So in these lean times, I've taken to making my own morning Starbucks at home rather than use up my $4-per-gallon gas on the drive over and pay the inflated prices at the brewhouse itself. It was over said cup of coffee that I decided it was time for a quick hit of 'Morning cup of Kings.' Savor and enjoy. And the best part for all of you? It's free.
WE HARDLY KNEW YE, SEAN SINGLETARY
The point guard out of Virginia drafted in the second round by the Kings didn't take long to go from a player the organization allegedly coveted all along to an expendable piece to make the Ron Artest trade work. And now, Singletary is on the move again. He's been traded to Phoenix.
Truth be told, the initial trading of Singletary to Houston - in which his eventual destination was known weeks before it became official on Aug. 14 - killed a feature story I had planned on him. Singletary and I had a pleasant 30-minute interview next to the McDonald's inside the Palms Casino, where he talked on everything from his hoops to family life. He's a fascinating guy who has been through a lot, as both of his parents have been battling cancer for five years.
His hoops life and family struggles intersected on draft night, when his mother was "having a bad day," as Singletary told me then and he wound up heading for his grandmother's home nearby in the Philadelphia area to watch the draft. Of course there was no television there, so he learned of his Kings drafting from a phone call from his agent.
At the time, joining the Kings was a wondrous opportunity considering it was Beno Udrih and Singletary at the point. Then came the subpar summer league performances in the final few games and the subsequent Bobby Brown signing - all of it writing on the wall. He could be in line for some decent minutes behind Steve Nash if all goes well. Good luck to you, Sean. We hardly knew ya.
For those who don't know Rod Benson (and those folks have been decreasing rapidly for some time now), he is a fringe NBA player with a huge fanbase thanks mostly to his candid and oft-entertaining blog.
On his Ball Don't Lie blog with Yahoo!, he raises a fascinating question about whether NBA types who blog are compromising their own futures. He thought of this question, of course, because he ran into Eric Musselman.
The former Kings coach has his own blog that has received all sorts of attention. The question is whether it's the sort of attention that leads to an NBA return or endangers it. As I see it, Musselman's blog raises his profile in the overall hoops world but lowers it in the pros. Everyone in the NBA knows he can be organized, that he has an insatiable appetite to grow as a tactician and student of the game. But showcasing your homework and thoughts in such a public way does nothing to prove you can relate to players or keep a locker room from turning against you.
On the flip side, consider this: Reggie Theus' personal Web site is no more. The Kings coach has long had his own site highlighting all his accomplishments and updating his fans on all things Reggie (formerly www.reggietheus.com). I haven't asked him about it yet, but wonder if it could be an attempt to go low profile as he enters the final guaranteed season of his contract.
Addendum: I love the fact that the smiling mugshot on Musselman's blog is from a Kings news conference. Weren't there happier coaching times?
KEVIN MARTIN WEB SITE FINALLY UP AND RUNNING
For the K-Mart lovers out there, here's what you do: first, read Scott Howard-Cooper's thoughts on the shooting guard that will act as an exciting primer, then go visit Kevin Martin's official site. This thing was supposed to be active months ago, but better late than never. All kinds of good material and an edgy, high-tech feel that really works.
FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC IN OAK PARK
I'll remind you all again as it draws closer, but there will be a free basketball clinic in Oak Park on Sept. 20 featuring Martin, Bobby Jackson, Matt Barnes and local hoops guru/coach Guss Armstead.
I've copied and pasted the release below, for those looking for more info...
3rd ANNUAL OAK PARK CELEBRITY BASKETBALL CLINIC
Bobby Jackson, Kevin Martin, Matt Barnes, and Guss Armstead Team Up to
Host Free Basketball Clinic in the Oak Park Community
Sacramento - Mark your calendars! Plans are in motion for the 3rd Annual Oak Park Celebrity Basketball Clinic. NBA player appearances include Kevin Martin, Matt Barnes and Bobby Jackson. The FREE Celebrity Basketball clinic is open to boys and girls, Kindergarten through High School of the Sacramento community for up to 150 children. The clinic, scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center of Oak Park, will include guest appearances by Ruthie Bolten, and former Sacramento King's player, Harold Pressley.
This is Bobby Jackson's third year appearing at the clinic and he couldn't be more excited to kick off his Sacramento homing coming through the clinic. "I'm just hoping that we can go out there and be great role models, and hopefully make a difference in these kid's lives. Most kids don't have that avenue to attend these $300 or $400 camps. And to give that avenue to these kids is important," said Jackson.
Children attending the clinic spend the day learning basketball fundamentals, the importance of teamwork, and visiting a series of life skills station hosted by area celebrities and professionals. Stations include presentations by Advanced Student Connection, a Sacramento based college preparatory and basketball skills academy, 24 Hour Fitness' Hoopology Program with former Monarchs player Danielle Viglione, Marty McNeal of the Sacramento Bee, and Ruthie Bolten, Olympian and former Sacramento Monarchs player. Of course, kids also have the opportunity to spend time with Sacramento's NBA favorites; Bobby, Matt, and Kevin. Children will receive a t-shirt, lunch provided by Chipotle, thirst stations provided by Vitamin Water, photos, prizes, awards and mini basketballs.
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The Oak Celebrity Basketball Clinic was founded in 2006 by Professional Basketball Skills Trainer, Guss Armstead and Crystal Chodes, former Marketing Director to Basketball Town. Each summer, many basketball camps and clinics are provided to children throughout the Sacramento community. However, the high cost associated with these camps and clinics often prohibit many children and families who cannot afford this expense, from attending. It is the sincere hope of the clinic's founders as well as Bobby, Matt, and Kevin to provide a quality and educational basketball experience to deserving children. These friends have come together with the desire to create a basketball festival and all-inclusive atmosphere that fosters hope, goodwill and a spirit of giving back to the community that so passionately supports them.
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