Kings' Giles to be held out of games until January


Kings' Giles to be held out of games until January

Sacramento Kings fans have been waiting patiently for the debut of rookie big man Harry Giles. He trained through mini-camp leading up to Summer League and then sat. He’s spent the last few months in Sacramento preparing for the season, but when it came time for the preseason opener, Giles was listed as out.

Fans are going to have to wait a little longer. Friday afternoon, the Kings officially announced that Giles will not play until January at the earliest. He hasn’t faced a setback in his recovery from the two ACL tears he faced as a high school player, but the team has decided to side with science.

The gifted 6-foot-10, 240-pound North Carolina native is one of a select few players to come through the league with bilateral ACL tears. He tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his left knee in 2013, right before his sophomore year in high school. In the opening game of his senior year of high school, he tore the ACL in his right knee and underwent a second operation.

Giles underwent a third procedure last October while at Duke. Physicians performed an arthroscopic cleanup of his left knee, which is common for patients with bilateral tears. He was limited to just 11.6 minutes over 26 games for the Blue Devils as they took a conservative approach to his recovery.

Sacramento knew of the issues when they selected him and the franchise has developed a plan for his future.

“It’s a plan that started over the summer of bringing him along slowly with the medical staff,” coach Dave Joerger said on the NBC Sports California Kings Insider Podcast. “Our staff is terrific and with his history, what he’s been through and what we’re able to do. Everyone wants to go as fast as they can, but when you look at the longer scope of his career and as a valuable asset of our organization what’s best for 10 years than what’s best for six months. I think the long-term view far outweighs the short-term view.””

According to the team, the medical and science community agree that an ACL injury takes a full two years of recovery time. January marks that date for Giles from his the second surgery. Sacramento will carefully monitor his progress, work to strengthen his core and legs over the next few months and then run tests on the 19-year-old’s knees after the new year.

Giles is still allowed to practice with the team, including contact, but in a controlled environment, where they can manage as many variables as possible. An NBA game removes the control settings that the coaches and training staff have put in place.

The goal is for Giles to have a long and healthy career and the team is going to take the necessary steps to insure that he is 100 percent healed before running him out for NBA game action.

“I’m feeling great,” Giles told NBC Sports California. “I have the same soreness everybody else has and it’s a great feeling. I’m just excited to be back out on the floor and just ready to get back to the grind.”

Both Giles and his agent took part in the discussion and are on board with the team’s treatment plan. The Kings are extremely high on Giles and love his potential, but they also want to do right by the player and not rush the process.

The team hasn’t given up on the 2017-18 season for the rookie power forward. They will use the time to develop him both physically and mentally so he is ready to contribute when the time comes. For now, they will use a cautious approach and hope that it pays dividends down the road.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.