4 results for day: 15/06/2011
Salt Lake City Tribune's Steve Luhm on Twitter:
By my count, there are 37 media members in the press room waiting for the end of Jimmer-Kemba. Easily more than a first-round playoff seriesAfter the jump are some quotes, along with audio from KFAN 1320 sports radio from the post-workout media availability. ... More
With the NBA Draft just one week away, we're ramping up the podcast schedule. How will it all play out before the Kings make their selection with the seventh overall pick? To sort through all the draft chatter we're hearing, we welcomed Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick to the show. Highlights
- On Leonard: "The personality and the life story, that's part of why he's moving up the board because he's got an ego in a sense that he's confident about himself, but he's not a young guy that's going to come in saying that 'man I can't wait to get my 12, 13 shots.' He just wants to fit in, work hard and be a good NBA player."
- On Kings scouting: "I was told that three different members - Geoff Petrie, Wayne Cooper & Shareef Abdur-Rahim I think it was, had all made separate trips to see Jan Vesley, which I think tells you something (about their interest). But there's similar stories about Kawhi."
- And as far as Brandon Knight working out against JimmerFredette & Kemba Walker before next Thursday? Sam doesn't see it happening
Sam Amick of SI.com confirmed earlier this week via Twitter that San Diego State small forward Kawhi Leonard will be the main attraction. While Jimmer Fredette seems to be the scoop de jour for the Kings right now (he's jumped up the DraftExpress.com mock to no. 7), it's Leonard that's fallen a few spots. But multiple sources have told Cowbell Kingdom that the Kings minds aren't made up just yet. They are extremely interested in the 19-year-old swingman and have been for some time. Breaking the mold from the previous 13 prospect profiles, we are going to take a good hard look at Leonard a few days early because his story is extremely compelling. And if our sources are correct, Leonard might be just what the Kings are looking for come June 23rd. There are plenty of narratives that surround NBA players. Last season, we delved into the excruciating painful journey of Kings reserve power forward Darnell Jackson as he clung to his NBA dreams (If you haven't read it, please do. It will change your perspective on one of the strongest people I have ever had the privilege to meet). Leonard has another one of those tragic stories. Since the tale has been told, both written by Sam Amick for the New York Times, and video by CBS Sports, there's very little for us to add. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't share it with you because at the end of the day, Leonard could wind up a King. And like every other King, he would become part of the family.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAJh9CNbzx0Now that you know his story, it's time to get to the profile after the jump. ... More