Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:21 am
Edited on: February 13, 2011 3:39 am
DeMarcus Cousins was suspended by the Kings late Saturday night following a locker room incident involving Donté Greene.
Posted by Matt Moore
DeMarcus Cousins is arguably already the league's most volatile player. Prone to fights with opponents and even his own coaches, it would seem his frustrations have now boiled over into conflict with teammates. FanHouse reports that Cousins has been suspended for at least the upcoming three-game roadtrip following a locker room altercation with Donté Greene that came to blows. Perhaps most stunning is the source of the argument. Cousins has reportedly become increasingly upset about Tyreke Evans' late game decision making and the coaching staff's reaction, culminating in Cousins yelling at Evans following the Kings' loss to the Thunder Saturday night, "from (the) tunnel to the locker room."
Cousins has already been fined by the coaching staff, kicked out of practice, and benched for a premature choking gesture. In-between he's averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds, grabbing 17% of all available boards, shooting 44% from the field (a huge blemish) and has a league-average-ish PER of 15. He's a player with tremendous upside and ability, who just wants to win. But there are ways of dealing with that kind of passion, and Cousins has expressed all the wrong ones.
The Kings have to find a structure to rebuild around, and if Cousins and Evans are incompatible, that's going to have to be established early. GM Geoff Petrie was right to act quickly and try and snuff this but furthermore, if the Kings decide Evans is the future and they can't rectify this rift, one of them will have to go. Furthermore, Paul Westphal and Petrie will have to figure out if the kid is worth the considerable headache he's providing them by continually being this much of a pain. Good teams can't afford distractions of this magnitude, especially out of a rookie, let alone struggling squads like the Kings.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 7:11 pm
The NBA has announced the rosters for it's annual rookie vs. sophomore challenge game during All-Star weekend. Posted by Ben Golliver.
It seems like we say this every year, but, on paper, the Sophomores are going to absolutely destroy the Rookies in this year's Rookie Challenge. The NBA released the rosters for the two teams on Tuesday, and the Sophomores tout reigning Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, along with his stiff competition for that award: Brandon Jenning and Stephen Curry.
The Rookies pair up the lock for 2011 Rookie of the Year, Blake Griffin, and John Wall, which is a match made in highlight heaven. Past those two, and perhaps DeMarcus Cousins and glue guy Landry Fields, the talent level tails off pretty hard, pretty fast.
Here's the full list of names, via the NBA.
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, the reigning T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, and Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin, the only player in the NBA averaging at least 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, lead a list of 18 players selected for the 2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam to be held on Friday, Feb. 18, in Los Angeles during NBA All-Star 2011.
The participants in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam were selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches, with each team submitting one ballot.While this is barely worth noting because we're talking about an exhibition game, Blair, Gibson, Ibaka and Matthews all boast post-season experience and combine to possess a fair bit of basketball intelligence. And by that I mean: they'll play harder than most, but when Blake Griffin is about to make one of his posters they'll be savvy enough to get out of the way.
One other footnote: DeRozan, Ibaka and Griffin will all be in the Slam Dunk contest as well.
I can't wait for this game. There's a distinct possibility that Wall could throw Griffin an alley-oop from the far baseline, setting a Guiness record in the process.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:50 am
Detroit takes a perimeter attack, CP3 overwhelms with help, and Ruy Gay saves the day, all in today's Game Changer.
Posted by Matt Moore
Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.
THE BIG ONE: Detroit wings it to victory
You know? If the Pistons can get past their coach screwing with their rotations, their chemistry, and their play, and somehow manage to rely on the talent they have on this roster? This team ain't bad. Austin Daye was the real hero here, and the youngster is proving that he's a big part of the Pistions' future. 20 points on 5-9 shooting, including 4-4 from the arc and 7 rebounds for Daye. Tayshaun Prince started at small forward, and added 20 points of his own, along with 6 assists, and Tracy McGrady had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. That's right. The Pistons got 60 points from three small forwards in this game. Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson, and Quentin Richardson combined for 15 points. When you lose a position battle by 45? Dwight Howard's 7 offensive boards aren't going to help much.
The Magic had five players out of their nine-man rotation with at least two turnovers, while the Pistons had just two out of their ten-man. Throw in some hot shooting from outside and the Pistons brought the Heat. Big win for the Pistons who continue to have one of the oddest seasons in memory. And guess what?
At 17-28, they're a game and a half back of the playoffs. Weird.
