HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors

February 20, 2014 Updates
February 19, 2014 Updates

Thomas and rookie guard Ben McLemore were the subject of a trade rumor on Monday, but coach Michael Malone and general manager Pete D’Alessandro refuted the reports following practice on Tuesday afternoon. “The report that was, I think on Yahoo!, about our offer to Boston was so erroneous and I don’t know where it came from,” Malone told reporters on Tuesday. “We dispel the rumors that are out there that we know are not true, but at the same time, this is a business and you have no idea what can happen up until trade deadline. I think all of our players realize that.” Cowbell Kingdom

D'Alessandro took exception to the report and chose to make a statement publicly, rather than have it come out through an unnamed source. "I think a lot of people act in ways in this league that I choose not to do," D'Alessandro said. "So, I'm standing here today and I'm saying Ben McLemore is a guy that we have not put in deals. He's a guy that we love here. "So, sources? I think I'm a source. We haven't put Ben in anything," he continued. "We look at Ben as a major part of what we're doing long-term." news10.net

February 18, 2014 Updates
February 17, 2014 Updates

Source said Kings and C's discussed a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rajon Rondo, but Rondo wasn't interested in re-signing with Sacramento and the Kings strongly value McLemore. Yahoo! Sports

February 10, 2014 Updates
February 8, 2014 Updates

He is known for his absurd vertical leap and ability to finish in traffic, but when asked if his style is more aerodynamic or high-flying, McLemore told CLNS Radio, "A little bit of both." "I’m definitely a high flyer. I can get high. I just want to show my athleticism out there on the floor and bring a lot of excitement out there." Being both aerially dynamic and a high leaper, the current holy grail of the slam dunk, the 720, has come under consideration. "I was thinking about that, nobody has put that up," McLemore told CLNS Radio. "But we’ll see." Celtics Blog

February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk (#SpriteSlam), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster. This year's event will feature the participants competing as a team -- three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference -- in an above-the-rim two-round format. In a significant first in the event's history, the competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting "East" or "West." The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round. NBA.com

January 29, 2014 Updates

Ben McLemore on what #SacKings GM Pete D'Alessandro & coach Michael Malone told him about not making Rook/Soph game: "Just telling me that there’s a lot of guys their rookie year that didn’t make it. But at the same time, I still gotta go out there and perform. Not making this rookie game is not the end of Ben McLemore. I still just gotta go out there, think about this game that’s coming up against the Grizzlies and just worry about tonight. That’s in the past now. They made their decision and now I’m looking forward. Sulia

McLemore found out the news from his agent, who told him earlier today that he wasn’t selected to play in the game. He then received calls from Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone, who offered words of encouragement to the rookie guard. “I talked to Ben today just to let him know that life is (full of) challenges and how you react to them,” Malone said pregame. ”So he didn’t make it, I know he’s disappointed, but there’s a lot of current All-Star players – Rajon Rondo, Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge – who didn’t make the team as a rookie, but went on to be All-Stars.” Cowbell Kingdom

January 8, 2014 Updates

Michael Malone on moving Ben McLemore to the bench: "This is not a demotion" "Well, the biggest thing with that was, and this is really important for everyone to understand, this is not a demotion for Ben McLemore. This is not us losing confidence or faith in him. He's been struggling and I wanted to put him in a position where maybe he could have more success coming in off the bench. Just relax like he did earlier in the year, come in the game, get a feel for the game on the bench, play against second line guys as opposed to starting two-guards every night and maybe he'll have an opportunity to have a little bit more success. You know Marcus (Thornton), he's our starting two guard right now. We need him to look to be a facilitator at times because the reality of it is we have three volume shooters and scorers in our starting lineup, so we need Jason (Thompson) and Marcus to be facilitators and ball movers at times. But we still believe in Ben McLemore 100 percent and we expect him to do great things for us off the bench for the foreseeable future. " Sulia

January 3, 2014 Updates

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