Alec Burks and Klay Thompson confimed for Saturday.

Alec Burks and Klay Thompson will headline Saturdays six pack of players working for the Sacramento Kings.  They will be joined by Ravern Johnson (Mississippi State), Alex Stepheson (USC), Greg Smith (Fresno State), and once again, Jamine Peterson (Providence/NBDL's New Mexico Thunderbirds). ... More

Kawhi Leonard confirmed for Friday.

Kawhi Leonard headlines another group of six prospects visiting Sacramento tomorrow.  Joining Leonard is Scotty Hopson (Tennessee), DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky), Mickey McConnell (St. Mary's), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), and Jamine Peterson (Providence/NBDL's New Mexico Thunderbirds). Of this ... More

Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker Workout: Reaction from Utah

Jimmer Fredette & Kemba Walker

The Utah Jazz hold the no. 3 overall selection in this year's NBA Draft.  And who they pick dictates how the rest of the 2011 draft shapes up.  Their choice is especially of interest to Sacramento because like the Kings, Utah is considering a point guard with their first selection. Today's workout in Salt Lake City featured the first and only match-up so far between Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker, both guards battling for top positions in the draft.  According to the tweets from Utah, the workout had more of a Playoff vibe to it than your usual workout. Via Salt Lake City Tribune's Steve Luhm on Twitter:
By my count, there are 37 media members in the press room waiting for the end of Jimmer-Kemba. Easily more than a first-round playoff series
After the jump are some quotes, along with audio from KFAN 1320 sports radio from the post-workout media availability. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 5: Sam Amick, Sports Illustrated


With the NBA Draft just one week away, we're ramping up the podcast schedule.  How will it all play out before the Kings make their selection with the seventh overall pick?   To sort through all the draft chatter we're hearing, we welcomed Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick to the show. Highlights
  • On Leonard: "The personality and the life story, that's part of why he's moving up the board because he's got an ego in a sense that he's confident about himself, but he's not a young guy that's going to come in saying that 'man I can't wait to get my 12, 13 shots.'  He just wants to fit in, work hard and be a good NBA player."
  • On Kings scouting: "I was told that three different members - Geoff Petrie, Wayne Cooper & Shareef Abdur-Rahim I think it was, had all made separate trips to see Jan Vesley, which I think tells you something (about their interest).  But there's similar stories about Kawhi."
  • And as far as Brandon Knight working out against JimmerFredette & Kemba Walker before next Thursday?  Sam doesn't see it happening
Tune-in after the jump. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Prospect Profile: Kawhi Leonard

The draft prospects have been trickling through Sacramento, mostly six at a time.  And Friday will likely be more of the same. Although the list of candidates have yet to be released, our friend Sam Amick of confirmed earlier this week via Twitter that San Diego State small forward Kawhi Leonard will be the main attraction. While Jimmer Fredette seems to be the scoop de jour for the Kings right now (he's jumped up the mock to no. 7), it's Leonard that's fallen a few spots.  But multiple sources have told Cowbell Kingdom that the Kings minds aren't made up just yet.  They are extremely interested in the 19-year-old swingman and have been for some time. Breaking the mold from the previous 13 prospect profiles, we are going to take a good hard look at Leonard a few days early because his story is extremely compelling.  And if our sources are correct, Leonard might be just what the Kings are looking for come June 23rd. There are plenty of narratives that surround NBA players.  Last season, we delved into the excruciating painful journey of Kings reserve power forward Darnell Jackson as he clung to his NBA dreams  (If you haven't read it, please do. It will change your perspective on one of the strongest people I have ever had the privilege to meet).  Leonard has another one of those tragic stories. Since the tale has been told, both written by Sam Amick for the New York Times, and video by CBS Sports, there's very little for us to add.  That doesn't mean that we shouldn't share it with you because at the end of the day, Leonard could wind up a King.  And like every other King, he would become part of the family.


Now that you know his story, it's time to get to the profile after the jump. ... More

Bismack Biyombo and confidence

Scott Howard-Cooper has been in Italy the last few days covering the Adidas Eurocamp for  And he sat down with Bismack Biyombo to learn more about the "mystery man" of the 2011 NBA Draft.  Despite a poor showing during his individual workout, Biyombo isn't short of any confidence ... More

Follow Jimmer: The Fredette Show in Sacramento

httpv:// Some dialogue from last week between Jimmer Fredette and some of the media regarding his show. Rob Small: What's the point of your YouTube account? Jimmer: Oh well what it is, they're doing a little documentary on me up to the draft.  Then on the ... More

Photo: Kemba & Coachie

After addressing media following his workout in Sacramento, Kemba Walker took a seat next to Kings assistant coach Pete Carril. The future NBA point guard sat back listened to the former Princeton head coach's feedback for several minutes. More

Cowbell Kingdom Draft Profile: Kemba and Co.

Left - Kemba Walker, Right - Nikola Vucevic

For the third time this offseason, the Sacramento Kings conducted a six-man draft workout.  Today, UConn's Kemba Walker headlined the group that included only one other prospect expected to go in the first round - Nikola Vucevic.  The curtain stayed down for all but ten minutes of the workout, leaving media wanting more.  But what we did see was not the most impressive offensive performance of Kemba Walker's career. Video interviews and analysis after the jump. ... More

Video: Bismack Biyombo & Donatas Motiejunas Eurocamp Workouts

Footage from yesterday's Adidas Eurocamp workouts featuring international draft prospects Donatas Motiejunas and Bismack Biyombo.  According to reports, both were less than impressive to NBA scouts and brass in attendance.  But consider the defensive skills of a player like Biyombo would probably ... More