1229 results for author: James Ham

Jimmer Fredette comes to Lake Tahoe

With no basketball in sight, the Sacramento Kings' new prize possession, Jimmer Fredette, has turned to a new sport.  The Kings can't call Jimmer or even sell his soon to be golden number seven jersey until he is under contract, which can't happen until after the lockout ends.  So what is a locked out 22-year-old, soon to be millionaire do?  Play in celebrity golf tournaments, I guess. Known as one of the toughest celebrity tournaments to get an invitation to, the American Century Championship (ACC) touts an impressive roster of sport and entertainment superstars.  "It's an honor, it really is, to be there playing with some of the best athletes of all time, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley" Fredette said.  "Aaron Rodgers is going to be there.  I think Tony Romo.  A lot of guys who are pretty good at golf and enjoy it and are unbelievable athletes.  I'm just looking forward to going out there and being able to meet these guys." More information after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: J.J. Hickson

So many youtube videos, so much time to watch them.  After adding John Salmons via trade and Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas through the draft, the Sacramento Kings consummated one last transaction before the lockout began on July 1st.  In what might be the NBA's last transaction for a long time, the Kings dealt popular small forward Omri Casspi, along with a future first round pick, for Cleveland Cavalier power forward J.J. Hickson.  The move balanced the roster and added athleticism to the front court. There is no shortage of exciting youtube videos of J.J. Hickson.  Highlight reel plays are J.J's specialty, but if Hickson wants to earn a big extension next summer, he's going to have to prove that he can be more than just a youtube sensation.  Mental lapses on defense limited Hickson to just 28.2 minutes per game on one of the NBA's worst teams last season.  While he did average 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in those 28 minutes, you can't help but wonder if those numbers are inflated by a lack of talent around him - the old "best player on a bad team" theory.  With the Kings, he will be asked to do much less than what the Cavs needed from him last season, so hopefully less means more. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: John Salmons

The Sacramento Kings made a substantial trade on draft day 2011.  Early reports had the Kings moving down in the draft three spots and dealing Beno Udrih to the Milwaukee Bucks, but no word of what was coming back to Sacramento in the transaction.  You could hear the tension build on the streets of the River City and then...oh...no...they...didn't. That's right Kings fans, John Salmons. Bedlam erupted on twitter and fan sites like Sactown Royalty.  I scurried off to the arena for the official announcement, even texting then-media relations member and newly appointed Director of Public Relations, Chris Clark, something about about bringing a fire extinguisher in case a riot broke out and my car was lit on fire. More after the jump... ... More

Your morning cup o’ Kings: Isaiah Thomas

The best part of waking up, is Kings youtube videos in your cup.  Today we've got a double dose of rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas out of Washington.  Last season, the Sacramento Kings brought in world traveler Pooh Jeter to mix up the tempo off the bench.  Unfortunately, Jeter got lost in the shuffle, leading the Kings to decline the second year option on his contract.  Isaiah Thomas will get a chance to fill this role for the 2011-12 Sacramento Kings.  Although similar in stature, there is a huge difference in play style between Pooh and Isaiah.  Where Jeter liked to use his mid-range game, Thomas is an attacking guard who can score inside or outside. Like yesterday's star, Tyler Honeycutt, Isaiah Thomas fell into the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, so he has an uphill battle in front of him.  During the NBA combine, players are measured with and without shoes.  In Isaiah's case, they may need to measure him with and without the chip on his shoulder. Video after the jump... ... More

Mayor’s office announces “Citizen Architect Initiative”

At a 10am press conference this morning, the Think Big Sacramento council announced a new and exciting way for the impassioned citizens of the greater Sacramento area to get involved in the building of the new Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC).  In the past, the focus has been on blue ribbon groups of political and business leaders.  This new campaign is looked at as an extension of the grass roots efforts of groups like Here We Stay and Here We Build, turning to regular citizens for help in educating the masses.
 “The new complex will offer hundreds of amenities and opportunities for people from all walks of life,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson. “But, it will only happen if we engage the interest, imagination and participation of citizens from every corner of our region.”
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Your morning cup o’ Kings: Jimmer Fredette

The best part of waking up, is Kings youtube videos in your cup. Yesterday marked the debut of our morning video series where we introduced you to the 'Jimmer goes to prison' story. Don't worry, there are plenty more Jimmer Fredette home movies to come. For today, let's see what the other Kings' young players have floating out ... More

Getting to know Jimmer Fredette, one clip at a time

Normally, covering a player like Jimmer Fredette would be a bit of a nightmare.  What can you ask a player who has been the center of media attention for so long?  Well, with the lockout in full effect, we have an opportunity to get to know the Jimmer Fredette story via interviews, college highlights, maybe even a few home ... More

Coach Westphal Summer Interview Part III: Hassan Whiteside and the Rookies

Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.

