Sacramento Kings Media Day Summary

A summary of the Sacramento Kings Media Day.

Training camps open around the NBA this week, and with training camps come media days. The Sacramento Kings had their media day on Monday, showcasing their new uniforms and brand new facilities in Downtown Sacramento. Coaches and players spoke about the upcoming season, and the local media members were able to meet the new faces on the team. Things were lighthearted and playful, and players we all smiles, even engaging in a few games of Pictionary and Jenga.

Here are a few highlights.

There is a new regime in charge in Sacramento, as former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger takes the helm. He becomes the 9th different head coach since 2006, and has the tough task of cleaning up the mess left behind by past coaches.

On Monday, he spoke about his plans for the team, and his direction going forward. When a reporter asked, “What do you want to be about?”, the first words out of Joerger’s mouth were “Defensive Minded.” After being near the bottom of the league in defense for many years, this is music to the ears of Kings fans. Joerger went on to speak about his roster, and the new players in particular and how they will fit in. He also spoke about the young players on the team such as Ben McLemore and Willie Caluie-Stien and how he plans to mentor and develop them. Here is a view of his Q&A:

There are plenty of new faces in Sacramento, both young players and seasoned veterans. The rookies (Georgios Papagiannis, Skal Labissiere, Malachai Richardson) are learning to adapt to having cameras in their faces, and the media members are busy trying to figure out how to pronounce and spell their names. The veterans (Ty Lawson, Matt Barnes, Aaron Afflalo, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Tolliver, Garrett Temple) are checking out their new digs and seeing themselves in Kings Purple for the first time.

The Kings haven’t been big players in the free agent game for a long time, but they were aggressive this offseason, albeit only semi-successful. It will be interesting to see how the new players mesh with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, as well as how the depth chart shapes up, especially regarding the point guard position. The Kings lost Rajon Rondo and Seth Curry to free agency, and Lawson, Farmar and Temple will be carrying the load. This is especially important for the beginning of the season, when Darren Collison will be serving his impending suspension for domestic abuse. 

DeMarcus Cousins brought and proudly showed off his gold medal that he recently received. There is talk that the Olympics elevated both Cousins’ game and attitude towards the game, though the same was said in 2014 when he and Gay played for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. Cousins has continued to receive an absurd amount of technical fouls. Anyways, here’s a picture of the gold medal.

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