YET ANOTHER BLOG UPDATE: Just got official word that Mikki Moore was, in fact, tending to his fiance', who had complications related to the miscarriage and had to attend a local hospital.
ANOTHER BLOG UPDATE: Mikki Moore is officially on the Kings bench with 8:50 left in the second quarter.
He's greeted warmly by Spencer Hawes and Beno Udrih, just before Ron Artest gives him a barrel hug from behind and Quincy Douby offers a hug as well. Considering Moore recently underwent a difficult experience when his fiance' had a miscarriage and Moore told me she was coming with him on this trip, it's safe to say it's related.
They have set up an exercise bike in the nearby tunnel for Moore to get him warm. He enters play for the first time wtih 3:49 left in the second quarter.
BLOG UPDATE: Kings forward Mikki Moore arrived late in the first quarter and should join his teammates soon. He was late to the game for personal reasons, although more should be known after the game.
SALT LAKE CITY - So as if playing a Utah team that's won eight of its last 10 games isn't challenge enough, the Kings weren't sure what players they had at their disposal until this afternoon.
Small forward Ron Artest didn't take part in morning shoot-a-round and was complaining of soreness to his right knee and right foot, but informed the coaching staff 75 minutes before tipoff that he could go. And now forward Mikki Moore isn't even here, having missed the game for personal reasons. As for the Jazz? Fully healthy, and up 12-8 at the moment in the first quarter. - Sam Amick