April 11, 2018, 5:10 pm
In his 33-year career with the Sacramento Kings, Jerry Reynolds has done just about everything but play on the hardwood for the organization.
Now, after 20 years of calling games as a color commentator, Reynolds is stepping down from the full-time role. Reynolds said he’ll transition into another role while on the Kings Insider Podcast as he announced his departure.
Reynolds, 74, has been a staple with the Kings during their time in Sacramento. Besides being on color commentary, he’s been general manager, head coach, interim head coach, assistant head coach and director of player personnel; he also was general manager of the Sacramento Monarchs for a time.
Reynolds turned down multiple offers from the Kings to stay on and says health concerns, along with his age, played a large part in his decision.
“This is strictly my decision,” Reynolds told NBC Sports’ James Ham. “They’ve given me the opportunity to change my mind a couple of times, but I know it’s the right thing. Father Time wins every battle.”
For Kings fans, it’s the end of a chapter that many hoped would never come. For players and those in the business who worked closely with Reynolds, it’s just as hard to accept.
Special night ahead. Working alongside Jerry…can’t really put into words other than I’ve been truly blessed! Jerry is the Sacramento Kings! Jerry will always be the Sacramento Kings! #SacramentoProud
— Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) April 11, 2018
The Kings will reportedly honor Reynolds with a tribute video at tonight’s game. And for the future, Doug Christie is expected to fill the huge void that’s being left by the second-most famous person from French Lick.
This is a humbling honor beyond compare!!! Jerry nothing but love and appreciation.. I truly thank you for your graciousness and all the help and knowledge you’ve given me! #Respect?? #GoKings https://t.co/K7z9dTFZcy
— Douglas Christie (@TheDougChristie) April 11, 2018
Though Jerry may not be calling Kings games 82 times a year, the Jerry-isms will forever remain.
Hippity hop, Jerry, hippity hop.
October 15, 2019, 11:57 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
In an interview with David Fizdale, the coach mentioned that he would sprinkle in some point guard time for RJ Barrett due to his comfort with the ball in his hands.
Barrett handled the ball plenty at Duke and his 4.3 assists per game show he had some success (though his 3.2 turnovers show he has room for improvement). The Knicks have plenty of rotation players that will handle the ball in Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle, but this year should be all about developing their young players. Barrett should have nice assist numbers for a wing you can draft in the late rounds.
Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 11:44 pmDoug McDermottSF, Indiana Pacers
Doug McDermott sank four treys on his way to 14 points (5-for-10 FGs) in a loss to the Wolves on Tuesday.
McDermott is a 3-point streamer and not much else these days. He provides very little else, especially now that he's likely to get under 20 minutes per game for the second season.
October 15, 2019, 11:37 pmAaron HolidayPG, Indiana Pacers
Aaron Holiday (upper respiratory infection) returned to the court on Tuesday against the Wolves, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.
Fellow point guard T.J. McConnell (10 points and eight assists in 20 minutes tonight) has been soaking up enough of the point-guard minutes, that Holiday's role isn't simply the full-time backup point guard that many fantasy players hoped. Edmond Sumner (upper respiratory infection) also played after previously being listed as questionable. Sumner had 11 points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.
October 15, 2019, 11:29 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Goga Bitadze (ankle) impressed in his Pacers debut on Tuesday as he went for 14 points (6-for-9 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
It was a nice way to begin his career in Indy. Bitadze won't likely play this many minutes on a regular basis, but he should get enough minutes to warrant rostering in deep leagues right away. He's in a situation similar to fellow rookie big man Brandon Clarke. Both are currently blocked but have big dynasty value.
October 15, 2019, 11:19 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis double-doubled on Tuesday in a 119-111 loss to the Wolves, putting up 11 points (3-for-7 FGs, 4-for-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes.
Sabonis is in line for a slightly bigger role this season, but he's still likely to be a very Enes Kanter-like big man. That is, he'll do everything a traditional center does without the blocks but with good free throw shooting.
October 15, 2019, 11:10 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns dominated on Tuesday with 33 points (13-for-20 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four threes in a 119-111 win over the Pacers in Indianapolis.
What, no steals? Kidding. This is about all you could ask for from a top-5 fantasy pick. Towns had all of his strengths on display in limited minutes tonight. He should certainly be in consideration for the first pick in drafts.
October 15, 2019, 11:03 pmJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver came off the bench and dropped 15 points (7-for-14 FGs, 1-for-2 FTs), four rebounds, three assists and one steal on the Pacers in 20 minutes in a win on Tuesday.
Culver's lines are looking respectable already with minutes in the low 20s. The 20-year-old will likely have some growing pains, but he looks like an all-around player to keep an eye on as the season gets underway. Josh Okogie also played 20 minutes off the bench and put up five points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
October 15, 2019, 10:57 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier dished out seven assists in addition to nine points (2-for-8 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, two steals and two triples in 19 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.
Napier could find himself in a good position should anything happen to Jeff Teague this season. Even as it stands now, there aren't many other trusted ball handlers on the Wolves. Those in deep leagues should make sure he's rostered as he's shown great production in the past.
October 15, 2019, 10:50 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell (left calf strain) got his first action of the preseason on Tuesday and had four points (2-of-4 from the field) and five rebounds in seven minutes.
Bell has a new opportunity with the Wolves this season and he returned to his crazy per-minute stats tonight. He's a definite watch, as he could get backup minutes at both the four and five spots. Bell only needs about 20 minutes per game to be worth starting in deeper leagues. Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) was available but did not play in this one.
October 15, 2019, 10:44 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague didn't shoot well but had a solid night on Tuesday, providing nine points (3-for-14 FGs, 2-for-3 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes.
Teague isn't the solid bet to finish inside the top-50 that he used to be, but he's a great value around pick 90 where he's been going in drafts.