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By Melody Gutierrez

The Kings are trading small forward Omri Casspi to the Cleveland Cavaliers for power forward J.J. Hickson, the team confirmed Thursday.

Hickson was the 19th pick in the 2008 draft and has career averages of 9.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 49.5 percent shooting. The Cavaliers selected fellow big man Tristan Thompson in last week's draft, leaving the team looking to fill a void at small forward.

Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick tweeted "Omri Casspi was told by Kings management that he is likely to be traded to Cleveland for JJ Hickson in the next couple hours."

The popular Israeli-born Casspi has mostly come off the bench for the Kings, shooting 41.2 percent from the field and averaged 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds last season.

Check back here for more information.

February 24, 2011
Amway Center on the agenda

ORLANDO - While our beat writer, Jason Jones, rejoins the team today in Charlotte, I am staying here for a better look at the brand new Amway Center. I set up interviews several weeks ago regarding the league's newest facility months ago, long before the threat of a Kings relocation became real. Magic CEO Alex Martins, a former team publicist who worked his way up and now basically runs the club, is meeting with me shortly. He promises a full tour of the premises. I'll offer a brief impression later - though I was there last night and already fell in love the place - and write an in-depth article next week.

Kings coach Paul Westphal didn't seem to concerned about Francisco Garcia's sprained right ankle.

Garcia didn't appear to be walking with too much discomfort after the game.

I ran into Samuel Dalembert briefly. He said he'd be fine even with the news he could miss four to six weeks.

*Westphal was really impressed with the play of Darnell Jackson. The forward might have been seen as just a training camp body last month, but the injuries in the frontcourt have given Jackson a chance to play a more prominent role.

Jackson's statistics aren't noteworthy: six points, six rebounds. But Westphal spoke highly of Jackson, much in the way he spoke about Jon Brockman last season.

Jackson was the player acquired from Milwaukee when the Kings traded Brockman.

"Darnell Jackson was the difference," Westphal said. "When we had guys in foul trouble he came in and gave us some great minutes, not statistically, but he's always plugging, rotting and covering up, getting rebounds in traffic."

Westphal said Jackson played a "really smart game" tonight.

*The small forward race might begin taking shape. For the second time lately, Westphal had nice things to say about Donte' Greene's play and the role of Omri Casspi.

Casspi had 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Greene started and had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.

"I like Casspi off the bench," Westphal said. "I think he gives us a really nice niche...And I like Donte. I thought hre really showed the kind of impact he can have on a game. Donte' really played well I thought."

--Jason Jones

Kings (16-61) vs. Rockets (50-28)
Scoring: Kings 11th (101.10), Rockets 18th (98.35)
Shooting: Kings 23rd (44.9 percent), Rockets 22nd (45.2)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (109.59), Rockets 6th (94.53)
Shooting defense: Kings 29th (48.3 percent), Rockets 5th (44.5)
Rebound differential: Kings 30th (minus-5.09), Rockets 4th (plus-2.83)
The link: Rockets coverage in The Houston Chronicle; Kings coverage in The Bee.

The almanac: On this date in 1992, Magic Johnson was voted the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America.
Johnson was selected because of contributions and work with charities, including the formation of the Magic Johnson Foundation for HIV/AIDS programs; the United Negro College Fund; the American Heart Association; and the Starlight Foundation, which grants wishes to critically ill children.

This just in: Kevin Martin will not play tonight. Martin informed our own Sam Amick that he will sit out his fourth consecutive game due to his troublesome left ankle.

Meanwhile, former King Ron Artest makes his first regular season visit to Arco Arena. The Kings are 0-2 against the Rockets this season and tonight's contest will serve as the season series closer.
"I don't like to see Ron in a different uniform," said Kings coach Kenny Natt. "At the same time, his presence probably inspires guys as another challenge. That's something we need. We seem to play better when we are challenged."

April 8, 2009
Kings waive Solomon

Will Solomon was shown the door early as the Kings requested waivers on the guard today.
Solomon played in 14 games for the Kings after joining the team in February. In his second season, Solomon averaged five points (.406 FGs, .448 3FGs, .500 FTs) and 1.5 rebounds for the Kings.
Solomon has played once in the last seven games after twice earning 20-plus minutes in mid-March.
Lately, Solomon has had a right shoulder injury and lower back stiffness.
Solomon was acquired from the Toronto Raptors and previously spent six seasons in leagues in Greece, Israel and Turkey. His contract was set to expire this summer.

Lakers 122, Kings 104

Game story, game notes

Box score, video highlights

Our own Ailene Voisin sat down with Kevin Martin during halftime of tonight's game for a column that will be in tomorrow's paper. The conversation obviously centered on Martin's troublesome left ankle.
Martin had an X-ray on Monday, which showed bone spur. For more, including whether the leading scorer sees himself returning to the floor, check out The Bee.

For now, I leave you with Kenny Natt's post game press conference.

Kings (16-60) vs. Lakers (61-16)
Scoring: Kings 11th (100.06), Lakers 3rd (106.68)
Shooting: Kings 23rd (44.9 percent), Lakers 4th (47.3)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (109.43), Lakers 13th (99.23)
Shooting defense: Kings 29th (48.3 percent), Lakers 6th (44.8)
Rebound differential: Kings 30th (minus-5.09), Lakers 5th (plus-2.55)
The link: The links: Lakers coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News and Riverside Press-Enterprise. Kings coverage in The Bee.

The almanac: On this date in 1984, more than 1,000 spectators from Sacramento loaded 21 buses and headed West to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Kansas City Kings.
Gregg Lukenbill, one of the Kings' new owners at that time, was among the contingent of fans. Lukenbill assured Kansas City that he was not interested in moving the franchise.
However, Sacramento's interest in acquiring the Kings was obvious.
The Warriors went on to win that game 98-89.

Kevin Martin will miss his third consecutive game with a sore left ankle, which makes you wonder whether his 50-point performance on April 1 against the Golden State Warriors was the last hurrah of the season.
With five games remaining following tonight's matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, maybe it's time to shut the shooting guard down and focus on his full recovery.
However, this is certainly not what Kings coach Kenny Natt wants to hear.
Natt became frustrated when I posed that question after Martin missed Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns.
Both Natt and Kings basketball president said over the weekend that there have been no conversations about sitting Martin out for the remainder of the season.
While Martin will be out for at least tonight, Spencer Hawes will play. Hawes was poked in the eye during the Kings' 105-100 loss to the Warriors on Sunday. Hawes saw an eye specialist Monday after experiencing double vision and was cleared for tonight.

April 6, 2009
Eyes and ankles watch

Spencer Hawes and Kevin Martin both did not practice today and did not speak to media, but here's what I know from Kings coach Kenny Natt.

Hawes, who was poked in the eye last night, saw an eye specialist after experiencing double vision last night. Natt said Hawes is in good spirits.
"He's always up beat and feels like he's ready to go," Natt said. "We just want to be really cautious to make sure there is no serious damage to his retina and things of that sort. Hopefully, we will have him tomorrow."

Martin, who has missed the last two games with a sore left ankle, is considered day-to-day.
"His conversation to me was that he was really positive and he feels he will be ready to go," Natt said. "We are just monitoring him."

April 5, 2009
Arco Overtime: A new low

Warriors 105, Kings 100

With the loss, the Kings will rewrite the history books for all the wrong reasons. This year's team will finish with the worst record in the Sacramento-era history of the franchise by falling below the 23-59 record held by the 1989-1990 Kings.
For more, check out tomorrow's Bee. For now, I'll leave you with Kenny Natt's post game press conference in which he says his team "goofed off" for the better part of the loss.

April 5, 2009
Martin out

Kevin Martin (sore left ankle) will not play in tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors. He is considered day-to-day.
Rashad McCants (back spasms) will give it a go.

April 4, 2009
Martin injury update

Kevin Martin (sore left ankle) and Rashad McCants (back spasms) are both questionable for tomorrow's game against the Golden State Warriors at Arco Arena.
However, Kings coach Kenny Natt gave a vote of confidence after practice today, saying he is "assuming everyone is going to play tomorrow."

April 3, 2009
Martin out tonight

Kevin Martin will not play tonight against the Phoenix Suns because of a sore left ankle. It is the same ankle that has given Martin so many problems this season.
However, it didn't slow him Wednesday. Martin scored a career-high 50 points in the Kings' 143-141 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Kings (16-58) at Phoenix (41-34)
Scoring: Kings 11th (100.94), Suns 2nd (109.05)
Shooting: Kings 24rd (44.9 percent), Suns 1st (50.5)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (109.09), Suns 27th (107.18)
Shooting defense: Kings 30th (48.4 percent), Suns 22rd (46.5)
Rebound differential: Kings 29th (minus-5.01), Suns 10th (plus-0.89)
The link: Suns coverage in The Arizona Republic. Kings coverage in The Bee (story on Natt's chances of returning, game preview).

The almanac: On this date in 1998, Michael Jordan scored 41 points to become the third player in NBA history to reach 29,000 career points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-93.
Jordan joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to score 29,000. Jordan needed 14 points to reach the plateau. At the time of that Bulls' win, Chicago had a 57-17 record.

Quick Hit - I want to congratulate Sam and Emily Amick, who welcomed their second son, Landon McKnight Amick, into the world this morning.

