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April 27, 2010
Still waiting the official word

I saw Sactown Royalty's report that Tyreke Evans will be named Rookie of the Year at some point this week.

That's been the expectation around Kings headquarters, where I was today chatting with Geoff Petrie about his upcoming trip to Europe.

But there's no one planning a press conference. Why? The Kings have no idea when the announcement is coming.

It's not that anyone associated with the Kings thinks Evans isn't going to win the award. It's just that the NBA isn't letting teams or the media in on the schedule to announce the awards.

Evans doesn't even know for certain that he's won.

The NBA did announce that Atlanta's Jamal Crawford was voted Sixth Man of the Year today. The Hawks play tomorrow and the league isn't likely to announce another award the same day it will follow up today's news with a ceremony for Crawford before the game.

That leaves Thursday or Friday as the likely days for any Evans announcement. Teams are usually given a day's notice to plan a press conference, so the earliest the Kings would receive confirmation would be tomorrow for a Thursday press conference.

*Carl Landry showed up as receiving votes for Sixth Man of the Year. Crawford won easily with 110 of 122 first-place votes.

Landry was eighth with two second-place votes and six third-place votes.

Landry came off the bench in 51 of 52 games for Houston. He started all 28 games after being traded to the Kings in February.

Landry also received votes for Most Improved Player.

*You'll be glad to know Jon Brockman is working out intensely these days in Sacramento and getting all the coaching he can handle.

In a perfect world, Brockman would rebound, rebound and then rebound some more along with playing defense.

The goal is to get Brockman to do more than bang. He went into the offseason with goals of improving his shooting and passign.

And Brockman's knee is looking good from what I hear.

Watching the evolution of Brockman's game should be interesting. Brockman is cast as the bruising tough guy (which he is) but he's also very athletic.

The more his game expands, the greater chances we see moves like this in a game (at least I'd like to see them):

--Jason Jones

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