Sacramento Kings logo on player’s trunks and the team’s new basketball home for the Kings most recent hire of Head of Basketball Operations Monte McNair (CBS TV file photo)
By Charlie O
SACRAMENTO–After the Sacramento Kings had fired long time general manager Vlade Divac and assistant general manager Peja Stojakovic who resigned after Divac’s firing. The search is over as the Kings hired Monte McNair who was an assistant general manager for the Houston Rockets and now joins the Kings as head of basketball operations.
McNair was in the running for the Kings job with Minnesota Timberwolves executive vice president of operations Sachin Gupta and former Atlanta Hawks general manager Wes Wilco. What made McNair the pick was the assembly of players that McNair had in Houston, how he drafted and how the Rockets were a consistent success in reaching the post season.
McNair and the Rockets have developed the three point success in their high caliber weight of high percentage in the three point shot which was the Rockets bread and butter that help not only drive the Rockets to win during the regular season but also launched them to be a consistent presence in the NBA playoffs.
McNair had a roster full of players who may not have got to the NBA Finals per say but were talented enough to push the team to go get in two or three rounds of the playoffs almost yearly. McNair joined the Rockets as senior analyst in 2007 and was hired by the Rockets general manager Daryl Morey who is still with the Rockets.
After six years as the Rockets senior analyst in 2013 McNair was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations. In 2015 McNair was promoted to vice president of basketball operations, and in 2018 McNair was promoted to assistant general manger of the Rockets before departing on Wednesday to join the Kings as their head of Basketball Operations.
Charlie O covers Sacramento Kings basketball and is a contributor to http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws under the pressure of Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt (99) on Thursday Night Football the season opener at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with London:
#1 The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had an evening on Thursday Night Football to open the NFL season throwing for 211 yards and three touchdowns for a 34-28 win over the Houston Texans.
#2 The Chiefs wide receivers didn’t miss a step either Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Tyreek Hill all caught a touchdown pass each.
#3 The San Francisco 49ers have a number of injuries including Deebo Samuel who will not play this Sunday due to a foot injury. Brandon Aiyuk was listed as limited and could play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in week one at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara.
#4 Turning to the NBA Playoffs the Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis had 29 points on Thursday night and LeBron James missed a triple double by needing just one assist. The Lakers take game 4, 110-100 and take the series lead 3-1 over the Houston Rockets.
#5 Turning to baseball long time Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was released by the Giants on Thursday. Sandoval was on all three Giants World Series teams in 2010, 2012, and 2014 and hit three home runs in one game. The Giants felt that Sandoval ran his course and produced a batting average of .220, 82 at bats, 18 hits, one home run.
#6 The San Jose Earthquakes suffered their worst loss in franchise history in a nine game regular season losing by a six goal loss 7-1 to the Seattle Sounders on Thursday night at Centurylink Field in Seattle.
Join London each Friday for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The Milwaukee Bucks key player Giannis Antetokounmpo injures his ankle during the first half of the Eastern Conference Semi Final with the Miami Bucks on Sun Sep 6th at Lake Buena Vista Florida (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:
#1 How does the Lakers survive blowing a 21 point lead to beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 in Game 2 is that the sign that the Lakers played a good team or they are faltering and have to regroup just to get back into the game? The series is tied 1-1 with game 3 Tuesday night.
#2 The Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo was out for most of game 4 but the Bucks had to come back from behind and got an overtime win over the Miami Heat 118-115. The Heat do lead in the series 3-1. Antetokounmpo will not play in game 5.
#3 Turning to baseball former St Louis Cardinal and Hall of Famer Lou Brock passed away on Sunday at the age of 81 Brock held the all time base stealing record at 118 in 1974 until the Oakland A’s Rickey Henderson broke the record with 130 in 1982.
#4 The San Francisco Giants are pushing to get a playoff birth. After promoting their starting catcher from the minor leagues in August Joey Bart things started clicking for SF they went on a six game win streak and strung some key wins together. They have this month of September to try and catch up for a wild card birth.
#5 The Oakland A’s get a big win over the Houston Astros to keep the win streak going in the Houston series at two with a 4-2 win in the first game of the doubleheader. The A’s Khris Davis hit his second home run of the season, Davis is hitting .155.
