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The best part about this epic fail is that Tyreke Evans had a huge lead in last night’s trolling competition, right up until the moment where he bricked a wide-open layup that he got after pulling a Caron Butler on Dwyane Wade. But when the guy you stole the ball from ends up posing Captain Morgan-style on the ball while the crowd laughs at you for ruining your own prank … well, that’s embarrassing. Really embarrassing. Tough break, Tyreke.

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Within months of passing on Damian Lillard, Sacramento have decided to give away the player they picked instead of him. Seemingly already disenfranchised with their big man out of Kansas, they traded him for another one, and a jump-shooting backup big man, rather than wait it out. This accords with Sacramento’s grand plan, that of dumping valuable young assets to open up negligible amounts of financial flexibility, then spending it on backups. At the very least, they got Patrick Patterson this time.

Patterson broke out this year as a scorer, scoring 11 points in 25 minutes per game, and doing so at just short of 52 percent shooting with a mostly face-up game. He has occasional three-point range and a fantastic mid-range jumper — it’s not hard to project those two things being the inverse of each other some day soon, as that is the way the jump-shooting big man tends to go. Channing Frye was in a similar situation once. Patterson scores, and scores efficiently, without needing much of the playbook to do so. For this reason, he projects as a useful role player for several years. However, Sacramento’s unimpressive recent record on player development isn’t the place for someone with such big holes in his game. Patterson doesn’t box out, doesn’t defend any position, and isn’t tough enough to rectify those problems. He’ll make some jumpers, some fast break dunks, and occasionally carry the team for a quarter, but there’s an awful lot to do.

The rest of the deal has little bearing on Sacramento’s end product. Francisco Garcia will be a mildly useful defender and shooter for a year, but is essentially irrelevant, robbed of his talent by multiple injuries. So are likely to be Tyler Honeycutt (a once tantalizing prospect who hasn’t gotten anywhere, not helped by injuries), Cole Aldrich (same, except with the injuries) and Toney Douglas (whose offensive game still hasn’t recovered from whatever it was that caused him to lose it). Everyone else is a backup, only ever going to be backups, and either expiring or unguaranteed.

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Some jokes:

  • More like Swagramento Kings, am I right?
  • Great. Now the Kings are definitely moving to Seattle.
  • Not any worse than the last time Justin Bieber was involved with something NBA-related.
  • I heard this and I was like, “Baby, baby, baby, nope.”
  • If it were Opposite Day, I’d be very excited to hear Seattle’s response tune, which I’m sure is some sort of Nicki Minaj remake.
  • This just earned DeMarcus Cousins another suspension.

Your turn.

(via Sactown Royalty)

From one pizza guy to another pizza guy talking about a third pizza guy, Isaiah Thomas should give Derrick Rose a call. I think they’d have a lot to talk about.

(via Ananth Pandian)

Join me as I count down my predictions of the regular season finishes for the 2012-13 NBA season, at a rate of three teams per day. Tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

27. Phoenix Suns
In the first season of the post-Nash era, Suns GM Lon Babby is wisely stockpiling draft picks and trying to create cap flexibility so that they can return to being an annual contender, as they were from the mid- to late-2000s. This season should be a difficult one in Phoenix as Goran Dragic is a significant dropoff from Nash, no matter what you think of Dragic’s skills, and there’s little reason to believe the Suns won’t have a team defense in the bottom third of the league once again.

Free agent signee Michael Beasley figures to take over the role of alpha scorer on this team, claiming, “This is the first time I’ve really been encouraged to shoot even more than I already do, and we all know that I shoot a lot.” Yeah, we sure do, Beas. This will not turn out well.

26. Cleveland Cavaliers
The 2012-13 edition of the Cavaliers have the look of a team who could get off to a brutal start to the season. Kyrie Irving has been shooting poorly in preseason as he recovers from a broken hand, rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters has struggled so far, and eight of the players on their roster have no more than one season of NBA experience. Regardless, Irving is an All-Star talent and he’ll likely remind us of that fact by the end of the season.

Anderson Varejao’s return after missing 41 games with a wrist injury last season should bolster the Cavs’ interior defence, assuming the league’s new anti-flopping rule doesn’t significantly reduce his effectiveness. Depending on how the first half of this season goes, Varejao and the $17.3 million remaining on the final two years of his contract could go on the trading block as the Cavs are following a similar strategy to what the Suns are trying to do — banking future picks and clearing cap space for future potential acquisitions.

