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Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:14 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Sacramento Kings owner: we won't contract or sell

Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof says his team will not be contracted or sold. Posted by Ben Golliver maloof-brothers
 
The hot topic in the NBA this week has been the possibility of contraction, and how and why it's being used as a negotiating technique as the players and the owners work to create a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  When the story first broke earlier this week, I took a look at how the idea could be seen as an "either you're in or you're out" challenge to small-market owners, a dare to struggling owners to fold, sell, or relocate so that they do not create unnecessary complications later on down the road during negotiations with the players.  That brings us to the Sacramento Kings, who are in a small market, have been embroiled in a lengthy struggle to get a new arena, have been linked to the city of Seattle in rumors, and who have struggled financially since falling from their glory days earlier this decade. On Saturday, Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof stated unequivocally to Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee that his franchise should not be linked with the recent talk of contraction, even after NBA Commissioner David Stern expressed frustration on Friday with the Kings' inability to get a new arena approved in Sacramento. 
"My optimism on there being a new building (in Sacramento) has faded completely," Stern said. "We really tried hard, the Maloofs spent a good deal of money. … And frankly, it wasn't meant to be.
"I don't have any more good ideas. Where we flow on that, right now we have a season to worry about, and I know that the Maloofs are spending their time feeling really good about their Rookie of the Year last year, their draft choice this year, their coach and the general makeup of their team."
Upon hearing Stern's quote, Gavin Maloof told The Bee: "We're not contracting. That's not going to happen. No way we'll fold – and no way we're selling."
Gavin Maloof and his brothers are widely regarded as a strong ownership group with a deep commitment to their organization. With a solid, developing young nucleus that includes 2010 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans and 2011 Rookie of the Year candidate DeMarcus Cousins, the team is only on the rise, both basketball-wise and finances-wise. These statements are a promising sign for Kings fans and they stand as an example league-wide, too: bullying struggling clubs won't produce instant results. With that said, surely Kings fans are reading Maloof's quote and asking themselves why he didn't explicitly rule out the possibility of relocation. While relocation is surely a better option than contraction for any NBA team, there wouldn't be a tangible difference between the two for Kings fans.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Tyreke Evans rolls both ankles

Posted by Matt Moore

Last year's rookie of the year usually is tweaking his opponent's ankles. But lately he's having some trouble with his own. Evans tweaked his ankle badly enough in Team USA practice to miss the team's trip to the FIBA world championships. Then in last night's game versus the Lakers, he rolled not one, but two ankles. From the Sacramento Bee :
"I turned this one on a fast break on (Lakers guard) Steve Blake, and I twisted it," Evans said, pointing to his right ankle. "On the next one, I came down on (Lakers center) Theo Ratliff and twisted it. The left one hurts more."
Evans said it's just something he deals with his style of basketball, but three injuries inside three months is still enough to make you twist in your seat a touch. It's basketball. Ankles get rolled. It happens. But the only thing that could stop Evans on what looks like a meteoric rise to superstardom is injury, and particularly injuries to the legs that let him get to the rack so easy. Let's hope this is a blip and nothing to look back on and go "Oh."
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:53 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 2:10 pm
 

Matt Barnes and Carl Landry crush a Laker Girl

Posted by Royce Young

It always fascinates me how with so many people close to the action in both basketball and football, that more people don't get horrifically injured. Like in football when a receiver is knocked out of bounds and goes flying into a cameraman, everyone always seems to pop up just fine. (Except for Joe Paterno, that one time.)

And in basketball, when there's a hard foul on a fast break and Luke Walton (why did I pick Luke Walton? I don't know) falls hard onto the baseline cameraman for TNT, all that ever happens is we get an awesome shot of Walton's face coming a hundred miles an hour at the lens before the camera goes crazy.

In the NBA, pretty much the only people in the danger zone (the baseline) is photographers and camerapersons. Unlike college, the cheerleaders and dancers don't sit anywhere near the action. But when the NBA takes preseason on the road to various locales, one being a college arena, the cheerleaders are stuck right in the middle of ground zero.

For instance, Ashley the Laker Girl found out exactly this thing.



Lakers reporter Mike Trudell says Ashley is doing fine and isn't seriously injured, but dang, that didn't look awesome. Especially the part where two huge men fell on top of her.