It has been five days since the Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns. Five days.
But here in Phoenix, that 126-118 loss is considered old news. That was part of the old season, which is how the Suns are describing their first 74 games.
They have declared a "new season" since losing to the last placed Kings, according to The Arizona Republic.
The Suns are 1-0 since that declaration after defeating the Houston Rockets as they pursue the final Western Conference playoff spot.
And already this "new season" has more good news for the Suns. Leandro Barbosa will likely return tonight against the Kings after missing the last seven games with a tibial bone bruise in his left knee.
Barbosa is averaging 14.3 points this season.
This could all spell disaster for the Kings. Phoenix is out for revenge. The Kings are coming off two losses decided by late game defensive mistakes.
During the Kings' last visit to Phoenix, the Suns sent them packing following a 129-81 rout at US Airways Center.

Kings (16-57) at Golden State (25-49)
Scoring: Kings 12th (100.39), Warriors 2nd (108.6)
Shooting: Kings 22rd (44.5 percent), Warriors 12th (45.9)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (108.63), Warriors 30th (112.48)
Shooting defense: Kings 29th (48.3 percent), Warriors 23rd (47.1)
Rebound differential: Kings 29th (minus-5.04), Warriors 30th minus-5.13
The link: Warriors coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News. Kings coverage in The Bee (Voisin's 'Packed House Honors Ordinary Guy Divac,' Kings gamer, Kings notes).

The almanac: On this date in 1994, Oliver Miller of the Phoenix Suns thought he was on the receiving end of an April Fool's Day joke when President Clinton called him.
"I asked the White House operator if this was an April Fool's joke," Miller told The Bee in 1994. "She said, "Far from it, it's the president.' I said, "Right. The president of Coca-Cola?' "
Charles Barkley walked by Miller as he tried to decipher the legitimacy of the caller. Eventually Barkley grabbed the phone.
It turned out the caller really was Clinton, who invited Miller to join him in a luxury box at that year's NCAA title game. Miller, a former Arkansas player, took him up on the offer as the pair watched the Razorbacks defeat Duke 76-72. The Most Outstanding Player of that NCAA championship was Corliss Williamson.

During last night's jersey retirement, Vlade Divac told the packed Arco Arena that if he were to pick a moment in his career to relive, it wouldn't be the wins the resulted in back-to-back Pacific Coast titles.
Divac said it would be the "heartbreaking loss in Game 4" of the 2002 Western Conference Finals during that infamous Robert Horry three-pointer.
Because, Divac said, no one believed the Kings could recover by tipoff of Game 5.
Of course the Kings went on to win that game and lose the next two, but that moment in which the team pulled together was the highlight Divac holds close.
"When everyone believed winning the next game was impossible, we proved nothing was impossible," Divac said during his halftime ceremony.
It now seems almost comical that Divac talked about reliving Game 4. While he wasn't asking for a replay, that's what he got as the Kings fell to the New Orleans Hornets at Arco.
The stunned silence following a game-winning three-pointer at the hands of Rasual Butler reminded several Bee readers of that Horry heartbreaker.
Wrote one reader: "Don't you think it's ironic that the day we retire Vlade Divac's jersey is the same day we lose to an opponent by a game-winning three-point shot? Ahem. Sounds kinda like Robert Horry and that dreaded shot."
Be careful what you ask for.


Game story, Game notes

Box score, Video recap

Spencer Hawes talks about the defensive breakdown that resulted in the loss:

Jason Thompson said it's a shame the game came down to a final play:

Kings coach Kenny Natt said he saw a lot of encouraging things in Tuesday's game:

KINGS 126, SUNS 118

Game story, Game notes

Box score, Video recap

Shaquille O'Neal checks out my camera phone before talking about his team's tough loss to the Kings:

Kings coach Kenny Natt says he's not looking for the Kings to be spoilers:


Game story, Game notes

Box score, Video recap

There was a lot of talk about those three days of practices between games following the Kings' embarrassing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
Were the Kings working hard enough? Many of the Kings players who stuck around after the loss said yes.

Bobby Jackson says the Kings don't battle in games like they do in practice:

Andres Nocioni says the Kings need to start trying to build chemistry for next season:

Francisco Garcia says the Kings had good, competitive practices lately:


Game story, Game notes

Box score, Video recap

In The Bee: Ailene Voisin column on the Kings' point guard situation.

Spencer Hawes talked about his play in terms of what he should have done better. That's what good players do. They overlook their stats and stare at the final score.
That's what matters. Never mind the near triple-double Hawes put up.
"I think much like the team I didn't come out (to play) early," said Hawes, who finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high nine assists. "I don't think I was bringing it like I should have been and I had to play catch up. At the end of the day when you lose like we did, it negates that."
The loss didn't deter 76ers staff from talking about how impressed they were with Hawes' play. Prior to Hawes declaring for the NBA Draft in 2007, the Sixers worked him out extensively and tried to move up in their pick to get him.

Sitting behind The Bee's cluster of courtside seats was a young man dressed to be seen.
Afterall, his Blake Griffin of Oklahoma jersey said it all.
"I hope the Maloofs see me," said the man, whose name I didn't catch.
He offered encouraging words for Kings coach Kenny Natt throughout the lopsided affair on Sunday night.
When the Philadelphia 76ers took a commanding 35-17 lead in the first quarter, he shouted for Natt not to worry. Surely their opponents would begin to miss soon.

There was some nice Twitter material provided during the game. First it was the Kings dancer who had her top come undone during a routine. The halter top untied and she clung to it as she managed to finish most of the dance.
Then there was the piece of gum that clung to the back Francisco Garcia's shorts. I wanted to tease Garcia about it, but he wasn't too chatty after the loss, so I left that one alone.

Bobby Jackson and Andres Nocioni will not play tonight as the Kings face the Philadelphia 76ers at Arco Arena. Rashad McCants (sprained right ankle) said he plans to play and Kings coach Kenny Natt said his play would dictate his playing time.
Nocioni (right quadricep tendinitis) may play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. Natt said he doesn't expect Jackson (fractured left cheekbone) to play until next week or so.

Kings (14-53) at Charlotte (29-38)

Scoring: Kings 13th (99.83), Bobcats 29th (93.4)
Shooting: Kings 25th (44.7 percent), Bobcats 17th (45.4)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (108.6), Bobcats 7th (94.6)
Shooting defense: Kings 30th (48.1 percent), Bobcats 11th (45.4)
Rebound differential: Kings 30th (minus-5.14), Bobcats 18th (minus-0.09)

The link: Bobcats coverage in the The Charlotter Observer; Kings coverage in The Bee (Game story; Notes; Voisin column; Game preview).

The almanac: On this date in 1991, the Philadelphia 76ers retired Wilt Chamberlain's No. 13 jersey. He joined fellow 76ers Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Bobby Jones and Julius Erving. Chamberlain would also have his jersey retired by the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors as he became the first NBA player to have his number retired by three teams.
On this date in 2001, Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers became the first NBA player to sink 2,000 three-pointers when he hit a trey during the third quarter of a 101-95 win over the Kings.

Perhaps Spencer Hawes summed it up best when describing the Kings' play in Tuesday's 119-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
"Selfish, selfish, selfish," Hawes told our own Sam Amick.
You'd think the Kings would share at least one thing - the desire to defeat at least one Eastern Conference team this season. The Kings are now 0-27 against the East and are down to three chances to avoid rewriting the NBA history books for lowly reasons. They face the Charlotte Bobcats today, the New York Knicks on Friday and Philadelphia 76ers at home on Sunday.
While the Kings hosted a party in the paint last night, I kept thinking of something interim coach Kenny Natt said after the team's new players arrived at practice.
"Hopefully, guys don't get selfish by trying to over impress management and coaches to earn more playing time and really kill the chemistry we have moving forward," Natt said on Feb. 22.
As Amick hit on in today's game story, Tuesday's loss reeked of personal agendas (read: expiring contracts). And that kind of play won't earn the Kings a win over any team, including their three remaining Eastern Conference opponents.

Kings (14-52) at Atlanta (39-28)

Scoring: Kings 13th (99.87), Hawks 20th (98.1)
Shooting: Kings 24th (44.8 percent), Hawks 11th (45.8)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (108.47), Hawks 11th (96.37)
Shooting defense: Kings 29th (48.0 percent), Hawks 10th (45.3)
Rebound differential: Kings 29th (minus-4.98), Hawks 24th (minus-2.19)

The link: Hawks coverage in the The Atlanta Journal-Consitiution; Kings coverage in The Bee (Story; Jackson out for surgery story).

The almanac: On this date in 1984, the Houston Rockets retired Calvin Murphy's No. 23 jersey. Murphy became only the second Rocket player to have his jersey retired. Rudy Tomjanovich was the first.
On this date in 1974, the Celtics beat the Capital Bullets 129-103 at Boston Garden, while collecting an NBA record 61 defensive rebounds.

When Bobby Jackson bent over clutching his left cheek on Friday, he may have been thinking, "Oh, no, not again."
This is not the first time Jackson has had a fractured cheekbone, although the one he suffered previously was in 2003 on his right side and that one didn't require surgery.
Jackson wasn't kept out of any games during that injury in 2003, nor did it keep him from working out, according to a story Marty McNeal wrote after it happened.
But, you can probably understand the reason why Jackson was so eager to stay on the floor that season.
The Kings were in the Western Conference semifinals with the Dallas Mavericks.
Jackson even elected not to wear a protective mask.
And it was following that injury that Jackson swore to never appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated again.
To find out why, click the link to continue reading. I have included the story McNeal wrote in 2003.

Just as one point guard is returning for the Kings, another is out.

Beno Udrih, who has missed the past six games because of a sprained right foot, said he probably will play today against the Wizards in Washington.

"I've been running, and there is still some pain, but I'm tired of sitting out," said Udrih, who could start.

Meanwhile, backup Bobby Jackson will miss the game after breaking his left cheekbone late in the Kings' 126-123 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Jackson did not travel with the team and will be reevaluated Monday.

