Sam Amick

Mar 24, 2017|

NBA insider for USA Today Sports, Sam Amick, previews Warriors-Kings, talks DeMarcus Cousins,

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Sam may make from the USA today sports section NBA writer for many many years let's company years with the the USA today was at practice yesterday joins us every Friday. And the afternoon delight with pop and Vontae here and at a five point seven games Sammy welcome and what did you see from Katie yesterday in practice. Gentlemen did you look at. Spring independently. Would. What kind of low key just some jumpers and so it didn't play that much absent some of the video that some folks. I grabbed crackers. And I think it shootaround today. And you know these shields specifically give up another court in a full court straight in order order options gear Fortier look pretty good I mean. But you mentioned. Steve Hurst said that. On Thursday. The plan on having him do the reevaluation four weeks after the initial. Diagnosis he the other Beagle with the team. On this short track road trip and used in San Antonio and then come back of that revaluation. But obviously get closer. And tonight over the interest anchors of the on the bench I would think during a warrior game at home the last homestand he did not come out on the bench but he did for that Oklahoma City game on Monday and obviously Tuesday in Dallas so. Thanks for the first time the worst things that is seen him since the last night of February when he. When he heard that need. The other day ESP and Sammy came out with a report that the warriors her quote on quote cautiously optimistic that he will return. Before the end of the regular season is anybody muttering. A plan for when he may get back now that he's out of Florida actually running whether it's a dummy five on all it is a step. Is there any of you heard any date word where he could come back maybe the last couple weeks of the year if you heard anything about what what they're hoping they can do with him. I mean beyond the you know before the end of the pregnancies and handicap and that you know I think it would love to have a week. Before. Specific answer to that point our count it out to come by but I agree the morgue at that point where those are natural question to ask him thank. Don't choke point that. Become clear that the part. To me that online and move at all from the very beginning even care about. That press start since the first have you addressed the media apple oracle after the injury was to lose count partly because. From the lawyer's perspective. You that you didn't have that have a lot of optimism about him getting back before the end of the race she's and then. All of us in the room who don't at Ph.D.s and don't do that medical staff for a living. We were looking at Kevin and moving real slow at walker and it looks like he's aged about thirty years. So idea it seemed a little bit hard to believe and then again. Pretty quickly here we see you bet that's in progress. Of so specifically no but you know and I think at this point I had some kind of roadway leading into the policies means is that. Sammy he's been out for three and a half weeks and the first to two weeks or email stated that looked like themselves at all now obviously they were right in the throes of their. Thirteen thousand mile Odyssey. But they lost five out of seven they lost three in a row the last game in San Antonio it'd go for so we won't count that one but they just looks. Lost in analysts on standing had better and better and better and it really good at this last two game road trip to a PC in Dallas on Monday and Tuesday of this week so. Without Kevin to rein it. What they do today with he's getting out of the first round now no longer a big concern it looks like it's gonna be Denver. Could they win the west without them could they win the whole thing where where do you think they hours they play more and more. Without Kevin Durant hopefully there gonna get him back here a couple of weeks but just that Seabrook receded night on the floor against the can't see how good. It's funny guys I try. To like as an essential for I try to do your job or not. Led that there is clip too much in not getting too swayed one you know too quickly one way or the other things happen but I got a bit. Those early days without him. He goes on you guys shows here on it not sound the alarms that saying you know some real problems. And it just didn't look that look like. The big question that you raised were going to be probably couldn't survive a match up at camp wasn't there. All those things of that nature around you know winning games again but it would art market. And they look good more specifically. At this is that something that number right next week I had a good chat with. Very Vermont yesterday. Break out deep into the idea that counter intuitive it is the air marginally better statistically speaking in the twelve games without. That it worry could afford it when they had all the top rated defense in the NBA to. So you know that that make it happen and it's deeper into the side of me as a major surprise the other side. It is you know it's not quite as simple step in glades start filing its shots but subnet that coach. Obviously you'd part of that that tries those guys went through just Lou was the kind of things they cannot deal with as. Our child are currently constructed. There on the way now I think the only caveat would be. These teen date and not recently obviously pretty. Three weeks strength of schedule you know when you talk about truly Orlando Milwaukee. Under on the road integrate and but then you know Dallas. And and then tonight against Jackie Adams in the same thing can happen but it's better than the alternative plan pretty well. Yeah we'll see what happens Sunday hurt tonight against second and Sunday gets Memphis session be challenged there are you and Jeff is ill give wrote a piece earlier this week and talk about week for second this whole four letter word has got everybody in corporate match arrest. Adam silver you guys are displeased but around with adults overseeing it there's gonna be severe penalties. For teens breaking arrest protocol now what's up the penalties he's gonna play some teams are Levy on teams. One that little bit with that what that piece you wrote earlier this week. Yeah but I enjoyed right that we tried the cold pullback occurred rather a little bit on. The league's thinking in some of the specifics about why now obviously nobody got. It was fine. As far as the cab or lawyers but the has clearly got sideways with the the NBA debris and GM. As says publicly that he got. A call from the lead out so they. In the region. They weren't happy in this and that there I think a lot of fans. I'll admit it is not as simple teams either resting players or not resting players there's a real specific protocol. You've got to follow it yet and the lawyers when they had guys in San Antonio. They followed the letter of the law the date for that the rule started the day for the game at 5 PM. You've got to update the injury and illness report in chase that should we why guys can play. And then it triggered a rest guy the second you make that determination