NBA crew in Sacramento tries to rebuild Kings image

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So it turns out, the Maloof brothers trying to move the Kings out of Sacramento did not sit well with the locals. Who could have seen that coming?

David Stern responded by sending the A-Team. No, not that A-Team (although some B.A. Baracus could go a long way to helping the situation). This was some of the best from NBA Headquarters who are working in all aspects of the Kings office working to rebuild bridges in the community.

That started Thursday with co-owner Gavin Maloof having lunch at an event with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The private luncheon with Kings corporate sponsors is the precursor to a wider public relations campaign for the team that’s likely to start next week, said Christopher Granger, an NBA executive vice president who’s leading a nine-person league delegation sent to Sacramento earlier this week.

“You will see a wide campaign, a very wide campaign,” Granger said in an interview at Power Balance Pavilion. “We’re working on it right now.”

The Maloof brothers have been on local television in Sacramento and throwing their weight behind the new arena effort. They are, in the least, putting their best face on it.

But if you were a Kings fan, how much could you really trust them? It’s going to take more than a sponsors luncheon to make this work. It’s going to take some kind of sacrifice and sign of real commitment.

Or, they could just get the A-Team.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.