Tyreke Punctuates Amazing Year


Tyreke Punctuates Amazing Year

April 13, 2010
After last years lottery debacle, Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof tried in vain to put an optimistic spin on what had just occurred. Despite having the worst record in the NBA in 2008-09, the Kings received no luck from the ping-pong balls and wound up with the fourth selection in last years draft.

Maloof remained relentlessly positive, and guaranteed to Kings fans that the team would still get a great player. Sacramento fans werent necessarily buying it, and who could blame them? Theyd been thinking Blake Griffin.

Oh, well. Score: Gavin Maloof 1, Conventional Wisdom 0.

Tyreke Evans, who turned out to be that No. 4 pick, put an exclamation point on a remarkable rookie season on Monday night, and one that will likely earn him the NBAs Rookie of the Year award.

Not only that, its the kind of rookie season that puts him in the company of greatness.

By scoring 24 points in the Kings 117-107 loss to the Rockets on Monday, Evans assured himself of joining Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists a game.

Thats why Evans remains the front-runner for the ROY award, even with a late charge by Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.

What makes Evans first season even more impressive is it seems clear that hes only scratching the surface of his ability. It is Evans strength and physicality that sets him apart from most players, and few players have his kind of upside.

You get the feeling Evans has All-Star appearances in his future. Hes still growing in terms of how to play point guard, and yet hes one of the best in the league when it comes to finishing around the basket.

Evans has the potential to be an excellent defender and if his shot improves theres no telling how good he can be.

Evans might not yet be the great player Maloof predicted. But hes sure on his way there.

-- Matt Steinmetz

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.