts of Gray and Acy in the deal, clearing approximately $3.5 million extra in cap room. Of the incoming players, Chuck Hayes is owed $6 million, while John Salmons is only guaranteed $1 million of his $7 million contract. Toronto has cleared the books, taking on board only expiring contracts while also clearing the quagmire that was Rudy Gay’s deal and can now stake their claim via a solid rebuild.

The Kings have now added another name to their roster of talented stars including DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and rookie Ben McLemore, and should fit in well with the 5-13 Pacific Division cellar dwellers. Gay, who was traded by the Grizzlies to Toronto before the trade deadline last season, is averaging a respectable 19 points (38% shooting), 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 2013/14 and while his shot selection is often questionable, is a good addition to an already talented group. Is he the answer? Probably not, but the Kings now have another name which will help put bums on seats at Sleep Train Arena.



NBA Nation Australia’s Roundtable Feat. Jabari Davis (Lakers Nation/The OpinioNation)

Welcome to another week and another NBA Nation Australia Roundtable! This week we welcome yet another special guest, this time from Los Angeles, California. Jabari Davis is an avid Lakers and NBA fan, co-founder of TheOpinioNation.com and regular writer for famed and well-renowned Lakers blog LakersNation.com. Recently, Jabari was also a guest on fellow Aussie blog/Podcast #BelieveTheHype with Tom Read and Benyam Kidane. We thank you, Jabari for taking the time to answer a few questions and be a part of our Roundtable.

Enjoy folks!

1. With the impending sale of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle where they will likely be renamed the Sonics, what effect do you believe the move will have on both cities and the NBA as a whole? Also, should the league have thought further about whether or not to relocate the Sonics to Oklahoma City in the first place?

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Jabari: The sale, in my humble opinion, will signify the renaissance of one city (Seattle) and the unfortunate end of an era in Sacramento. Sacramento, while as small-town as they come, has remained one of the more rabid fan-bases over the past couple decades. Louder than many arenas on a given night, when the Kings were at their finest (C-Webb era) the only current home court environment that would be comparable is that of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coincidentally, those very Thunder were stolen away from “Emerald City” basketball fans back in 2008. While I completely understood the league’s desire to capitalize on the new found market in OKC given the successful trial period of the Hornets/Pelicans (post-Katrina), I never quite understood the decision to make it at the expense of a very loyal and dedicated Seattle fan base. Barring any last-minute changes, it will be phenomenal to see the game return to the area. I doubt the same thing ever happens in Sacramento.

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Rookie Watch – Thomas Robinson (Sacramento Kings)

Hey team, @NickaRuss here.

By now most of you are across our plans. Each member of the NBA Nation team has chosen to profile an NBA rookie and follow his season closely. We will look at their development as a player and as a teammate, the good times, the bad times, will share highlights and try and help you know them better through their tweets, instagram snaps, interviews and everything that comes with being a rookie on the worlds greatest stage.

@Nick_A_How has already introduced you to Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics who has immense promise and is in a great position to really cement a place in the hearts of those passionate Celtics fans.

@NickoToGo chose Bradley Beal, the gun shooting guard from the Florida Gators who was picked up by the Washington Wizards with the #3 selection at last year’s draft. With John Wall at point, they should form one of the NBA’s most dynamic young backcourts for years to come.

It really wasn’t too hard of a choice for me when it came to finding a rookie to profile. At the start of this year I was living in New York and was fortunate to be right in the middle of the action when March Madness fever hit. As a basketball fan there is really nothing like it. A few players caught my eye during the NCAA tournament, but none more than the star player from the Kansas City Jayhawks, Thomas Robinson.  At first look, Thomas Robinson is a dynamic and aggressive 6 ft 8 (listed at 6 ft 10) power forward who’s athleticism and strength makes him an instant impact player in the NBA, but this wasn’t the only reason Thomas Robinson caught the attention of the nation, It was his heartbreaking story of tragedy and the triumph that grew out of the darkness.

In his freshman year at Kansas, Robinson was a little used bench player. His sophomore year saw an improvement in his time and stats, but still, Robinson couldn’t crack a starting spot. Then the worst thing imaginable happened. In the space of 3 weeks, Thomas Robinson lost his Mother, Grandmother and Grandfather, leaving him with no family apart from his younger sister, Jayla. His father had played no great part in their lives. Normally, this would be enough to devastate a young man, but not Robinson. He turned this heartbreaking tragedy into motivation to work as hard as he could to realize his dream and provide for his younger sister. He knew he was destined for the NBA, even if not everyone agreed. We all know what happened. His junior year was a breakout unlike any other. He led the Jayhawks into the NCAA tournament championship game, was named All American and if it wasn’t for Anthony Davis would have been a firm favorite for National Player of the Year. His story had touched the hearts of basketball fans all over the world, me included and I was so ecstatic for him when he was chosen by the Kings with the #5 pick. They must have been jumping for joy when he fell to them. With DeMarcus Cousins to pair with, all of a sudden, the Kings have one scary looking duo in the post. I am extremely excited about the chance to follow Thomas Robinson through his Rookie season at Sacramento. They are going to be very exciting to watch.

So here we go. Ladies and Gentleman…this is Thomas Robinson.

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