From bench, Reggie Evans ask Giannis Antetokounmpo his age, can’t believe the answer (video)


Like many of us, Kings reserve Reggie Evans can’t believe the things Giannis Antetokounmpo already does on a basketball court.

So, when he got the chance, Evans asked the Greek Freak his age (hat tip: Eric Buenning of BrewHoop).

  • Evans: “How old are you?”
  • Antetokounmpo: “20”
  • Evans: “20? … Damn”

Damn, indeed.

George Karl gets $11 million of $14.5 million guaranteed in Kings contract

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George Karl and the Kings reportedly struck a deal yesterday, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and Sam Amick of USA Today said the contract wasn’t finalized.

Now, everyone agrees it’s done.


The $14.5 million deal will include a $1.5 million buyout provision on the $5 million owed Karl in the final year of the contract, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Karl will earn $1.25 million for the rest of the 2014-15 season, which will begin with his Kings debut after the All-Star break on Feb. 20 against Boston. Karl is set to earn $3.25 million in 2015-16 and $5 million per season in the final two years of the deal, a source said.

Those are pretty favorable terms for Karl, who wisely played up his interest in the Magic’s vacancy. He worked that leverage well.

Now, Karl must gain the trust of DeMarcus Cousins, who wasn’t happy with this whole process. Maybe this type level of financial security will convince Cousins he now has a coach who will last through Vivek Ranadivé’s whims.

Anthony Davis out of All-Star Game; James Harden, Klay Thompson to start


The NBA injury gods that have taken no mercy on this season are not letting up for the All-Star Game. They just took away the guy many of us most wanted to see.

Three-fifths of the players the fans voted in as All-Star Game starters in the Western Conference are out of the game, we are just now finding out who might replace some of them.

Anthony Davis, who has missed the last two New Orleans games with a sprained shoulder after a nasty fall, is going to miss Sunday’s All-Star game because of said injury, Davis announced through the team Wednesday.

“After careful thought and consideration, I’ve decided I will not be participating in this year’s NBA All-Star competitions, Davis said in a released statement. “I want to thank the fans for voting me into the All-Star game and I am sorry I will not be able to play…. More than anything, I am anxious to get healthy and back on the court with my teammates after the All-Star break.”

That makes three Western Conference starters voted in by the fans who are out: Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Davis.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will name Davis’ replacement, and early reports have Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas getting the call. Throughout the process, Silver has selected the next guy in line by the coaches’ voting. Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points a game and this would be his 13th All-Star appearance.

He has already named the replacements for Bryant and Griffin — DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard — but it was up to West coach Steve Kerr to name the starters. He named the first two on Wednesday:

Now Kerr has one more starter to name.

Report: Kings have hired George Karl as head coach, will wait until after All-Star game to officially announce


The head coaching saga for the Sacramento Kings has been handled poorly all season long, but it appears as though the latest iteration of the team’s search has finally come to a conclusion.

From Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee:

After several days of intense negotiations, George Karl has agreed to take over as Kings head coach after this weekend’s NBA All-Star break, The Bee has learned.

An official announcement is expected within the next few days. Terms of the deal were not available, though Karl was seeking a four-year contract in excess of $4 million per season.

An introductory news conference will be held next week in Sacramento. Team executives are postponing the formal media session to avoid detracting from center DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star debut Sunday in New York.

Karl’s first game will be next Friday, Feb. 20, against Boston at Sleep Train Arena.

This has been expected, although both Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and Sam Amick of USA Today cautioned that all of the contract details have yet to be finalized.

Current head coach Tyrone Corbin, who took over on an interim basis (but was signed for the remainder of the season) was reportedly told that Wednesday night’s game against the Bucks would be his last as the team’s head coach.

Karl is one of the winningest coaches in NBA history, and employs precisely the kind of uptempo style that ownership in Sacramento craved, and used as a reason for firing the successful Mike Malone just 24 games into the season.

The challenge, of course, will be getting through to DeMarcus Cousins — who has been less than pleased with the way the organization has handled things with its head coaches this season.

What will Rockets do with the uniquely styled and determined Patrick Beverley?


BOSTON – Patrick Beverley signed with the Heat in 2010, finally realizing his NBA dream.

Or so it seemed.

