ELK GROVE - That dateline just doesn't look as appealing as it did on Sunday in Las Vegas, but I'll take it.
Home again for a day of rest, moreso for the Kings than the team's beat writer. With two days between the loss to the Lakers and Wednesday's game against the Clippers in Stockton, coach Reggie Theus ordered an off-day for his squad. No one could use it more than guard Quincy Douby, whose sprained right ankle just might nag him for some time if he tries to push it.
Douby lasted one half on Sunday before his ankle "hurt like hell," as he said, and he expects to be out Wednesday and questionable for Friday in Houston. Shooting guard Kevin Martin also played only the first half before leaving with a "sore right knee." Martin said on Monday that he will likely play limited minutes on Wednesday, which isn't entirely the result of his ailment. Theus is looking to limit the minutes of his starters in the first four exhibition games and integrate them more and more deeper in the preseason.
Tark - who said he splits his time between Vegas, San Diego and Fresno these days - thinks playing fast is a good move by Theus for a number of reasons I'll break down in the story. He's usually on hand for any big event at UNLV, but not this time.
* Everything worth watching seems to find its way onto YouTube, and Beno Udrih's ankle-breaker against Kobe Bryant on Sunday night certainly qualified.
And the reaction from Udrih, by way of a mini Q&A...
Q: "You ever done that to Kobe before?"
A: "No, not really. It doesn't happen a lot, but he was playing aggressive (defensively).
Q: "You're not even smiling. That had to be fun."
A: "It was fun, but I didn't see it because I spun off him and he was behind me. I heard the reaction from the fans and our bench, so I didn't know he fell down."
Q: "You hit the shot, which was the most important part."
A: "Exactly. If I would've missed it, then they would be laughing at me. It could happen to anybody. It has happened to me. I think it's happened to everybody in this locker room."
KINGS FORUM LAUNCHES TONIGHT!
While the new Sacbee web site will be launched tomorrow, we also have a new Kings forum that is open for business starting tonight at midnight.
It's like your conventional chat room, except that the folks who actually cover the team will occasionally be both posing and answering questions. I have one waiting for you, but you can't take part until the clock strikes 12. Here's the link - http://www.sacbee.com/forums/ - so set those bookmarks. - Sam Amick