The Kings' only other point guard is recently acquired Will Solomon, who scored 18 points off the bench Friday. He hit 6 of 9 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 8 three-pointers.


Game story, Game notes

Box score, Video recap

Also in The Bee:
Joe Maloof: An arena deal will get done

After scoring 51 points against the Kings, LeBron James talks about whether he's worried about the Cavs and why he sometimes feels like he's the father of his team:

Kenny Natt comments on LeBron's phenomenal play and talks about Kevin Martin's solid performance:

(Thanks to Sam Amick for shooting the videos)

March 10, 2009
Post game videos

Thunder 99, Kings 98

Francisco Garcia said he feels for Andres Nocioni, who badly missed an open 19-footer with 6.9 seconds to go that would have tied the game 97-97.

Kenny Natt said once again an "awful start" doomed his team's efforts.

Bobby Jackson assesses Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook at the end of this clip, if you can get through Garcia's background chatter in the middle.

March 3, 2009
Postgame videos

Pacers 117, Kings 109

Here's what Spencer Hawes had to say about the Kings' lack of defense. Hawes tied his career high with 19 points.

Kevin Martin talks about the team's lack of energy and effort. Martin scored a team-high 21 points, sinking all 14 of his free throws.

Rashad McCants, who scored 20 points, said personal stats don't matter when a team loses.

KINGS 98, Clippers 86

Game story, Game notes

Box score, Video recap

Search is on for Cal Expo arena developer.

Outside Arco Arena, the buzz was about the Cal Expo board opting to move forward with arena plans. Inside the aging Natomas facility, the Kings showed they were looking to make progress as well, no matter how late in the season.
The Kings built a solid 24-point lead in the third quarter and held on for their fourth consecutive win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here are some highlights:
* Spencer Hawes tallied a career-high 15 rebounds, beating his previous mark by one.
"Going against a team that's pretty big with (Zach) Randolph and (Marcus) Camby inside and knowing Camby's ability to get offensive rebounds and make plays that way, it was a kind of a point of emphasis to keep them off the boards," Hawes said.

* Bobby Jackson filled in for injured point guard Beno Udrih, playing 37 productive minutes and scoring 18 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 3pt, 3-4 FT). It was Jackson's fourth start of the season and he will likely get his fifth Saturday night as the Kings travel to Utah to face the Jazz.
"It's going to be a challenge (Saturday), because those guys are very physical," Jackson said. "We can't get pushed around down there in Utah. But, we did a soild job (tonight)."

* Udrih (sprained right ankle) and Drew Gooden (groin injury) will both not make the trip to Utah.

* Here's post game video of Rashad McCants, who looked solid against the Clippers. McCants scored 12 points off the bench and grabbed six rebounds.

* Here's postgame video of Bobby Jackson, who nearly ate a reporter's microphone midway through the interview.

Join The Bee's Sam Amick, Scott Howard-Cooper and myself at 11 a.m. to talk all things Kings. There's plenty of topics for you to chose from:
* The Cal Expo proposal will be unveiled today.
* The Kings are among 12 teams borrowing from a pool of $200 million secured by the NBA.
* The Los Angeles Clippers are in town to face the Kings at 7 p.m.
* How are the new Kings players gelling with teammates?
* And many more.

Click here to join the conversation.

Don't forget to join Sam Amick, Scott Howard-Cooper and myself at 11 a.m. on Friday for a live chat at Last week's was a success, with over 900 questions and comments.
There will be plenty of topics to cover, from the Cal-Expo arena deal to the impact of the seven newly acquired Kings players.

For now, I'll leave you with Drew Gooden's thoughts on his first game since Jan. 19. Gooden finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds before leaving with a groin injury. Here's what he said about his chances of getting back on the court:

Press replay below to check out the first installment of what will be a regular live chat with Kings reporters. Join us next Friday at 11 a.m. for round two.

February 19, 2009
Your two cents

Join the post trade chatter on Friday at 11 a.m. as Scott Howard-Cooper and I host a live chat wrapping up today's roster moves for the Kings and around the NBA.

Go to


Game story, Game notes

Box score

Video recap

Kings week ahead (with weekly Fire and Ice feature)
Kings plus feature on Shareef Abdur-Rahim's coaching life
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson more involved in Kings' arena efforts
Marty Mac on Kings' disastrous defense


My head is still ringing. Oklahoma City fans are loud, even if Spencer Hawes doesn't want to admit it. As I wrote about in Monday's Bee, Hawes was quite outspoken about his disdain for the Seattle SuperSonics relocating to Oklahoma City. He called it a "travesty."
But for the entire first quarter, it looked like the Thunder would make the Kings the mockery as Oklahoma City outscored them 34-23.
"Well, another disappointing loss, needless to say, however, the guys did respond from halftime," Kings interim coach said before repeating a well-worn quote. "We have to learn a lesson that we can't spot a team 15, 16 points. We aren't that good."
Indeed. But here are a few good notes from my one-and-done trip to Oklahoma City.

* Bobby Jackson did not make the trip to Oklahoma City after he welcomed his fifth child into the world with wife Dona on Saturday. He will rejoin the team Monday.

* Beno Udrih looked like the point guard who shined last year for the Kings. Udrih scored 29 points, including 22 in the second half.
"Beno was great," said Kevin Martin. "That was the Beno hopefully we get used to. He made a difference in the game, especially in the second half."

* Kings consultant Pete Carril is making this entire three-game road trip. We chatted before Sunday's game as we took in the scene at Ford Center. Carril had never been inside the facility. Every so often during our conversation, the legendary "Coachie" would wave his arms to signal to Kings assistant coach Shareef Abdur-Rahim what he wanted Spencer Hawes to work on during pregame drills.
At one point, Carril pulled out a notepad from his pocket to diagram something before excusing himself and heading Hawes' way.
This guy doesn't stop working.

* Beat reporter Sam Amick will pick up the next two games. However, I managed to get Amick involved during the game. With the Internet down throughout the Ford Center, reporters were scrambling to get stories sent. In-game quarterly updates featured in The Bee were sent via text message from me to Amick to be posted online. The Associated Press was forced to dictate their game story, while the remaining media scattered outside the arena searching for a signal.

January 31, 2009
Kings down two starters

I should have checked the stock market before writing this, given Spencer Hawes' quote in today's Bee.
When Hawes was asked after last night's loss if he sensed that this is the bottom when it comes to the Kings' struggles this season, the second year center-forward quipped in: "It's like the stock market - you think it's gone down as far as it's going to go, and you find something else to slip up on."
And then came today's news. The Kings will be without two starters in Sunday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Point guard Beno Udrih is listed as doubtful with a left calf contusion, while center Brad Miller will likely miss at least two games with an abdominal strain.
Hawes will start in place of Miller, which will be a nice treat for the struggling sophomore. Bobby Brown or Francisco Garcia will be called to run the point.

Here are a few nuggets from practice today.

* Kings coach Kenny Natt missed practice to be with family in New York after learning his grandmother passed away. Natt will rejoin the team tomorrow in Milwaukee.

* Kings leading scorer Kevin Martin also missed practice to attend his great-grandmother's funeral in Zanesville, Ohio. Martin will rejoin the team tomorrow as well.

* Kings reserve Shelden Williams was handed a possible setback today, just two days after playing 17 minutes, his most playing time since Nov. 3, in a 110-107 loss to the Washington Wizards. Williams strained his left wrist and is listed as day-to-day.
Williams scored five points and had five rebounds and two steals against the Wizards on Wednesday.

* And on a lighter note - Kings rookie Jason Thompson still holds out hope of being named to the rookie-sophomore game to be played All-Star weekend. Assistant coaches will vote by Monday on who will be selected.
"That's one of the goals I set for myself," Thompson said. "I will be looking to see what happens. Obviously, I think I've gone through what most rookies have gone through. They have been playing well at times, not as good at times and then back at it. I feel like I've been in the mix of things and I've been hearing good things. We will see what happens."

Kings rookie Jason Thompson will be given the nod tomorrow to replace Mikki Moore at power forward in the starting lineup. Kings interim coach Kenny Natt said he made the decision after watching Thompson's progress over the last two games.
"It's a great opportunity," Thompson said. "It's not really new to me. I kind of started earlier in the year when I had things going. It's a different position. I will play four rather than three. But, I'm going to just keep doing what I've been doing - give the coach a lot of energy."

While there will be more in the paper tomorrow, below is a little something to tide you over. Thompson's response to the events in the video will be in tomorrow's paper.

Here's the press release from the Kings...

PETE CARRIL RETURNS TO KINGS AS CONSULTANT SACRAMENTO, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings today announced that former Kings' assistant coach Pete Carril will return to the organization as a Basketball Development Consultant according to Kings' President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

"We're really excited to have Pete come back and join us as a consultant to assist Kenny (Natt) in all areas of individual player and team development," said Petrie. "He's really excited about rejoining the club and adding some of his experience and understanding of the game. I look forward to seeing him back here."

One of the most respected men in basketball, Carril spent 10 seasons with the Kings as an assistant coach, specializing in individual player development and offensive schemes.

"Coach Carril brings a lot of winning experience and knowledge about basketball in general," explained Kings' Head Coach Kenny Natt. "As a young head coach, I will be able to utilize his experience and knowledge about getting the best out of our players. I'm looking forward to his input. It's exactly what I need at this point."

In a crowning achievement to his legendary collegiate coaching career, Carril was rewarded with an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 29, 1997. After coaching 30 years in the NCAA ranks, Carril joined the Kings prior to the 1996-97 campaign. His addition to the Kings' coaching staff reunited him with Petrie, whom he coached at Princeton from 1968-70.

