It's been a while since Rob Pimental packed up for a road trip, but there he was in all his organizational glory on Friday afternoon at the Kings practice facility.
The Kings' equipment manager was loading a bus that would eventually take the team's 15 summer league players to a plane bound for summer league in Las Vegas, where only four are assured they'll play on from there and the rest are ready to show they belong. Spencer Hawes, Quincy Douby, Shelden Williams, and Jason Thompson being the certainties and the rest beyond Sean Singletary and Patrick Ewing Jr. qualifying as the longest of longshots, the group begins live action tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Toronto at UNLV. The schedule from there...
Tuesday - Kings vs. Blazers, 7 p.m.
Wednesday - Kings vs. Mavericks, 3 p.m.
July 18 - Kings vs. Warriors, 7 p.m.
July 20 - Kings vs. Rockets, 5:30 p.m.
Scott Howard-Cooper will be on site to see the Jason Thompson debut and relay his first impressions, and I'll take over on Monday and stay through the end of the session. Ailene Voisin is tentatively scheduled to be at the latter part of summer league and into the Olympic training portion in Vegas soon thereafter (which, of course, includes Kevin Martin playing on the Olympic select team).
The Kings narrowed the summer league roster from 18 to 14 today, cutting Zabian Dowdell, David Johnson, Lawrence Roberts, and Darnell Jones. It was an extremely uneventful day when compared to the two that came before it.
There was very little talk of Brad Miller's suspension, except for a member of the media relaying a comical story I'd missed yesterday (while I had a day off). After Kings coach Reggie Theus had already addressed Miller's five-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy, said media member casually mentioned, "So, what do you think of all this smoke?" Not sure if it was a reference to the hazy weather or the Cheech and Chong type of puffs, the always-smooth Theus was left speechless for a moment. The summer league bunch may already be sneaking out from underneath the smoke, but it will take a bit longer for Miller. - Sam Amick