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Tyreke and the NBA Stars take on the PBA

Game footage of yesterday's NBA Stars vs. PBA Stars is now available via youtube.  Although it is slightly pieced together through these six segments below, most of the game is here for your viewing pleasure. More after the jump... ... More

Tyreke Evans visits the Philippines

Tyreke Evans has joined a star studded group of NBA players, including Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Chris Paul on tour in the Philippines.  The group played its first game today against a PBA (Philippines Basketball Association) all-star team and tomorrow they will be back to take on the Philippine National ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Donté Greene

The Kings haven't had many personalities like Donté Greene.  Sure, there have been characters like Vlade Divac and Ron Artest, but Donté Greene is something different.  Basically, Greene is a multimedia machine - the star of the Donté Greene show, Twitter and Youstream aficionado- all of which make him a fan favorite. Where Greene has cultivated a following off the court, he has struggled with consistency on the floor.  Greene is nothing short of an enigma.  So much talent, flashes of brilliance, great size, million dollar smile, but ... Coming into training camp last season, Donté Greene and Omri Casspi were supposed to fight it out for the starting gig.  Greene never even got off the ground, coming into camp at 260-pounds, a good 25-30 pounds heavier than his previous playing weight.  After starting 50 games in his second season, Greene saw that number slashed to just 21 starts and an incredible 13 DNP-CDs.   From possible starter to bench player and now, who knows what.  After the Kings brought in small forwards John Salmons and rookie Tyler Honeycutt, they shipped out Casspi to clear up a little room, but Greene will still have to battle to earn minutes at a crowded position that also includes Francisco Garcia and even Tyreke Evans at times. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Jason Thompson

With all of the golf coverage from this last weekend, we got away from the morning cup o' Kings.  Today, we are back and since it's his birthday, we will look into some old footage of Kings power forward/center Jason Thompson as a senior at Rider University. Kings President of Basketball Operations, Geoff Petrie, became known for his ability to mine talent in Europe through the late 90's and early 2000's.  Peja Stojakovic and Hedo Turkoglu became crucial pieces during the glory years of Kings basketball, both drafted as young European prospects by Petrie and his staff.  Following the European invasion, Petrie turned to players from small U.S. colleges such as Western Carolina, Rutgers and Rider.  Like his European picks, Petrie found success, first with Kevin Martin and most recently with Jason Thompson. Thompson started out hot as a rookie, joining Spencer Hawes in a promising front line.  But the hope that a Spencer Hawes/Jason Thompson front court could return the Kings to the playoffs dissipated quickly.  Before last season, Hawes was traded to Philadelphia with Andres Nocioni for center Samuel Dalembert, clearing minutes for rookie DeMarcus Cousins.   Lost in a four man rotation of Dalembert, Cousins and Carl Landry, Thompson struggled in his transition to a role player.  After starting 114 games his first two seasons, JT started only 39 games last season and saw his minutes drop from 31.4 in year two to just 23.3 in his third year as a pro. More after the jump... ... More

Day two with Jimmer Fredette at the American Century Championship

Photo by James Ham

  The folks out at the 17th hole of the American Century Championship are nothing if not subtle.  As Jimmer Fredette and Charles Barkley approached the small sandy beach of Lake Tahoe's South Shore, the ruckus crowd made noise, threw basketballs to the players and um ... made proposals?  Just another day on the course for these two guys, who by all accounts garnered the largest roving crowd.

Photo by James Ham

My intention was to give these guys a few holes, then break off and catch some of the other players around the course.  That didn't happen.  Early in the round, a mystery guest showed up on the scene to aid these two golfers in their quest to move up the leader board ... or at least stop from moving all the way to the bottom.  At the request of Jimmer Fredette, world renowned swing doctor, Hank Haney joined the Fredette/Barkley twosome and the instruction began. I would love to tell you that the two players who were tied for second to last coming into the day turned it all around and stormed for +27 points like Dallas Cowboy QB Tony Romo did.  Haney is good, but no one is that good.  What he did do, however, was help Barkley hit multiple 300+ yard drives while building an incredible foundation for Jimmer. More after the jump... ... More