The winningest coach in Ivy League history (525-273, .658 winning percentage), Carril's career at Princeton included 13 conference titles, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, and just one losing season. Prior to his retirement following the 1996 NCAA Tournament, he was the only active NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 500-victory plateau without athletic scholarships.

In his final season as head coach at Princeton, he led the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship with a 22-7 record. In one of the most thrilling moments of the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Carril's Tigers upset defending champion UCLA in the first round, 43-41, on a signature Carril-designed backdoor layup with only 3.8 seconds remaining in the game.

Carril played collegiately at Lafayette College under Head Coach Butch Van Breda Kolff. Following his graduation from Lafayette in 1952, Carril began his coaching career at the high school level where he stayed for 12 years. He went on to become head coach at Lehigh University for one season before beginning his stay at Princeton in 1967.

In my last interview with Candace Parker, I asked her if there was anything to her decision to elope with the Kings' Shelden Williams in November, considering the two had previously talked about a big wedding.
While Parker said no at the time, it appears there may have been a little motivating factor inside her.
Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks announced today that the WNBA star is pregnant with her first child and is due this spring.
"Shelden and I are very excited to be expanding our family," Parker said in a Sparks press release. "We feel blessed and look forward to becoming parents."
The news leaked after Parker did not join UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia, where she said she was scheduled to play this month.
The Sparks press release stated that Parker is not ruled out to play in the 2009 WNBA season, which runs from June to September.

Kevin Martin returned to score 20 points in a 92-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday at Arco Arena.
Here's what he had to say after:

Kenny Natt said it was nice to get over the hump and he hopes his team continues to build on the lessons learned in Tuesday's game.
"We just have to stop being our own worst enemy and we'll just continue to work on that," he said.
More from Natt here:

Kevin Martin will play tonight, logging his 10th game of the season against the Los Angeles Clippers at Arco Arena.
"I'm going to give it a go," said Martin, who has been out with a left ankle injury that included bone bruises. "It's just getting better every day and that's all I can ask for. I feel ready to go."
Kings interim coach Kenny Natt said getting Martin back is a nice treat.
"Yeah, it is good news," Natt said. "Being able to actually have him out there and have him provide us with another threat is going to be a big plus for our team."
Natt said he is still debating whether he will insert Martin into the starting lineup tonight.
"That's a game-time decision," Natt said.
Martin, who has missed the last 10 games, has played in only nine games this season. Last week, Martin returned to practice, where his progress has been impressive, Natt said.
On a side note, the results of Spencer Hawes' abdominal MRI were not yet available. Hawes has been experiencing soreness in his abdomen and missed Monday's practice and this morning's shootaround. The results of his MRI will determine whether he plays tonight.

Kings interim coach Kenny Natt talks about what he hopes to accomplish this season and what he sees as his biggest challenge.

Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said he had a long talk this morning with now fired coach Reggie Theus. Petrie said he felt the Kings needed to try a different voice.

And here's a throwback video from April 20, 2007, of Petrie discussing why Eric Musselman was let go.

November 29, 2008
So you say you're a fan ...

The Bee has a fun feature online right now. After going through photo archives, we are inviting you to play a game to see how many former and current Kings players you recognize. It's a nice trip down memory lane and a good way to pass the time while waiting for Kevin Martin to return.

November 19, 2008
Curve ball alert

Kings rookie Donte Greene will start in his first NBA game tonight at small forward against New Orleans. Kings coach Reggie Theus said he decided to move Bobby Jackson out of the starting lineup and slide John Salmons to the shooting guard position.
"We just want to put a little more length on the floor," Theus said. "It has nothing to do with Bobby Jackson, I thought he played really well yesterday. I talked to him about it. I think with what we want to do tonight, we need someone taller to guard Peja (Stojakovic). I was a little worried he'd take Bobby down and shoot over the top of him."
For more, check out The Bee tomorrow.

November 18, 2008
Postgame notes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Quincy Douby said he couldn't explain his 0-for-9 performance from the field in tonight's 109-94 loss to Memphis.
And neither could Reggie Theus, but that won't deter the Kings' coach from going to the guard tomorrow against the New Orleans Hornets.
"He'll be fine," Theus said. "As a former shooter, I always believe regardless of what he shot tonight, tomorrow they are going to fall. That's what I believe with a guy like Quincy."
Theus showed no mercy when asked if he thought Douby's misfirings were a hangover from those two make-or-break misses against Phoenix and San Antonio.
"Who knows," Theus said. "I'm going to him and he needs to get over it."
How does Douby explain it?
"Coach wants me to be aggressive with my shots and they just didn't fall," Douby said. "I need to try to get to the free-throw line. You are definitely going to see a better effort tomorrow. I'm going to make up for it."

The other side
The Kings gave the young Memphis Grizzlies their first win in five attempts, which pleased coach Marc Iavaroni.
"It's a step in the right direction," Iavaroni said. "But we have to continue to improve as a team."

Starting block
Bobby Jackson played 21 minutes in the first half and just six in the second.
"I just thought as the game progressed there was no reason to press his minutes," Theus said. "That was my decision."
Theus also decided to give Jackson the nod for tomorrow.
"We just have to go with what we have," Theus said.
Jackson said he planned to talk to his teammates about the team's defensive lapses in Tuesday's loss.
"We gave up too many wide-open shots, wide-open layups," Jackson said. "Our defense has to be there every night. It's just a mind-set. You have to want to play defense. When we aren't scoring or not making baskets we aren't playing defense. That's something I'll talk to the guys about tomorrow and reiterate and come out and put on a better performance."

November 13, 2008
Theus fined for comments

Kings coach Reggie Theus was handed a $25,000 fine today for comments he made about the officiating in Tuesday's loss to Detroit. The Kings were also penalized by the league with a $25,000 fine for Theus' comments, which you can read below.

"It's unfortunate that a team (can) come here (in) our building, (and) they get thirty-six free throws to our 17," he said. "It's ridiculous....Their stars got the calls down the stretch."

Here is a video from that includes Theus' post game press conference and the comments the NBA deemed fine-worthy, which come 56 seconds into the video.

November 8, 2008
Kings can't catch a break

Brad Miller was added to the injury list today, joining teammates Kevin Martin, Francisco Garcia and Quincy Douby. Miller has a sore right foot and is listed as day-to-day. Martin is listed as probable with the left ankle sprain that nearly kept him out of Friday's 121-109 win against the Timberwolves. Douby (sore right ankle) and Garcia (strained right calf) both remain out of action.
Martin said his injury remains sore, but he credited it with his 26-point performance against Minnesota.
"I think when you are injured you are more focused," Martin said. "We can say it's because of that. We played great as a team so that made my job easy."
Martin said he worked on drills Saturday to strengthen his ankle and legs. For some reason, his explanation on why this was important became funnier after I transcribed it.
"I'm not a doctor, but every muscle is connected to another muscle, so we are trying to work it all," Martin said.
And to finish off this post, I'll leave you with Martin's reaction to Miller's injury.
"Just another injury," Martin said. "We're used to it though."

I just returned from the Kings shoot-around and have two updates from today's story.

1. Kevin Martin did not practice with the Kings this morning and is considered a game-time decision. Martin has a mild left ankle sprain, which he suffered in Wednesday's win over Memphis.
If Martin can't go tonight against Minnesota, Kings coach Reggie Theus said he will start Quincy Douby or Bobby Jackson at shooting guard.
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2. Brad Miller will be inserted into the starting lineup tonight. Following yesterday's practice, Theus said he was still mulling over the decision. Today, he is opting to go with his veteran instead of second-year center Spencer Hawes, who has played well in Miller's absence.
Bee readers are discussing the decision in the comments section of today's story.

Ron Artest was greeted with a warm reception from the media this morning at Arco Arena, with a throng of cameras and microphones surrounding the former King.
When asked if he had a message for Kings fans, Artest politely said no. But, he does plan on going on the Carmichael Dave Show after tonight's game.
Artest insisted the only thing he's thinking about is basketball. He isn't thinking about what kind of reception he'll receive from fans when his name is announced at Arco Arena.
"You've got to understand, it's all business," Artest said. "You have to focus on the game. Right now we are on a mission."
What does he think of the Kings this season?
"They've got a good team, good players, potential," he said. "If they stay together, play hard and stay confident then they can go to the playoffs."

Kings injury update
Quincy Douby is out with a right ankle sprain.
Beno Udrih is out with a left hip flexor strain.
Francisco Garcia is out with a right calf strain.
Kenny Thomas will try to play despite lower back soreness.

Long after the Kings' light practice ended today, Noel Felix and Bobby Jones stayed to work on their jump shots.
A few hours later, the roster hopefuls packed their bags after the Kings announced they had requested waivers on the forwards.
The Kings' roster now is at 14 players.

Moving forward
Quincy Douby said he is eager to return to the court Thursday and improve on his resume. After speaking with his agent, Douby said he knows the Kings will not pick up his team option.
Basketball president Geoff Petrie said Monday that it was "highly unlikely" the Kings would extend Douby. The deadline is Oct. 31. Douby's option for the 2009-10 season is worth $2.2 million.
Douby has been limited since Oct. 3 with a sprained right ankle.
"It feels good to finally get on that court," Douby said. "I probably still won't be 100 percent, but I'll be 90 or 95 percent."

Dunking for dollars
Kevin Martin knew he netted more than a sweet YouTube clip Monday when he crossed over Rudy Fernandez to dunk on Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge in the Kings' 112-98 loss to Portland.
Martin also won a $1,000 bet with teammate Mikki Moore on who would be the first to dunk on Oden.
"I had to go get my money," Martin said.
Asked if he knew Oden and Aldridge would be there when he crossed over Fernandez, Martin laughed.
"Them guys have 7-(foot)-5 wingspans, so even if you don't think they are going to be there, they are going to be there," Martin said. "I'm glad they were there. I got a little richer today."

