Tyreke Evans

Tyreke Evans is not cool with how the Kings have handled him

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SI.com reports:

Tyreke Evans’ agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year’s role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans’ brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he’s frustrated with how marginalized he’s become. Evans’ reps are encouraging him to be more vocal about his perspective going forward.

via Sam Amick’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia.

And of course, Evans is up for an extension this summer.

The Kings drafted Evans, played him at point guard, watched him earn rookie of the year, even as everyone said he was poor fit at point guard. Then they moved him to shooting guard, watched him struggle, and became concerned, then drafted Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette, and started wheeling him out at small forward some. The results have been less than impressive. And now the Kings are clearly considering moving on, building behind DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas and whoever they pick up in the draft. And it’s hard to blame them as Evans drifts, takes too many pull-ups, and fails to effectively run in a system.

But at the same time, there is more than one way to run point guard. You can be a table-setter, a distributor, a scorer, or a corner shooter. You can be a combo guard, a pure point, a scoring point, an initiator, a finisher. It’s all in how the offense is built. You can’t help but wonder if Evans had been drafted somewhere with a cohesive system, with coaching that was stable and a better plan for the future if things would have worked out well. But those things wouldn’t have changed his leadership issues which have brought questions.

For Evans now, it’s about trying to establish where his career goes. It’s not hard to see him being unable to adjust to team’s adjustments to him, and flaming out. It’s also not hard to see him going somewhere with better coaching and with some motivation, and taking over to a certain degree. Evans remains an exceptionally gifted athlete with the ability to run an offense, even if the results so far haven’t been good enough. Someone is likely to unlock the mystery. It just seems every day more and more like it won’t be Sacramento.

Zaza Pachulia lays out Russell Westbrook, stands over him (video)

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Kevin Durant playing the Thunder invites extra emotions.

Russell Westbrook felt them – in the form of a flagrant foul by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who stood over Westbrook for emphasis.

Pachulia is really embracing his role doing the dirty work for star-studded Golden State.

Report: 76ers’ Ben Simmons sitting entire season still on table

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That rumor No. 1 pick Ben Simmons won’t play this season?

It just won’t die.

Even after Simmons tried to quash it, even after the 76ers’ CEO outright denied it, even after Simmons returned to practice, even in an otherwise optimistic report.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break, league sources told ESPN.

Barring a setback in his recovery, sources say the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft has a chance to take the hardwood near March. There still remains the possibility Simmons sits the entire season, sources said, but his situation will continue to be thoroughly evaluated throughout his comeback quest.

76ers coach Brett Brown said there’s “no chance” Simmons plays in Philadelphia’s nationally televised game against the Rockets next week. Other than that, there isn’t much clarity.

It mostly sounds as if Simmons is still too far from returning to say something definitive.

Roy Hibbert passes ball into hoop, reacts with perfect facial expression (video)

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The Hornets did so much right in their 107-85 win over the Trail Blazers, even a bad pass went through the hoop.

Roy Hibbert reacted fantastically to blunder/basket (blasket?).

Dario Saric blocks back-to-back Raptors dunk attempts (video)

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Norman Powell – get out of here.

Jared Sullinger – get out of here.

Dario Saric blocked consecutive dunk attempts in the 76ers’ 94-89 win over the Raptors. Philadelphia has won seven of nine and looks suddenly revitalized.

The best part of all this? Saric’s teammates’ reactions – though the actual blocks were pretty great themselves.