Last year, Chris Paul re-injured his knee falling into a baseline photographer and it's amazing not only more photogs and camera types don't get hurt, but the players as well. Not to make a whimsical post serious, but having people that close is just dangerous. I get that having people as close to the action whether they're working or just watching is the thing now, but still, it's sort of scary.

I know I wouldn't want Matt Barnes falling on me. Not even if the job required it.

Via BDL
Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Dalembert out 4-6 weeks with abductor strain

Posted by Royce Young

First, I definitely had to Google "abductor strain." (It's a strain of the muscle that's between the groin and the hip.) And that's what Kings' center Samuel Dalembert has, as confirmed by an MRI and announced by the team late Tuesday. The timetable for Dalembert's return is 4-6 weeks.

Two things come out of this: 1) It's a pretty big blow to a team that was really counting on Dalembert for inside help. Granted, he'll only miss a handful of regular season games, but muscle injuries like this aren't anything to rush back from. It can linger and be aggravated again any time throughout the year. And 2) This could be a big opportunity for DeMarcus Cousins.

Dalembert was locked in as the opening night starter for Sacramento at center, despite Cousins' outstanding preseason play. Now, however, Cousins will get serious playing time. The Kings could decide to move Jason Thompson to the 5 if they aren't comfortable starting Cousins yet, but regardless, the rookie should see a lot of floor time.

This hurts the Kings though because Dalembert is such an influential force defensively and on the glass. For a team that struggled on the interior last season, especially on the defensive end in both protecting the rim and rebounding, Dalembert was seen as the perfect remedy. And as so often happens, now he's hurt.

He'll be back by mid-November so it's not devastating, plus there will be more time for DMC. So it's not all bad news bears. But it's definitely not how you want to start the season.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 10:10 am
 

Shootaround 10.8.10: Denver scouting Favors?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: "I watched in open-mouth amazement after Thursday's practice as Howard drained bank-shot after bank-shot, then made some turnaround jumpers. He worked for about 20 minutes with assistant coach Patrick Ewing and center Daniel Orton, catching and shooting. I'm not crazy about his turnaround J. But anything that doesn't make him as predictable as he has been in the crowded paint and draws in defenders can't be all bad."
  • Jeff Pendergraph had a pretty nasty injury last night and today he tweets: "Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Gonna b heading back to Portland tomorrow to get checked out by doc but so far word is nothing major... Keep praying y'all. We will get through this. God doesn't put you through anything he knows you can't handle."
  • Blazersedge looks at Portland's options: "Another option would be to grant Rudy Fernandez's release request, which Cho has repeatedly said he will not do.  He could also release another player. Rookie Armon Johnson, picked in the second round and earning just $473,604 this season, would be the cheapest player to release, but this would be extremely unlikely to happen given how high the team's brass is on Johnson's future and how well he has looked during training camp."
  • Larry Brown on OKC: "I look at him and some of our young guys in the NBA and I think our league's in pretty good shape," Brown started. "And this team (the Thunder) probably is a testimony to that. Look at their young kids. Their not only terrific talents, they're better kids. They've done the greatest job of bringing in good kids that represent the league well. When they're talking about respect for the game, that team's a poster child for that. So the West better watch out."
  • Brian Robb of CelticsHub: "Luke Harangody has yet to show me something besides hustle. We should have just kept Scal if we needed that." Ah, missing Brian Scalabrine. What are the chances you thought you'd see someone say that?
  • What will the Hornets rotation look like? Ryan Schwan of Hornets24/7 says Willie Green has the edge to back up CP3: "It appears Willie Green has locked up the backup position at the point.  Color me surprised.  Every statement out of training camp has indicated he is leading the charge as the backup point guard and relegated DJ Strawberry and Mustafa Shakur to purely end-of-the-bench roles.  I won’t lie.  I worry about Green being able to pull this off.  He’s been a swingman for 95% of his career."
Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Kentucky duo setting the early pace for rookies

DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall have huge debuts in preseason to set the tone for the ROY chase this season. And it may not be close.
Posted by Matt Moore




Say what you want about John Calipari, he finds himself some NBA quality talent. After producing the previous two Rookie of the Year award winners in Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans, Calipari may end up having more than one horse in the race this season. Both John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were highly touted coming out of college, but through Summer League and their first preseason games, we're already getting a sense that it may be these two, and then everyone else for the top rook trophy.

