Kings introduce 'excited' Thomas Robinson

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Kings introduce 'excited' Thomas Robinson

The Kings rolled out their new prized possession on Saturday,introducing Thomas Robinson to the media at a press conference.Sacramentoselected Robinson fifth overall in the NBA Draft on Thursday.Im just excited to get out here and start working and getready for the season, Robinson said.The 6-foot, 10-inch power forward will likely form apowerful front court duo with center DeMarcus Cousins. Robinson scored 17.7points and grabbed 11.9 rebounds per game during his junior year with Kansas before declaringfor the draft. He helped lead Kansasto the Final Four before the Jayhawks fell in the nationaltitle game.Robinson was named the Big XII Player of the Year last yearas well as a consensus first-team All-American and was considered one of themost NBA-ready players available in this years draft class.Robinson said he is excited to be a member of the Kingsorganization in part because of what he had heard about the fan base.Ive heard a lot about the fans, Robinson said. Theyrepretty similar to Kansas,so Im looking forward to that.Although Robinson may be able to immediately contribute tothe Kings, he admitted that he still has room for improvement in all aspects ofhis game except rebounding.Im nowhere finished as a player, Robinson said. I dontdo anything perfect outside of rebounding. Theres a list of other things thatI still could get great at that Im just good at right now. Im only 21 yearsold, so Ive got a long time to keep playing.Check out Robinsons press conference in the video on theright.
Colin Becht is an intern with CSNBayArea.com and a senior at Northwestern University

Labissiere returns to Haiti, reunites with man who pulled him from quake rubble

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Labissiere returns to Haiti, reunites with man who pulled him from quake rubble

Kings sophomore forward Skal Labissiere returned to Haiti for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday. 

One day later, he reunited with the man who helped save his life. Labissiere was trapped under rubble in a 2010 earthquake. The man and Skal's father searched through debris before finding the talented hooper. 

Labissiere is back in his native country to host a basketball camp from July 19-21. In his rookie year, Labissiere averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 18.5 minutes per game.

The Kings selected Labissiere out of Kentucky with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

 

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

Editor's Note: The above video is from April 11, 2017.

With the Sacramento Kings drafting point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III and then inking George Hill, the door closed for a return of veteran Ty Lawson. On Tuesday afternoon, the 29-year-old announced via social that he is heading overseas to play in China for the Shanxi Dragons.

Lawson played well in his lone season in Sacramento, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per contest. He shot 45.4 percent from the field over 69 games, including 24 starts for the Kings.

Lawson almost made the leap to China last summer before landing in Sacramento on August 31. He joins free agent departures Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Tolliver, Langston Galloway and Rudy Gay, all who have signed elsewhere this summer as the Kings revamp their roster.