Join Barbara Mason every Tuesday night for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
(@theScore file photo) San Jose Sharks Evander Kane makes a statement looking for teeth and more action in the fight against racism and social injustice in America
Headline Sports podcast with Daniel:
1 Racial injustice not forgotten as NHL playoffs resume
2 Matt Dumba, Evander Kane call out NHL on its response to Jacob Blake shooting
3 A’s cancel contest with Astros on Sunday due to member of traveling party testing positive for Covid-19
4 NBA returns with tributes to Clifford Robinson, Lute Olson and Chadwick Boseman
5 Padres get serious, trade with Royals for closer Trevor Rosenthal
6 Mets GM apologizes for unfiltered criticism of Rob Manfred
Daniel does Headlines podcast each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The Tennessee Titans stand united in cancelling their practice on Thursday and today with other NFL teams joining against social injustice and in light of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin (photo from touchdownwire.usatoday.com)
Headline Sports with London Marq:
#1 On Wednesday night the NBA, MLS, cancelled their games and MLB had six teams cancel their games in the news of the shooting of Jacob Blake of Kenosha Wisconsin. The WNBA took the night off on Thursday.
#2 The NBA players and coaches discussed on Thursday the future of going on and the players feel at this time this is not the right thing to do and go out and entertain while America is suffering from more racial injustice issues.
#3 London the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James said his emotions are all over the place and Doc Rivers head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers said that he loves the country but the country is not loving him back.
#4 Turning to the MLB, MLB looks as if they will postpone more games like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants who were scheduled to play on Wednesday and cancelled and rescheduled played a double header on Thursday. Right now it looks as if the players want to get through this season. The New York Mets Dominic Smith gave a very emotional interview saying “no one cares” regarding the racial injustice situation.
#5 The New York Jets and Tennessee Titans had cancelled their practices on Thursday and more teams might be expected to cancel today. Like the Jets and Titans social injustice is on the minds of professional sports right now than playing the game. The NFL released a statement today saying in addition to the Jets and Titans the Packers, Bears, Colts, Cardinals, Broncos and Chargers have all cancelled their practices today.
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The Milwaukee Bucks cancelled their game with the Orlando Magic in light of the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin and two other playoff games also were cancelled in light of racial injustice shooting of Blake from Kenosha Police (espn.com still)
Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:
#1 The Milwaukee Bucks who did not play the Orlando Magic and two other games the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers all were postponed due the recent Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake who was videoed being shot seven times in the back and reported to be paralyzed by his family member.
#2 Tony the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors are now considering cancelling game one of their best of seven series Thursday which is schedule for a 3:00 pm tip. Raptors coach Nick Nurse said the players are deeply disappointed that the same thing happens again in a short period of time.
#3 Tony one NBA veteran who not named said that the entire NBA playoffs are in jeopardy and the whole thing could be squashed. The players not only want to send a message but some question how they could go on after what happened to Blake.
#4 Tony talk about Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota who has suffered shoulder and ankle injuries and has not practiced with the team yet. How badly is Mariota hurt and can he make it back?
#5 Also Tony the Raiders are missing wide receiver Tyrell Williams who has a shoulder injury and cornerback Trayvon Mullen unknown injury Wednesday was the sixth time they missed a shoulder padded practice and how important are these guys to the team.
Join Tony every other Thursday for Headlines Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
San Francisco Giant outfielder Hunter Pence loses the ball in the lights at Dodger Stadium and Giants starter Johnny Cueto loses his bid for a no hitter on Aug 8th’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pence was given his unconditional release Sat Aug 22 before the Angels-Giants game at Oracle Park. (sfgate.com file photo)
Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:
#1 One thing you could say about the departure of former Giants outfielder Hunter Pence he understood the move by Giants manager Gabe Kapler after Pence hit .096, started the season 0-23 and lost a fly ball in the lights at Dodger Stadium a play that broke up pitcher Johnny Cueto’s no hitter.
#2 Pence left the team with class saying that he knew the time was coming and that he knew he had to bring more to the table than what he was.
#3 Pence said that the pandemic was first and foremost concern right now over baseball that being released by the Giants is not as important as other people’s health and he was really more focused on that.
#4 Turning to the NBA after losing four straight playoff games to the Boston Celtics the Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Brett Brown on Monday. The 76ers general manager Elton Brand indicated there will be more front office changes. Critics of Brown said that the 76ers didn’t use Ben Simmons enough.
#5 The Milwaukee Bucks who are some 1,000 miles away playing in a bubble in Orlando shared their feeling about Kenosha Wisconsin resident Jacob Blake who was shot in the back seven times by police as Blake was trying to get into his car, Blake survived but is paralyzed. The Bucks George Hill said that the police are disappointed they didn’t kill Blake because they wanted him dead and Hill added thank God he’s alive.
