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October 11, 2014 Updates

“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

Following Tuesday night's game, also against the Raptors, Stauskas tried to provide clarity for his words, but at the same time, he didn't back down from them. "I was very surprised," Stauskas told Cowbell Kingdom. "People kind of took it too far with what I was trying to say. I wasn't trying to get anyone to feel sorry for me. I wasn't trying to be controversial or anything like that. I was just trying to keep it real." ESPN.com

Stauskas stressed that he did not intend to spark any controversy with his comments. "I've said stuff like that before and I don't take that back, because I'm not trying to offend anyone, I'm not trying to be controversial, I'm just saying that's just really how I feel," the rookie guard said. "Some people may have a problem with it, some people may not, but if you've ever played the game of basketball, you understand that there's certain stereotypes and certain reputations that certain players have and based on that, people are going to play a certain way against you," Stauskas added. ESPN.com

October 8, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings have hired an NCAA Division III assistant coach to become head coach of their NBA Development League affiliate in Reno, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Kings have reached agreement with Grinnell (Iowa) College assistant David Arseneault Jr., presumably to try and incorporate the Division III program's well-chronicled high-scoring offensive system into the Bighorns. Arseneault Jr. has been an assistant coach and point guard under his father, David Sr., as Grinnell has routinely set scoring records on the small college level. Grinnell averaged 116 points in the 2013-14 season. Yahoo! Sports

October 7, 2014 Updates

"We need to be able to have impact on these players in their private time," says Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro. "It doesn't have to be us vs. you. It can be a partnership." A lovely sentiment, at least in theory. But how long will it be until biometric details impact contract negotiations? How long until graphs of off-court behavior are leaked to other teams or the press? How long until employment hinges on embracing technology that some find invasive? "Employers dictating the health care of their employees is a conflict of interest that cannot be overcome," says Alan C. Milstein, a leading bioethics attorney and sports litigator who often represents NBA players. "I just refuse to believe that the purpose of monitoring on any long-term basis is the health of the employee. If the purpose is to predict performance, that's not a health care purpose. That's an economic purpose." ESPN.com

October 6, 2014 Updates

Gay said he dropped 15 pounds that he gained before last season. He said the extra weight was due to his workout regimen. “Heavy weight lifting,” Gay said. “That’s something that I shouldn’t have done.” Gay said his “excessive” gains were to prepare to play against bigger players last season with the Raptors. It left him not feeling as quick. Gay has a sleeker look this training camp. “One of the emphasises coming into camp last year with Toronto was me playing the stretch four and putting on the weight was one of those things,” Gay said. “It didn’t turn out very well so I had to drop it. Now I feel like a guard again.” Sacramento Bee

October 5, 2014 Updates

The Reno Bighorns are in search of a new head coach and an NBA lifer who’s most remembered for his time with the New York Knicks is being considered for the job. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, former NBA guard Darrell Walker is one of a handful candidates who have interviewed for the position. Multiple reports have suggested that the Sacramento Kings, who run basketball operations for the Bighorns, have already decided on the team’s next head coach. However, sources have told Cowbell Kingdom that they’ve yet to make a hire. Cowbell Kingdom

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October 2, 2014 Updates

After three seasons away, Omri Casspi is back with the Sacramento Kings. He’s not the same player the Kings drafted with the 23rd overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Israeli born forward is no longer a rookie with unlimited upside. He is a veteran now and he understands that he is back in Sacramento to play a role, which is something he was not prepared to do as a young player. “A lot more mature,” Casspi said of how he is different this time around. “I think experience is a big part of it. Knowing my role, what I need to do to help this team win basketball games.” Cowbell Kingdom

While the basketball was great, Israel wasn’t the safest spot in the world this summer. Casspi found himself in the middle of not only a political storm, but a full-fledged conflict. Like most players, basketball became an escape for the 6-foot-9 forward. But for Casspi, the bounce of the ball had to drown out the pounding of missile strikes. “At some point, you want to leave politics aside and you want to just focus on what I’m here to do,” Casspi said. “That’s to just play basketball and help my team, my Kings, to win as many basketball games as possible for our fans, for ourselves, for our organization. That’s what I’m here for. So I’m trying to focus on basketball as much as I can.” Cowbell Kingdom

 

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