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They sleeping on Ben McLemore

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Ben McLemore signs with the Lakers

Former Sacramento King Ben McLemore is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for the remainder of the season according to Shams Charania.

McLemore had been receiving interest from multiple contenders according to reports, including the Milwaukee Bucks.

Of course, Kings fans immediately know why Ben probably chose the Lakers, as LeBron has been a supporter ever since McLemore entered the league.

Time for LeBron's prediction to come true!

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April 6, 2021 1:01 pm

The release of Jeffries has created a paradigm shift in the entire league! We’re relevant again!!!

April 6, 2021 1:07 pm

I mean, I know that the Lakers are losing a lot of games with Lebron & AD injured, but I didn’t think that they were going to tank for draft position.

April 6, 2021 1:11 pm

Seems like ages ago…comment image

April 6, 2021 1:14 pm
Reply to  Kosta

…Just saw that Ben McLemore and Buddy Hield are the same age.

April 7, 2021 9:27 am
Reply to  Kosta

It was not a great draft class. Ben was ranked 34 nationally and 9th by position (Rivals) in 2011 coming out of high school.
Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal names stick out from the class and they were the top 10. #1 was Austin Rivers ?? In one and done as the new norm. You really don’t get a lot of time to show that you belong in the NBA. Maurice Harkless was in that class at 45.

Some don’t develop in the NBA, yet they are some of the best in the country going into college.

I look at this years March Madness and wonder who are the can’t miss players? I’ve seen most of them in the tournament, but I’m most impressed with the upper classmen, rather than the freshman in the tournament. Even the top bigs, I think will take several years to look like NBA players. They all look skinnier than Bagley.

April 6, 2021 1:22 pm
Reply to  Kosta

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April 6, 2021 1:58 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Never forget, Petrie liked Giannis pre-draft. Just imagine how things could have been different had Vivek not fired Petrie less than a month before the 2013 draft.

April 6, 2021 2:19 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

In fairness…the only article I saw that addressed this was abt 3 years after Giannis was drafted, and it was Petrie saying he like Giannis pre-draft. Can anyone else vouch for this?

April 6, 2021 2:35 pm
Reply to  Gregoryl

I think Petrie said it in the call-in when he was pissed that Vivek had said things about former employees that Petrie didn’t agree with or thought were untrue. I don’t have a link to it (it might be on the old site), but I think he did reveal that he said something along the lines of advising the Kings to take a close look at Giannis.

April 6, 2021 2:20 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Petrie had a keen eye for talent, and despite what he says, I don’t believe for a second that with all of the talent still available in the 2011 draft, that he opted for James Fredette. That was a move to sell merch, and had Maloof-stink all over it.

Petrie drafted, among others, Peja, JWill, Hedo, Gerald Wallace, Kevin Martin, Tyreke, Cousins, Whiteside, and Isaiah Thomas, among others, and often with non-lottery picks. I just don’t believe that he woke up stupid one day in 2011, and landed on a slow, unathletic, poor-defending shooter from a mid-major conference.

Petrie’s draft record seemed to decline at roughly the same time as the Maloofs’ net worth. I don’t believe that this is mere coincidence.

April 6, 2021 2:29 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I liked Petrie’s first draft quite a bit: Brian Grant, Michael “The Animal” Smith, Lawrence Funderburke.

And man, I can only dream we get another talent like Kevin Martin at the spot he was taken at. (26th)

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April 6, 2021 3:18 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Petrie really was among the first to mine the international market, and with Martin, knew that there were gems to be found outside of the blue blood schools.

Western Carolina! I lived in North Carolina for a few (long) years and had no idea such a place existed.

April 6, 2021 4:09 pm
Reply to  Greg

A very reasonable take.

April 6, 2021 4:49 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

I heard that in June 2018, Vlade really liked Luka Doncic and was going to draft him, and then on a whim decided to be a fucking idiot and chose Bagley.

April 6, 2021 4:51 pm
Reply to  Kosta

That’s what I love about photos … at that literal snapshot in time, the future was still bright for Ben and the Kings.

April 6, 2021 2:57 pm

Ben….Los Angeles…

April 6, 2021 2:58 pm

Is there an NBA version of the NFL’s Wonderlic test? If not, the Kangz should develop their own and have every draft prospect take it so they can figure out who the next Ben McLemore is and not draft him.

April 6, 2021 3:19 pm
Reply to  AmateurNerd

I’d just put them behind the wheel of a car with a manual transmission. If they can’t drive it, they’re out.

April 6, 2021 3:34 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I’m so grateful that my Dad taught me how to drive a stick. Really came in handy on several occasions.

April 6, 2021 6:57 pm
Reply to  Greg

Hopefully our tank is an automatic.
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April 6, 2021 3:59 pm

They sleeping on Marcus Bagley. Just watch

April 6, 2021 11:41 pm
Reply to  TheGrantNapear

Don’t watch the Kangz. Just sleep.

April 7, 2021 10:39 am

A center-sized center, who is presumably more mobile than Whiteside. I hope he gets minutes helping Holmes with some of the bigger boys in the paint.

April 7, 2021 10:48 am

Positive. This word confuses me, what does it mean?

April 7, 2021 10:49 am

Yes, that is a good development.

On the other hand, it seems that he’s the point of attack for opponents, recently. I would be curious to see the defensive stats since the lineup change. I would think that swapping Bagley for Tyrese should have helped.

April 7, 2021 11:43 am
Reply to  RikSmits

I think opponents previously could take their pick between attacking Buddy or Bagley, and now they have primarily Buddy as their point of attack. On the other hand I think our rebounding has suffered a bit, so we may be giving up more second-chance points and getting fewer ourselves.

April 7, 2021 12:58 pm

I’m exhausted.

The only feelings left for me regarding this franchise are skepticism, disdain, and hatred. I sort of watch the games, but whatever happens on the court doesn’t make it past those filters.

I feel like being stuck hate-watching the Sacramento Kings is both terribly unhealthy and strangely necessary.

I just need more time.

April 7, 2021 1:28 pm
Reply to  Marty

D’oh wrong thread.

April 7, 2021 10:01 pm

I agree. With all of it.

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April 8, 2021 12:13 pm


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