Negative attention follows DeMarcus Cousins like a giant rain cloud ready to burst. Questions about his maturity, questions about his physique and questions about his potential for disaster caused one of the most offensively gifted big men the NBA has seen in years, to slide down the draft board to the Sacramento Kings
Remember the post about the Atlantic Division being previewed by the NBA blogosphere? Well the Pacific Division is happening over the next few days and we're happily participating with the Kings preview (along with Sactown Royalty
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UPDATE: We have a winner! Buck Nasty's name was selected at random and will now have a brand new copy of Stumbling On Wins by Dave Berri and Michael Schmidt. Here are the answers:
Question 1: C. Ron Artest
Question 2: D. Jamal Sampson
Question 3: A. Peja Stojakovic
Question 4: D. Brian Grant
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Well, the Kings certainly have figured out how to beat the Clippers. Over the last 10 games they’ve won and scored 100 points or more twice. Both of those games were against the Clippers.
To say the Clippers still have their head in this season would be the equivalent of saying Tyreke Evans still has some work to do before ...
Probably just going to spew some random bullet points for the game. At this point, it’s not really a story for each game. The season is winding down and the Kings at this point are just looking for bright spots and things to build off of. So I feel like a few bullet points on the game is about right for games like this ...
(You may remember Noam Schiller from his fantastic Omri Casspi article earlier in the season. Well from time to time he'll be joining us all the way from Israel to chime in on the Sacramento Kings
. He is a lover of the professional basketball team in Hapoel, the Daily Dime Live chats on ESPN.com and Omri Casspi.)
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A couple of things over the weekend got me to thinking about Carlos Boozer playing in Sacramento. First was this piece from the Salt Lake Tribune that mentioned the Kings as a possible destination for Carlos Boozer. Then I saw this comment from a reader named Mo:
Any chance Kings can make a trade for Boozer? The Jazz need to ...
The NBA Draft is a lot like a game of checkers. There isn’t a ton of strategy involved. You basically take what is given to you and just try to jump everybody on the board. You hope that the end result is you as the victor and screaming, “King me!” throughout the game.
But now that the draft is over and the checkers ...
We're a couple of days removed from the NBA Draft and I thought it was time to let the dust settle and look back over what people/analysts/people who are analysts had to say to see what their reactions were to the selection of Tyreke Evans over Ricky Rubio by the Kings. So here goes, I'll try to respond to each of the reactions whether they're negative or positive or a Switzerland-esque neutral.
First off, Bill Simmons from his 13th Annual NBA Draft Running Diary
"4:57: In desperate need of a point guard, Sacramento takes … Tyreke Evans. It's as if these GMs are trying to hurt me. I feel physically ill.
Tyreke's weaknesses, according to our ESPN.com Draft Card: "Can be selfish … over-dribbles … lacks consistent range on his jump shot … not a super explosive leaper … poor shot selection." They left out, "Not a natural point guard," and "drove a getaway car during a drive-by shooting but was not charged by police."
4:58: Shaking my head.
4:58: Still shaking my head.
4:58: Bilas loves the pick but says, "He's a little bit ball-dominant, he needs to have the ball in his hands, and he's not a good shooter." Ball-dominant … isn't that a nice way of calling someone a ball hog? Where is my Jay Bilas Thesaurus?
4:59: Scott on Evans: "His nickname is 'Hugo' because he was born during Hurricane Hugo." That pick was a natural disaster. Literally."
Now, while I disagree more with Bill Simmons in the past two years than I would have thought I ever would, I'm not one of those guys that bashes whatever he does/writes while secretly waiting for his next article to come out on Page 2. I'm a fan of his and have no problem letting it be known. Despite the fact that he has confused me on many a topic in the past two years doesn't mean I all of a sudden have to hate him.
Found this from a Mr. Tom Ziller on Sactown Royalty.
I remember how Tyreke Evans was the prize of the 2008 recruiting class and then seemingly in the first two months of the college season, everyone had already forgotten about him.
Now? He was one of the more polarizing picks of the 2009 Draft and the potential ...