Record repeat
Martin repeated a quote he said last night about not being bothered by the Kings' 1-6 exhibition record.
"There are two games where if we played our main guys in the fourth quarter, we would have won," Martin said. "Like against the Clippers. We wouldn't have lost a 17-point advantage. (The record's) not great, but it doesn't count now."

October 20, 2008
Getting going

There aren't many slow days in the land of the Kings. With a little more than two hours until tipoff here at Arco Arena, I've got two developments to share.
First, Kings coach Reggie Theus said he expects swingman Francisco Garcia to miss two weeks due to a right calf strain. That timeline has Garcia missing the first week of regular season action.
"I had the exact same injury, so I know it takes a while," Theus said. "It's more than a tweak, it's a real separation."
The second tidbit is from basketball president Geoff Petrie, who said the Kings are "highly unlikely" to pick up the team options on Quincy Douby or Shelden Williams.
"Everything happens for a reason, so I'm still positive," Douby said this afternoon. "I'm going to work hard and do what I need to do to help the team win."

October 15, 2008
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Kings coach Reggie Theus gave glowing assessments of rookies Jason Thompson and Donte Greene on Tuesday.
"I would say they are coming along faster than I anticipated, especially defensively," Theus said. "I think Jason and Donte both have been learning the system defensively and working hard. They are further along than I thought they would be."
In the video below, Theus talks about how he spent his day off on Monday and how the team's conditioning is coming along.

Kevin Martin talks about playing time and his health below.

This next video shows the difficulties of doing an interview after practice. To his credit, Spencer Hawes remains unfazed at the antics of Bobby Jones, a Kings roster hopeful.

October 10, 2008
Post game wrap up

Kings 94, Thunder 85

B.Brown 31:09 9-14 22 pts
K.Martin 13:01 3-5 8 pts
J.Salmons 31:44 5-8 16 pts
M.Moore 17:24 2-4 4 pts
B.Miller 08:21 0-1 0 pts
F.Garcia 28:11 2-9 8 pts
S.Hawes 26:57 10-17 21 pts
S.Williams 23:21 0-1 7 pts
D.Greene 23:04 0-4 0 pts
J.Thompson 19:57 1-7 5 pts
B.Jackson 16:51 0-3 3 pts
Q.Douby - - - DNP
N.Felix - - - DNP
B.Jones - - - DNP
K.Thomas - - - DNP
B.Udrih - - - DNP

Total 32-73 94 pts

Oklahoma City Thunder
E.Watson 22:19 2-5 4 pts
D.Wilkins 21:53 6-12 14 pts
D.Mason 29:23 4-10 10 pts
J.Smith 25:28 2-9 4 pts
N.Collison 20:53 4-9 8 pts
J.Green 27:07 7-17 19 pts
J.Petro 26:24 4-10 8 pts
R.Westbrook 25:41 0-9 8 pts
D.Byars 22:15 3-5 8 pts
C.Wilcox 18:37 1-3 2 pts
C.Alexander - - - DNP
K.Durant - - - DNP
J.Lucas - - - DNP
M.Sene - - - DNP
R.Swift - - - DNP
K.Weaver - - - DNP
D.White - - - DNP

Total 33-89 85

October 8, 2008
The day after

After a lengthy film session today, Bobby Jackson said one thing was clear about last night's loss in Portland.
"It was painful last night and it was painful today," Jackson said.
And while Jackson was actually referring to watching the 110-81 loss a second time, his words ring true when looking at the Kings' updated injury list.

Beno Udrih (strained left hip) sat out practice and is unsure if he will play Friday.
Mikki Moore (sore left knee) sat out practice.
Kevin Martin (tendinitis, right quadriceps) practiced today and plans to play Friday.
Quincy Douby (right ankle sprain) will try to practice tomorrow, but remains questionable for Friday.
Brad Miller (strained right quadriceps) wants to play Friday, but remains questionable.

On another note, the Kings requested waivers on free-agent center Zhang Kai of China. The roster now stands at 16 players.

I'll let Reggie Theus wrap it up.

Kevin Martin, Brad Miller and Quincy Douby are all listed as questionable for Tuesday's preseason game in Portland. Martin is nursing tendonitis in his right quadriceps and Miller strained his right quadriceps.
"They are OK," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "They're just banged up a little bit."
Douby has been recovering from a right ankle sprain since Friday. Theus said Douby's injury followed a great performance at training camp.
"Offensively, we know what he can do," Theus said. "The way we've been playing better suits him. But, defensively, he's been pretty good. It's unfortunate that he twisted his ankle the other day, but he's been good on both ends of the court."

And now for the rest of today's action:
* Tuesday's preseason game couldn't come at a better time, Theus said. Many of the players are eager for an opponent who doesn't know their game plan.
"It's so hard to tell where you are when you are training against your own guys," Theus said. "They know the plays and they muck the plays up by cheating. It will be interesting to see what happens when we go against someone different."

* After practice today, Donte Greene greeted media while trying to hush a badgering Kings assistant coach Randy Brown.
"Don't listen to that guy," Greene said after Brown repeatedly said the rookie owed him $60.
"I was down $100 and I shot three-for-five from half court and now we're even," Greene explained. "But he wants to make up stories. I keep trying to tell him I'm one of the top shooters on the team."

* Forward Noel Felix, a former Fresno State Bulldog, said he entered Kings training camp knowing he should listen to veteran players and try to absorb their habits.
What is the best advice he's received so far?
"Slow is fast and fast is slow," Felix said. "Brad Miller told me that. When you are playing, slow is fast and fast is slow a lot of times on the court. Offensively, that means me slowing down and reading things first in order to be effective."

* With good reason, Bobby Jones considers himself a journeyman.
"I've been on seven teams and it's my third NBA year," said Jones, a training camp invitee. "Hopefully, I don't keep it up at this rate."
Jones said he felt good about his performance at Kings training camp, which is why he's not going to put too much pressure on himself during Tuesday's preseason opener against the Trailblazers.
"This one game won't make or break me," Jones said. "I've had a week of practices going against these dudes, so (the Kings coaches have) been able to watch me up close. The game does count, but I'm not going to base the week I've put up on this game, because you'll set yourself up for failure."

* Francisco Garcia referred to Kevin Martin by his new nickname.
"I call him The Face," said Garcia, referring to Martin being the face of the franchise.
So, what does Garcia fancy his nickname?
"I'm the body," he responded.

September 30, 2008
A trip to training camp

Jason Thompson relaxed into a seat inside the Kings' practice facility after the first workout of training camp today.
"The first part of the first day went well," the rookie said after the morning non-contact session ended and players scattered into different directions.
With a swollen left eye, Thompson appeared to have taken a hit during the action.
"Oh, no," he explained. "It's a stye. I look like a pirate right now. I'm trying to not let it affect me."
Thompson said the toughest part of his job right now is learning all the plays, although he said he is a fast learner.
"But I have to learn more than one position, like I did in college," Thompson said. "So I'm going to have to learn the three, the four and the five. It's going to be tough, but I'm going to get my playbook out and since I don't have schoolwork, that will be my schoolwork."

Other notes from Day 1 of training camp:
* Coach Reggie Theus expanded on his reason for implementing the triangle offense.
"There are two types of coaches, there are coaches who put in a system and demand that players play under the system and there are coaches who try to fit the system to the players you have. I am trying to fit the system to the players we have."
So, does he think this new system will work? "I certainly hope so, it's too late now" to change it, he said.

* Kenny Thomas missed practice with a strained lower back. He said he expects to be out a couple days. For more on Thomas, check out tomorrow's paper.

* The Kings are in the midst of two-a-days, with the morning session non-contact, followed by contact in the evening. Bet you can guess which workout Kevin Martin prefers.
"I like contact practices more than non-contact," Martin said. "Tonight will be fun, because you get to talk some trash."

To hear what Theus said his goal was for today, click on the video below.

September 29, 2008
Media Day Madness

Thoughts from training camp invitee Bobby Jones (second-year player out of Washington, 6-foot-7 forward):

This next video comes with a warning as the material is about the departed Ron Artest. Those of you who have grown weary of hearing about Artest, please move on.

Here are a few words from an excited Kings owner, Gavin Maloof.

September 27, 2008
Take a peek

Beno Udrih tugged at his jersey, showing the thin material that makes up the Kings new uniforms. While the new threads appear more modern, there isn't a drastic change, other than swapping the wording on the home and away jerseys. Now, the home jersey reads "Sacramento," while the away jersey reads "Kings."
"They are great," Udrih said today after the new uniforms were unveiled at Arden Fair. "They are much lighter. I like the colors on them and they are a little different than last year. I don't know how they will be when we sweat, but for right now, they're great."
The point guard joined teammates Francisco Garcia and Jason Thompson at the event, which drew a large crowd outside Nordstrom.
After unveiling the new uniforms, the three players signed autographs for a long line of people. Many fans came prepared, bringing old souvenirs and photos. As Thompson signed a vintage Kings pennant, he blushed a little when asked what's the strangest thing he's signed.
"I don't know if I can say it," Thompson said. "But, when I first got here someone made me sign her ... I'm going to say her neck."

For more on Thompson and to see the Kings' new uniforms, check out the video below.

All the usual suspects are there with two additions, Noel Felix and Zhang Kai. Felix was a part of the Kings summer league roster and previously played 12 games with the Seattle SuperSonics during the 2005-2006 season.
Kai plays professionally in China, where he attempted to make the Olympic team over the summer before being cut.

