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Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) is fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) and crashes into Mavericks guard Vince Carter (25) on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena.

Kings notes: Kings have no qualms about paternity leave

Published: Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014 - 11:59 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 7, 2014 - 8:22 am

Kings coach Michael Malone said there will be no controversy if Rudy Gay has to leave the Kings for the birth of his first child.

After New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy was criticized by some in the media for missing two games to be with his wife for the birth of their son, Malone said there would be no such issue with the Kings.

Gay’s wife, Ecko, is in Memphisawaiting for the birth of their son.

“I told Rudy if Ecko goes into labor early and you have to bolt out of town when she’s delivering your first child, you have my support,” Malone said. “It’s important for him to be there when that happens. This is a cutthroat world, and I guess people don’t really value family like they should, but Rudy has our blessing to be with his family whenever she goes into labor.”

Tourney watch – Gay and DeMarcus Cousins have a serious rooting interest in Monday’s NCAA Tournament championship game.

Cousins played at Kentucky, and Gay played at Connecticut.

But the other game that mattered to a King was an NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinal in Nashville, Tenn.

Lexie Brown, daughter of Kings assistant coach Dee Brown, is a starting guard for Maryland.

Maryland’s game against Notre Dame was being played Sunday while the Kings met the Dallas Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena.

Brown said his wife, Tammy, was at the game and that he’d be receiving text message updates throughout the day.

Maryland was blown out by undefeated Notre Dame 87-61.

Still waiting – Isaiah Thomas missed his seventh consecutive game because of a right quad contusion.

The Kings are still deciding if it’s best to sit Thomas for the final five games of the season.

“That decision has not been made at this point,” Malone said. “We’re still holding out some hope he can come back, but we’re not going to risk anything.”

No. 6 spot – Jason Thompson played in his 455th game for Sacramento on Sunday. He is now sixth all-time in games played in Sacramento history, passing Vlade Divac and Lionel Simmons.

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