bighorns_release_MAIN-20b2e6e127.jpegSACRAMENTO, CA —- The Sacramento Kings have recalled rookie from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League, the team announced today.


Papagiannis has accrued averages of 12.9 points (.502 FG%, 3-5 3pt, .700 FT%), 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 31.1 minutes per game in 18 contests (started 15) for the Bighorns this season. A 7-2 center, Papagiannis recently tallied three straight double-doubles, including career-highs of 23 points (11-19 FG) and 15 rebounds in a victory over Sioux Falls on Jan. 25. He also registered 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks versus the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Jan. 27) and 10 points, 12 rebounds and one block against the Salt Lake City Stars (Jan. 29), bringing his double-double total to five on the campaign. His 41 blocked shots currently rank fourth in the D-League

Sacramento Kings Celebrate Black History Month with Special Entertainment, Exhibits and Community Awards


Kings to Honor Local African-American Community Leaders with Dream All-Star Awards

17th Annual Black History Month Celebration Tips Off on Feb. 3 against Phoenix


Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento Kings will honor the contributions of many African-American leaders in the community and throughout history during the team’s month-long celebration. With nine February home games, the team will continue to celebrate diversity with special Dream All-Star community awards, community group performances, and educational opportunities for fans to learn more about contributions to society.


“We’re proud to welcome Kings fans to the first Black History Month celebration at Golden 1 Center and privileged to recognize and honor the many contributions of African-American leaders throughout the Sacramento community with this year’s Dream All-star Awards, said Kings President, Chis Granger.


The Kings Foundation Dream All-star awards will recognize local influential African-American community leaders for their achievements, accomplishments, and efforts to make positive impacts throughout the region during each of the nine home games throughout the month. On February 3, the Kings will honor this year’s first Dream All-star recipient, Khalil Fuller.


Fuller is an entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change in education. His organization, Learn Fresh, makes math fun for kids and keeps them engaged in school. They have reached over 45,000 students nationwide through their NBA Math Hoops program.


Collis Temple, father of Kings Guard Garett Temple, will also join the team for a special ceremony. Collis made history at Louisiana State University when he stepped on the hardwood as the university’s first African-American team member. His son Garrett proudly followed in his footsteps.


In addition to the presentation of the Dream All-star Awards, each home game throughout the month will contain special in-game programming, tributes, and remembrance of influential activists, leaders, and athletes throughout the Black community. Hip hop pioneers, The Sugarhill Gang will launch several unique halftime performances throughout the month. A few eyewitnesses to history – including Jessie Owens’ granddaughter, Gina Hemphill-Strachan – will join the team to share their first-hand personal stories of triumph and change.


A special art exhibit will call Golden 1 Center home for the month. The Crocker Art Museum and Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Center will curate a mini-museum displaying artwork, artifacts, and photos from influential local and national figures. Fans are welcomed to visit the selection on the Plaza Level at Section 111. 


Fans will also be able to impact local organizations that support local African-American initiatives directly by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets at select games throughout the month of February. Volunteers from various non-profits will join the Kings to wear green bibs and sell raffle tickets at each game.


For more information about the Kings Black History Month celebration, including upcoming entertainment, award recipients, and historical tributes,




SACRAMENTO, CA —- Today, the NBA named Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins as a reserve to the 2017 Western Conference All-Star Team. The honor marks Cousins’ third straight All-Star selection and the first time a Kings player will participate in three consecutive All-Star games since Peja Stojakovic earned the honors (2002-04). Cousins is the sixth player during the Sacramento-era and 23rd in franchise history to represent the Kings in the All-Star Game. He joins Mitch Richmond (six), Chris Webber (four) and Stojakovic (three) as the only Kings to make multiple All-Star appearances in the Sacramento era.


Currently playing in his seventh NBA season, Cousins is averaging a career-high 28.0 points (.449 FG%, .365 3pt%, .773 FT%), 10.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks and 34.4 minutes per game in 44 contests, leading the Kings in scoring, rebounding, assists, and blocks. Cousins, along with Russell Westbrook, are the only players averaging at least 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.


In the month of November, Cousins scored 30 or more points in four straight games in a span between Nov. 23 and Nov. 28–the first instance a Kings player has registered 30 or more points in four consecutive games since Chris Webber did so in 2001.


