Steinmetz: Kings Preseason Player Analysis -- Game 3


Steinmetz: Kings Preseason Player Analysis -- Game 3


OAKLAND -- Let's take a look down the roster after the Kings' 95-86 loss to the Warriors on Sunday night in an exhibition game at Oracle Arena:Tyreke Evans: How should we put this? Evans didn't look that into it, picking up three fouls in the game's first four minutes. He wound up playing 21 minutes, but had just nine points and five turnovers.Francisco Garcia: Garcia was one of the best Kings on the floor - 14 points on 4-for-7 from the field to go along with nine rebounds and four assists.Antoine Wright: He started at small forward, but didn't do much with his 21 minutes. Wright went 2-for-7 from the field and didn't grab a rebound or hand out an assist.Jason Thompson: Call it a nondescript night for Thompson: nine points on 3-for-12 shooting in 34 minutes. Early in the fourth quarter, Thompson appeared to tweak his left ankle but stayed in the game.DeMarcus Cousins: He's a handful, no doubt about it. Big, skilled and athletic, Cousins is going to be a factor at times - even as a rookie. Cousins had 17 points and 11 rebounds but fouled out in 25 minutes.Pooh Jeter: He didn't make many shots, but Jeter seems to have the running-the-point thing down pretty good. He's got a good chance to be Beno Udrih's backup.Luther Head: He gave the Kings a lift off the bench, and will likely play that role this season. Head finished with 13 points in 25 minutes.Darnell Jackson: If the Kings keep 15 players, Jackson might have a chance to stick. He had six points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.Omri Casspi: He made up for his poor shooting night - 2-for-8 - by grabbing six rebounds and handing out four assists.Donte Greene: He played sparingly (15 minutes) and went scoreless.Connor Atchley: Atchley played the final minute of the game and missed his only shot.Joe Crawford: Did not play because of coach's decision.Marcus Landry: Did not play because of coach's decision.Carl Landry: Did not play because of an eye injury.Samuel Dalembert: Did not play because of a left adductor strain.Hassan Whiteside: Did not play because of a left patellar strain.Beno Udrih: did not play because of a sprained right shoulder.

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."