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December 15, 2006
This one's a slam-dunk

The Sacramento Kings may be, to put it gently, stinkin' up the court these days, but sometimes, what they do off the hardwood is just as noteworthy. Maybe even more so.

'Tis the season for giving, and this year, Maloof Sports & Entertainment (the Kings' parent company, y'all) has teamed with Safeway for the fifth annual "Season of Giving" campaign.

What this means for an avid Kings fan such as myself is the chance to check out some of my favorite tall guys doing something other than the standard dunk, rebound or pass.

As part of the campaign, my not-so-secret-anymore crush, Brad Miller, took 25 kids from Big Brothers/Big Sisters shopping at Toys "R" Us on Wednesday. And on Sunday, you can check out my other secret crush, point guard Mike Bibby, as he treats 30 Serna Village kids to a holiday shopping spree, this time at Target.

Serna Village is a transitional housing project for the homeless and most of the kids who'll be hanging out with the Team Dime leader are in foster programs. (Bibby and the Maloofs will be in good financial company, with Wells Fargo making matching contributions.)

The shopping spree will run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Target near Arco Arena (3601 North Freeway Blvd, to be exact).

Look for more Kings goodwill later in the week, with Ron Artest, Corliss Williamson, Kevin Martin and others donating time and presents to kids at Shriners, a Hmong women's association, Centers for Fathers & Families, and the Sacramento Children's Home.

Now if the Kings could only squeak a win past the Utah Jazz tonight, I might really believe there's a Santa Claus.

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