25. Sacramento Kings
There is no better example than the Sacramento Kings of how misleading traditional counting stats can be. We see a team with three players who each averaged over 16 points per game last season (Marcus Thornton, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans), that was sixth in the NBA in points per game, and that plays a fast-paced, run-and-gun style — and some of us might think that they could turn into the new “Seven Seconds or Less” success story. Aside from the fact that current-day versions of Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion in their primes are not walking through that door, there are other problems in Sactown.

Cousins seems to be a virtual lock to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season, but those will be empty numbers if he can’t shoot closer to 50 percent from the field and if he doesn’t dedicate himself to becoming at least a decent defender. The Kings finished 29th in points allowed per 100 possessions last season, and Cousins will need to become more of a presence in the post if they’re going to significantly improve in that category. Meanwhile, Evans needs to shake his reputation as a shooting guard who can’t shoot — he made just 27.7 percent of his shot attempts from beyond five feet from the rim last season.

Previously in the countdown: 30-28

Next in the countdown: 24-22

No matter what they were like in college, it’s still pretty hard to figure out what kind of NBA player a rookie is going to be like. For instance, back in his DePaul days, Quentin Richardson was a tweener forward who averaged 10 rebounds a game. Now he’s a three-point specialist two guard who fights Paul Pierce all the time. Probably wouldn’t have guessed that back at the turn of the Willenium.

But these guys have to do what they can to get by, even if it means changing up their game like they would have never imagined. To those ends, Thomas Robinson of the Sacramento Kings has figured out what he’s going to make his trademark in the league. From Cowbell Kingdom:

“I think that’s my whole job – to annoy the other guy to the point that he just doesn’t want to check me no more,” the rookie forward said following practice.

He doesn’t get distracted when opposing players voice their frustration with his style of play.  The Kansas forward says he just continues to play his game.

“It’s really not my job to care what they think or say,” Robinson said stoically. “That’s something they gotta deal with.”

Hey, being super annoying worked for Eddie House for a while. Joakim Noah and Anderson Varejao too. It’s weird to say, but being annoying is a legitimate skill in the NBA.

And not just on court either. If Thomas Robinson starts punctuating every dunk with “Did I do that?” and then hiking his shorts up, that’s a pretty solid branding approach. With nerd glasses being the go-to NBA accessory, really carving out a niche as THE annoying nerd of the league could be smart. If he’s going to be annoying on purpose, might as well make some money off it.

(via Sactown Royalty)

When I first heard James Johnson was going to wear Brad Miller’s historic No. 52 for the Sacramento Kings, my first thought was “Ummmm…” since James Johnson is one of my all-time least favorite Bulls and Brad Miller is, as everyone on the internet knows, one of my all-time most favorite humans. Then, when Jimmy Johns came out saying he was wearing the ol’ 5-2 for Big Brad I completely changed my mind. Good for you, James Johnson. Way to be smart about number choices.

All that happened this summer though, which means training camp is the first time anyone has had a chance to ask Johnson about his relationship with the NBA’s premier camouflage ambassador. Cowbell Kingdom, a Kings blog, did just that and the answer was as perfect as you can imagine.

Johnson asked Miller for his blessing to wear 52. However, the 25-year-old forward hasn’t asked the former Kings big man, an avid outdoorsman, to take him hunting yet.

“He always sends me pictures,” said Johnson with a smile. “I heard he just got a 7-foot bear just the other day. So, I don’t know if I’m going that extreme. I don’t if I’m that extreme yet – maybe a couple ducks or squirrels (first).”

Imagine you are sitting there building a virtual Jurassic Park on your phone, when all of the sudden a text message from Brad Miller pops up at the top of the screen. You click over and there is Brad Miller, grinning widely while sitting next to a dead alligator or giant bear or some other creature that he just gunned down. That is legitimately James Johnson’s life and he seems pretty happy about it even though I think we can all agree that the first time you get sent a picture of a dead animal out of nowhere is probably a little strange.

That being said, if Brad Miller is sending you anything, it’s probably pictures of recent kills, so you might as well get used to it. Someone should let Nikola Pekovic know though, or else he’s in for quite the surprise.