Question: I know that Quincy Douby hasn't played in the first two Kings' games. My question is do you think he will soon be getting some minutes and what is keeping him out of the rotation? Many Rutgers fans in NJ hope he can do well.
-- Art Rostel, Union, N.J.
Answer: For now, it appears Quincy is officially a long-term project. The Kings are chock-full of shooting guards, scorers, and swingmen, and Douby simply has no place to play. The organization remains confident in him, and Douby has kept a good head about himself despite spending so much time on the inactive list. Still, I never understood the pick, not because he doesn't have potential but because this team had very specific needs they could have filled at other positions. I'm looking forward to seeing Douby's development, though. His shot and unlimited shooting range is what everyone talks about, with countless stories of incredible performances from his Rutgers days. It could be some time, though, before that translates to the NBA level.
-- Sam Amick
Question: What happened to Loren Woods on the roster?
-- Daryl, Houston
Answer: The Kings cut Woods near the end of training camp, deciding he just didn't fit the big-man bill they were looking for. The move came as a shock to Woods, who was paid $400,000 in guaranteed money to leave town. Had he made the regular season roster, he would have made $950,000.
I was told the 7-foot-2 center just didn't show enough intensity in practices, and he was hurt by the Kings' preseason game in Las Vegas in which he missed a block on weakside defense and drew the ire of Kings coach Eric Musselman. But given the recent loss of Brad Miller (torn tendon in left foot) and the lack of playing time for big men Vitaly Potapenko and Maurice Taylor, I'd be curious to see what Woods can do.
-- Sam Amick