HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors

February 6, 2014 Updates
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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

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“I definitely was looking forward to going up against him and just being a part of something that I always (dreamed of). I actually try to model my game, model my shooting abilities just like him,” McLemore said of facing off against Allen for the first time in his career two weeks ago. Cowbell Kingdom

December 21, 2013 Updates

He was somewhat sympathetic toward McLemore for being on the wrong side of a highlight that will be seen by millions. “As a defender, it’s a split-second and if you make the wrong decision, then that’s what can happen,” James said. “I’ve been fortunate enough not to be on the other end of a lot of those plays where guys get airborne and you just try to make a quick decision on, ‘Do I make a play defensively or get out of the way?’ “It sucks that it was him, too, because I like him. I’ve been talking to him since he was in high school. So it sucks.” Palm Beach Post

For his part, McLemore was hoping to draw a charge. After the game, he had a fairly reasonable reaction to the play. “Just knowing LeBron, I knew they weren’t going to call that,” he said. “I was just playing my defensive principles- going in, being the low man and taking the charge. Even though they didn’t call it, I didn’t let that stop me or mess my game up. I still went out there and did some things to help the team. “I really don’t know what happened over there. I was just doing my defensive principles on the weakside low man. I just went over there to try to take the charge. He dunked the ball. Afterwards, I thought I should have fouled him.” Palm Beach Post

December 3, 2013 Updates

If teams could take a mulligan on the 2013 NBA draft, there is no way the former Kansas standout is still available at No.7. True, it’s early. But there have been hints, flashes, indications. McLemore, who appears even younger than this 20 years, is progressing nicely, probably even exceeding expectations given his struggles at the Las Vegas Summer League. “When you have talent like he has, and a work ethic like he does, you are going to succeed,” said Kings adviser and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. “I love the way he runs the floor. He’s fluid. He’s got beautiful form (on his jumper). He’s got to become more consistent, but if we start finding him out on the break more, he’ll get layups and free throws, and not have to rely on the 3-point shot. The quality of the shots will get better.” Sacramento Bee

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"The bottom line is, whether he starts or comes off the bench right now, Ben is a big part of our future," Malone said. "And I have to continue to show confidence in him and give him an opportunity whether it's at (shooting guard) or (small forward), and he's deserving of that opportunity." Sacramento Bee

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Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, dominated the rookie categories. 80% of GMs picked him to win Rookie of the Year, while 40% said he will be the best player of this draft class in five years. Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk also finished in the top five in the latter question. USA Today Sports

October 9, 2013 Updates

McLemore admits to some bouts with the rookie jitters. He spent much of August and September getting situated in Sacramento, changing his diet, working on his ballhandling, trying to regain the rhythm on his jumper. That last part was befuddling, because McLemore could always shoot. In his one season at Kansas, he converted 50 percent of his field-goal attempts, 42 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the foul line. "When I let the game come to me and don't force things, play off my defense and use my athleticism, that's when I am most successful," he said. "It's like Mullie has been telling me: 'Don't force things. Keep the same consistent stroke. Just keep shooting.' " Sacramento Bee

September 16, 2013 Updates

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but he hasn’t let it change him. That is, at least, assuming that he liked to enjoy Taco Bell with his mom before he went pro. In an Instagram video he shared early Monday morning, McLemore pranked his mother by putting snakes in her Taco Bell bag. For The Win

September 5, 2013 Updates
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Rookie Ben McLemore must be a little prescient. A short while ago on Twitter, he alerted Kings fans that he was changing his jersey from No.16 to No.17 "for a good reason." Like the fact the organization plans to retire Peja Stojakovic's No.16 jersey in the near future? No confirmation yet - and nothing is imminent - but that's very likely the plan. Meantime, McLemore will stick with No.16 at least for the upcoming season. "We have considered retiring Peja's number," said team president Chris Granger, "and he certainly deserves that honor. (But) at this time, that's all I will say." Sacramento Bee

September 3, 2013 Updates

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