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June 17, 2011
How no Summer League impacts the Kings

TNT and NBA.com's David Aldridge reported earlier today via his Twitter account that the NBA has officially cancelled next month's Summer League.

What does this mean for the Kings?

The only King currently on the roster that would have been a candidate to participate is Hassan Whiteside. But he's still recovering from knee surgery in March and wouldn't have been available. Whiteside is expected to be ready to get back on the court in August.

This does hurt the three rookies the Kings won't have the opportunity to work with on the court. And with a lockout likely, the coaching staff won't even have contact with these players.

It's not unrealistic to expect the first of the three picks (No. 7, No. 35) to be contributors at some point next season so the tutelage in the summer would have been important. The Kings also own the final pick of the draft, 60th overall.

And the last two years, Summer League has been good to the Kings.

Tyreke Evans was one of the stars of the Las Vegas Summer League in 2009. It also served as the place were Omri Casspi shook off some of his early struggles in adjusting to the NBA game to have a productive rookie season. That team also included Wesley Matthews who became one of the most surprising rookies with Utah after going undrafted.

DeMarcus Cousins showed how dominant and versatile he could be last year in Las Vegas. It also gave him an idea of what he needed to do with his conditioning as he prepared for his rookie season.

Next week's draft picks won't get that experience. The best they can hope for is a lockout that doesn't last for months



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