82 results for tag: J.J. Hickson

Guest Post: Ranking the Sacramento Kings’ top three position battles

Photo: James Ham

Editor's Note: We were originally planning a 3-on-3 roundtable on this topic. But since our friend section214 of Sactown Royalty fame (who we invited to participate) wrote three, extensive and well-thought responses, we figured we'd run his work as an entire guest post . Hey, thanks for inviting me over to the Kingdom. The offices here are much more plush than that dungeon TZ has us writing out of. And the brandy and cigars are a very nice touch. I guess “Insider” sales must be pretty brisk. I’ve given this subject a lot of thought, and by that I mean that I really have not given it much thought at all. But a gig’s a gig, and as this helps meet the requirements of my work release program, I appreciate the opportunity. ... More

3-on-3 Roundtable: Free agent pursuits for the Sacramento Kings?

You may be familiar with ESPN.com's 5-on-5 roundtables, which feature opinion and analysis from ESPN writers and TrueHoop Network contributors on pressing NBA topics. Along with other THN blogs, Cowbell Kingdom is bringing that format to a local level  with the introduction of our own 3-on-3 roundtable. The Sacramento Kings have cap space.  A lot of it.  They're expected to have roughly $25-million to spend after rookies Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas are signed.  So, how should they spend it?  Who should be on their radar? James Ham, Jonathan Santiago and special contributor Greg Wissinger, associate editor at Sactown Royalty, toss out a few players they'd like to see the Kings chase when free agency begins Friday. ... More

Marcus Thornton eager to play, patiently awaits new labor deal

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Marcus Thornton figures to be one of the top free agent options when the NBA resumes business.  But the lockout, 140 days and counting, has kept his big payday on hold.  So like the rest of us, he waits. "I wasn't expecting for it to go this long," Thornton said over the phone from Louisiana of the league work stoppage. "I'm just sitting back and waiting until everything is done and see what happens then." ... 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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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 the NBA.  Four members of the ... 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 the NBA. In the regular season ... More

Hickson in Herzilya: Week 1

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.

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#NBARank: Who rises and falls among Sacramento Kings bigs in 2012?

Photos: Steven Chea

Photos: Steven Chea

DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans were the only Sacramento Kings to crack the top 100 of ESPN.com's inaugural #NBARank. But where might they and their other teammates land in next year's list? In the second installment of our three-part debate, we weigh-in on the Kings' bigs.

What is #NBArank?

#NBArank is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to get involved in the discussion or just follow along. You can also follow along here: @NBAonESPN

How did we rank the players?

We asked 91 experts to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of "the current quality of each player." Here is the full list of voters from ESPN.com, the TrueHoop Network, TrueHoop TV, Daily Dime Live, ESPN TV, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, espnW, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, ESPN Fantasy, ESPN Games, ESPN Dallas, ESPN Los Angeles, ESPN Chicago, ESPN New York, ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN Topics and ESPN Analytics. ... More

J.J. Hickson’s Israeli deal includes NBA opt-out clause

The labor impasse has forced the hand of J.J. Hickson and now the Kings big man is headed overseas. According to multiple reports, he has signed to play in Israel for Bnei Hasharon.  He replaces Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker, who suffered an undisclosed injury and is returning to the U.S. to recover. ASM ... More

Donté Greene planning charity basketball game in Sacramento?

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