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Garrett Temple on Kings: “We don’t guard a soul”

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The Sacramento Kings are 12-25 this season, and that record still overstates how good they are. The Kings are dead last in the NBA offensive rating (100.2 points scored per 100 possessions) and defensive rating (117.2 per 100). Sacramento has the point differential of a team that should be 8-29, according to Cleaning the Glass.

Even though this was expected to be a developmental season for the Kings and their young core, the franchise brought in veterans — George Hill, Zach Randolph, Garrett Temple — to keep things from being an outright tank job, and to mentor the young players. It hasn’t worked that way, and frustration is mounting. Here is what Temple said after the Kings blowout loss to the Hornets at home Tuesday, via James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Ouch.

It’s also accurate.

Sacramento’s defensive issues are widespread, but they start with giving up too many easy buckets in transition — opponents start 16.4 percent of their possessions in transition (second worst in the league) and score 112.5 points per 100 possessions on those plays (worst in the league). Give up easy buckets to the opposition and the losses will pile up fast. (Stats via Cleaning the Glass.)

There have been flashes of hope in Sacramento — De'Aaron Fox has had highlight moments, Willie Cauley-Stein has played better of late, Buddy Hield is knocking down his threes (45.5 percent) — but the development process has been rough and slow. It’s understandable that the veterans are frustrated. This team should not be this bad defensively. The Kings are on a rebuilding path, that was expected, but the big questions are now if the players are making the kind of steps forward that they should? And if not, why? That’s not simply a coaching question, for the Kings it needs to be an organizational one.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.

 

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.

 

Spurs’ pick Chimezie Metu to miss time with fractured wrist

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Chimezie Metu showed some promise in the Summer League games he played for San Antonio, scoring 12.5 points a game on 55 percent shooting in Las Vegas, and 10.7 per game on 54 percent shooting in Salt Lake City. The second round pick of the Spurs (No. 49 overall) is raw and needs a lot of development, but he can get buckets. The potential is there.

That development is going to be on hold a while, as what was thought to be a sprained wrist has turned out to be a fracture.

From Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

After an examination Saturday, the Spurs medical staff downgraded second-round pick Chimezie Metu’s left wrist injury from a sprain to a fracture, a league source said Saturday.

Metu was injured late in the Spurs’ 95-90 win over Washington on July 8 at the Las Vegas Summer League, when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch a lob pass at the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man finished the game but was sidelined for the remainder of the schedule.

After undergoing X-rays at the Thomas & Mack Center, Metu was diagnosed with a sprain. But Spurs’ team doctors suspected a possible fracture, which was confirmed after Metu returned to San Antonio on Saturday.

Metu should be good to go by training camp. Metu is hoping his summer and training camp play will earn him a roster spot, although the Spurs tend not to sign second-round picks the year they were drafted (they tend to let them spend a year or two in the G-League or in Europe). A lot of his chances on making the roster depend on any other moves the Spurs make this summer and what their roster looks like come the fall.