2012 NBA Draft: Kings will pick fifth and they have options

What might the Kings do now that the order for the draft has been established. More

2012 NBA Draft Lottery: Kings facts, statistics and probabilities

Previewing the lottery from a Sacramento Kings' perspective. More

2012 NBA Draft: Combine participants announced

The players taking part in this annual prospect showcase have been announced. More

2012 NBA Draft: League announces early entry candidates

The list of players who've applied for early entry into this year's NBA Draft. More

Oscar Robertson vs. Bill Walton on the one-and-done player

Two NBA legends debate the idea of the one-and-done- college athlete. More

One-and-done Kings look back at leaving college early

Since 2006, the NBA has placed an age limit on the draft, forcing most league hopefuls to play at least one year of college basketball before making the professional leap.  Contributors to ESPN The Magazine reached out to 39 NBA players and revisted their decisions to leave school prematurely for ... 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

Video: Isaiah Thomas’ Road to the NBA

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yewS7BduuOk Jimmer Fredette isn't the only Kings rookie to have a documentary filmed about his journey to the NBA.  The Kings other new point guard, Isaiah Thomas is the subject of his own movie as well.  From SLAM: From training in Las Vegas at IMPACT Basketball ... More

Three Kings: Jimmer and friends arrive in Sacramento

Quite a 24-hour period for the newest members of the Sacramento Kings.  Upon their arrival in California, rookies Tyler Honeycutt, Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette were greeted by hundreds of eager fans yesterday at Sacramento International Airport. Video:  Jimmer and company's arrival at Sac Interntional (via Kings.com)


Then today, they were formally introduced to the local media and appeared at a rally at Arden Fair Mall. Notes, more video and a photo gallery of today's events after the jump. ... More

Photo: The New King James

From the rally at Arden Fair Mall. Not really in focus, but I think you get the picture.  And yes, this really happened. More