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October 19, 2014 Updates

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

The Sacramento Kings today waived center Sim Bhullar, guard Deonte Burton and forward David Wear, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. The Kings preseason roster now stands at 15. NBA.com

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

The 7-foot-5 center out of New Mexico State scored his first career bucket on a finger roll lay-up in the final seconds of Saturday’s game. According to league source, he will join the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings D-League affiliate. Cowbell Kingdom

According to an NBA source, the Sacramento Kings waived Sim Bhullar, David Wear and Deonte Burton following the team’s 91-57 victory over Maccabi Haifa Saturday night in Sacramento. Bhullar played less than three total minutes over the Kings’ first five preseason games. The 7-foot-6 center out of New Mexico State scored his first career bucket on a finger roll lay-up in the final seconds of Saturday’s game. Cowbell Kingdom

October 18, 2014 Updates

James Ham: According to coach Malone, DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis. He will play tomorrow night in Sacramento. Twitter @James_Ham

October 17, 2014 Updates
October 12, 2014 Updates

The maturity of Cousins, who is now 24 years old, seems to be occurring. Along with Kings teammate Rudy Gay, the former Kentucky Wildcat is eager to leverage the Team USA Gold Medal experience, in which he averaged 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in nine games (13.8 minutes per game). Bringing that team’s culture to Sacramento, namely the concept of team and defense, are the two key ingredients that Sacramento desperately needs. Cousins himself also seems more comfortable in his own skin, saying, “I’m not perfect, and I may never be perfect, but I’m committed to being the best leader I can be for this team.” CSNBayArea.com

The accolades don’t end with Malone. Newly acquired big man Ryan Hollins says that he has never seen or played with a big man as talented as Cousins, who is “right up there” with Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki; his teammates in Boston and Dallas, respectively. Hollins, a Clipper last season, cited Cousins’ emerging maturity, having competed against him last season. He added that Cousins needs to sustain it. CSNBayArea.com

October 11, 2014 Updates

Like other NBA owners, Ranadive wants to develop a Chinese-language app for China to broaden his team’s fan base. Ranadive is a leading proponent of what he calls “NBA 3.0,” using technology to network fans and the team. His perfect app, he says would let fans see instant replays, crowd-source suggestions for the team and even deliver food and beverages to ticket holders at the press of a button. Sacramento Bee

Ranadive, who made part of his fortune from TIBCO Software, a company he started in 1997, says that India holds unlimited potential. He and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver are leading a league mission there next month. Ranadive said he recently met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in advance of the mission. Asked whether India is ready for basketball, with its cramped cities, grinding poverty and near-devotion to cricket, Ranadive noted that India is rising faster than many realize. Makeshift courts are popping up across the country. “Basketball is a game that can be played anywhere, by anyone -- rich, poor, boys and girls,” he said. “You don’t need a lot of space to play basketball, as you do with cricket. So I really think basketball is poised to take off.” Sacramento Bee

“American Sniper,” a new film directed by Clint Eastwood, will star Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper and…Jason Thompson? The seventh-year Kings power forward/center has been recalibrating a mortar shot of his own this offseason. “You will see me shooting 3s. I’ll be shooting the 3 with a different type of arsenal,” Thompson told Cowbell Kingdom. Cowbell Kingdom

October 10, 2014 Updates

Now, China. After Canada and Spain and the U.S. tour, and the travelogue stops there only because Ebola concerns prompted the cancellation of the planned visit to Senegal. Three continents and 2½ months later, and nearly a fourth before USA Basketball scrapped the Africa side trip en route to the World Cup, 24-year-old DeMarcus Cousins is feeling it. Not enough that he can’t find the energy to jab teammate Rudy Gay, an aged man of 28, and not enough to stop Cousins from arriving at Kings camp in positive spirits. But enough. “I feel like I’m about 45 years old,” he said. NBA.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

Leonard Petlakh, the executive director of the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn, was attacked by a pro-Palestinian protester following the exhibition basketball game between the NBA’s Nets and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Petlakh said he required eight stitches and his nose was broken after being punched on Wednesday while exiting the Barclays Center arena following the Nets’ 111-94 victory. Jerusalem Post

Following Sunday night's loss to the Toronto Raptors, the former Michigan star made a statement to the media that has rubbed some folks the wrong way. "I understand that I'm a rookie and I'm white, so people are going to attack me at all times," he said. "Just coming out there in the game, I felt it right away." ESPN.com

 

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