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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.Listen after the jump... ... 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."
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