2012 NBA Summer League Wrap: Kings beat Celtics, 91-82, in Las Vegas finale

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LAS VEGAS –¬†After two lackluster team performances, the Sacramento Kings came together as a unit to beat the Boston Celtics, 91-82, winning the final game of their Summer League schedule.

  • Summer League Head Coach Alex English on what improvements Jimmer Fredette and Thomas Robinson made: ¬†“I thought they got better as they played. ¬†Thomas, I think he realizes that he’s not a one-man show. Moved the ball well this half, this game. Jimmer was more aggressive. He shot the ball a little better. And he ran the point guard position. He realizes and understands that he’s got a lot of work to do in that position. I think they both got better as we moved through the week and know what they (have to) work.”
  • Instead of the frustrated and despondent Thomas Robinson, the media was treated to the cheerful and upbeat version. ¬†After struggling much of the Summer League schedule, ¬†Robinson posted a double-double – 15 points and 16 rebounds in Thursday’s win. ¬†English said that it was important for the Kings rookie to end on a high note. “Sometimes you take a bad Summer League and you think about it the rest of the summer¬†and it just messes with you,” said English, who added that he believes Robinson as well as Jimmer can head into training camp with some added confidence.

  • Robinson noted that playing around the rim is an aspect of his game he must improve. ¬†“Learn how to finish with contact,” the 21-year-old big man said. ¬†“I didn’t have a problem getting to the rim. ¬†I just had a problem finishing once I got to the rim, so get back in the gym, touch my shot back up, (get ready for the season).”
  • What’s next for the the fifth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft? ¬†Robinson said he’s headed back home to Washington D.C. for a bit, then he’ll return to Sacramento. ¬†Robinson also plans to come back to Las Vegas for some additional training.
  • Jimmer, meanwhile, plans on heading back to Colorado. ¬†He said he will also work out with his uncle, renowned-speed trainer Lee Taft. He also expects to spend time in Sacramento working closely with the coaching staff.
  • Jimmer on what having Summer League this year means to him: “I think it was good for me just because I didn’t have it last year. ¬†It’s great to be able to get games in at the NBA speed, NBA level. ¬†During the summer and last year, I didn’t have any expectations coming into the league just because you hadn’t played at that level before. ¬†So, it’ll be great for me to come into training camp with this and be ready to go.”
  • Jimmer was efficient in his Las Vegas finale. ¬†After shooting just 33.3 percent from the field in the previous four games, the Kings guard shot four-of-seven from the field and made nine-of-10 free throws to finish with a solid 19 points.
  • Tony Mitchell has turned some heads among those who watched the Kings closely. ¬†English called the former Alabama forward “his most consistent player”. ¬†And Robinson said that Mitchell was one of two invitees he’d like to see the Kings bring back. ¬†In his final Summer League game, the 6’6 small forward contributed 13 points on five-of-10 shooting from the field in just 19 minutes of play.
  • Robinson also mentioned Darnell Jackson as a player he’d like to see as his teammate. ¬†As shared before, the two have a common bond through their Kansas connection and the personal tragedy they both suffered in their lives. ¬†Robinson said Jackson was a huge influence on him in the past two weeks. ¬†“He helped me keep my head the times I was down on myself, playing bad,” said Robinson. ” He kept me in it. ¬†I would love it if he came back.”

Check Cowbell Kingdom tomorrow as Kings Head Coach Keith Smart joins us for a one-on-one interview on the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast.


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