J.J. Hickson officially became the Sacramento Kings first player to start his season, debuting Sunday night for Israel's Bnei HaSharon/Herzilya against Hapoel Holon. With the growing realization that his exploits might be the only basketball we get from any current Kings for a while, we're going to give you a weekly summary of J.J.'s international adventure, in what will hopefully be an experience that gives Sacramento a better power forward.
First, let’s start with some background on the team J.J. has joined.
Four home games at Power Balance Pavilion were lost after the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season yesterday. But Kings fans might have basketball to cheer for if Donté Greene has his way.Earlier today, Kings fans tweeted at the Sacramento Kings forward about putting together a charity exhibition game in the Capital region. He took their message to heart and it appears Greene has plans in the works to host a game the weekend before Thanksgiving. Among the players who’ve declared their interest? Wizards point guard John Wall along with Greene's fellow teammates Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins. New King J.J. Hickson also says he'd like to play. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Rockets point guard Jonny Flynn, Lakers forward and Sacramento native Matt Barnes, teammates Tyreke Evans and Hassan Whiteside were also extended Twitter invites by the Kings forward. Sacramento has proven before that a simple tweet can spark a major idea. So the possibility of a barnstorming exhibition featuring your favorite Sacramento Kings isn't out of the question. But with PBP off-limits due to the lockout, where would they play? ... More
Apologies for the hiatus, but we're back with a new episode of the CK Podcast. And today, we focus on the CBA. The NBA and Players Union let fans down again, as labor negotiations ended Tuesday with no new labor agreement. But is a resolution really in sight? Larry Coon, author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ, and Tim Donahue of fellow TrueHoop network blog Eight Points, Nine Seconds, join us for a panel discussion.An excerpt from Coon's latest, saying it's "gut-check time" for the players:
It's now soul-searching time for the players. For now they have drawn a line in the sand at 53 percent. Players like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are leading the charge to hold firm and not give another inch. But Bryant and Garnett don't necessarily represent the interests of the rank-and-file players.And Donahue on how these negotiations are framed:
One of the big traps that we consistently fall into is viewing the sides as two monoliths. It makes the math easier. But it also muddies the waters. The “players” are 400-plus individuals at different points in their careers with different financial positions, personal concerns and general outlooks on life.Listen after the jump... ... More