5 Bobby Brown G 6-2 175 09/24/1984 Cal State-Fullerton R
8 Quincy Douby G 6-3 175 05/16/1984 Rutgers 2
16 Noel Felix F 6-9 225 10/04/1981 Fresno State 1
32 Francisco Garcia F-G 6-7 195 12/31/1981 Louisville 3
20 Donte Greene F 6-10 226 02/21/1988 Syracuse R
31 Spencer Hawes C 7-1 245 04/28/1988 Washington 1
24 Bobby Jackson G 6-1 185 03/13/1973 Minnesota 11
25 Bobby Jones F 6-7 215 01/09/1984 Washington 2
23 Kevin Martin G 6-7 185 02/01/1983 Western Carolina 4
52 Brad Miller C 7-0 261 04/12/1976 Purdue 10
33 Mikki Moore F-C 7-0 225 11/04/1975 Nebraska 10
15 John Salmons G-F 6-6 207 12/12/1979 Miami (Fla.) 6
9 Kenny Thomas F 6-7 245 07/25/1977 New Mexico 9
34 Jason Thompson F 6-11 250 07/21/1986 Rider R
19 Beno Udrih G 6-3 205 07/05/1982 Slovenia 4
22 Shelden Williams F-C 6-9 250 10/21/1983 Duke 2
7 Zhang Kai F 6-10 235 12/01/1982 China R

August 21, 2008
Bobby's back

Bobby Jackson looked around the Kings locker room and realized how much it has changed.
Besides a major remodel since he's been away, there were also different names on nearly every locker.
"It's very different," Jackson said during today's news conference at Arco Arena as the Kings welcomed back the popular player.
But for Jackson, this is still home.
"I've always loved purple," said Jackson, who was happy to see his No. 24 jersey was available upon his return to Sacramento.

Here are a few notes from today's news conference:

* Jackson's plan is still to play one to three years before getting into coaching.
"I'm not trying to get into it right now," Jackson said. "My main focus right now is basketball. Everyone knows what I want to do. I've played a long time and think I can do it. I have a lot of good qualities. I studied the game just like I played the game. I feel like I have a lot to offer on the coaching side."

* With his career timeline in focus, Jackson fielded questions on his legacy. What does he want to be remembered for after his playing days are over?
"A guy who played hard and took care of his family," he said.

* Speaking of family, Jackson and his wife are expecting their fifth child.

* Jackson will sign autographs at the California State Fair on Friday. The meet-and-greet is from 6-7 p.m. inside Building D, space 596.

* Below is video from today's news conference.

August 20, 2008
More Stockton, please

Fans in Stockton can expect to see more of the Kings in future years if the upcoming preseason game sells as hoped, said Pacific athletic director Lynn King at a news conference Wednesday at Spanos Center.
"Our goal with this is not one-and-out," King said. "We want them back."
The Kings will take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game at the Stockton facility on Oct. 15. Tickets went on sale today, with prices ranging from $10 to $125.
"It's such a natural thing (to have it here)," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "I'm happy to take this short road trip here. This is a big basketball area."

Here are some notes from today's news conference:

* Theus hasn't watched much of the U.S. men's basketball team this summer, but that's not because he thinks they'll come home short of gold.
"That team can't be beat," Theus said. "That's a real basketball team. The team they had before wasn't. I have only watched a couple games, because I know the outcome."

* Video of the news conference was promised in a previous post. That video was shot and ready to go until the camera froze and turned itself off. The camera did not listen to my chants of "please save, please save."
A second effort will be launched Thursday for Bobby Jackson's news conference at 1 p.m. inside the Kings locker room.

* Theus is pretty familiar with Spanos Center. While coaching at New Mexico State, his Aggies played against Pacific and he vividly recalls his last trip to Stockton.
"We won in overtime," Theus said.
New Mexico State defeated the Tigers 79-69 in an overtime game Feb. 18, 2006 at Spanos Center.
Theus also remembers playing in Stockton in 1987 while a member of the Kings. When asked by a reporter at Wednesday's news conference if he remembered who he played against in that exhibition game, Theus chuckled as he retorted: "Do you remember where you were in 1987?"
Luckily, The Bee archives remember. The Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 122-104 in front of an announced crowd of 3,791. Theus led the Kings with 25 points.
Want to read the original game story from 1987 that appeared in The Bee? Click the "continue reading" tab below.

Kings coach Reggie Theus will be in Stockton for a press conference Wednesday, where he will discuss his team's preseason game in October at Spanos Center. Pacific athletic director Lynn King and Dan Chapman, the president of the Stockton Thunder and Stockton Lightning, will join Theus.
The Kings take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 15 in a rematch of a 1988 exhibition game at the Stockton facility. The Clippers won that previous contest 125-115 in front an announced crowd of 2,817 fans.
That was the last time the Kings played in Stockton, although the team held training camp at Spanos Center during the mid-1990s.
Mitch Germann, the Kings' vice president of business communications, said last week that the organization is holding the game in Stockton because of the long-term relationship with Pacific and fans in that area. Germann said the Kings hope to return to Stockton in the future.
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday to the general public. Germann told me this morning that ticket prices will be announced at the press conference, which leads me to believe that Chapman got his way.
Chapman told the Stockton Record on Aug. 8 that he felt the Kings needed to lower ticket prices from the regular-season level or it would hurt sales.
Check back here Wednesday for video of the 2 p.m. press conference.

August 16, 2008
Deep-Fried Catfish

That's what Donte Greene said he wanted to try at the California State Fair, where he made an appearance Saturday to sign autographs and push tattoos.
With Kings fans approaching the rookie out of Syracuse in every direction, you'd think he'd be at least a little wary when babies were thrust into his arms while TV cameras rolled.
"I feel comfortable anywhere really," Greene said. "Being from Syracuse, after games you would have 20 or 30 cameras. I like the media. I like to interact with people."
Greene humored me by appearing in my YouTube movie called "Answer My Questions," which is available below. While he has been featured in many YouTube videos, I'd like to think this one ranks up there with "Gunnin' For That #1 Spot," the basketball documentary directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.
Greene is one of eight players featured in that movie, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The other top talents include Michael Beasley, Jerryd Bayless and Kevin Love. The DVD hits stores Oct. 21.

* Check out The Bee tomorrow for a feature on Greene.

August 15, 2008
Kings going Greene

Donte Greene lifted a No. 20 Kings jersey and paused with a smile for the cameras surrounding him. His demeanor was calm and relaxed as he answered questions thoughtfully before looking around for more during Friday's press conference inside the Kings locker room.
The media event was a way to introduce Greene to Sacramento following the Ron Artest trade that became official Thursday. It was also an opportunity for the Syracuse product to showcase himself as the high-character athlete his former coaches talk about.
"It was really a privilege to coach him," said Josh Pratt, who coached Greene in high school at Towson Catholic in Baltimore, the same school Carmelo Anthony attended. "I think Sacramento is getting a very good player. He's a great kid."

Other highlights from today's press conference include:
*Greene selected No. 20 for his jersey as a way to honor his mother, who was born March 20. April Greene died when her son was in middle school.
"I'm very happy (No. 20 was available)," he said. "In Houston, I was going to have to go to my college number - five."
* Draft night was very frustrating for Greene. "I was slipping and slipping and the lottery went by," he said. "I stopped watching the draft after No. 20."
* He's not upset about Houston trading him, even if the Kings are now his third NBA team. Memphis originally selected Greene, but traded him to Houston shortly after. "This is the business side of it," he said.
* How does he feel about the Kings? "I like where I am at," Greene said. "We're a young team and I feel like we are going to come out and surprise a lot of people this year."
* The Kings aren't wasting time introducing Greene to Sacramento. Fans will have a chance to meet the newest member of the Kings at the California State Fair on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. in Building D, Space 596.

NOTE: The Bee has provided me a new gadget, which does all kinds of neat things that I have yet to figure out. In my first attempt at video, I recorded yesterday's press conference with Geoff Petrie. Below, you'll find my masterpiece, a day late because of technical difficulties.
Once I get the hang of recording video, I will begin streaming live feed from press conferences and other interviews. So, stay tuned.

The Ron Artest reunion will be much sooner than expected.
As the Kings prepare to make the deal official Thursday, the team released its preseason schedule today. Their eight preseason games feature two matchups with the Houston Rockets, including one at Arco Arena on Oct. 23.
The Kings will take on Oklahoma City, formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics, on Oct. 10 at Arco while hosting four preseason games. However, those won't all be held at Arco.
The Kings face the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 15 at Pacific's Spanos Center in Stockton.
This isn't the Kings first trip to Stockton. The Kings played exhibition games at Spanos Center in the late 1980s and held training camp there during the mid-1990s.

Oct. 7 / @Portland / Rose Garden / 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 / OKLAHOMA CITY / ARCO Arena / 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 / @LA Lakers / Thomas & Mack Center (Las Vegas, NV) / 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 / LA CLIPPERS / Spanos Center (Stockton, CA) / 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 / @Houston / Toyota Center / 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 / @Dallas / American Airlines Center / 6 p.m.
Oct. 20 / PORTLAND / ARCO Arena / 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 / HOUSTON / ARCO Arena / 7 p.m.