Cousins amassed 55 points on 17-of-28 shooting against the Portland Trail Blazers at Golden 1 Center on Dec. 20, the second time in his career achieving the 50-point plateau. His accompanying 13 rebounds and three blocks earned him the distinction as the only player in league history to record at least 55 points, 10 rebounds, five made three-pointers and three blocks in a contest. The Kings all-time leader in rebounds during the Sacramento-era, Cousins appears among NBA leaders in several categories this season, ranking fifth in scoring, 12th in rebounding and first in assists among big men.



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Three More Tenants Set to Join Downtown Commons in 2017

Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento Kings and JMA Ventures LLC, announced three more tenants will join the growing lineup coming soon to Downtown Commons (DOCO) this year. Burger Lounge, Häagen-Dazs and Pressed Juicery provide a diversity of lunch, dinner and dessert options for Downtown workers, visitors to Sacramento’s new gathering place, and patrons shopping at DOCO retailers.


“With diverse options throughout DOCO, our guests are guaranteed to find the treat that they are looking for,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “All three of our respected and beloved additions – Burger Lounge, Häagen-Dazs and Pressed Juicery – will certainly compliment the lifestyle that continues to evolve downtown.”


“We’re excited to welcome Burger Lounge, Häagen-Dazs and Pressed Juicery to DOCO,” said JMA Ventures LLC President and CEO Todd Chapman. “DOCO continues to grow with strong merchants and we’re looking forward to inviting Sacramento to their new downtown experience.”


DOCO’s entitlements include up to 1.5 million square feet of dynamic mixed use development. The initial phase of development features 128,000 square feet of office space, 300,000 square feet of retail, the Sawyer – a 250-room boutique hotel managed by Kimpton Hotels – as well as 45 residential units at the top of the tower. Cushman and Wakefield are serving as the leasing agents for the retail space at DOCO.


To download sample menu item photos and logos from select tenants, visit


BURGER LOUNGE: The genesis of Burger Lounge was to create a burger you can feel good about eating using 100% fresh single source American grass-fed beef.  We believe that a hamburger should not only taste great, it should also utilize healthy ingredients produced in a sustainable environment. We provide a simple premium quality menu that appeals to health conscious diners, vegetarians, salad lovers and those simply “hankering for a great hamburger.”


“Establishing meaningful partnerships with our grass-fed beef ranchers and other suppliers has been a part of our model from the beginning,” says J. Dean Loring, Burger LoungeFounder and CEO. “We source our grass-fed beef from family ranchers whose best practices and authenticity result in truly fabulous beef flavor. We know where and how the cattle are raised, what they eat and how they are treated. It is a humane process and we think that matters.”


HÄAGEN-DAZS: Crafted in 1960 by Reuben Mattus, Häagen-Dazs ice cream is the original super premium ice cream. True to tradition, we are committed to using only the purest ingredients in crafting the world’s finest ice cream. For more than 50 years, Häagen-Dazs® has been perfecting the art of making ice cream using only the finest ingredients to craft the perfect flavors and creamiest textures. Step into a Häagen-Dazs Shop to indulge in irresistible creations made with our super premium ice cream and sorbet. Enjoy a full menu of frozen desserts including waffle cones, shakes, Dazzler® sundaes and fruit smoothies or create your own custom dessert from a wide selection of flavors and toppings.


“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring Sacramento its first and only Häagen-Dazs Shop and for that we thank Rob Schell, Häagen-Dazs Franchisee Development Director who helped us along the way to make it all happen.” said franchisee and president of Delsoft Corporation Seyed E. Delpassand. “For a long time I wanted to bring our beloved ice cream to Sacramento. When our community came together to make our city’s downtown the greatest downtown in the nation, I thought to myself the greatest downtown needs the finest ice cream in the world. Häagen-Dazs is proud to be the ice cream partner of choice for DOCO. Look for us to starting scooping up the finest ice cream in the world later this year.”


PRESSED JUICERY: Pressed Juicery is a leading cold-pressed juice chain that was founded with the goal of making high nutrition a realistic option for all people. Pressed Juicery’s juices are made from 100% fruits and vegetables and never contain any additives. The brand’s new location at the Downtown Commons will also feature Freeze, Pressed Juicery’s popular vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free soft serve treat made from only the ingredients found in its juices. Freeze is available in four flavors (chocolate, vanilla, greens and fruits) with a variety of healthy and unique toppings.


“At Pressed Juicery, we truly believe that our stores don’t belong to us, but rather the communities in which they’re located,” said Hayden Slater, co-founder and CEO, Pressed Juicery. “We have no doubt that our healthy, affordable and delicious products will be a perfect fit for the Downtown Commons, and we can’t wait to expand Pressed Juicery’s footprint throughout the Sacramento community.”