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Tyreke Evans talks 2011 NBA Draft

Caught up with Tyreke Evans a few hours ago, who's back in Sacramento hosting a free basketball camp with the Positive Coaching Alliance and VSP the next two days for underprivileged kids in the area.  And with the draft just minutes away, Evans shared some of his thoughts.

He was however unable to comment on the blockbuster trade the Kings reportedly made this afternoon.  The Kings guard hadn't yet received official word that the trade was a done deal from the team yet.

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2011 NBA Draft day is upon us, analysis and recap of events

It all began All-Star Weekend when NBA commissioner David Stern gently picked up the Sacramento Kings and placed them on the tracks of the craziest roller coaster ride known to man.  For months, the ride went up and down, side to side, splashing through pools of water, until a reprieve of sorts brought the ride to an abrupt halt.  While plenty of fans were able to get off and take a break, the hardcore fan couldn't quite lift the hand rail and got locked in for another turnaround. That turn?  Draft season. We've done our best to bring you top notch draft coverage through prospect profiles, podcasts with some of the most relevant guests and mock drafts from a variety of sources, so here is a recap. ... More

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 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."
Tune-in 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
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
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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.

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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

Kemba confirmed.

Kemba Walker will finally make his long awaited trip to Sacramento on Monday.  Walker, who had a scheduling conflict for yesterday's Jimmer Fredette workout, will be joined by Nikola Vucevic (USC), Justin Hurtt (Tulsa), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Washington), DeAngelo Casto (Washington State) and Jordan Williams (Maryland).  Of ... More