SACRAMENTO (KTXL) — Anjali Ranadive, the daughter of Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, is the new assistant general manager of the Stockton Kings, the organization’s G League, multiple sources tell FOX40.
Those sources, speaking to FOX40 on the condition of anonymity because the Kings had not yet announced the hire, say Ranadive is already working in her new role with the organization and has joined Sacramento’s front office representation in Chicago for this week’s NBA Draft Combine.
As assistant general manager, Ranadive, 29, will serve under Stockton’s GM Paul Johnson. She will assist all aspects of basketball operations, including G League player evaluations, player development and team strategy, among others.
Ranadive was once a budding pop music star, performing under the name “Anjali World” and collaborated with the likes of like Tyga and Sage the Gemini. However, despite competing in the NBA’s Celebrity Basketball event back in February during All-Star Weekend, it appears that she has put her music aspirations behind her to focus on her new ventures in basketball.
In the past year, Ranadive moved into the business operations side of the Kings, serving in the team’s social responsibility department, which focuses on community efforts and outreach.
In 2013, Ranadive graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. She even established Jaws & Paws, her own wildlife conservation nonprofit. A wolf sanctuary and animal rescue group run by women.
The San Francisco native’s love of basketball was the common thread between Ranadive and her billionaire father, prior to Vivek buying into the Warriors ownership group. Their relationship, which included her father coaching her middle school girls basketball team was the focus of Malcolm Gladwell’s article in the ‘The New Yorker’ as an example of a modern-day David vs. Goliath.
Vivek Ranadive purchased controlling interest of the Kings in 2013 to prevent the team from relocating to Seattle and begin construction on Golden 1 Center, which opened four years later.
Ranadive becomes the latest in a line of family members from NBA ownership to step into a basketball operations role. Other Governors with family in front office positions include Mickey Arison of the Miami Heat, Jeanie Buss with the Los Angeles Lakers, Tilman Fretitta of the Houston Rockets, Michael Jordan with the Charlotte Hornets, Stan Kronke from the Denver Nuggets, Joe Lacob with the Golden State Warriors and Antony Ressler of the Atlanta Hawks.