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NHL hands Thornton 15-game ban

I'm assuming he's just being suspended preemptively, in case NBA 3.0 involves cross-league trades.

FORD: Agree that Petrie is doing the GM equivalent of impaired driving with this pick. Kings fans...

FORD: Agree that Petrie is doing the GM equivalent of impaired driving with this pick. Kings fans are watching, horrified, as he weaves back and forth across the road. The question isn't whether he collides into the telephone pole … it's when.

Simmons and Ford with this and many other jabs at the Kings in their back-and-forth mock draft

Cleveland knows how to tank

In a game against Detroit (which entered at 22-38), the short-handed Cavs fell behind by as much as 50 points (100-50 in the 3rd). Omri Casspi had the best +/- among Cleveland starters at -38. Sacramento is currently tied with Cleveland for fourth fewest wins in the league. It's going to be tough to out-tank these guys.

No NBA franchise has a wilder swing from "best-case scenario" to "worst-case scenario" than the...

No NBA franchise has a wilder swing from "best-case scenario" to "worst-case scenario" than the Kings. Their best-case scenario: a new stadium, a free-agent prize (Marc Gasol, who could make DeMarcus Cousins his new Z-Bo), a couple of savvy short-risk signings (let's say Patty Mills and Mike Dunleavy Jr.) and a minority billionaire owner who could make sure everyone's checks cleared. Their worst-case scenario: no stadium, prolonged labor dispute … contraction. And yes, the odds for both scenarios are pretty much the same.

Simmons take on the Kings' future in a column on candidates for amnesty.

Hollinger ranks 2002 SAC-LAL 6th best playoff series ever

Hollinger's series rating: 25.3 Seven games wasn't enough to decide the 2002 Western Conference finals, but the Lakers finally prevailed in overtime in Sacramento when the Kings kept missing free throws. This classic series had everything -- game-winning shots by Robert Horry and Mike Bibby, a 24-point Lakers comeback in Game 4 to even the series, and the first conference finals or Finals Game 7 road win in 20 years. Even before the Game 7 overtime, the previous three games were decided by a total of six points. Of course, this series has also become synonymous with scandal because of a 106-102 Laker victory in Game 6 that featured a series of dubious calls in favor of L.A, most notably a late fourth-quarter Kobe Bryant elbow that left Bibby bleeding but drew a whistle against the Kings. The Lakers took 27 fourth-quarter free throws, and by the end Sacramento was guarding Shaquille O'Neal with little-used backup forward Lawrence Funderburke. Nonetheless, the most crucial moment came in Game 4, when the Lakers capped off a miraculous comeback with Horry's 3-pointer at the buzzer to win 100-99. The Kings seemingly had it won after Vlade Divac tapped a Lakers miss away from the basket area and the clock wound down, only to have the ball go straight to Horry at the 3-point line.

ESPN's Western Conference Forecast predicts Kings finish 13th.

By aggregating the predictions of 93 basketball experts (including Zach Harper), ESPN predicts Sacramento will finish 30-52. Putting this together with their Eastern Conference predictions, Sacramento would be tied with the Cavs for the fifth worst record in the league, besting only the T-wolves, the Raptors, the Nets, and the Warriors. Their blurb about Sacramento: "Reigning rookie of the year Tyreke Evans has gained a reputation as a hell-bent driver who's hard to slow down, and not just on the highway. This season, expect another sizable move for the Kings after last season's eight-game improvement, especially if Evans can form a reliable partnership with rookie DeMarcus Cousins."

Hollinger's odd draft board

It's based on a combination of his numerical system (mostly) and his subjective opinion (to a lesser extent). It goes: 1. Wall 2. Turner 3. Cousins 4. Monroe 5. Favors ... 11. Johnson ...

Chad Ford on Thabeet:

Tom (Mpls): What are the chances Thabeet actually becomes a legitimate NBA player? Chad Ford: Personally ... I think it's around 50 percent. His length and shot blocking ability give him a good chance of sticking as a defensive center. But his offense? Ugh. But to be clear, scouts tend to be higher on him than I am.

Ron-Ron news that won't surprise any of us...

This kind of thing is way less aggrevating now that he's in a different city. From Henry Abbot of True Hoop: "Ron Artest is completely well-intentioned. He is willing to accept any role, including role player around Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady as planned. The problem with that is that McGrady has rarely been the McGrady that Artest planned, and McGrady has not played at all the past three games (the past four if you count his statue imitation in Miami.) With the Rockets short-handed and Artest so determined to solve their every need, he has apparently decided that the Rockets need him to play as he did for the Kings last season when Kevin Martin was out. Artest carried that offense and led the Kings to a surprisingly solid season. This season, however, he is playing more minutes and on a still-sore right ankle. Far too often, we get dribble, dribble, dribble, force a shot."


Another trade idea

I'm a relative novice to the Trade Machine, but I was tinkering some this morning and I thought I'd ask for comments on this.   Sacramento gets: Alexis Ajinça, Julian Wright New Orleans gets:...

Don't you wish we still had Jason Hart?

Actually, no, you don't. Neither do I. Neither does anyone else, for that matter. I couldn't put it any more gratifyingly than Henry Abbot in TrueHoop's Thursday Bullets: Ramona Shelburne explains how rookie and former D-Leaguer Mike Taylor leap-frogged veteran Jason Hart on the Clippers' depth chart at point guard.


When do we bury the hatchet?

  Something has been eating at my conscience since the beginning of the summer, something so dark and terrible that I've barely even been able to admit it to myself. After all this time, I can't...

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