THE N'ORLEANS HOMEFRONT: Victory through swarm
Trevor Ariza got busy. Ariza swarmed Kevin Durant down the stretch and it was one terrible shot after another, only this time he wasn't hitting any miracles. The Hornets threw multiple waves of pressure to keep the ball out of Russell Westbrook's hand after he had torched the Hornets time after time in this game, and in the end, it was David West's off-balance pivot jumper that won it for New Orleans.
The Hornets at once seemed completely out-manned in this one and certifiably in control. Basically, whenever David West, Emeka Okafor, or Chris Paul got involved, they looked like the better squad, and when anyone else got involved it was not so much the case. Marcus Thornton was nice, if you think 10 points on 12 shots is nice, but in reality, none of the Hornets outside the Big 3 mattered much. What was relevant was a long stretch in the second and third quarter when Scott Brooks gave Eric Maynor the reins and watched as Chris Paul sliced him into roast beef. Maynor was simply not in a position to defend the MVP candidate, and it showed.
A key play down the stretch saw Chris Paul steal the inbounds with the game tied, then come crashing down to the floor holding his ankle. Paul would walk it off, though. David West continues his reliable play and you have to think he and Okafor will determine how far this team goes in the playoffs. Okafor was at times brilliant, and at times extremely vulnerable as the Thunder crashed the glass time after time. The Thunder held an 8% advantage in percentage of available offensive boards collected.
Jeff Green had 19 points and wreaked havoc on the Hornets but had no shots in the final 3:16.
GO-GO-GADGET LINE OF THE NIGHT:
Kevin Love: 24 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists
Runner-Up: Tyreke Evans: 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
HERO OF THE DAY: RG doin' work
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:33 am
Posted by Royce Young
Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:54 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:54 pm
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Posted by Ben Golliver. A game between the lowly Sacramento Kings and the mediocre Memphis Grizzlies isn't exactly a high-profile match-up, but Kings guard Tyreke Evans provided a Hollywood finish in Northern California on Wednesday night, burying a game-winning buzzer beater from behind half court. With the Kings leading 97-96, the Memphis Grizzlies inbounded the ball in the frontcourt. Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo hit a fallaway jumper from 20 feet over Evans, to put the Grizzlies up, 98-97. With 1.5 seconds left on the clock, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins then inbounded the ball to Evans. Standing near the free throw line, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year took one dribble and gather the ball at his waist, releasing his shot attempt from just behind halfcourt. The shot went in cleanly on the fly, nothing but net, and the Kings bench and Arco Arena crowd immediately erupted in joy. Evans and his teammates jumped up on the scorer's table briefly to celebrate, and he was mobbed by well-wishers on the court. A review of the play confirmed that Evans released the ball before time expired, giving the Kings an improbable 100-98 last-second victory. Here's the video. To make this shot even more remarkable, Evans has been battling foot pain for some time, and said earlier this week that he was considering a laser procedure to relieve the pain. The procedure could potentially sideline him for months. With the win, the Kings improve to 6-23. The Grizzlies fall to 14-18.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:37 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:52 pm
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans is considering undergoing a foot procedure that could see him miss an extended period of time. Posted by Ben Golliver.
The NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, has been hobbled by plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition that caused him to see a foot specialist earlier this season, undergo additional testing, and miss some time.
CowBellKingdom.com reports that Evans told reporters following Monday night's game between the Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers that he is considering a procedure on his ailing left foot that could sideline him for an extended period of time.
Kings guard Tyreke Evans let slip in his post game interview that he and his agent discussed a procedure today that would shelve last year’s rookie of the year for 3-4 months. Evans did not give a specific name for the procedure but it would hopefully relieve the pain and discomfort of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
"I talked to my agent today and I was thinking about, maybe getting something done to it earlier, I would probably miss three months or something, I don’t know."
Evans is waiting for his agent to get back to him with a possible timetable for the procedure but at this point, nothing seems definite.NBA Fanhouse reports on Twitter that the procedure involves lasers!
Evans is considering a left foot procedure involving lasers to heal his plantar fasciitis. It would put him out 3-4 months. A source close to him says he had already decided to do procedure soon, but wonders if his 32-pt outing might cause him to rethink it. Plan B would be for Evans to do it near All-Star break. Plan C - which doesn't seem likely - would be for him to not do it at all.
The news is disappointing, but not unexpected for Kings fans, who have watched Evans take a step back in terms of his effectiveness and explosiveness this season because of the foot pain. The Kings are already lottery-bound, holding the league's worst record at 5-23, so there's very little sense in putting Evans out on the court if the pain in continuing.
