6 results for tag: Mario Elie

Thursday Cowbell Clippings: Featuring coaching takes and more transaction chatter

The Kings' first move post-lockout is apparently signing Chuck Hayes.  At Sactown Royalty, Tom Ziller explains why Hayes isn't Kenny Thomas: "When Kenny Thomas arrived in 2005, he had five years and $40 million remaining on his contract, or an average salary of $8 million per season. Under the deal as reported, Hayes will ... More

Five takeaways from Geoff Petrie’s Wednesday presser

Photo: Jonathan Santiago/Cowbell Kingdom

The NBA shut down all basketball-related communication from league front offices during the lockout.  Yesterday afternoon, Geoff Petrie broke his silence, addressing media for the first time since June.   After the jump are a few bullet-point takeaways from Wednesday's media session with the Kings President of Basketball Operations. ... More

3-on-3 Roundtable: Weighing-in on Kings coaching hires and departures

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 made some major changes to its coaching staff yesterday.  Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie announced the hirings of both Bobby Jackson and Keith Smart to Head Coach Paul Westphal's staff.  Jackson, a former fan favorite and 2002-03 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, had served the last two years as special assistant in the Kings front office.  Smart previously worked the prior eight seasons in Golden State, including serving as head coach last year.  Their hirings also meant the end for three of Westphal's other assistants.  The contracts of Mario Elie, Truck Robinson and Otis Hughley were up after last season and were not renewed. James Ham, Jonathan Santiago and special contributor Akis Yerocostas, associate editor of Sactown Royalty, share their thoughts on the Kings coaching hires and departures. 1.  Bobby Jackson: Your impressions on the hire. James Ham:  Great hire.  The fans love him.  The players love him.  As a third assistant, Jackson will learn the ropes from two quality assistants in Jim Eyen and Keith Smart.  Jackson spent a lot of time around the Kings last season, so the transition to full-time assistant should be an easy one. Jonathan Santiago:  I concur with James.  Not only has Jackson spent time in the Kings front office, but he's played with some of their current players as well.  He's the ideal bridge between the coaching staff and the roster. Akis Yerocostas:  I love the hire of Bobby Jackson. He's always been a leader on and off the court, and the returning players already know him and respect him.  It will be nice to see Bobby on the sidelines once again. ... More

Coach Speak After Summer League Game Two


Coaches Speak After First Summer League Game


Donte Greene — The Defender?

Jason Jones had a nice little post on Mario Elie talking about Donte Greene's defense on the Sac Bee Kings Blog. Here is Elie's quote followed by my quick thoughts: "That's going to be some work. This is my first real dose of Donte. He's still a young player and that's his thing. A lot of young players have got to ... More