Two years earlier, he turned in a paper written by someone else, ending his time at Arkansas. From there, he played in Ukraine’s second division and then spent a season as a little-used reserve with Olympiakos in Greece.

But Miami cut Beverley, and a handful of tryouts with other NBA teams went nowhere.

“I almost wanted to give up, but – I actually did,” Beverley said. “I wanted to focus on my career overseas.”

Beverley hasn’t shown a moment of relenting since.

He returned to Europe and improved. The Rockets gave him a chance, and not only did he become a starter, he has developed into the NBA’s most tenacious point guard.

Soon, Houston must decide how much it values Beverley, who will become a restricted free agent this summer.

Beverley became infamous when he crashed into Russell Westbrook’s knees while going for a steal just before a timeout in the 2013 playoffs, but that wasn’t a cheap attempt to injure a star. As we’ve learned in the years since, that’s just how Beverley plays.

His most notable feud is with Damian Lillard, but Beverley has no shortage of opponents he has irked, including:

DeMarcus Cousins:

Marc Gasol:

Rudy Gay:


Yet, Beverley has become more than just a sideshow pest.

He’s a main-attraction pest.

As NBA point guards are more impactful than ever – an extremely talented crop playing when rules and style emphasize their position – Beverley serves as a defensive foil. He guards his man tightly, stomping all over the line of what grates opponents and what makes him effective.

His impact in Houston is undeniable. The Rockets ranked 19th in points allowed per possession when Beverley made his NBA debut in January 2013. The rest of that season, they ranked 14th. Last year, they moved up to 12th. This season, they rank seventh.

Beverley’s biggest contribution to Houston, though, is his low salary. Because they locked up their starting point guard on a minimum contract, the Rockets have freed money to splurge on other parts of the roster.

Only the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, a rookie drafted in the second round, makes less among starting point guards than Beverley’s $915,243:


The Rockets good fortune on that front – created because they wisely signed Beverley to a three-year contract before he proved himself in the NBA – is running out, though.

Beverley is in the final season of his deal. How much would Houston, which holds his Bird Rights, pay to keep him?

Assessing Beverley’s value is difficult, because he’s unlike any other point guard in the league. Among starters, he ranks:

21st in points per game at 10.8:


28th in assists per game at 3.3:


27th in usage percentage at 16.7:


26th in minutes of possession per game at 4.1:


23rd in touches per game at 64.6:


The only other players consistently in his range are either rookies (Elfrid Payton), new starters (D.J. Augustin) or both (Marcus Smart, Dante Exum and Clarkson).

But as limited a role as Beverley plays, he deserves credit for not overextending himself. A 3-and-D point guard, he takes 59 percent of his shots from beyond the arc and makes 39 percent of those. Beverley, who met his goal of making the All-Defensive second team last season, is also a standout defender at a position where there are few. Chris Paul, Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo are the only other active point guards who’ve made an All-Defensive team. Paul and Rondo are past their defensive primes, though John Wall is emerging as another strong contender for the honor.

Of course, part of the reason Beverley doesn’t handle the ball as often is because he shares a backcourt with James Harden, one of the NBA’s preeminent shooting guards. However, that’s not entirely coincidental. No matter where Beverley ended up, his team would have seen his limitations and sought to pair him with a high-volume off guard.

Does Houston like this arrangement, keeping the ball in Harden’s hands so often?

“We ask him to do a lot – probably too much,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I wish we had more guys that could make more plays to help alleviate some pressure from him.”

The NBA’s curious inclusion of him in the skills challenge notwithstanding, that probably won’t ever be Beverley. He can spot-up and slash, but his court vision is only so-so for his position.

And that makes me wonder: How badly do the Rockets want to keep Beverley?

They’ve made no secret about their pursuit of a third star to go with Harden and Dwight Howard. They tried to trade for Rajon Rondo, and they’ve also been linked to Deron Williams and Goran Dragic. It’d be no surprise if that third star is a point guard.

The Rockets already let Chandler Parsons walk to preserve flexibility, and they’ll face a similar conundrum with Beverley.

For now, Beverley will maintain his large defensive and small offensive roles as Houston strives to advance deep in the playoffs. And his actions will show he’s definitely not the word he used to describe himself five years ago:


Soon enough, though, the Rockets must decide whether they’re content with him.