470 results for year: 2011

Jimmer’s getting hitched, Thornton has options and Cisco plays for Team DR

There is very little Kings related news to pass on about the off-season/lockout at this point.  We are working on a few things, but until they materialize, here are a couple of crumbs to chew on. Jimmer Fredette has proposed to Whitney Wonnacott and she has accepted.  How do we know this?  The wonderful world of Twitte... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 17: Alex Kennedy, Hoopsworld

Reports surfaced this week that a number NBA players will descend upon Las Vegas in a few weeks to play in a pro-only summer league.  Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld broke the news first and he joins us on the Cowbell Kingdom podcast today. Highlights
  • Kennedy says they're still assembling the rosters and ironing out some of the final details.  They're not quite sure who will be participating yet.  But you can expect Kings big man J.J. Hickson to play, since he's been training in Las Vegas this entire offseason.
  • Who came up with the idea for this league?  Kennedy believes Joe Abunassar, head trainer at the Impact Training Facility in Las Vegas.  Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns also has played a role in organizing this early September basketball league.
  • Will players will be paid to play?  "They've come to the understanding that they're not going to make any money off this," says Kennedy.
Join Alex in his weekly <a href="http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-chat-with-alex-kennedy-8262011/" target="_blank">Hoopsworld chat today at 12 pm PST.
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Isaiah Thomas, J.J. Hickson and Tyreke Evans to participate in Vegas league?

The lockout has put the NBA offseason calendar on hold.  But it hasn't stopped basketball from being played.  Last weekend, DeMarcus Cousins put in work in the Drew League vs. Goodman League showdown.  And just yesterday, Jimmer Fredette announced a two-game exhibition showcase in Utah featuring some of his fellow 2011 ... More

DeMarcus Cousins with some great moves for team Goodman league

DeMarcus Cousins looked solid if not great yesterday, starting for DC's Goodman League team in their promo match-up against LA's Drew League all-stars.  JaVale McGee was no match for Cousins' power as the Kings' young big man dunked all over him in consecutive possessions.  With the NBA locked in a serious labor battle, games ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 16: Jason Thompson on lockout living and more

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After catching up with <a href="http://www.cowbellkingdom.com/2011/08/12/cowbell-kingdom-podcast-ep-15-tyreke-evans-talks-offseason-workouts-overseas-travels-and-more/" target="_blank">Tyreke Evans last week, we're happy to continue that theme by touching base with another member of the Sacramento Kings. Today, we welcomed Kings big man Jason Thompson to the program. Highlights
  • During a workout session at the Kings practice facility in June, Thompson broke a toe in his right foot.  With no access to Kings training staff during the lockout, JT has rehabbed on his own with a little help from the NFL.  "Since I'm living in Philly in the offseason, I went through with the Eagles and used their doctors and facilities and had my agency get that done."
  • Thompson on his third NBA season: "Every year I look at it as trying to have high expectations.  I just think last year that I didn't have the opportunity that I thought I would have coming into the season.  Not saying that as an excuse or anything like that.  But I just know I learned different things, knowing that you could control only what you could control.  I was happy that even though that there were bumpy times in the season, I know that I felt like I took it in the right matter - didn't put my head down or anything like that.  And then I finished on a good note."
  • On the emotional last home game at ARCO: "The fans still stayed after.  They were cheering and I was just like 'man I can't go out like this.'  So after I showered and stuff, just came out and gave my respect.  And who knew if that was the last time I could see Kings fans in this arena.  You know, i f you can't take 10, 15, 20 minutes out of your time, especially since that was the last game of the season to give your respects, then you really don't have a respect for the game or the fans."
One more additional note.  Thompson has started a foundation with the goal of serving underprivileged youth.  The L.I.V.E. Like JT (Learn, Imagine, Voice, Educate) campaign is just getting under way and a website is in the works.  But if you'd like to learn more or find out how you can help, visit Thompson's official website. Listen after the jump... ... More

ESPN 5-on-5: Previewing the Sacramento Kings

The ESPN 5-on-5 roundtable has been rolling out individual team previews lately and today it was Kings turn to hit the circuit.  Here is a snippet. 4. Fact or Fiction: Sacramento's pre-lockout trades were smart moves. Joe Gerrity, Hornets 24/7: Fiction. Acquiring Hickson for Casspi was a positive move, but the rest of ... More

Video: DeMarcus Cousins thinks more players will head overseas if lockout extends

Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins made the following remark in a video featuring press conference footage and game highlights from last weekend's Kentucky vs. Dominican Republic exhibition. "You gotta take advantage of it. More time to work on your game. I mean, as of right now, a lot of us are just waiting it out. But I mean the ... More

Think Big Sacramento almost ready to hand out “menu” of financing options

The Think Big Sacramento committee has announced that they are almost ready to put forth what they are calling a "menu" of funding options for a new entertainment and sports complex in the downtown rail yards.  This menu will be released on September 8th at the Sacramento Press Club's monthly luncheon and will include multiple ... More

Video: Donté Greene dunks, Kevin Durant crosses

Footage from Washington D.C.'s Goodman League this past weekend showcases a one-on-one battle between the Kings Donté Greene and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant. Via The Mars Reel: In this clip above Kevin Durant and Donte Greene exchange buckets in a crowd-pleasing manner creating an explosion of Oohs and Aahs ... More

Contract the Kings? Stern says not so fast Bill Simmons.

If you missed Bill Simmons podcast with NBA Commissioner David Stern on Friday, you need to sit down for an hour with an iced tea and a pair of noise cancelling head phones.  There is a lot of information to go over here but since this is a Sacramento Kings blog, let us focus on the critical items pertaining to this team. Let me just put the word out there- contraction.  It's an ugly word and even uglier when you understand the economics of the NBA and how they apply to the Sacramento Kings. While Bill Simmons peppered Commissioner Stern with a myriad of questions, contraction and the Kings was a major topic of discussion.  Stern was as candid as he could be and certainly open to the subject, which should scare the tar out of Kings fans. More after the jump... ... More