With the NBA on hiatus, Sacramento Kings fans turned out in force Sunday night to catch the first annual COS Goon Squad Classic hosted by Donté Greene. Maybe the gym wasn’t packed to the rafters, but I’ve watched enough of these promotional games to tell you that it was a huge success. According to Lisa Allen of the COS Foundation, not counting media and family members (which easily totaled a few hundred), more than 3,000 fans were in attendance.
From my seat at the scorers table, there was a lot of good to take away from the game, most noticeably that the players appeared to be in great shape. Of the current Sacramento Kings roster, Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Donté Greene, Hassan Whiteside, Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas showed up to play. Former King Spencer Hawes, current Laker and Sacramento native Matt Barnes, and Wizards star guard John Wall also made the trip out to Sacramento, but Wall kept his hoodie on while nursing a sore groin.
Here are my impressions of the Kings players on hand.
For those of you who missed the Goon Squad Classic out at the UC Davis Pavilion on Sunday night, here is a taste of the action.
Our recap of the evening will be up soon and we have plenty of interviews to share with you over the couple of days.
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Have you ever tried to teach a parent or grandparent how to use the internet for the first time? It's a slow and painful process that forces you to go back through baby steps that now seem second nature.
This is kind of what happened to the NBA on Sunday. Someone tried to teach David Stern and Adam Silver how to use social media effectively and then went out for a smoke break. They gave it the old college try, but you could almost see these two yelling at each other while coming to the horrible realization that you only get 140 characters to answer a question on the twitter machine.
Former Kings player Omri Casspi spoke out about the lockout situation tonight via twitter, and his message is clear:
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