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Reports surfaced this week that a number NBA players will descend upon Las Vegas in a few weeks to play in a pro-only summer league. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld broke the news first and he joins us on the Cowbell Kingdom podcast today. Highlights
- Kennedy says they're still assembling the rosters and ironing out some of the final details. They're not quite sure who will be participating yet. But you can expect Kings big man J.J. Hickson to play, since he's been training in Las Vegas this entire offseason.
- Who came up with the idea for this league? Kennedy believes Joe Abunassar, head trainer at the Impact Training Facility in Las Vegas. Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns also has played a role in organizing this early September basketball league.
- Will players will be paid to play? "They've come to the understanding that they're not going to make any money off this," says Kennedy.
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- On working out with Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook: "When we work out together, we always do different things. There’s things that I do better than them and there’s things they do better than me. So it’s always good to work out with them and try to learn new things from their games."
- Tyreke is no stranger to the game of new teammate JJ Hickson. He says he's known the Kings newest addition for "a long time", having battled against Hickson in high school.
- Amar'e Stoudemire hopes to round up teammates for an unofficial Knicks training camp. Zach Randolph has expressed doing the same with his Grizzlies . Is Tyreke planning something similar for the Kings? "I was thinking about that, calling some of the players up, trying to get them to Sacramento early. I know it's going to be pretty hard for the rookies because they haven't set up yet with (homes). But I mean, the guys that have been playing, the veterans and the guys who have been playing a couple years on our team...I was definitely thinking of calling them up and (trying) to get a local gym in Sacramento and having a training camp."
- Tyreke has been keeping busy this offseason also through his work with VSP Vision Care. We highlighted one of two videos he starred in from a four-part webisode series, which offers vision health tips. Check the rest on the Eyefiles tab of VSP's Facebook Page.
JJ Hickson for a quick Q&A session. Among the questions Hickson answered was this one regarding his intensity level. SLAM: You mentioned the lapses you had at times, but you also turned in some of your best performances last season against the Amar’e ... More
JJ Hickson told a local Cavs newspaper he was the best power forward in the league. I'm assuming he meant the NBA. With that in mind, let's take a quick look at what Hickson does well and what he needs to greatly improve on. During the 2010-11 season, JJ Hickson gave the Cavaliers averages of 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game. Those are not terrible averages by any means for a player who will turn 23 when the next NBA season begins (fingers crossed!). But looking deeper into his play (thanks to Synergy Sports), there seem to be only a few ways to truly utilize him and a lot of areas in which he needs improvement. ... More
In a last minute move before the lockout-imposed deadline, the Kings have decided to solve their self-created logjam at small forward, by trading Omri Casspi and a conditional future first round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for J.J. Hickson. Marc Stein, via twitter, has the details regarding the pick:
“Protection specifics on pick going from Kings to Cavs: Protected 1-to-14 in 2012, 1-to-13 in 2013, 1-to-12 in 2014, 1-to-10 from 2015-2017; If first-round pick is not conveyed from SAC to CLE by 2017, then Kings convey their 2017 second-rounder to Cavaliers (protected 56-60)”As an Israeli Kings’ fan, this hurts, but it makes a lot of sense. Between the re-acquired John Salmons, the previously present Francisco Garcia and Donté Greene, and the newly drafted Tyler Honeycutt, the 3 was by far the Kings’ most crowded position. Meanwhile, Casspi is coming off a second straight season of falling out of the rotation post-January, and has been mired with inconsistency throughout his Kings tenure. If any small forward was to go, it was Omri. With his main competition on the Cavs being… umm… well… yeah, he should be starter from day one, with a young, passing point guard to grow old next to, and a fanbase that could use a high-energy guy such as him. This is a great opportunity for him, even if seeing him leave Sactown is sad. ... More