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Mayor Kevin Johnson to represent Kings at draft lottery


Next Tuesday the Kryie Irving lottery takes place in Secaucus New Jersey. Some people call it the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the league. But really this year it’s about Irving or getting a future role player.

The Sacramento Kings have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top prize (then figuring out how he would play along side Tyreke Evans, but they’ll worry about that later). To up their chances they are sending the Kings fans lucky charm.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will represent the team at the draft lottery, according to Slam Magazine.

Johnson was the guy who helped come up with new sponsorship money from the community and wowed the Board of Governors (the other owners) and relocation committee enough for them to tell the Maloof brothers that Sacramento deserved one more chance. One more year. He spearheaded a drive that stopped the Kings move to Anaheim. (For now, anyway.)

He’s not the Maloofs lucky charm, but he is the fans’ so he will go. Also, it has been reported that new owner Joe Lacob will represent the Golden State Warriors (0.8 percent chance).

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.