PHOTO CREDIT: DeMarcus Cousins following the Sacramento Kings first practice following the end of the lockout at the training facility near Power Balance Pavilion on Dec. 10, 2011. JosÃ© Luis Villegas, Sacramento Bee.
We're here to feed your fix for Sacramento Kings news. Each day, we'll highlight news, features and analysis from around the Web.
- Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) reports in today's newspaper that Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Jason Salmons, Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins will start in Monday's regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara), in a blog post yesterday, reports players are happy to have Hayes back.
- Jonathan Santiago (@itsJONsantiago) and James Ham (@James_Ham), of TrueHoop Network affiliate Cowbell Kingdom, spoke to Dr. Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic on Hayes' heart evaluation in the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast.
- "There is still a lot of work to be done, but a lot of great progress has been made already," writes Greg Wissinger (@gwiss) in his season preview on SB Nation affiliate Sactown Royalty.
- "The Kings won't be good this year, but they'll produce a lot of fun games," writes Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) in his season preview on the Ball Don't Lie blog on Yahoo! Sports.
- Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) ranks the Kings No. 24 in the NBA Basketball Power Rankings on ESPN.
• Ben Sosenko (@BenSosenkoCBS13) of CBS 13 spoke to Modesto Christian High School coach Gary Porter about the return of Hayes.
Tweets of the day:
Can not recall anything that has impacted Kings organization like the Chuck Hayes situation. Especially in such a short period. Remarkable!— Gary Gerould (@ggerould) December 24, 2011
S/O to all the fans that live in Sacramento!!! You guys are the best!!!— JJ Hickson (@JJHickson31) December 24, 2011