Personally, I think the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission should have hired someone to dress up like Vlade Divac (or Vlade Divac to dress up as a famous person) and had them mill about Times Square extolling the virtues of the Kings staying in Sacramento, but I guess this works too. From the Sacramento Bee:
A 30-second message about the Kings will air on the giant video board above Times Square starting today, one day before NBA team owners begin deliberating a mile away on whether the team should stay here or move to Seattle.
The video will be shown every five minutes for 72 hours; it will include testimonials from Kings fans, business leaders and others. Officials estimate it will be seen by 4.8 million people.
The total cost of the project, including buying space on the screen, is around $10,000, said Mike Testa of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. The bureau produced the video with the Sacramento Sports Commission.
The hotel community is paying the cost, he said.
To be honest, $10,000 for three days of a commercial in front of nearly five million people is a steal. It’s unfortunate for Kings fans that most of those people aren’t going to be able to vote in the Board of Governors meeting which will ultimately decide the fate of the franchise, but you can’t look a good deal horse in the mouth, or whatever that saying is.
And at the very least, it’s worth a shot. It’s not like getting a pro-Kings ad in a huge public place is going to hurt, even if most everyone ignores it. Let’s just be thankful they didn’t go the hand fliers route — no one wants those.
I don’t know about you guys, but I really like the opening scene of “Pay It Forward 2: Attack of the Clones.” Really sets the scene for a young Haley Joel Osment to start paying some more things forward. This is going to kill on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some people were put on this Earth to dance on an arena camera. Apparently all of them showed up to Sleep Train Arena last night. So watch this video and learn some new moves. I know which ones I’ll be stealing — all of them.
I kind of hope DeMarcus Cousins bookmarks this video on his smartphone, then carries that phone with him during every NBA game so that he can pull it out and play the video whenever he feels wronged. Mostly because I don’t think you can get a technical for playing a YouTube video, but also because it’ll save him some breath when he starts complaining. Just something to consider.
The best part about this epic fail is that Tyreke Evans had a huge lead in last night’s trolling competition, right up until the moment where he bricked a wide-open layup that he got after pulling a Caron Butler on Dwyane Wade. But when the guy you stole the ball from ends up posing Captain Morgan-style on the ball while the crowd laughs at you for ruining your own prank … well, that’s embarrassing. Really embarrassing. Tough break, Tyreke.
Within months of passing on Damian Lillard, Sacramento have decided to give away the player they picked instead of him. Seemingly already disenfranchised with their big man out of Kansas, they traded him for another one, and a jump-shooting backup big man, rather than wait it out. This accords with Sacramento’s grand plan, that of dumping valuable young assets to open up negligible amounts of financial flexibility, then spending it on backups. At the very least, they got Patrick Patterson this time.
Patterson broke out this year as a scorer, scoring 11 points in 25 minutes per game, and doing so at just short of 52 percent shooting with a mostly face-up game. He has occasional three-point range and a fantastic mid-range jumper — it’s not hard to project those two things being the inverse of each other some day soon, as that is the way the jump-shooting big man tends to go. Channing Frye was in a similar situation once. Patterson scores, and scores efficiently, without needing much of the playbook to do so. For this reason, he projects as a useful role player for several years. However, Sacramento’s unimpressive recent record on player development isn’t the place for someone with such big holes in his game. Patterson doesn’t box out, doesn’t defend any position, and isn’t tough enough to rectify those problems. He’ll make some jumpers, some fast break dunks, and occasionally carry the team for a quarter, but there’s an awful lot to do.
The rest of the deal has little bearing on Sacramento’s end product. Francisco Garcia will be a mildly useful defender and shooter for a year, but is essentially irrelevant, robbed of his talent by multiple injuries. So are likely to be Tyler Honeycutt (a once tantalizing prospect who hasn’t gotten anywhere, not helped by injuries), Cole Aldrich (same, except with the injuries) and Toney Douglas (whose offensive game still hasn’t recovered from whatever it was that caused him to lose it). Everyone else is a backup, only ever going to be backups, and either expiring or unguaranteed.