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. José 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