Tag:Antoine Wright
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Kings assistant Mario Elie arrested on DUI charge

Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie was arrested Wednesday night on Driving Under the Influence charges. Posted by Ben Golliver. mario-elie


You can't spell "Drinking" without K-I-N-G. 
Yes, I already regret that sentence, but it's true. Sacramento Kings assistant coach Mario Elie, he of the world champion Houston Rockets from the mid-1990s, was reportedly arrested on DUI charges Wednesday night, becoming the fourth member of the organization in the last 12 months to find himself in that situation. Take it away SacTownRoyalty.com.
Kings assistant coach Mario Elie became the latest member of the franchise to be arrested on DUI charges. KHTK 1140 AM broke the news that Elie was arrested at 2 a.m. in Sacramento, held overnight and released after bail was posted in the morning.
Elie joined the team as one of Paul Westphal's assistant coaches before the 2009-10. As the Kings have strugged, Elie was seen as the assistant most likely to take over the head coach's chair had the franchise decided to cut ties with Westphal. There is no chance that will happen now.
The Kings' current predicament offers plenty of reasons to hit the bottle for coaches and fans alike -- 2-8 in their last 10 games, questions about Tyreke Evans' foot, even more questions about DeMarcus Cousins' attitude -- but there's never an excuse for getting behind the wheel after drowning your sorrows.  Unfortunately for the Kings, this runs deeper than a single bad decision on Elie's behalf. In the past 12 months, two (now former) players -- Andres Nocioni and Antoine Wright -- were arrested on DUI charges, as was co-owner George Maloof. Throw in Evans' reckless driving and the Kings become, without question, more menacing on the highways and byways than they are on the hardwood. Surely, a large donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a commitment to raise public awareness about designated drivers is in this franchise's future. Let's just hope the rest of the Kings employees are paying attention during the lip service.
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:17 am
 

Preseason Primer: Sacramento Kings

Posted by Matt Moore
 
Could we have seen it coming? Could we have known that Tyreke Evans was going to join Michael Jordan and LeBron James among the handful of players to average 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in their rookie season? That he would make such a huge difference? Well, yeah, we should have. The question is where do the Kings, whose rebuilding project they find accelertaed, go from here? That's where we begin with the lastest in our Preseason Primers .

Training camp site: Sacramento, CA
Training camp starts: September 28th

Key additions: Samuel Dalembert (trade), Antoine Wright (free agency), Luther Head (free agency), DeMarcus Cousins (draft)

Key subtractions: Spencer Hawes (trade), Jon Brockman (trade), Andres Nocioni (trade)

Likely starting lineup: Tyrke Evans (PG), Beno Udrih (SG), Donte Greene (SF), Carl Landry (PF), Samuel Dalembert (C)

Player to watch: DeMarcus Cousins. There's no getting around it. "Boogie" is the guy you want to keep an eye on. He could dominate. He could underwhelm. He could blow up on his teammates. he could fit in seamlessly. He could add weight. He could slim down. Anything is possible with Cousins, and his progression will be a huge factor in how the Kings do this season.


Chemistry quiz: Evans needs to be the leader, and this is the season where he's got to start showing that. Meanwhile, there aer a bunch of players on the Kings like Thompson and Greene who may wind up frustrated if they can't secure their positions on the team. Throw in the explosive Cousins and you have a tenuous situation that could be brilliant, could be terrible. It's wait and see.


Camp battles: All eyes on small forward, as Donte Greene and Omri Casspi battle for control of the universe... I mean, small forward spot. Greene has more experience and athleticism, but Casspi is arguably more skilled. This is going to be and intense and close fight. Sorting out the rest of the frontcourt will be tough as well with experience (Dalembert, Landry) versus upside (Thompson and Cousins) as well as slotting positions.

Injury issues:
Evans had an ankle injury in Team USA tryouts but should be fine. Other than that, the Kings enter camp healthy.

Biggest strength: Athleticism. Evans, Thompson, Greene, Cousins, Landry. They're tough, long, and athletic. That team can create mismatches on the floor sheer length and leaping ability. Strong, too. Should be a lot of fun to watch.

Glaring weakness: Inexperience. The best thing about being young is you don't know any better. That's also the worst thing. The Kings are going to struggle as they learn how to win. Learning to be consistent starts in camp.
 
 
 
 
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