August 5, 2008
The name game

I'm a big fan of Google alerts. They come in handy when attempting to keep up with the latest chatter circulating the Web on certain Kings players. Sometimes, however, news about a different Brad Miller or Kevin Martin ends up in my e-mail. That got me thinking: What would happen if I plugged the names of all the current Kings players (pre-Aug. 14th trade), into the URL of my computer? Here's what I found: - Immediately you know this isn't the basketball players' site. This Web page is dedicated to solving the mystery surrounding the 2004 disappearance and death of a 21-year-old man. - Bet you thought this would take you to the site for the Bobby Brown, where you could read about his next fail-proof plan to make a comeback or find chat rooms dedicated to Whitney Houston bashing. However, the site actually is for Bobby Brown Bail Bonds and Investigations in Colorado Springs. - This is a visually pleasing site with a ton of information on the outgoing Kings player. You can listen to Artest's music or read about his partnership with PETA. - This isn't a site for the Kings veteran center unless he moonlights as a photographer, who specializes in shooting cars and birds (with a camera). - Bet you didn't expect the rookie to already have a site in his honor. This "Unofficial Web site of $ean $ingletary" is currently for sale, which is tastefully mentioned at the bottom of the site followed by a tag line reading: "Interested parties may contact Ezell Harris at 407-716-3617 or email him at for more details."

July 30, 2008
Greene already a King

Trades can fall through. Nothing is final until pen hits paper, which in this case won't be until Aug. 14. However, it appears Donte Greene's agency already sees him in Sacramento.
Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST), which represents Greene, updated the rookie forward's team affiliation to the Sacramento Kings.

July 29, 2008
Pick the winner

When stories like the Ron Artest trade break, there's a newsroom full of stressed reporters and editors running around The Bee's sports department. However, there is one fun moment, sort of an icing on the cake for having to pull a double shift for breaking news.
And that is coming up with the main headline for the next day's paper. Here's my favorite five headline ideas that were considered for tomorrow's paper.
1. Houston, you have our problem.
2. He's a Rocket, man
3. Bye-bye Ron-Ron
4. Ron-Ron? Gone Gone.
5. Gone Artest
So, which headline won out? You'll have to wait to see.

July 25, 2008
It's official

The Kings signed Bobby Brown today after agreeing in principle with the point guard earlier this week.
"We're really excited to be able to sign Bobby Brown," said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie. "He matured as a player in Europe last season and had an exceptional summer league in Las Vegas. It gives us some additional depth and athleticism at the point. I think he'll be a great complement to the rest of our roster as we go into training camp. We're all looking forward to watching him play."
The Kings did not release the terms of the deal, but for loyal readers of this blog, you already know the details. Sam Amick previously reported it's a two-year deal at the league minimum ($442,114) with a player option in the second season, as confirmed by a source close to the Kings.

July 22, 2008
WNBA fight night

Three days after Shelden Williams accompanied his fiance, Candace Parker, to the ESPY Awards, it looks as if she could have used an escort to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Parker was one of three players and an assistant coach ejected from Tuesday night's WNBA game featuring the Los Angeles Sparks and Detroit Shock after a brawl broke out on the floor.
While the footage I've seen doesn't rival "Malice at the Palace," the scuffle does involve a familiar face. Shock assistant coach Rick Mahorn was one of the four ejected tonight. According to media reports, Mahorn tried to restrain Sparks star Lisa Leslie, causing her to fall to the court. That prompted another Sparks player, DeLisha Milton-Jones, to punch Mahorn in the back.
Mahorn became involved in the 2004 Pistons-Pacers fight while working as a Detroit broadcaster after he went into the crowd to try to pull Ron Artest away from fans.
Following the Sparks' 84-81 win tonight, Shock coach Bill Laimbeer defended Mahorn.
"Rick Mahorn is known as a peacemaker, from even the brawl we had here with Indiana," Laimbeer told media. "He went out there to get people off the pile and to get people to stop the confrontation. That's who he is, that's what he does."

Here's a shaky video I found on YouTube. There is hilarious commentary at the 3:06 mark that's worth watching.

July 22, 2008
NBA dreaming

David Johnson's phone rang at 7 this morning. His longtime girlfriend, Jessica Raumer, picked up the call, squeaking out a half-awake hello.
"Is someone sleeping?" the voice inquired. "This is Larry Bird."
If only every morning began this way for Johnson, a 2001 Davis High School graduate who refuses to give up his NBA dreams. Johnson was vaulted from obscurity earlier this month after he made the Kings' summer league roster, albeit for a short stint. He was let go after the team trimmed its roster from 18 to 14 on July 11 following two practices in Sacramento.
"A lot of doors are opening," Johnson said this afternoon. "I've gotten a call back from Don Nelson and Larry Bird woke us up this morning."
Johnson, 25, said he hears a familiar sentiment from NBA bigwigs.
"They will keep me in mind," Johnson said. "That's great. Before this, no one would keep me in mind."
A full-length feature on Johnson is in the works. In the meantime, he has a Web site that should be up Wednesday afternoon.

Listening to Lawrence Roberts talk about his basketball journey can lead you to believe he's much older than his 25 years. The Kings summer league forward has been featured in many major publications, from Sports Illustrated to The Sporting News. Each chronicled his journey from Baylor to Mississippi State.
Roberts was a star player at Baylor for two seasons when tragedy struck in the summer of 2003. His teammate, Patrick Dennehy, was killed. Another teammate was charged with the bizarre murder.
"It's a part of my career and something I went through," Roberts said after working out at the Kings practice facility. "It was a tough time."
Roberts transferred to Mississippi State, where he led the SEC in rebounding (11 rpg) and recorded the school's first-ever triple-double. He was selected 55th overall in the 2005 NBA draft by Seattle and traded to Memphis.
Roberts played two seasons with the Grizzlies during 2005-06 and 2006-07, averaging 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 87 games. He also spent time with the NBA Development League team the Arkansas RimRockers.
While with the Grizzlies, Roberts underwent knee surgery in 2006 to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee.
Last summer, Memphis renounced their rights to Roberts and he headed overseas on a two-year contract with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos. However, he said foot surgery ended his stay early.
An Olympiacos press release stated that Roberts "failed to meet the expectations of head coach Pini Gershon, who decided to cut him and search for another player."
His outlook remains positive, though.
"I can't control what the past brought, but it made me a better person," Roberts said. "I still love basketball. That's the main thing. I do it out of love. All the things I've faced with injuries, I just play hard and I'm trying to get on someone's team."

July 10, 2008
An eventful Day 2

While Brad Miller dominated headlines today, the Kings were in full swing for Day 2 of summer league practice.
"We have had two really good days out here," said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie. "I think having six potential roster players out here with the younger veteran players like Spencer (Hawes) and Shelden (Williams) and Quincy (Douby), it's been good for them. We will head (to Las Vegas) ready to play."
Meanwhile, Kings assistant coaches are looking forward to showcasing their own talents. Reggie Theus said his assistant coaches will rotate through coaching the summer league team during the five Las Vegas games. Chuck Person will coach the first two, taking on the Raptors on July 12 and Blazers on July 15. Rex Kalamian will take the reins July 16 against the Mavericks. Randy Brown will coach the Warriors game July 18 and Jason Hamm will handle the Rockets game July 20.
Last year, assistant Kenny Natt coached every game.
"I just think summer is an opportunity for assistant coaches to grow," Theus said. "And to get a chance to sit in that seat and spread themselves a little bit. I think that's important."

From Brad Miller: "I want to apologize to my family, teammates, fans and entire Kings organization. I made a mistake. It was an error in judgment and I'm very sorry. I regret it deeply. It's something I won't and can't take lightly. I hope to bounce back from this as a better person and I'm excited about the upcoming season."

July 10, 2008
Miller suspended

This just in from the NBA offices in New York:

The NBA announced today that Brad Miller of the Sacramento Kings has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Miller's suspension will begin with the first game of the 2008-09 NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

We will have more in tomorrow's paper.

Cameras and microphones were lifted high and fixated on Jason Thompson.
So, how did Day 1 go for the Kings' first round selection?
"I was excited," said Thompson, who has proved poised and articulate in recent interviews. "I'm one of those guys who needs to get my feet wet to really establish myself. I get a lot of anxiety the day of."
If Thompson, with his guaranteed two-year contract, is nervous, the players around him must be on another level. Right?
"This is the best experience of my life," said David Johnson, a graduate of Davis High School.
Johnson remained wide-eyed and awe-stricken long after Wednesday's practice ended. Sure, he's dreaming of a chance to wear a Kings jersey after summer league, but he calls the entire experience a "win-win no matter what."
"I'm walking on clouds," said Johnson, who played for Napa Community College. "It's proving that anything can happen."
Johnson is willing to do anything to make the experience last as long as possible.
"I don't want to leave, I want to sleep right here on the hardwood," Johnson said.

There really isn't a better way to beat the heat than to sit in the dark air-conditioned media room overlooking the two courts at the Kings practice facility. With summer league practice under way right now, here are a few notes from the first two hours.

* The media have some of the best seats at the Kings practice facility. We sit behind a one-sided mirror facing the two courts. Why is that so great? Because many players are either not aware or don't care that we see them checking themselves out.

* Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia couldn't stay away. Both suited up and are periodically jumping in with the 18 players on the Las Vegas roster.

* Spencer Hawes missed the first day of practice in order to finish the accelerated classes he is taking at the University of Washington. He could be the first NBA player to use schoolwork as a legitimate excuse. Hawes is expected to arrive in Sacramento tonight.

* I was going to say Matt Walsh needs a hair cut, but that's been said for quite some time. Apparently, someone thinks his locks look good.

* Shelden Williams looks a few pounds lighter.

* The lone local connection out here is David Johnson, a former Davis High School product. He is by far the smallest guy out here. He's listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds. So far, Johnson doesn't appear to be included in many of the half court drills, which doesn't fair well for him if the Kings decide to trim their roster before leaving for Las Vegas.

* Marcus Malone, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Houston, is Karl Malone's cousin.

