Kings swingman Garrett Temple was groomed to be a point guard early by his father, Collis. Though he grew to be 6-foot-6, playing the point has always been a part of Temple’s game. The Kings plan to make the most of those skills by occasionally using Temple at point guard.
This preseason, several NBA teams have interlocked arms during the national anthem to display unity and protest racial injustice in the United States. The Lakers and Kings, who had said any gesture during the anthem would be done as a team, are the latest squads to do so.
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DeMarcus Cousins has 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in the first half, but the Kings fall 103-84 to the Lakers in their preseason opener in Anaheim.
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When he was a boy, Octavio Guzman envisioned what it would be like to play for his favorite team, C.D. Guadalajara, better known as Chivas. He will get the next best thing Wednesday night. The third-year Republic FC midfielder is expected to play against the Liga MX side in a friendly at Bonney Field.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had the most modest season of his career last year, is off to an even slower start in coach Chip Kelly’s attack. As he did last year, Smith showed his frustration on the field Sunday.
Rookie defensive lineman DeForest Buckner suffered a foot injury Sunday against Dallas. The injury doesn’t appear to be long term, good news for San Francisco’s defense, which lost linebacker NaVorro Bowman for the season.
Playoff pitching matchups don’t get much better: The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner against Noah Syndergaard of the Mets with the season on the line. Two towering tough guys you probably don’t want to mess with will square off Wednesday in their wild-card game.
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