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January 15, 2013
The Morning After: Thomas Robinson OK after car accident near Sleep Train Arena

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Kings forward Thomas Robinson was involved in a car accident after Monday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

I was alerted of the accident via Twitter and checked out the scene. By time I arrived the other car that was involved was gone and Robinson was sitting in another car.

Robinson didn't get out of the car and put it in reverse and backed away from the scene. Robinson, I'm told, was not injured.

A person with Robinson tried to prevent Bee photographer Hector Amezcua from photographing the white Porsche that was still facing the wrong way in the turning lane at the intersection of Del Paso Ave. and Broadgate.

The airbags in the car had been deployed and there was damage to the front of the car.

In a town that saw what happened to Bobby Hurley years ago, there is a heightened sense to these things. Fortunately, it appears Robinson is OK.

There should be an update from today's practice later today. Media availability at the facility begins at 1:30 p.m.

*Robinson has been playing the best basketball of his rookie season lately. He's averaging eight points on 52.8 shooting nine rebounds in his last five games.

Robinson is averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds this season.

The rookie's solid showings figure to mean less time for James Johnson as a backup power forward and could cut into Chuck Hayes' time, too.

*Speaking of playing time, coach Keith Smart said he's done with trying to keep everyone happy with playing time.

"As guys are getting healthy they all want minutes," Smart said. "So they're all going to have that slow roll, walk to the bench when they're subbed out. Our term is called the F- you coach walk, the food for you coach walk."

Smart was already getting the walk from what I could tell. It could just be more prevalent, especially at guard.

Aaron Brooks dressed for Monday's game after missing a game with the flu, but did not play. With Isaiah Thomas starting and Jimmer Fredette the team's most efficient scorer getting playing time, it might be hard for Brooks to find playing time.

Tyreke Evans was playing well Monday, but sat until there were three minutes left in the game when it seemed he should go back in the game earlier because Fredette and Marcus Thornton were playing well.

The Kings could trade a guard to free up the logjam at the position, but with ownership uncertainty, making trades become tricky. If the Maloofs go through with selling the team, the new ownership might not want to take on additional salary.

So that leaves Smart to deal with the "food for you" walk when players don't like his substitutions.

Photo credit: A Porsche Panamera S that is owned by Sacramento Kings rookie Thomas Robinson on the median on Broadgate Dr. and Del Paso Blvd. after the Kings game Monday night. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.



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