Barbara Mason does Headline Sports Tuesday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Former Fox NFL play by play announcer Thom Brennaman is serving a suspension with Fox Sports Ohio and the Reds broadcast network for homophobic slurs he’s apologized for. This is a photo of Brennaman during happier times ( Cincinnati Enquirer file photo)
Headline Sports podcast with London Marq:
#1 Thom Brennaman who had pretty solid job security with work at Fox doing baseball and football and his play by play work with the Cincinnati Reds has seen decades of broadcast work cave after making a homophobic slur during the Reds at Royals game in Kansas City on Wednesday. Brennaman after being suspended by the Reds and Fox baseball was let go from doing Fox football on Thursday.
#2 In another story Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Pillar had used the same word that Brennaman used when Pillar played for the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17 2017 on Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte but like Brennaman immediately apologized for it. Pillar was suspended for two games and returned to play and the incident was quickly forgiven will Brennaman be in different situation than Pillar as he’s already been fired by Fox football broadcasts and it looks as if he will never call a game again for Fox Sports Ohio or for the Reds?
#3 Lastly on this Brennaman said he was deeply sorry for what he said on the telecast but has received criticism for what some say is insincere apology because he apologized to those who write his check out first and never mentioned the LGBTQ community.
#4 London turning to the NBA Playoffs, talk about how you see the match up between the Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Lakers how surprising was it for you to see how the Trailblazers took that first game of this first round from the Lakers on Tuesday night 100-93 and in game two the Blazers just couldn’t shut down the Lakers and LeBron’s game as the Lakers win game 111-88 what was the difference these two contests in stopping the Lakers in game one and just getting beat offensively on Thursday night?
#5 Toronto Raptors team president Masai Ujiri who was pushed after the clinching game of the NBA Finals at Chase Center in San Francisco by San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland on June 13, 2019. Ujiri said he was pushed twice by Strickland because he was black and Strickland was denying him access to the Raptors’ on floor celebration after beating the Golden State Warriors. Ujiri said for no other reason he was pushed twice and told to “get the F— back ” by Strickland. At the time of the incident the Sheriff’s department said Ujiri did not display proper credentials and was being denied access to the floor. Strickland filed a lawsuit against Ujiri, the Raptors, and Maple Leafs Entertainment saying Ujiri shoved him and caused permanent injuries. Video taken from the incident is being argued by Ujiri’s attorneys that Strickland didn’t suffer any swelling and bruising as he claimed on the night of the incident at the hospital. Ujiri has filed a counter suit against Strickland and the Sheriff’s Department for assault.
Catch London on Headline Sports each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Karpisalo (70) gets in front of the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) and the Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) look for the puck in game 3 of the third period Sat Aug 15, 2020 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. (Nathan Dennette/Canadian Press via AP)
On Headline Sports with Daniel:
1 From under the NHL bubbles: Action picks up in East and West, big wins for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Arizona Coyotes, and Boston Bruins.
2 Bruins star goalie Tukka Rask opts out of playoffs
3 NBA: Suns are 8-0 in the bubble, fall short of making playoffs; Divac steps down as Kings GM, Dumars takes over
4 Dominoes fall: Pac-12, Big 10 cancel fall sports, NCAA cancels fall championships
5 Reds-Pirates game postponed after Reds player tests positive for Covid-19; 32 postponements in 60-game schedule
6 L.A. Kings suspend mascot actor after sexual harassment lawsuit
Daniel does Headline Sports podcasts every other Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Sacramento Kings general manager Joe Dumars replaces outgoing GM Vlade Divac the 2020-21 season will be Dumars first year as the Kings GM (AP file photo)
On Headlines Sports podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 Former Detroit Piston Joe Dumars is back in an elevated role this time as the Sacramento Kings new interim general manager as Dumars will be replacing Vlade Divac at the helm. Do you see the change made because Divac just couldn’t get the team to pull the trigger and get into the playoffs for instance like what happened this month going 3-5?
#2 Dumars was a special assistant to Divac last season and worked in the Pistons front office from 2000-2014 does his experience give him the knowledge to do something that Divac struggled with and get the Kings to the post season?
#3 Was this a matter of the Kings looking at Divac and saying Divac had assembled these teams since the Vivek Ranadive ownership and despite five coaching changes the Kings just couldn’t sniff post season?
#4 Ranadive said after making the change on Friday, “Joe has become a trusted and valued advisor since joining the team last year, and I am grateful to have him take on this role at an important time for the franchise.”
#5 After losing five of six games and going 3-5 after the regular season re-start did that influence Ranadive to make the change in general managers?
Jeremiah Salmonson podcasts the NBA and the Sacramento Kings Saturdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com