This is the third and final edition of the Cowbell Kingdom summer interview series with Coach Paul Westphal.  In today's edition, we talk about last year's second round pick, Hassan Whiteside, as well as new comers Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas.  Loaded with potential, a bum knee wiped out almost the entirety of Whiteside's training camp last season.  After playing four minutes in the season opener, the young seven footer out of Marshall never saw the floor again at the NBA level and later admitted to being more injured than originally thought. Honeycutt and Thomas both fell hard on draft night, slipping into the second round where the Kings gladly scooped them up.  With so many young players on the roster, Westphal answers how this group fits into the Kings' rebuilding blue print. James Ham: Hassan Whiteside is a similar player to Samuel Dalembert on the defensive end - a shot blocking defensive specialist.  How is he progressing?  How is his recovery from last season's knee surgery? Coach Westphal: Well, his recovery is coming along well, but it takes a long time.  He's just starting to shoot baskets and move around a little bit.  He can run on a treadmill like a champ.  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. Defensively, it's funny, he can be compared to Dalembert in some ways because they are similar size and shot blockers.  But Dalembert usually blocks his own man's shot.  Hassan is a weakside shot blocker.  Their style is very different even though they have similar body types.  It will be interesting to see how Hassan is able to bring his skills to the NBA. Read more after the jump. ... More

Coach Westphal Summer Interview Part II: John Salmons and Samuel Dalembert

Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.

  Welcome to part II of the Cowbell Kingdom summer interview series with Coach Paul Westphal.  The Sacramento Kings dropped a bombshell on their fan base just hours before the 2011 NBA draft when they reacquired journeyman small forward John Salmons.  Confusion, anger, utter disbelief reigned as fans lined up single file on the Tower Bridge and jumped to their deaths in the icy water below.  Not really, but between the Salmons trade and rumors that Sam Dalembert has very little interest in returning to the Sacramento Kings, a lot of fans lost sleep.  Thankfully, fans don't get to make the hard decisions, men with years of NBA experience do. James Ham: You just brought in Salmons and that gives you five small forwards (pre-Omri Casspi trade), how is that situation going to settle out?  Is there going to be some movement there? Coach Westphal: Like I said, we're not through with our roster yet.  You can never know what move you can make, particularly now because we don't know what the collective bargaining rules are going to be.  But there will be moves made with our roster, I don't think we'll go in with five small forwards with a twelve man roster, but several of those players are flexible and can play multiple positions.  A lot of this will be addressed when it's possible to address it. Read more after the jump. ... More

Coach Westphal Summer Interview Part 1: Jimmer Fredette

Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.

Over the next few days, we will be filtering in a new interview series with Coach Paul Westphal.  Before heading home to Southern California for what is shaping up to be a very long summer, Westphal took some time out of his busy schedule to hang out with us here at Cowbell Kingdom.  We will kick off the discussion with a little Jimmer chatter, which seems to be everyone's favorite topic at the moment.   James Ham: Coach, you just moved from pick no. 7 to pick no. 10, you picked up John Salmons and you picked up Jimmer Fredette - how do you see Jimmer fitting in right away?  Is he a role player?  Can he compete for a starting job from day one? Coach Westphal: I really can't envision him taking a spot ahead of Tyreke Evans or Marcus Thornton, assuming we re-sign Marcus.  But if he can, he'll start.  I do think that we can rely on him to play significant minutes.  I'd be really surprised if it doesn't unfold like that and I think he's a point guard.  I think he is a point guard who has great leadership skills, great maturity, great fundamentals.  I don't think there is much concern about him not being a good player.  How great he will become over a period of time, nobody can tell you that either, but there is nothing that leads me to think he can't be a solid contributor right away. Read more after the jump. ... More