Despite the pain, Evans went for 32 points, three rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes on Monday night. The Kings lost to the Clippers, 100-99. On the season, he is averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Posted on: December 24, 2010 4:17 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2010 5:08 pm
What's it going to take to move in another direction for the Kings?
Posted by Matt Moore
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that both Geoff Petrie and Paul Wesphal are under significant fire in Sacramento, despite Joe Maloof denying the report, sticking by both his general manager and head coach for what he says is the remainder of the season.
The question is why wouldn't you ditch Westphal at this point?
It's not that the Kings have taken a step back, or failed to take a step forward. It's that they've plunged backwards so far they can't even see the dismal finish they suffered through last year. They've simply failed in every phrase of the game, and in addition they're having significant issues with personnel.
Tyreke Evans has regressed. Whether that's related to injury, personal issues, a move to shooting guard, or just a sophomore slump, it's significant and it's holding back the franchise. That the rest of the team seems to not trust or follow Evans is as much of a problem. But DeMarcus Cousins? That's a whole other matter.
Cousins has clashed with the coaching staff so often he's been fined for it. He's shopping for a suspension, and because of his attitude, there seems to be a general dissent regarding Cousins by the rest of the locker room. They find him obnoxious and far too immature. Which he is. But at some point, the coaching staff is going to have to reign him in and find a way to help him grow into a professional. That's part of their job. And as of now, Westphal and his staff have been nothing but Principal Skinners to Cousin's Bart Simpson. It's not working on any level.
So to recap, the team's not playing well. The rookie of the year has regressed significantly and the next great rookie is one stop short of spray-painting the locker room and toilet-papering Westphal's house. The question is not whether Westphal has failed. The question is what it's going to take to move in another direction for the Maloof's. Meanwhile, a bad situation gets worse.
Posted on: December 20, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:42 pm
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is expected to miss a month or more with a fractured left foot. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings has upped his production pretty much across the board in his second NBA season, a nice follow-up to a rookie year that found him in contention for the 2010 Rookie of the Year. And unlike his fellow Rookie of the Year candidates, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, he hadn't missed any time due to injuries, starting in all 25 of Milwaukee's games to date. That run comes to an end Monday, as Journal-Times.com reports on Twitter that Jennings is expected to miss "at least four weeks" with a foot injury after undergoing an MRI and will not be active for Monday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Bucks later issued a press release that calls the injury a "fractured left foot - fifth metatarsal" and puts Jennings' recovery timeline at 4-6 weeks after a surgery that will will be performed Monday afternoon. It wasn't clear this past weekend exactly what was troubling Jennings. He told the Journal Sentinel he felt pain throughout his left leg and that it was limiting his mobility.
Jennings said he was expecting to have tests on his left foot, which he injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half against San Antonio on Wednesday night.
But he returned for the second half against the Spurs and played 30 minutes Saturday. Jennings has started in every game since the Bucks selected him with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft, a total of 107 consecutive regular-season games and seven playoff games. "At first it was my knee and it went down to my ankle, but right now I don't know what the real problem is, so I'm not going to talk about it too much," Jennings said. "I wanted to give it a go just to see what it felt like. "But not a lot of really good lateral movement for me. I couldn't really come off the screens and do what I want to do because of the foot."Jennings is currently leading the Bucks in scoring at 17.9 points per game and has averaged 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.2 steals so far this season. Even though he's taking more shots this year, he's improved his overall field goal percentage from 37.1% to 39.1%, nothing to write home about, but it is progress. Despite his scoring numbers, he's known around the league as a flashy playmaker, and his ability to spread the ball around has ensured that teammates John Salmons, Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette are all averaging in double figures this season. The Bucks were already off to a disappointing start at 10-15, good third place in the Central Division, and the loss of their top scorer and main playmaker only makes things worse. Milwaukee will be forced to get by with backups Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins, a pretty unappetizing pair. Dooling, as unimpressive as it gets, and Boykins, as undersized as it gets, could make for an ugly December and January for Bucks fans. That all three 2010 Rookie of the Year finalists have now been burdened with injuries so early this season is an unfortunate coincidence. Evans has battled plantar fasciitis, causing him to miss time last week, while Curry, who has rolled his ankle more times than anyone can count, is hoping for a Christmas return after his latest injury. Is this what they mean by sophomore slump?