Marcus Thornton discredits Maccabi rumor, dissects Kings pre-lockout deals

I caught up with Marcus Thornton for SLAM today.  He says he has no idea where the report of him declining a lucrative Maccabi Tel Aviv offer came from.  But he is considering overseas options and has received some offers in China and Spain.  Thornton and his agent continue to watch what ... More

Derek Fisher addresses latest labor talk hearsay

Following Tuesday's meeting between the players union and NBA officials, CBA negotiations seemed to take a turn for the worst.  However, union president Derek Fisher wants to set the record straight.  So in a letter obtained by Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick,  the Laker guard addressed each ... More

News aplenty: Vegas League attendance dwindles, lockout reigns and arena plan moves forward

Lots of news on the lockout and arena fronts from the past two days... Las Vegas fall league opens Despite the hype from Phoenix Suns swingman Jared Dudley, the crowds so far haven't shown up for the Impact Competitive Training Series.  Here's an image from yesterday before game 1 at the ... More

Isaiah Thomas speaks on lockout from Las Vegas League

Life as a rookie during the NBA lockout.  From ESPN: On the other end is Isaiah Thomas, the rookie from the University of Washington. He's still waiting for his first NBA game -- and first NBA paycheck. He's here, but it's not like he hasn't played with NBA players before; he regularly hoops ... More

Marcus Thornton turns down Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Reports have surfaced that Sacramento Kings restricted free agent Marcus Thornton may have passed on a substantial offer to play overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv.  According to David Pick of Thornton is a huge piece to the Kings puzzle going forward and the fears of him ... More

SI’s Sam Amick on Impact Basketball’s Vegas League

In case you missed it, last week we conducted a round-table panel with Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated and Aaron Bruski of NBC Sports on the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast.  Before we jumped into opinionated discussion, I asked Sam if there were any new developments in next week's Impact Basketball Las ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 18: Writers Roundtable with Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated and Aaron Bruski of NBC Sports

As the summer drags on, the NBA Lockout continues to sap the energy and joy from the game of basketball.  But hope appears to be on the horizon, for Sacramento fans at least, with the unveiling of financing options for a new Sacramento arena less than a week away.  Along with Cowbell's own, James Ham, we welcomed  Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated and Aaron Bruski of NBC Sports to discuss those matters and more on today's podcast. Highlights
  •  Playing overseas: would European teams be willing to accommodate NBA players with desires to join teams later in their respective seasons?  The three panellists weigh-in.
  • Their takes on what a new labor agreement will look like when it's reached.
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has promoted the idea of transparency.  Each panellist shares their view on the city's approach this time around toward building a new arena.
Listen after the jump... ... More

DeMarcus Cousins with some great moves for team Goodman league

DeMarcus Cousins looked solid if not great yesterday, starting for DC's Goodman League team in their promo match-up against LA's Drew League all-stars.  JaVale McGee was no match for Cousins' power as the Kings' young big man dunked all over him in consecutive possessions.  With the NBA locked in ... More

Video: DeMarcus Cousins thinks more players will head overseas if lockout extends

Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins made the following remark in a video featuring press conference footage and game highlights from last weekend's Kentucky vs. Dominican Republic exhibition. "You gotta take advantage of it. More time to work on your game. I mean, as of right now, a lot of us are just ... More

The NBA takes Jimmer Fredette to court

Shots have been fired in the labor talks between the NBA and NBPA, with the league filing a federal lawsuit against the player's association today. From Michael Lee of the Washington Post: The NBA labor dispute has officially gotten heated after the league filed two claims Tuesday against the ... More