TORONTO - A full roster, ey? Well, not entirely. Shareef Abdur-Rahim remains on the shelf, but the Kings are otherwise healthy and in wait-and-see mode as they debut the new group tonight at Toronto.
A trip to this morning's shoot-a-round confirms that Mike Bibby and Ron Artest will, in fact, be playing, and coach Reggie Theus reiterated that the starting lineup of Beno Udrih, John Salmons, Francisco Garcia, Mikki Moore and Brad Miller will remain. It's in all of their favor that the Raptors will be playing the tail end of a road-home back to back, having lost at Detroit on Tuesday night. Maybe the fatigue factor will help slow Toronto forward Chris Bosh down, as the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week has been on tear lately.
I'm blaming the travel factor for what was a rough day at the office yesterday, as today's story on what may lie ahead is in need of a correction.
Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao's deal is for three years and $17 million, not the five years and $32 million I reported. And who doesn't remember that? To review, going shorter with his deal after the holdout was the long-awaited compromise that will allow him to try for the truly big bucks again a few years from now. - Sam Amick