Wall-Eyed


John Wall in his first game on an NBA floor? He was remarkable. Better than expected. Preseason? Sure. But you can't argue with the kind of production he provided, and not just the numbers that pop out to you. 21 points, 9 assists, 4 steals? Great. But he shot 42% from the field, and more importantly was 9-11 from the line.  Most crucial was just two turnovers despite having the ball that much. That's absolutely huge. That numbers will rise with better competition, but just to show the ability is huge for the Wizards as they look for him to become the future of the franchise.

But don't take my words for it. Here's what Wizards blog Bullets Forever had to say on the matter:

"It's possible I underestimated the effect of John coming at you in transition will have on his stats and the team's performance.  Dallas isn't exactly the fastest team in the world, but their only chance at stopping Wall coming at full speed was to foul him. 

Wall's half-court execution does still need work, especially his pick and roll offense.  He's still learning how to attack the pick in such a way where he actually uses it well.  But on the bright side, he didn't turn the ball over much and he realized that Dallas was often playing him to pass."


That's crucial. For some reason, beyond my comprehension, there's been this feeling that Wall's a natural scorer who will have to work to set other players up. If you watched him in college at Kentucky? You know that's not true. Wall more than any other player showed a skillset that fit passing in the NBA best. His drive and kick to the baseline jumper man was automatic, except it was college and no one hits that shot in college (except for Patrick Patterson). He establishes chemistry with a big man (JaVale McGee in Washington off the bat) and works to see him in transition. He's lightning quick but sees the floor at a slower pace.

Wall has the potential to distribute with this team, the question was if he'd be allowed to among veterans who like the ball. If the preseason holds any value whatsoever, that doesn't seem like a problem. Even Gilbert Arenas in his postgame comments made it clear . This is Wall's team. And if that's the case, that Rookie of the Year award is going to be within reach from the get go.

Run DMC in Full Effect

DeMarcus Cousins slipped all the way to the Kings at number five, and honestly, there was absolutely no reason for it. His character issues are all built around on-court blowups which aren't unheard of for a kid his age, and he hasn't been in off-court trouble since his sophomore year of high school. In the meantime, he was arguably the MVP of Calipari's Kentucky team.

Sacramento knows what they have in the combustible big and have marketed him all summer. Then in his preseason debut last night, he showed what he's capable of. 16 points, 16 rebounds, are you freaking kidding me? Check out the two highlights in the first starting at 37 seconds in here . That's what he's bringing, along with what was a good looking jumper.

Cousins has so much instinctive ability at the basket, and for a team looking to run this season, he focused last night on outlet passes. That's a terrifying concept for opponents, if he's able to finish in the post and start the break while bringing in rebounds. His wide body and instincts are going to bring those rebounds in, and preseason or no, 16 boards is a heck of a lot. Cousins already looks like the steal of the draft, and his physical assets put him a leg above Blake Griffin, even before the injury, though Griffin's upside is obviously huge.

Here's what Sactown Royalty had to say on the matter of "Boogie":

On defense, he was surprisingly active, contesting shots, denying his man position.  He still needs a bit of work, but I think he could be a quality defensive presence someday, especially with his knack for drawing charges.  Another nice thing about DeMarcus is that he eats rebounds and craps nice outlet passes.  Many a fastbreak was started last night after DMC corralled the board and threw it out to Tyreke or Beno.  His solid performance was not without flaws however, as he made a few silly mistakes with the ball (including once trying to run the ball up the floor himself after a rebound, leading to a quick turnover) which led to five turnovers, all but one of them because of careless mistakes that can be fixed with experience. 

Cousins' learning curve could be high as well, depending on how he and the coaching staff mesh, which of course gets back to the attitude questions. But with that kind of opening performance and the minutes he's getting from the start, it's clear Sacramento knows what they have with him. Alongside Tyreke Evans, Cousins has a great shot of being able to compete for the trophy based on opportunity and instincts.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:30 am
 

Shootaround 10.1.10: BIG

Teams that didn't win big, Philly's bigs need to come up big, and Jefferson just is big, all in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore

So we always debate the best championship teams. But what about the best teams that didn't win a title ? Dime took a look at those squads and added the 08-09 Cavs. It's hard to imagine that team holding up over time as we look back at Mo Williams' and Antawn Jamison's careers. The 2002 Sacramento Kings, though? That was a pretty great team. One objection? The 2007 Dallas Mavericks need to be on that list. Had the Mavericks not drawn the Warriors in the first round, it's hard to see how Cuban wouldn't be coveting his ring.

