Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Essence of Matt

Sam Amick has a predictably terrific story on resume-peddling Matt Barnes in the Bee today.

Barnes, in case you've forgotten, is a local product, having played at Del Campo High before going to UCLA. The Kings signed him in 2004, which excited everyone. He backed up Peja and added some front-line rebounding and a touch of defense to the team in about 16 minutes per game.

Then, he got shipped to Philly with Chris Webber. For whatever reason, Jim O'Brien threw Matty on the injured list with a phantom boo-boo. That was his season. Now, Sacramento and San Antonio are considered the major suitors for his services.

Amick mentions something in the article I'm not sure I've seen before: Petrie wants only 13 on the roster.

Let's count it out: You've got five starters - Bibby, Peja, Brad, SAR and Bonzi. Two back-up points - Jason Hart and Ronnie Price - and two back-up 2s - Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia. That's nine.

Your back-up frontcourt is KT, Brian Skinner and Corliss. There's 12. Jamal Sampson, unless he's training camp fodder, is number 13.

This could mean several things - Ronnie or Francisco or both are NBDL-bound, Ronnie or Jamal could be training camp casualties, or Geoff is blowing smoke up Matt's ass because the roster is set.

Or it could mean the Petrie Lord has another trade in the works. Of course, we haven't heard anything yet - not even so much as a rumor. But with Petrie, you never know.


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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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