Day one with Jimmer Fredette at the American Century Championship

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  The golf gods smiled down from the heavens Friday at the American Century Championship.  The weather was an incredible 70-degrees, the stars were out everywhere and the tiny white balls fly a lot further at 6,200 feet.  Although we are here to cover Jimmer Fredette, there is a golf tournament that needs to be played as well, complete with winners and paychecks.  Coming into the weekend, Tony Romo, Rick Rhoden and Billy Joe Tolliver were the favorites.  After day one, Jack Wagner (29 points), Chris Chandler (24 points) and Jeremy Roenick (24 points) are leading the way with some of the tournament's favorites still within striking distance. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Jimmer wins big at the ESPYs

More of a quick hitter than a cup o' Kings this morning, but last night at the ESPYs, Jimmer Fredette took home yet another major award.  This time around it was the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete to go along with a mountain of other awards, including the AP National Player of the Year and the John R. Wooden Award as the ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Tyreke Evans

Today we have an abbreviated, late edition of cup o' Kings.  There are a ton of clips of Tyreke Evans as both a college and professional player floating around the world of Youtube. But if you search hard enough, you can find some incredible footage of Tyreke Evans as a teenage phenom. After a spectacular first season with the Kings, which included such feats as winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award and finishing with averages of more than 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game, Evans seemed primed to take a big leap as a sophomore.  Unfortunately, a nasty case of plantar fasciitis really slowed the former Memphis star, forcing him to miss 25 games and limiting his mobility throughout the season. Year three is a big season for Tyreke. The Kings have already added John Salmons and Jimmer Fredette in an attempt to better space the floor and cause more mismatch situations for Evans. If he can stay healthy, continue to improve his perimeter game and build on-court chemistry with DeMarcus Cousins, both the Kings and Tyreke Evans are primed for a big leap in 2011-12. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Rick Reilly, Jimmer Fredette and Dan Patrick

Today, we have something a little bit different for our morning cup.  There is video, of course, but also some heated discussion.  On Friday, July 8th, ESPN's Rick Reilly used his reoccurring column, I wrote, you wrote to answer some of the "fan mail" he has received from Jimmer Fredette enthusiasts.  The nexus of this debate stems from the article, Jimmer grows dimmer that Reilly scribed back on March 25th after watching Fredette in his final college performance.  Reilly appears to have made up his mind on the future of Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette, and more than three months later, he's back to throw a little salt in that wound.
JIMMER FREDETTE I wrote ... BYU's super scorer Jimmer Fredette will be a bust in the NBA because he's too small, too slow and too bored by defense. In fact, I promised to donate $5,000 to Jimmer's favorite charity if he started even one game in his first year, which will be with the Sacramento Kings. You wrote ... Jimmer to the Kings following a trade of Beno Udrih. I'll let you off easy and you can just donate $2,500 to me instead of the whole $5k to charity. ~ Mike Barlow (San Antonio) I will. Soon as you start a game in the NBA. So Rick, have you started setting aside some money from each paycheck to go towards the charity of Jimmer's choice after he officially starts his first game now? ~ Greg Jones (Houston) Yes, I've been selling all the razor blades BYU fans have been sending me in envelopes. It adds up. What is Jimmer's favorite charity? I'm dying to know where your $5,000 is going. ~ Jerry Izu (Valencia, Calif.) Jimmer represents The Biceps Project. It's a program to help incurable gunners ice their shooting arms.
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Your morning cup o’ Kings: Hassan Whiteside

The Sacramento Kings have something hiding deep on the bench that most NBA teams would love to have.  Elite shot blockers don't grow on trees and if things fall the right way for Hassan Whiteside, that is exactly what he could be for the Kings.  Of course, we don't want to get ahead of ourselves here.  Whiteside played a total of two minutes during his rookie season.  He has yet to score a basket, rebound a ball or block a shot at the NBA level and I think Coach Westphal said it best in our interview series from a week ago.
He’s been working hard.  He’s an intriguing player, but it’s hard to even say what his progress is because there is no measurement of him competing in basketball to define progress.  He’s been around watching and trying to pick up as much as you can by watching.  He’s been working on his body.  So much of what’s going to happen with him is going to depend on how completely his knee heals and how much he can pick up what the NBA is all about.
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