The 2012 NBA Summer League did not get off to an auspicious start for the Sacramento Kings after a 121-87 blowout loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Kings put up some horrific numbers on Friday night in Las Vegas, shooting 37.7 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent from three-point range, and amassing 23 turnovers.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who went to the Bobcats second overall in the draft, was also a big part of the problem for the Kings. Kidd-Gilchrist went 7-12 from the floor, with 18 points and led his team with five assists.
Sacramento rookie and fifth overall pick Thomas Robinson showed that he has great potential as well as the need for development in his Kings debut. While Robinson led his team with 19 points, he also led the team with eight turnovers.
A curt Robinson was not shy in expressing displeasure in his performance during a post game interview:
Q: Thomas, obviously the score was not something you wanted in your pro debut, but are there some positives you can take out of this night?
A: No. Not at all.
Q: When you look at your performance tonight...what do you immediately say you can improve on?
A: I played horrible.
Q: What type of encouragement did you get tonight from your coaching staff?
A: Just keep playing through it.
But as bad as Robinson's night was, Kings guard Jimmer Fredette had an even worse one. Ferdette went an impossibly bad 2-11 from the floor and 0-8 in three-point attempts.
The Kings are back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m. against the Los Angeles Lakers.
SACRAMENTO, CA -- An MRI taken Monday night at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento revealed that forward Omri Casspi suffered a strain of the right plantaris tendon during practice on Monday.
He is expected to miss up to two weeks of action.
The eight-year NBA veteran is averaging 5.9 points (.453 FG%, .379 3pt%, .571 FT%), 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18 minutes per contest this season.
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After wearing out his welcome in Boston, Dallas and Sacramento, Rajon Rondo is doing the same in Chicago.
The veteran point guard, who was benched for five games at the end of December and beginning of January, opened up his situation in Chicago during a recent interview.
While talking about what could possibly be the problem with the Bulls, Rondo brought up his one season with the Kings.
“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation. I mean, last year -- I hate to keep talking about last year -- but you couldn’t name three people on my team, the Sacramento Kings, and I led the league in assists. You know? I don’t know. I believe so (that his skill set still has value), given the right personnel and the flow of the game," Rondo told TNT's David Aldridge last week.
While the Kings were mired in a 33-49 season in 2015-16, Rondo racked up an NBA-leading 11.7 assists per game. Russell Westbrook was second with 10.4.
In four games since returning from being benched by coach Fred Hoiberg, Rondo is averaging 6.5 points and 6.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per contest.
Rondo is signed through the 2017-18 season and is scheduled to make just under $14 million next season.