A Sonics fan tells Kings fans to pray , because the NBA doesn't care. It should be amended, though to "Pray, because the NBA doesn't care as long as you continually vote down measures for new stadiums. I'm not saying you should have to pay for new stadiums. I'm saying as long as you refeuse to, you open yourself up to getting Thunder'd. There's a reason Orlando fans are going to be enjoying the Amway Center this season while Sonics fans enjoy the Seahawks this fall.

A great feature on DeMarcus Cousins and his family history . There's so much talk about Cousins being a problem child, but he hasn't been in trouble since the tenth grade. I've never understood how a kid that hasn't had trouble in four years since he was a young teen is somehow a huge concern. Everyone's going to be regretting passing on Cousins when he and Reke are running the pick and roll for years.

The Daniel Orton era is pointing toward bustville. After being considered a reach to begin with, then getting worked over in Summer League, Orton will miss the entire preseason with a knee injury . Orton needs to spend time in the D-League, but the Magic almost never assign their players, which only increases the odds that Orton will flame out.

Speaking of big man injuries, Tiago Splitter tweaked his right leg yesterday (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears).

Sixers president Rod Thorn says their success is dependent on their bigs . Elton Brand is specifically pointed out in the excellent piece by SI's Chris Mannix, but Mareese Speights also needs to stay healthy and take steps into becoming a legit power forward. It's time for him to capitalize on that youthful potential and great per-minute numbers.

Take note of this. It may just be pillow talk. But Eric Spoelstra says that the unselfish play necessary to share the ball for the Heat is already there. That's really relevant for a team with such high usage. You need to be able to operate as an actual functioning offense so that you don't wind up looking like an All-Star team. You know. The kind that winds up with the ball off-court more than Anna Kournikova (remember her?).

International superstar Dirk Nowitzki? He's not so much a fan of the goaltending rule change being proposed .

Kobe's going to get some run in the international exhibition games . Because he's a freak of nature with no "off" button. There isn't another player who if they were at Bryant's level would wnat to play in these games with the injuries he's still recovering from. The man is more driven than any human being alive.

Al Jefferson may have showed up out of shape , but Jerry Sloan a. isn't pointing him out specifically in discussions of players being out of shape and b.) apparently doesn't look like he's out of shape . It'll be interesting to see how this plays out and if he gets off on a bad foot with Jerry Sloan. Patient fatherly figure that he is.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 1:53 pm
 

NBA pulls back helping Sacramento get new arena

Posted by Royce Young

Tell me if we've heard this story before. NBA team ownership wants a new arena. They say current arena can't be upgraded. And plans for a new arena are hitting major snags. The next part, well, you can fill in what that might be.

Where am I going with this? Well, the NBA has pulled the plug on supporting a new arena in downtown Sacramento, the Sac Bee reports. In an email to The Bee, NBA official John Moag said, "On the heels of the disappointing – but not surprising – action (or inaction) of the state and Cal Expo board, it is fair to say that the NBA has ceased its activities on the Sacramento arena front. However, we will continue to monitor and respond to the activities and options of others that might reasonably ensure the competitiveness and viability of the Kings' franchise."

Ruh-roh.

But it's not all on the NBA here.
The statement came just days after the Cal Expo board closed the door on an NBA plan to move the State Fair to where Arco Arena is to help finance the new downtown arena.

Obviously, everyone from Seattle is having violent flashbacks right now. This sounds like the same song they heard when the city voted down financing a new arena. And with this new development, David Stern was reportedly "not enthused."

Arco is now one of the league's oldest arenas and is in need of an upgrade. But since that isn't likely coming, a brand new building is going to be required to keep both the NBA and Kings ownership happy. Voters already turned that down once, but things can always turn around.

But it's not all doom and gloom for the Kings. They have something the Sonics did not in stable, local ownership and plus, the team's prospects on the floor are looking up. This is certainly a setback for the Kings and some might hear moving trucks starting up with this development, but that's a long way off right now.
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