to rest and you have to alert the league getting popular the opponent. The the lawyers did. So they were fine with the league that cabs in LA Atlanta clippers. The date for when that deadline came and went. They only had it would be much choppered out Korver on their injury report no carrier no Kevin Love. And and certainly no LeBron James and next time that happens. Your question but today. I think it's and applicable one is I don't know how big I'm gonna be but and actually. You know that the 200 to 2000 dollars that the spurs got it was Wednesday. Check in Miami. A number of years back I mean that's that day and NBA crops as those they could atoms so I was part of you deputy commissioner that point the right and David Stern's show. There's a precedent here and I think we'll use words like significant penalty. The only Libyan rebel. He's fine topic Tony thirteen 250000. Dollars students on Neitzel late that he was if flies. Three wise Barack Obama Southwest Airlines all right Peter Cook Steve Kerr did pointed out the night before Minneapolis is just a notification Italy. But the Sacramento Kings and taps and naymick is joining us from USA today sports car in the NBA for many many years and for years. He's covered the Sacramento Kings closely still lives up there are so last time we saw this team Sam was right before the all star break and actually were leading the warriors. And halftime and we were looking for me your first ever. Warriors kings playoff series all of northern California first round playoff series and the warriors said that unbelievable third quarter that night February the fifteenth they outscored twenty to two. At one point the all star break comes and the kings right during the all star game trade. DeMarcus Cousins and the question I hands or you. Could they not have waited to trade cousins in the offseason. And maybe got more right before the draft when exactly know when you're gonna draft and there's more movement to trade him in the middle of the year I like buddy Gil as a player but they essentially gave him away. Why did the body into the back trade their markets at the all star break this year not the way to the summertime see him. I mean there. Rationale. Is accommodation that the couple things for one date yet you know the claim against the allegation. That the market. With dried up and get worse by the day out there that you had to outside influence and that happened a lot pretend. That it's not just a part of the NBA business as usual but. To mark uses agents. And saying that your product. The guys rep and am. Day had their eyes on that player it in that he was going to be eligible for this coming summer. An additional thirty million dollars they wanted the market should stay intact as a result. They were rattle cages or in the NBA with anybody gate Sacramento. On the trade front trying to spook and trying to make sure that they do and it is temperature now. Our guys freeagent you might keep you up these apps that were not an. And certainly this summer were not an extension would duke and so you know try to scared into not. Putting much on the table view that specifically with the pelicans. And that are we now know. You know they want to get 11 round pick in addition in the player's. Body and arrogant and flexing Galilee. There blood work for routers on the table. And then the agent and it did their thing and next thing you know that check it first rounder who came. Yeah him check out so. Today it is. You know the price tag at lower and they clearly like dead pull the trigger now have a top other executives. It is vehemently disagree on the India this day I don't tell Sacramento he's saying he won on the table and so you know which you might get. If you didn't truly market out there and I think that ballot. You know it's gonna become one of in the chain where you could end up more. Comfortable back and get much much. And they've got some young bigs big these two guys from Kentucky that then two hours or interest thing. But so what what they actually have to do elect got a threatens our talent within two hours ago and they both India has caused us a little bit bigger. But. What would they have to do their obviously and tank mode it it's pretty clear what they have to do to keep their picker how to how does that work clue how how much losing to they have to do more stand. They condemn that three log onto my laptop and premiered actually at that right here. In terms of the take day. It's not a protected. Went Chicago and so. They've got you know that they've got to make sure that they get up and take contending outside of that. They got to give it up there and pretty good position. Right now. There's a point where. I didn't see him the other heavy got this point are there are going to be able rest easy indictment dated take because. You know the way to draft lottery odds work you know if you wind up with a trip worst record like I think they are right now. I think there's seventy hours straight parents are they average out critics Philadelphia Orlando Brooklyn. And Phoenix in the lakers two hours. OK well that's that they that the logic skills because. At seven. You can't my understanding that look at yesterday you can't get any worse than that three spot below that in the draft lottery so about ten that you should be. In the Cleary Q if they did a little bit better they want a more games underway. You know up a spot then that eight fabrics that could then drop down to eleven. And then maybe you do a pick or you've got to wait until the lottery night to note say. So that the now that the deal. With skeptic in and the delicate one this is a much are concerned the one they got New Orleans. And they did another as stretchers people feel like you Q we're getting so little trade you know. Why in the world would you let the delicate protect epic. Her top three which is what ultimately happened but nonetheless. Fallen since want to game lately a top three ticket looking extremely unlikely. Of them. You know that's their situation so they're hoping to come out of this was. 21 routers and a lot to be excited about is strap mean altitude areas. You know he would Sacramento locally in High Court date. He steals is news and he's really good and it I told him but he the only word of caution I keep giving kings and had seen their Gloria close for so long. There's like it irony where the aggregate comes back to Sacramento. You know I mean you got Barbara are recruit a rookie. You know thinks fans thought they had the next version of abroad you know he's averaged 45. He got to ask the rookies the right right absolutely and at that I think you know political traits that are members that came on strong. Late season bullet. You know that babble it was right tricky what rookie year. But we've seen hype around changed rookie for so you know they'd been shouldn't take too far but Al. Skilled guy he's like a good guy and shoulders. He's been about surprised that the check out. And popping on this topic G off the bench is that this has well I'm the original prodigy truth. OG. Copyright C having that extra time is always standing in the joining us from a USA today in the NAFTA and eleven pop and the other two errors and.