Kings/Monarchs co-owner Gavin Maloof, in town for tonight's WNBA playoff game between the Monarchs and San Antonio Silver Stars, described his last few weeks as "exhausting." And, no, he wasn't talking about the impact of the nation's economic crisis on the family businesses. He says he has spent the past month taking care of his mother, Colleen, who was ill, and more recently, brother Joe, who underwent double knee replacement surgery last week in Phoenix.
Gavin described the procedure as "excruciatingly painful," and said that Joe is finally starting to feel better and attempting to walk around. "He knew he had to get it done," said Gavin, "but he kept putting it off because it's such a tough surgery. His knees were bone on bone, from old football injuries. It was causing him to walk bowlegged, but now, even when he takes a few steps, his legs have straightened out on him."
The walking wounded at Arco Arena - which already included Monarchs power forward Rebekkah Brunson - included Monarchs general manager John Whisenant. Whiz came into the press room before tipoff and apologized for not returning my phone call Wednesday. He didn't have to do much explaining: His face was covered with bandages. He had a cancerous growth removed from the side of his nose and required 25 stitches.