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Ben McLemore will be the new spokesperson on the Kings for the Pizza Guys restaurant chain.

Kings fans and League Pass subscribers probably had their fair share of chuckles with Isaiah Thomas' Pizza Guys commercials last year, but the company needs a new pitch man with Thomas playing for the Suns. Hopefully the ads will help McLemore, who had a horrible rookie season. While we loved Thomas last year and were definitely Pizza Guys, we're probably not going to be this year with McLemore.
Sep 15 - 8:44 PM

DeMarcus Cousins shot 70.2 percent from the field during his FIBA World Cup.

He was terrific off the bench and showed some maturity this summer. Cousins caught an elbow to the throat against Lithuania on Thursday, but he was able to restrain himself from throwing a punch. He just turned 24 last month and still has plenty of room to improve. DMC is worth a look at the end of the first round.
Sep 15 - 9:38 AM

Rudy Gay (mouth) scored 11 points with three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 16 minutes against Serbia during Team USA's win on Sunday.

He didn't break his jaw on Thursday and was able to play 16 minutes on Sunday. Gay had a solid tournament, making 47.8 percent of his shots in 14 minutes per game. He'll likely have the ball more with Isaiah Thomas now in Phoenix and may raise his assists by a hair. He wasn't great in isolation last year, so the loss of Thomas may actually hurt Gay's fantasy value.
Sep 15 - 9:24 AM

Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia.
Source: USA Today
Sep 13 - 9:04 PM

Rudy Gay suffered a fracture to his jaw and a broken tooth from an elbow to his face during Thursday's game against Lithuania.

"The top is where I got hit. It's painful," Gay said. "It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man." Gay also called it a dirty play, which is up for debate because he was going to the basket and just caught an elbow while he was almost at the peak of his jump. He still has a chance to play on Sunday and this doesn't sound like a long-term injury.
Source: USA Today
Sep 13 - 12:16 PM

Former Hawks star, and Atlanta native Shareef Abdur-Rahim responded to Danny Ferry and Bruce Levenson's racist remarks in an open letter.

Here's a snippet from the letter: "I recall countless games blacked out in the 1980s and early 90s due to low attendance in the arena. Neither African-American cheerleaders nor the African-American community were the cause of low attendance back then and they are not the cause now... The notion that Africans are 'two-faced liars and cheats' is offensive. I am proud I have a lot of African in me and know such traits do not carry negative attributes." Click the link below if you'd like to read Abdur-Rahim's letter in full.
Sep 12 - 3:14 PM

Rudy Gay went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter of Thursday's game vs. Lithuania.

He caught an elbow to the mouth while going for a shot at the rim and was on the floor for a minute. It didn't look like there is any threat of a concussion and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game in the FIBA final. Gay exited the game with three points, seven rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes.
Sep 11 - 4:36 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone said earlier this summer that Ben McLemore and rookie Nik Stauskas "can play together without any problems."

"They both have a pretty good understanding of the game and they play well off of each other," said Malone. "When you have two guys who have the potential to shoot as well as they do, it’s going to pose problems for other teams." McLemore shot just 37.6 percent in limited action last season, including 32.0 percent from downtown. In spite of Malone's optimism, McLemore faces a major challenge from Stauskas, who is a 3-point marksman, and it's best to leave McLemore undrafted in standard fantasy drafts while this position battle plays out.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 10 - 12:43 PM

General manager Pete D’Alessandro said he wants Darren Collison to be a "guy that brings out the talent from everyone else."

Well, that's what a point guard is supposed to do, so this isn't an Earth-shattering statement or anything. The Kings were last in the NBA in assists last season, and they'll likely be near the bottom in that department again. Collison is an effective shooter from the line and he could have success from the field, and PDA broke his neck to bring Collison in after the Isaiah Thomas fiasco, making him a decent mid-to-late round target.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 8 - 8:29 PM

DeMarcus Cousins replied with a witty remark when he was asked if he knew where Slovenia is on a map.

A European journalist asked Cousins, "do you know where Slovenia is?" Cousins replied, "no, do you know where Alabama is?" This obviously has nothing to do with basketball, but it's still in the running for funniest quote of the offseason. Boogie will be a borderline first-round pick in fantasy leagues.
Sep 8 - 12:21 PM

USAB head coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke highly of DeMarcus Cousins during a recent interview, and refuted reports that he was ever questionable to make the US Team.

"We have believed in DeMarcus right from training camp," Krzyzewski said. "All the reports about him not making the team and all that were all not right... I think his defense has really improved." Cousins is much better known for his offense than his defense, but he really has stepped it up on the defensive end during the FIBA tournament. DMC profiles as a late-first round selection come draft day.
Source: ESPN
Sep 7 - 11:01 AM

Kings waive C Jeremy Tyler.

He was traded from the Knicks earlier this summer, but the move was never really much more than the Kings getting Quincy Acy's contract off their books. Tyler could wind up on a training camp roster, but he may also be headed back overseas.
Sep 6 - 6:35 PM

DeMarcus Cousins made all five shots from the field vs. Mexico on Saturday for 11 points, seven boards and two blocks.

He was the anti-Derrick Rose today with Rose missing all five of his shots. Team USA's big men have been outstanding and Cousins has raised his tournament field goal percentage to 70.6. He still trails Kenneth Faried's 74.5 percent, but DMC in the second unit has been a monster. Fantasy owners should have high hopes for him in 2014-15.
Sep 6 - 12:01 PM

The Kings are expected to waive Jeremy Tyler.

He was picked up in a trade from the Knicks last month and the team apparently doesn't want to give him a shot. Tyler hasn't come on yet and the clock is ticking for the former elite high school prospect, but he'll likely wind up on a training camp roster somewhere.
Sep 5 - 10:22 AM

DeMarcus Cousins racked up seven steals during Wednesday's 106-71 win over the Dominican Republic, adding 13 points, five boards and two assists.

He made all five shots from the field as Team USA forced 26 turnovers. Team USA actually lost the rebounding battle in the first quarter and were only up three, but then they dominated the rest of the way. They clinched the top seed of their group and may take it easy on the Ukraine on Thursday. As for Cousins, he's a solid grab at the turn of the first and second rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 3 - 5:31 PM


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