* UPDATE - Geoff Petrie will not be watching the draft at Arco Arena, as I originally stated below. He will be inside the "war room" at the Kings practice facility and will address fans on the KingsVision board shortly after the team makes its selection.
Kings fans are invited to watch the NBA draft live at Arco Arena on June 26
with and hear from Geoff Petrie and a Kings player. The ESPN telecast will be played on the KingsVision board, which will be lowered 15 feet for the free event, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Petrie is scheduled to speak shortly after the Kings select a player with the 12th pick in the first round. The Kings also have the 42nd and 43rd picks in the second round.
Both parking and admission are free. Fans must RSVP through www.kingsdraftparty2008.com to print tickets.
The full press release follows.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 16, 2008 - Sacramento Kings fans will have an opportunity to hear from President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie and a Kings player during the Kings Draft Day Party on Thursday, June 26, at 3:30 p.m. at ARCO Arena.
Kings fans can join a Kings player, the Kings Dance Team, Slamson and other Kings representatives to watch the 2008 NBA Draft live on ESPN on the KingsVision board, which will be lowered to 15 feet for this special event. The live ESPN broadcast begins at 4 p.m. Pacific time, and fans will hear from Petrie shortly after the Kings first-round pick.
The Kings currently own three picks in the 2008 Draft - the 12th pick in the first round and the 42nd and 43rd picks in the second round. The Kings have had a first-round pick each of the last four years, and have used those picks to select Spencer Hawes (2007), Quincy Douby (2006), Francisco Garcia (2005) and Kevin Martin (2004).
Doors open for the Draft Day Party at 3:30 p.m., and parking and admission are free. Fans interested in attending this event should visit www.kingsdraftparty2008.com to RSVP and print their complimentary tickets.