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David Stern could learn a thing or two from Kings fans

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I’d say I’m surprised but I’m not. Tuesday at about mid-day I saw my first indications that something was brewing in Sacramento – a seemingly innocuous tweet from Sacramento Kings fan Amy Hyden (@sacgirl88) to G/F Donte’ Greene about setting up an exhibition game:

@dontegreeneCOS hey Donte, Is there any way you can set up an exhibition game in Sac-town for the fans who ❤ the kings? #KingsFans

After paying boyfriend tax – a jog, a dinner, and an hour of Dancing with the Stars (Nancy Grace, Chaz Bono, and special officer Doofy to be exact) – I returned to my Twitter account to find that Greene had accepted, that he had contacted all of his basketball buddies via Twitter, and that Kings fans had organized en masse to ‘encourage’ the effort.

For those wondering how one tweet turned into an exhibition game, our friend Jonathan Santiago has the blow-by-blow over at Cowbell Kingdom.

The game could include Kings teammates Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmer Fredette, Jason Thompson, Isaiah Thomas, Hassan Whiteside, and from outside the team John Wall, DeAndre Jordan, Matt Barnes, and Jonny Flynn have also been invited.

Greene has yet to settle on a venue, but they’re targeting the weekend before Thanksgiving to play the game, assuming the lockout is still in effect. Proceeds from the game will go to charity, and Greene says that he’d like to donate to breast cancer charities – a worthy cause indeed.

In the hilarious quote of the day department, Greene said about Jimmer’s attendance in particular:

“I don’t think he wants the upper-decker so he might want to show up to the game,” referring to the hazing he’ll get if he doesn’t show, and not everybody’s favorite act of misplaced defecation.

Of everybody contacted, most have expressed interest in playing the game, and now local media has jumped all over the event and is promoting it with the Twitter hashtag, #MakeItHappen.

All of this happened within six hours on a normal Tuesday night – in the time it takes David Stern and Billy Hunter to play a game of Go Fish (no you go fish, no you go fish). It speaks to the ability for people in this day and age to get things done if they truly want to. Maybe if David Stern hung out with Kings fans for a day, he’d figure out how to convince the naysayers not to pour the baby out with the bathwater.

Report: Carmelo Anthony tells Phil Jackson he wants to stay with Knicks

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Phil Jackson asked Carmelo Anthony whether the star forward wanted to remain with the Knicks.

Apparently, what Anthony said publicly over and over and over and over and over was true.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

This further proves Anthony’s loyalty to New York.

A trade could’ve sent him to a better team with a more-desirable boss and netted him a $10 million trade bonus. But Anthony enjoys living and playing in New York, even with the tumult – including Jackson – that follows.

Now, it’s on Jackson to improve the roster around Anthony, repair player-coach relations and create a culture where the starting point guard doesn’t go AWOL.

Report: In ‘far more contentious’ meeting, Phil Jackson asked Carmelo Anthony whether he wanted to stay with Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony finally got his desired meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

At turn after turn after turn after turn after turn, Anthony has stated his loyalty to the Knicks. What has he done since to indicate he wants to leave New York?

Jackson, not Anthony, has fostered all this recent controversy.

Jackson built a crummy roster that faced a difficult path to the playoffs. Jackson used the code word “posse.”  Jackson publicly critiqued Anthony for being a ball hog. Jackson mouthpiece Charley Rosen wrote “Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York.”

Anthony just wants to play basketball for a good team in the world’s biggest market – not work under a black cloud. Jackson is making it impossible for Anthony to get all his wishes, though.

So, the question falls to Anthony: Would he rather keep playing for the Knicks – and all that comes with it – or waive his no-trade clause to join another team?

For years, he has unequivocally answered that question publicly with devotion to New York. But the act of Jackson asking might invite a different response.

Draymond Green counters LeBron James: Warriors-Cavaliers is a rivalry

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LeBron James said Warriors-Cavaliers isn’t a rivalry.

After Golden State beat Cleveland last night, Draymond Green interrupted a reporter’s question in his urgency to disagree.

Green, via CSN Bay Area:

Yeah, I think it’s a rivalry. So, yeah. Just me, though.

It’s definitely fun, you know? A team that you beat, that’s beat you – it’s definitely fun. I think, if you look at the last two years and this year, we’ve been the top two teams in the league each year. So, I look at it as a rivalry, and it’s definitely a fun game to play in.

But I don’t really care if anyone else see the game the game the way I see it. I see it how I see it, and they can see it how they do. I don’t really care. It’s fun, though.

This is a competitive game, a fun game to play in. And regardless of Bron thinks this a rivalry or not, I know he wants to beat us – and we want to beat them. And that’s enough in itself.

Of course, Warriors-Cavaliers is a rivalry. Green and LeBron have personally fueled it.

Maybe Green was just trying to knock some sense into LeBron last night.

Rajon Rondo: You couldn’t name three players on 2015-16 Kings, but I led NBA in assists

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Months into his first and only season with the Kings, Rajon Rondo declared himself to be the first veteran teammate ever respected by DeMarcus Cousins.

As he deals with new problems with the Bulls, Rondo is again trashing his former Sacramento teammates.

Rondo, via David Aldridge of NBA.com:

“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation,” Rondo says in response. “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 is right: Playing with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade is not ideal, and his passing was an asset to the Kings.

He’s also proving his critics right: He’s too often a jerk.

Rondo has declined significantly overall, particularly on defense. His plus passing is barely enough to make him rotation-worthy. It’s not enough for teams cast aside his hardheadedness.

But is Rondo right that you can’t name three members of the 2015-16 Kings? Take this quiz to find out: