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He’s been working hard. He’s an intriguing player, but it’s hard to even say what his progress is because there is no measurement of him competing in basketball to define progress. He’s been around watching and trying to pick up as much as you can by watching. He’s been working on his body. So much of what’s going to happen with him is going to depend on how completely his knee heals and how much he can pick up what the NBA is all about.More after the jump... ... More
Sactown Royalty. I scurried off to the arena for the official announcement, even texting then-media relations member and newly appointed Director of Public Relations, Chris Clark, something about about bringing a fire extinguisher in case a riot broke out and my car was lit on fire. More after the jump... ... More
Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.Welcome to part II of the Cowbell Kingdom summer interview series with Coach Paul Westphal. The Sacramento Kings dropped a bombshell on their fan base just hours before the 2011 NBA draft when they reacquired journeyman small forward John Salmons. Confusion, anger, utter disbelief reigned as fans lined up single file on the Tower Bridge and jumped to their deaths in the icy water below. Not really, but between the Salmons trade and rumors that Sam Dalembert has very little interest in returning to the Sacramento Kings, a lot of fans lost sleep. Thankfully, fans don't get to make the hard decisions, men with years of NBA experience do. James Ham: You just brought in Salmons and that gives you five small forwards (pre-Omri Casspi trade), how is that situation going to settle out? Is there going to be some movement there? Coach Westphal: Like I said, we're not through with our roster yet. You can never know what move you can make, particularly now because we don't know what the collective bargaining rules are going to be. But there will be moves made with our roster, I don't think we'll go in with five small forwards with a twelve man roster, but several of those players are flexible and can play multiple positions. A lot of this will be addressed when it's possible to address it. Read more after the jump. ... More
Editors Note: This interview took place on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 before the NBA locked out their players.Over the next few days, we will be filtering in a new interview series with Coach Paul Westphal. Before heading home to Southern California for what is shaping up to be a very long summer, Westphal took some time out of his busy schedule to hang out with us here at Cowbell Kingdom. We will kick off the discussion with a little Jimmer chatter, which seems to be everyone's favorite topic at the moment. James Ham: Coach, you just moved from pick no. 7 to pick no. 10, you picked up John Salmons and you picked up Jimmer Fredette - how do you see Jimmer fitting in right away? Is he a role player? Can he compete for a starting job from day one? Coach Westphal: I really can't envision him taking a spot ahead of Tyreke Evans or Marcus Thornton, assuming we re-sign Marcus. But if he can, he'll start. I do think that we can rely on him to play significant minutes. I'd be really surprised if it doesn't unfold like that and I think he's a point guard. I think he is a point guard who has great leadership skills, great maturity, great fundamentals. I don't think there is much concern about him not being a good player. How great he will become over a period of time, nobody can tell you that either, but there is nothing that leads me to think he can't be a solid contributor right away. Read more after the jump. ... More
- On Hickson: "It was a chance to acquire a young player that's already proven himself to a pretty decent level in the league and strengthening our roster. There's still a lot of upside there. Some of the players that were just taken in the draft a week ago aren't a whole lot younger than J.J. and he's had three years in the league and been more productive each year. It really falls, I think, mostly under the category of just improving the quality of your roster overall."
- On the nexus of this trade: "We were having conversations with Cleveland prior to the draft and even somewhat during the draft and it just didn't seem to work. But they continued on here. In order to accomplish this trade today, both teams had to waive physicals and reporting in order to get it complete today."
- On the financial implications: "The other thing about this trade - it does not, again, significantly impact our salary cap room going forward at all. So when we get to free agency, we'll still be basically in the same position. We have to go and make other additions to the roster."
- On Casspi: "Omri has had some pretty good stretches himself as a player and we wanted to make sure we could get fair value for him if we ever did move him."
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC0kTMGtY-wThen today, they were formally introduced to the local media and appeared at a rally at Arden Fair Mall. Notes, more video and a photo gallery of today's events after the jump. ... More
Paul Westphal addressed the local media at the Kings Practice Facility. Updated (12:45 am) with video. Geoff Petrie httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtjek5KN0Xo Audio: Right-click, save-as ... More
Paul Westphal, who was nice enough to take a call during his break time. James Ham: First up, you were so complimentary toward the fans down the stretch, how happy are you to come back and finish what you started here in Sacramento? Coach Westphal: I’m very happy about it. I do understand and I think the fans understand that there is a lot more work to be done. I think everyone who has watched closely knows what a challenge this has been to rebuild this team and also rebuild the franchise in Sacramento. I think there have been big steps taken in both directions and the work is not through on either front. James Ham: You said good bye to your players a little over two weeks ago, how did the exit interviews go? Were there any big surprises or did it go pretty smooth? Coach Westphal: I don’t think there were any big surprises. I think, as with anything, it’s going to depend on what kind of follow through there is. There were a lot of positive words and good intentions...we’ll hope for the best as far as improvement over this uncertain summer. James Ham: I think here in Sacramento, with the fight to keep this team here, we have kind of forgotten about the pending labor unrest and how much that can effect next season and your ability to get these guys on the same page early enough to make a real impact. Coach Westphal: Well, I’m not even addressing that (potential lock-out) because it’s not anything I know anything about and we are encouraged not to address that, but whenever a team doesn’t make the playoffs, the summer is going too long under the best of circumstances. It’s good for the players to get away and rest and that’s what they should do for a while, but at the same time, the summer is one of the best times to improve and if you’re not improving, someone is passing you up because other people are working and that’s the emphasis that we really need to impress on our young players. ... More