HoopsHype Marcus Thornton rumors

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Coach Keith Smart asked his leading scorer last season, Marcus Thornton, to go from a starter to a reserve. Thornton has struggled to adjust to the role, while Smart has tried to figure out the best way to work Thornton into games. "It's still hard for him," Smart said. "I give him 100 percent credit because the young man has done everything I've wanted him to do, and I know it's hard for him. But I have to look at what can be best for our basketball team going forward." Sacramento Bee

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Sounds as if Keith Smart's hope his team would bond in the offseason is happening. Ten of the players on the roster are in Sacramento working out and playing 5-on-5. The only players that could not be in town are John Salmons, James Johnson, Chuck Hayes and Francisco Garcia. It's important that young nucleus that the franchise is depending on (DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton) is in town. Also have to like that new PG Aaron Brooks is getting to know his new teammates. Definitely a step in the right direction and something that's needed to build team chemistry. Sulia

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Before their current three-game win streak, the Kings had lost three in a row and guard Marcus Thornton was playing some of his worst basketball. Coincidentally, the trade deadline was just around the corner and the Kings guard thought he was on the block. “I remember coming in trade deadline day,” said coach Smart to media following practice. “He said coach, ‘What time is it?’. And I said ’12:30′. He said, ‘What time is it out east?’ I said ‘Is that what this is all about? Is that what you had been thinking for over a week?’” Cowbell Kingdom

Before the deadline, Thornton averaged just 10 points and shot 31.2 percent from beyond the arc in the Kings’ three-game skid. Since then, he’s scored 30 or more points and shot above 50 percent from deep in two of the Kings’ last three games. “It was just trade deadline,” said Thornton, who added that a cold contributed to his poor play last week. “Everybody gets cautious at the trade deadline. It was on everybody’s mind. But that’s over with. It’s a new week, new day, glad to be a King.” Cowbell Kingdom

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Guard Marcus Thornton (left thigh hematoma) said he wants to play Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers, but that the decision will be up to team doctors. Thornton has missed the Kings' last four games. The team announced on Jan. 25 that tests had revealed a significant hematoma in his left thigh, and that Thornton would miss one to two weeks. Thornton participated full-contact during the window of today's practice that was open to media -- a high-energy half-court scrimmage -- and appeared to be moving without much hesitation. Afterward, he said he "felt good out there for the most part." Sacramento Bee

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“He’s family,” said Kings guard Marcus Thornton, who found the supposed request alarming. “He’s part of the team. That’s why I say after this is all over with, I’m going to give him a call and see what’s going on.” The starting center’s status remains up-in-the air for the Kings upcoming road trip to Memphis and Denver. However, veteran big man and recent free agent acquisition Chuck Hayes is optimistic Cousins will return. “I believe he’ll come around,” said Hayes, who’s taken it upon himself to mentor the young center this season. “He’s a competitor, he wants to play, he loves his game. I’m sure it’s eating him up that he’s at home and he has to sit there and watch instead of competing with his teammates. But that’s a decision that the office and the coaching staff, they’ll all have to come up with. And us as pros, we’re going to have to just go out there and perform.” Cowbell Kingdom

December 27, 2011 Updates

The Lakers on Monday were unable to get big enough efforts from either of their All-Stars, Kobe Bryant or Pau Gasol. Bryant (torn ligament in right wrist) and Gasol (sprained right shoulder) weren’t in their best shooting shape, and Gasol (15 points) was a non-factor early as the Lakers fell behind by nine at halftime. Asked about his shoulder after getting further treatment postgame, Gasol shrugged, looked back and said: “It’s still there.” Bryant never got hot. Despite turning to physical therapist Judy Seto for some help on the bench late in the third quarter, Bryant shot 10 for 24 from the field to get his 29 points and missed all four of his 3-point shots. The Lakers were a combined 1 for 16 on 3-pointers, with Derek Fisher missing three, including a key one in the fourth quarter. Lakers coach Mike Brown was most upset about the “very bad” pick-and-roll defense that gave Sacramento straight lines toward the hoop. Kings guard Marcus Thornton had 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting. About the defense, Bryant said: “It’ll kick in. I’m not sure when." Orange County Register

December 12, 2011 Updates

This is really a good chance for you to find a home and make your way in the NBA. You have a nice backcourt mate and a nice young nucleus. Talk to me a little bit about that. Sacramento is your home now. Marcus Thornton: It feels good. It feels good when you can go somewhere and you feel wanted and I appreciate the Kings everyday for that. As far as the backcourt, we are young – I love it. Me, Tyreke (Evans) and Jimmer (Fredette), we can get up and down the court. We’re young and we’re going to use that to our advantage. Cowbell Kingdom

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