HoopsHype Francisco Garcia rumors

April 16, 2011 Updates
March 11, 2011 Updates

You’ve been back for three games now, how are your legs feeling? Francisco Garcia: I feel better, I feel better. I’m still getting my timing and into game shape, but my legs feel good. JH: You just missed 21 games with the calf injury, and this isn’t the first time you have had a freak injury keep you out for a while. How much would you like to play a whole season and get a little bit of luck with the injuries? Francisco Garcia: Well, you know you can’t really control injuries. I wish I could play the whole season all the time, but with the way I play so hard… Next year, I’m going to try and stay as healthy as I can just like every year. Cowbellkingdom.com

January 22, 2011 Updates

Sacramento Kings small forward Francisco Garcia is expected to miss several more games because of a left calf strain. Garcia missed his third straight game Friday night at Golden State with the injury. Kings coach Paul Westphal said Garcia aggravated the calf again during Thursday's practice and will be out for at least another week. ESPN.com

January 21, 2011 Updates

Francisco García, who has been sidelined for the past two games because of a left calf strain, aggravated the injury in the waning minutes of Thursday's practice. García made a move, then stopped abruptly, summoning Kings trainer Pete Youngman onto the court. After a brief conversation, the veteran swingman hobbled toward the sideline in visible discomfort. "Francisco is going to be out for a while," said Kings coach Paul Westphal, "and it's probably more like a couple weeks than days." Sacramento Bee

January 7, 2011 Updates
January 4, 2011 Updates

They don't even know what to call Francisco García anymore. Older brother. Resident shrink. Head cheerleader. The man who sticks their faces in the mirror. The after-hours coach who prods them away from the pubs and into the Kings' practice facility, sometimes into the wee hours. "Cisco, man, we would be lost without Cisco," second-year forward Omri Casspi said. "He's a brother to me. You can turn to him about anything, and he tells you straight. He has helped me with so many things, made me a better teammate." Sacramento Bee

January 2, 2011 Updates
December 17, 2010 Updates

Francisco Garcia has some value but teams will want to avoid his contract with talks of a hard cap being implemented. Carl Landry, on the other hand, would usually have plenty of teams calling but because he's a free agent after this season, I'm not sure the interest would be there to acquire him as a rental. Because he's only making $3,000,000 this season, he's not going to sign an extension at that rate so any team that trades for Landry will just have to hope he falls in love with the organization and wants to re-sign this summer. That's a big risk though because you don't know how many teams will be pursuing him and what the price will be. The Kings have some trade chips to play with but don't expect teams to send stars their way unless their giving up Tyreke or DeMarcus. HoopsWorld

December 2, 2010 Updates

The NBA's Sacramento Kings are suing three companies in federal court over an exercise ball they say burst and injured one of their players. Roger Dreyer, a lawyer representing the team, said Wednesday swingman Francisco Garcia broke his right wrist in October 2009 after the ball -- known as the Gymnic "Burst Resistant" Plus Stability Ball -- actually did burst while Garcia was laying on it lifting weights. ESPN.com

The lawsuit seeks $4 million from Italy-based manufacturer Ledraplastic, ball distributor M-F Athletic Company and Ball Dynamics International. That's how much the team says it paid Garcia during games he missed because of the injury. Calls made to Ball Dynamics and M-F Athletic were not immediately returned Wednesday. Dreyer said a laboratory examined the broken ball and determined it was not abused before it exploded. "It was advertised to be burst-resistant, but obviously it was not," Dreyer told The Associated Press. "We will be able to prove that, for a very small expense, the ball could've been made more thicker and provided the burst-resistant capacity as advertised." ESPN.com

November 30, 2010 Updates

The Sacramento Kings will on Wednesday announce a lawsuit over guard Francisco Garcia's 2009 injury suffered when he was lifting weights on an exercise ball. Garcia broke his arm after an exercise ball he was laying on exploded. Garcia had been lifting dumbbells while balancing on the ball. The Kings said at the time he had been spotted by a team trainer. The injury knocked Garcia out of much of the 2009-10 season. The wingman played just 25 games. The Maloof vowed a lawsuit, and banned exercise balls from the team's training room. Sactown Royalty

October 13, 2010 Updates
September 8, 2010 Updates

But that hasn't stopped García from being a mentor. Newly acquired forward Darnell Jackson has joined García for late-night shooting and workouts. García was also instrumental in helping Omri Casspi adjust to life in the NBA last season. Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said García has "always been a welcoming type of personality." "I just try to show them the ropes and the right way to stay in this league," García said. "It's easy to make it, it's hard to stay. That's one thing they've got to understand." García averaged a career-high 12.7 points in 2008-09. He averaged just 8.1 points in his limited action last season, not playing his first regular-season game until Feb. 16. But García's mentoring while injured showed Westphal that García "was always totally tuned in," which is important on a team with so many young players. "That's a real valuable thing," Westphal said. "It's a lot more rare than it should be. You wish everybody could be like that. Certainly it gives him a big advantage in finding a niche." Sacramento Bee

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