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April 20, 2015 Updates

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore has been named a finalist for the 2014-15 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award. “I’m grateful to be in the position to give back to underserved communities and serve as a role model for kids across the country,” McLemore said in a press statement by the Kings. “Giving back and creating positive change is important to me, and I am humbled to be recognized by the NBA for the work I’ve done and will continue to do.” McLemore’s nonprofit “All 4 Kids” has provided meals and presents to less privileged children in Kansas and Missouri. The 22-year old treated low-income Sacramento youth to a holiday shopping spree last winter, and regularly visits schools and shelters to promote reading and literacy by donating books and reading to children. Cowbell Kingdom

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore. Cowbell Kingdom

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But when the rosters featuring 10 American players against 10 international players were announced Wednesday, the second-year Kings guard was not included. It was disappointing news for McLemore, who has improved statistically in several categories this season. “I think everybody was surprised about that,” McLemore said. “I thought I was going be able to participate, but it is what it is.” Sacramento Bee

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Sean Cunningham: Ben McLemore won the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for Dec. 1st Kings player to win the award since Chris Webber 12 yrs ago Twitter @News10Sean

December 8, 2014 Updates

According to McLemore, the team drafting another shooting guard motivated him to some extent, but he has always set high expectations for himself. “It just pushed me to just keep getting better each and every day,” McLemore told Cowbell Kingdom before the Kings took on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. “Them drafting Nik Stauskas wasn’t like ‘Aw, man. Now I gotta step my game up.’ That’s the type of player I am. I’m gonna step my game up regardless and get better as a player. It’s just another opportunity getting better going against another guy that’s playing my position.” Cowbell Kingdom

His head coach maintained that McLemore’s improvement hasn’t surprised him in the slightest. “I’m not surprised just because I’ve seen firsthand how hard he’s worked, not just on the court but even just watching film with that coaching staff and studying the game, studying his opponents,” Malone said last week of McLemore’s development. “It’s not just about being able to make shots. Ben struggled defensively last year. I think he’s doing a much better job on defense this year, locking in, knowing who he’s guarding.” Cowbell Kingdom

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McLemore has made changes off the court, too, including leaving agent Rodney Blackstock. McLemore didn’t announce he’d signed with Blackstock until shortly before last year’s draft and the indecision over an agent might have hurt McLemore, once considered a top-three pick. “It was something that I had to figure out on my own, and I made the decision for myself,” McLemore said. “I just tried to get everybody’s opinion. At the end of the day, it was my decision. I’m just trying to move forward and focus on this upcoming season.” McLemore said he’s in no rush to hire a new agent; he’s under contract through the 2015-16 season. Sacramento Bee

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The Sacramento Kings announced today they have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore’s contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. Entering his second NBA campaign, the 6-5 guard averaged 8.8 points (.376 FG%, .320 3pt%, .804 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season. NBA.com

Bill Herenda: Kings pick up option on Ben McLemore's contract. #SacKings #KingsTalk #NBA @CSNKings @CSNAuthentic Twitter @billherenda

September 11, 2014 Updates

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