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Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 9: Tom Abatemarco, Colorado Assistant Coach

A double-dip day for the Cowbell Kingdom podcast... Alec Burks - a real option for the Sacramento Kings at seven?  We touched base with Coach Tom Abatemarco, formerly with the Kings, now an assistant at Colorado, for his take on the former Buffalo shooting guard. Highlights
  • On Burks' shooting: "He has to get his base better on his feet.  His feet are parallel, too close together.  And we worked with him a little bit on changing that, but it's not going to happen overnight."
  • On Burks' defense: "Sometimes Alec cruised and he was guilty of that.  And as the year went on, he didn't cruise."
  • On Burk's work ethic: "If you asked me this question earlier in the year, I would've said he really needed to improve.  But as the year went on, his work ethic got better and better.  He was in the office, seven in the morning watching tape with the coaches, he was doing extra work.  I mean he really stepped it up and I think he has to step it up even more.  I think there's still room for growth. "
A lively conversation with Coach T after the jump. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 8: Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee

With less than 48 hours to go until the 2011 NBA Draft, could the trade winds be picking up for the Sacramento Kings?  We caught up last night with Kings beat writer Jason Jones to get his sense of what direction the Kings might take before the draft takes place Thursday. Highlights
  • Jones on the Tony Parker trade rumor: "I know Tony Parker's not Chris Paul.  But Tony Parker's still pretty good.  And I'm thinking that (seven for Parker straight-up) may just be the starting point.  But you have to assume that they're going to want to try to get a little more out of a deal than just the seventh pick, (and) who knows what that might be."
  • And Raymond Felton: "People forget that when the New York Knicks were playing good earlier this year, Raymond Felton is being talked about as being an All-Star in the east.  And he was playing some really good basketball and even when he got to Denver in the trade, I still felt like Raymond played well.  He was coming off the bench, you know from starting to (becoming a) reserve, I thought he still played well."
  • Alec Burks: genuine interest or smokescreen?
  • Some discussion on his piece from Sunday's Bee about Hassan Whiteside.
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Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 7: Jerry Reynolds, Kings Analyst/Director of Player Personnel

Bringing us an inside-perspective of the draft process for the Sacramento Kings is Director of Player Personnel and long-time color analyst, Jerry Reynolds. Highlights
  • Jerry shares his take on scouting today versus 20-plus years ago.
  • On Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette: "I think they're all good prospects.  I don't think any of them will fail in the NBA.  Now, are they the best prospects?  I'm not going to get into that.  But I think they certainly all perform well."
  • On the possibility of trading out of the pick: "I will say this, I don't see much interest in moving up, so to speak, considering this draft.  I think it'd be more likely to even move down.  But probably neither."
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Cowbell Kingdom Prospect Profile: Kawhi and Co.

Left - Kawhi Leonard, Right - Scotty Hopson

There's been a seismic belief shift on what could happen when the Kings pick next Thursday.  A week ago, Kawhi Leonard looked like a lock to fill the Kings' gaping hole at small forward.  That all changed when BYU's Jimmer Fredette rolled into town and turned heads.  Today was Leonard's chance to bring wandering eyes back his way. Leonard must show that he is the complete package and a true upgrade over Omri Casspi, Francisco Garcia and Donté Greene.  There is no doubt the Kings like Leonard (they have sent scouts to visit him at least three times).  But with Jimmermania sweeping Sacramento, can Kawhi make the impact he needs to get back into the mix at pick number seven? The Kings brought in an eclectic group of players of varying shapes and sizes.  Apparently, the Kings front office wanted to see Leonard perform against a variety of players.  Of the other players in town today, only Scotty Hopson is projected to be drafted. Video and analysis after the jump. ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 6: Jonathan Givony, Draft Express

Draft Express is one of the premieminent, if not top go-to sites for scouting potential NBA players.  So we were happy to welcome Jonathan Givony, president of DX, to the CK podcast and share his thoughts on this year's draft. Highlights
  • "At the beginning of next week, we're going to see one or two major trades happen, with massive salaries exchanged in preparation for the lockout. You know, getting out of some long term agreements before the new collective bargaining agreement kicks in.  And that's just going to throw a wrench in everything.  And we're just going have to go back to the beginning and change the order of the draft and start thinking about team needs.  And everything's just going to get blown to hell."
  • Givony references Chad Ford's story about Jan Vesely's workout for a few teams, including the Kings, in New Jersey this Sunday.
  • Givony believes Jimmer Fredette's best-case scenario is a former King.
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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
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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
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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 SI.com 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 DraftExpress.com 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.


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Follow Jimmer: The Fredette Show in Sacramento

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-4OOy8-IsE 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 23rd, it's over.  So it's just ... More

Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 4: Dave Rose, Head Coach BYU Basketball

Yesterday, we met perhaps the most popular prospect in this year's NBA Draft when Jimmer Fredette worked out for the Sacramento Kings.  Today, we had the pleasure of talking with someone who knows Jimmer on and off the court best.  BYU Cougars Men's Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose joins us today on the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast. Highlights
  • On the challenges of coaching BYU considering the religious dynamic: "The other teams, they lose players after their freshmen year and they go onto the NBA and they never get them back.  So I just kind of look at it in a positive light that they're coming home in a year or two and we'll get them back in the program."
  • Regarding Jimmer's coachability, Coach Rose pointed out Fredette's experience playing in Las Vegas with Team USA last summer.  Rose says that Team USA coaches in the college ranks were impressed with Fredette's ability to pick up concepts quickly.
  • On Jimmer's defensive prospects: "I think that he'll be fine.  He's extremely athletic, a lot more than people think.  And then he has great upper body strength.  I think if he gets in the right system, with the right coaches, guys spending time with him - he'll find a way to be able to defend so that he can really help his team offensively."
  • Where Jimmer ranks among the players he's played with and coached: "Well, I think he's the best offensive player that has ever been on my team, either as a player or a coach, as far as his ability to just make big shots and kind of will your team out of spots during the game." (Note: Coach Rose played with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as a member of the great Phi Slamma Jamma Houston Cougar teams of the early 1980s.)
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