Hardline owners, including Maloofs, demand NBA retract 50-50 offer

Commissioner David Stern issued an ultimatum to the NBPA last week.  Take the the deal on the table or face the consequences of a significantly worst offer.  Now the hardline owners of several small-market teams, including the Kings, are pushing the league to follow up on the commissioner's ... More

A lesson in social media

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. Read more...... More

Casspi calls for decertification

Former Kings player Omri Casspi spoke out about the lockout situation tonight via twitter, and his message is clear:     Although this might be a surprising turn of events for some, I had the pleasure of covering Omri Casspi all of last season and this is not out of ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 21: Israeli League Scout A.J. Mitnick on J.J. Hickson

Photo: Bnei HaSharon

J.J. Hickson's overseas experiment didn't work out so well and lasted only one game.  What happened?  We caught up with A.J. Mitnick, who is a scout for Rishon LeZion and runs his own basketball blog, Mindless Dribble, to find out.  He's also a contributor at Sheridan Hoops and he explained why Hickson's Israeli move failed in a recent piece.  Here's an excerpt:
Bnei Herzliya plays in one of the nicest cities in Israel, in close proximity to the beach and to a great night life, with Tel-Aviv only a fifteen minute drive away. I’ve seen the apartments Bnei gives to its players, having worked for the team last season, and while they may not be the most luxurious pads in the whole city, they are apartments that would typically be reserved for those with upper-middle class salaries. Hickson simply couldn’t handle the daunting prospect of living an upper-middle class lifestyle. As with many players who were McDonalds All-Americans who went on to be first-round picks as teenagers, Hickson only knows a lifestyle of luxury. It is difficult for a player who has been praised and coddled his whole life to travel across the world to play in a gym that may be the size of a high school gym, for a team with less than ten men working on the basketball staff, and with a per diem that consists of a bottle of water and a chicken sandwich. There is no one to get your rebounds during a shoot around (unless you ask me nicely!), no one to carry your bags to the bus, and no state-of-the-art practice facility.
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1,000 tickets sold so far for Goon Squad Classic

So says the game's host, Donté Greene: Sac town has da best NBA fans!!! Just got da #'s n....sold 1000 tickets n da first 2hours. #GSCThu Nov 10 13:44:15 via EchofonDonte Greene dontegreeneCOS Tickets went on sale today.  You can buy yours at the UC Davis Pavilion Box Office, Tickets.... More

Video: Donté Greene on Goon Squad Classic and NBA Lockout

With a 5 pm EST deadline looming, the NBA may be on the verge of implosion (for the umpteenth time it seems, I've lost count).  But on the bright-side, the Goon Squad Classic tips off Sunday, November 20th at the UC Davis Pavilion, with tickets going on sale this Thursday.  News 10's Ryan ... More

Kevin Martin said what???

There have been many voices in this God forsaken NBA lockout.  Lawyers, commissioners, federal negotiators - all with some sort of spin coming at us.  Today, former Sacramento King and current Houston Rocket shooting guard Kevin Martin stepped up to the plate to voice the opinion of what has now ... More

Spencer Hawes to play in Goon Squad Classic

Add another former Sacramento King to the Goon Squad Classic lineup.  Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes will make his return to the capital city region for the planned November 20th charity game. A new flyer features the former Kings center, along with Donté Greene, Jimmer Fredette, ... More

J.J. Hickson’s overseas experience ends abruptly

Well that was fast.  Sacramento Kings forward J.J. Hickson's stay in the Israeli League is over after just one game. Cowbell Kingdom's Noam Schiller shared the news on Twitter, roughly translating two Hebrew reports on Hickson's release.  One story says Hickson allegedly arrived late to two ... More

Darnell Jackson headed to the Ukraine

Darnell Jackson is headed abroad.  The free agent big man, who spent last season with the Kings, signed with BC Donetsk in the Ukraine, according to Sportando (via HoopsHype). BC Donetsk officially announces the signing of Darnell Jackson. The forward has played three seasons and 138 games in ... More