California Classic: Sacramento Summer League
July 1-3, 2019
The 2019 California Classic, the pro basketball summer league hosted by the Sacramento Kings, will take place July 1-3, 2019 and feature four NBA summer league teams.
2019 SUMMER LEAGUE LINKS
• NBA Summer Leagues
• Las Vegas NBA Summer League
• Salt Lake City Summer League
• California Classic: Sacramento Summer League
Golden 1 Center will host the 2nd Annual California Classic Summer League for players and teams preparing for NBA action. Beginning on July 1, 2019 four teams – Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat – will play a total of six games featuring rookies selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, sophomores and athletes competing to make NBA and G League regular season rosters.
“Building on the incredibly successful inaugural year which saw more than 50,000 attendees, we are excited to once again host the California Classic at Golden 1 Center,” said Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. "Last year proved to be a unique experience, with an emphasis on technology, entertainment, community and, of course, basketball, and we look forward to continuing to showcase the best Sacramento has to offer."
This summer basketball celebration – Monday, July 1, Tuesday, July 2, and Wednesday, July 3 – will feature a double-header matchup each day with all four teams participating. Similar to other Summer League matches, modified game play rules will be in place, including 10-minute quarters.
JULY 5, 2018 -- Today, the Sacramento Kings wrapped up the inaugural California Classic – the three-day exhibition of young NBA talent, emerging technology, world-class entertainment and community partnerships. California Classic earned praise from various media outlets, including UPROXX who called it a “smashing success,” as well as Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin Magic Johnson who congratulated the Kings organization for an exciting event.
“Kings and basketball fans alike made the inaugural California Classic a huge success and we look forward to making this an annual tradition,” said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “The atmosphere at Golden 1 Center was incredible across all three days and I’d like to thank our partners at the NBA and our colleagues at the Heat, Lakers and Warriors for joining us in Sacramento.”
Over the course of the three-day showcase, more than 50,000 basketball fans visited the arena for summer basketball. In less than a month, basketball fans purchased over 7,000 three-day passes before selecting the remaining inventory in the Golden 1 Center lower bowl. To meet incredible demand after filling up seating in the lower bowl, the Kings opened upper bowl seating only a week before the teams took to the court – selling out the first two days and nearly selling out the final day.
In addition to the rising stars competing on the court – including the highly anticipated debut of Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley III, the number two overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Golden 1 Center hosted technology and community events using sport as an agent of positive change. On Monday, July 2, the Kings and community partner Build. Black. hosted the California Classic Youth Forum and writing workshop, featuring NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. Over 200 young athletes from the Kings and Queens Rise youth basketball league listened to Isiah share personal stories and stress the importance of self-confidence and making good decisions.
When the doors opened to tip off the California Classic, fans were invited to explore emerging innovations at the Tech Showcase. The demonstrations featured startups in various phases of their development who demonstrated their innovations designed to make the world a better place through technology. On Tuesday, July 3, fans celebrated Independence Day early at a post-game concert and outdoor party featuring Grammy Award-Winning artist Lil Jon. Over 5,000 people enjoyed his performance in the plaza and Grand Entrance of the world’s only indoor/outdoor arena.
2018 CALIFORNIA CLASSIC PREVIEW INFO
The Sacramento Kings and Golden 1 Center will host the inaugural California Classic Summer League. From July 2-3 and July 5, 2018, the Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat will play. There will be a total of six games; two per day over the three-day league.
As with other NBA-affiliated summer leagues, team rosters in the California Classic Summer League will include rookies selected in the 2018 NBA Draft, many young veterans who were rookies in 2017, and other players not signed to NBA regular season contracts but who play in the G League or overseas and are on the bubble and hoping to land themselves an NBA training camp invite or even better, a regular season contract.
“We’re excited to welcome basketball fans, teams and the NBA to tip-off the summer league season in Sacramento and enjoy the best that Northern California has to offer,” said Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “Golden 1 Center and Downtown Commons are a perfect setting for NBA action, blending entertainment, technology, community and basketball.”
The California Classic Kings summer league -- Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 5 -- will feature a double header matchup each day with all four teams participating. There are no games on July 4.
As with other summer leagues, modified game play rules will be in place, including 10-minute quarters.
2018 California Classic Sacramento Summer League Schedule
All Times PT
Monday, July 2
Warriors 79, Heat 68: According to Rotowire, "the Warriors were paced by 19 points and 11 rebounds from Kendrick Nunn, while Damian Jones and Jordan Howard added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Jones also had eight rebounds and an assist but picked up eight fouls in less than 25 minutes of action." And for the Heat, according to Rotowire "Derrick Jones, Jr. was the lone bright spot, as he led all scorers with 24 points, to go with 11 boards."
Kings 98, Lakers 93: Rookie Marvin Bagley III immediately turned heads in this game, scoring 18 and looking loaded with potential. According to Rotowire, "point guard De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Power forward Harry Giles III, making his pro debut, added 13 points." And more from Rotowire: "Rookie big man Moritz Wagner scored 23 points to lead the Lakers, though he shot just 6 of 18 from the field. Guard Josh Hart also scored 23 more points, knocking down four of his seven 3-point attempts."
Tuesday, July 3
Heat 89, Lakers 74: In the win for Miami, Derrick Jones Jr had 21 points, five rebounds, three steals and four blocks, Duncan Robinson shot 7-of-9 for 19 points, Yante Maten scored 15, Bam Adebayo grabbed 10 rebounds, and Daryl Macon dished 11 assists. In the loss for Los Angeles, nobody scored above 12 points, and nobody had double-digit rebounds or assists.
Warriors 71, Kings 54: In the win for Golden State, Jacob Evans had 13 points (on 12 shots), Josh Maggette scored 12, and power forward Jordan Bell dished a team-high seven assists. In the loss for Sacramento, Justin Jackson had 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, Frank Mason had 16 points, five assists and three steals, and Marvin Bagley stuggled, scoring 7 points on 3-of-16 shooting, plus seven rebounds.
Wednesday, July 4
No games scheduled
Thursday, July 5
12 p.m. Lakers vs Warriors
2 p.m. Heat vs Kings
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