Kings' Thomas named Rookie of the Month

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Kings' Thomas named Rookie of the Month

Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas was named the NBA's Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of February.

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving took home the honors for the Eastern Conference's top rookie.

In 13 February games, Thomas led Western Conference rookies averaging 12.2 points per game, and was second with 4.4 assists per game.

He made his first career start against Detroit on Feb. 17 and registered 13 points and four assists.

Kings coach Keith Smart elected to keep Thomas in the starting lineup thereafter, and in his last four games Thomas is averaging just under 21 points and 7.5 assists per game, including a career-high 24 points vs. the Miami Heat on Feb. 21.

On Feb. 19, Thomas contributed 23 points and a career-high 11 assists against the aforementioned Irving -- who delivered 23 points of his own and made two game-winning free throws with 0.4 seconds left.

Irving was the No.1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, while Thomas was the 60th and final pick of the draft.
Drew Shiller is a Web Producer at CSNBayArea.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller.

Kings PG Lawson entered denial of alleged probation violations

Kings PG Lawson entered denial of alleged probation violations

Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson spent time in a Colorado courtroom Thursday to face allegations of potential probation violations. Lawson was granted a six-week stay in case and will reappear in court on May 4, CSN California has learned through a league source.

According to Jesse Paul of the Denver Post, Lawson, through his attorney Harvey Steinberg, entered a denial of probation violations. Lawson tested positive for alcohol three times in the past year, according to published reports. If true, it would be a violation of his probation. 

Lawson’s legal troubles stem from a 2015 DUI arrest in Denver. The eight-year NBA veteran signed a one-year deal with the Kings on Aug. 31, 2016. Through 63 games, including 21 starts, the 29-year-old guard has posted averages of 9.2 points and 4.7 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. 

He sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks for “planned rest.” Lawson is expected back in a Kings uniform Friday night when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Report: If Joerger not available, Kings likely would have hired Ewing

Report: If Joerger not available, Kings likely would have hired Ewing

On May 7, 2016, the Grizzlies fired Dave Joerger.

Two days later, the Kings hired Joerger.

If he had not become available, Sacramento likely would have tabbed Patrick Ewing as their head coach, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ewing is currently the associate head coach of the Hornets.

He has been on Charlotte's staff since 2013.

Before that, he was an assistant coach with the Magic for six seasons.

After retiring from the NBA following the 2001-02 season, he was an assistant with Washington for one season before joining the Houston Rockets.

Ewing was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.