For the extra-fanatical Kings fans or the masses who were left unfulfilled by the 2006-07 campaign, there is a place to start the healing process.
The Sacramento Professional Development League continues tonight at Capital Christian High School, where the word is that three Kings will be playing.
Ron Artest, Francisco Garcia and Justin Williams are scheduled to make an appearance for the 7 p.m. tipoff. Their competition and teammates, per the norm of the SPDL, will be a mix of more-than-capable college talent and the occasional all-star high schooler.
Artest has been playing on any court he can find, it seems, practicing for much of the summer at his old Indiana Pacers practice facility. His family is back
in their Indiana home and -- according to a recent Indianapolis Star story -- that's where Artest wants to retire and spend the rest of his post-NBA days.
That makes two Kings with that aspiration, as Brad Miller has long said the same thing about his home state.
Meanwhile, Price and Williams are preparing for a very important summer league in mid-July. Both players are restricted free agents (the Kings made qualifying offers this week), and their play at summer league could have much to do with their respective futures.
I can't recommend the SPDL game enough, as it's a rare chance to see NBA talent without the NBA price tag. Players are typically very gracious about autographs and pictures, and the whole scene is a mid-summer night's dream for hoops lovers. For more info, go to www.tothehoop.com.
- Sam Amick