Jason Thompson smiled as he walked through Arco Arena tonight. He took in the atmosphere and caught a glimpse of what it will be like when he pulls on a Kings jersey and steps in front of Sacramento fans.
"The fans are really passionate," Thompson said during halftime of the Monarchs game against the Seattle Storm.
Indeed, they are. Which is why he laughed when asked if he has already signed a few autographs since the Kings drafted him almost two weeks ago. Apparently, he's had plenty of practice scribbling his name as of late.
Thompson, who is amiable and accommodating to reporters, returned to his courtside seat for the remainder of the game as Francisco Garcia jumped between chairs. Garcia eventually moved a few seats down and next to former Monarchs player La'Tangela Atkinson. Garcia, who is no stranger to Monarchs games, had many fans in the arena cracking up after he stood up and began to ardently protest a call intensely close to referee Tom Mauer.

July 8, 2008
Done deal

The Kings first round draft pick Jason Thompson is officially on the books. Thompson signed a multi-year contract Tuesday.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, per team policy. However, according to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Thompson's salary for this season will range from $1,262,560 to $1,893,840, while the contract will include two years guaranteed, with team options for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 campaigns.

Kings second round draftee Patrick Ewing Jr. may have been selected 43rd overall in the NBA draft last week, but the high flying forward was the Harlem Globetrotters top pick Wednesday.
In the Globetrotters' second annual player draft, the iconic exhibition team selected the offspring of a NBA legend. Ewing joins five other players drafted and invited to attend the Globetrotters' training camp in the fall as the team prepares for its 83rd consecutive season.
Also selected are 2008 State Farm College Slam Dunk Champion Sonny Weems of Arkansas, William Bullard of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tay Fisher of Siena, Longar Longar of Oklahoma and Donald Thomas of Auburn.
In the first player draft last year, the Globetrotters picked up Ant Atkinson, an All-American who won the Division II National Championship with Barton College.
Click here for brief bios of each player selected this year.

July 2, 2008
The Vegas players

The Kings have set their summer league roster for the upcoming trip to Las Vegas, where the team will play five games in nine days starting July 12. While Sam Amick has already blogged which Kings players will be there, here's the extended list of NBA hopefuls joining them at UNLV's Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center.

No. / Player / Pos. / Ht./ Wt./ From /Yrs. Pro
8 / Quincy Douby / G / 6-3 / 175 / Rutgers / 2
16 / Zabian Dowdell / G / 6-3 / 190 / Virginia Tech / R
0 / Patrick Ewing Jr. / F / 6-8 / 240 / Georgetown / R
43 / Noel Felix / F / 6-9 / 225 / Fresno State / 1 (SEA, 05-06)
31 / Spencer Hawes / C / 7-0 / 245 / Washington / 1
20 / Justin Hawkins / F / 6-7 / 204 / New Mexico State / R
24 / David Johnson / G / 5-10 / 170 / Napa CC / R
18 / Darnell Jones / G / 6-4 / 210 / Mesa College / R
25 / Marcus Malone / G / 6-5 / 215 / Houston / R
10 / Bo McCalebb / G / 6-0 / 180 / New Orleans / R
41 /Juan Palacios / F / 6-8 /245 / Louisville / R
35 / Patrick Sanders / F / 6-6 / 205 / UC Irvine / R
7 / Sean Singletary / G / 6-0 / 185 / Virginia / R
34 / Jason Thompson / F / 6-11 / 250 / Rider / R
40 / Darian Townes / F-C / 6-10 / 250 / Arkansas / R
30 / Matt Walsh / F / 6-6 / 190/ Florida / R
22 / Shelden Williams / F / 6-9 / 250 / Duke / 2

*NOTE: If you aren't planning on making a trip to Vegas, you can watch all five games via webcast on or catch three televised games on NBATV. For the schedule click "continue reading."

June 27, 2008
Meet the newest Kings

The Kings will hold a rally at Arden Fair Mall on Saturday to introduce the team's three draft picks to fans. The free event will be in front of Nordstrom at 3 p.m.
So, here's your opportunity to ask Jason Thompson where Rider is (tip: bring a map of New Jersey). Or, you can grab a pen and mark your height against Patrick Ewing Jr. (I'm guessing I'll be just above his belly button.)
At 6-feet, Sean Singletary will be on hand to make sure no one leaves with an inferiority complex.

June 19, 2008
Second take

Inside sources are telling me the Kings will workout six prospects Friday, including Nevada's JaVale McGee and Ohio State center Kosta Koufos.
OK, OK, my inside source is a Kings press release, which was e-mailed late Thursday night. Nonetheless, here is what we know:

WHO: Guard Kevin Bell (5-10, 165, Fresno State), small forward Malik Hairston (6-6, 200, Oregon), center Kosta Koufos (7-0, 250, Ohio State), center JaVale McGee (7-1, 240, Nevada), point guard Sean Singletary (6-0, 180, Virginia) and small forward Deron Washington (6-7, 205, Virginia Tech).

WHAT: Media will be allowed to view the first 30 minutes of the workouts and will be given access to players after.

WHEN: Friday at 11 a.m.

NOTE: Check The Sacramento Bee on Saturday for your inside scoop.

I just got a call from NBA spokesman Mike Bass, who had seen a previous post here on the missing YouTube clips from Game 6 of the 2002 Kings-Lakers Western Conference finals. Bass wanted to get something straight.
"The NBA had nothing to do with any footage being taken down," Bass said.
The Web chatter over the missing clips spread quickly through discussion threads and posts, with examples here , here and here. Several sites pasted my blog post under headlines such as "NBA removes all YouTube clips from Game 6." Obvioulsy, I can't make that leap, although I do think it's an odd development to the Game 6 saga.
YouTube previously declined to comment.

June 16, 2008
Kings draft party

* UPDATE - Geoff Petrie will not be watching the draft at Arco Arena, as I originally stated below. He will be inside the "war room" at the Kings practice facility and will address fans on the KingsVision board shortly after the team makes its selection.

Kings fans are invited to watch the NBA draft live at Arco Arena on June 26 with and hear from Geoff Petrie and a Kings player. The ESPN telecast will be played on the KingsVision board, which will be lowered 15 feet for the free event, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Petrie is scheduled to speak shortly after the Kings select a player with the 12th pick in the first round. The Kings also have the 42nd and 43rd picks in the second round.

Both parking and admission are free. Fans must RSVP through to print tickets.

The full press release follows.

Forward Shelden Williams admitted his tenure so far with the Kings has been frustrating. But the soft-spoken forward said he is looking forward to a clean slate with the start of next season.
The most difficult part of last season?
"Not knowing what was going to happen," said Williams, who was in Sacramento on Saturday to watch his fiance Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks take on the Monarchs at Arco Arena.
"Whether I had a good game or not, I had the same results so it was up and down like that," he said.
The second-year player out of Duke averaged 5.2 points in 12.9 minutes with the Kings last season. Most of his playing time with the Kings came after April when the Kings heavily relied on their bench. Williams said he is focusing his summer workouts to improve his overall game in hopes of starting out fresh next season.
"I have to keep the same mindset and hopefully things will go different," said Williams, who isn't one to elaborate and is generally regarded among media as a tough interview because of his quiet nature.
He is living in Los Angeles with Parker. The pair will move to Sacramento when the WNBA season ends and the Kings open training camp.

June 14, 2008
Ron back on

Kings small forward Ron Artest will juggle radio and TV spots again for the Monarchs, adding tonight's game to his growing media resume. In his last appearance on Monarchs TV and radio, Artest admitted the tasks were "much harder than I thought."
He'll likely feel much more comfortable after several recent appearences on the Carmichael Dave show on KHTK.
Several teammates will join Artest at the Monarchs' 7 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Sparks at Arco Arena. Francisco Garcia, Kevin Martin and Shelden Williams are all scheduled to attend the game, which will feature a Dads and Daughters theme.
Williams will be playing second fiddle to his fiance Candace Parker of Tennessee Vols fame. Parker, who atteneded a Kings game shortly after she was drafted into the WNBA, is averaging 16.9 points for the Sparks.

June 12, 2008
Maloofs speak

Joe and Gavin Maloof have been quiet since Tim Donaghy's allegations thrust the Kings into the center of the "Big Fix" controversy. While media outlets across the country tried to gauge the outrage of Kings fans, the typically candid Maloofs remained mum. Now, through a statement, the Kings owners say they were disappointed with officiating during Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals, but in no way believe Donaghy's claims.

Here is the official statement from Joe and Gavin Maloof:

"We have received numerous e-mails and phone calls from fans who are very upset by recent news reports regarding Game 6 of the 2002 Kings-Lakers playoff series. We believe we have the best fans in the NBA and are so grateful for their continued passion and support.
We certainly didn't like all the calls in that Game 6 and were extremely disappointed with the outcome. However, we have been associated with the NBA for many years and feel in no way that the League was conspiring for the Kings to lose.
That 2002 Kings team was a memorable collection of players that won 61 games and captured the hearts and minds of fans throughout the world with their entertaining, innovative and successful style of team play. Looking ahead, we remain focused on bringing another championship-caliber team to Sacramento."

Check Friday's edition of The Sacramento Bee for more.

June 12, 2008
Disappearing act

Not that Kings fans needed more fuel for their conspiracy fire, but there is a rather odd development to the Game 6 controversy. Several of my colleagues say they've previously viewed video clips on YouTube of each game from the infamous 2002 Western Conference playoff series between the Kings and Lakers.
But as of today, clips of Game 6 are missing. All the other games are there. You can watch highlights of Kobe Bryant scoring 30 points in Game 1 and the clips from the deciding overtime in Game 7 remain. Another NBA blogger also picked up on the missing clips.
Where did Game 6 go? YouTube won't say. Their official response to my question was as dry as they come.
"We do not comment on individual videos or video sets," a spokesperson said.
And so the conspiracy continues.

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