Lawson on hamstring injury: 'I feel like I'm cool'

Lawson on hamstring injury: 'I feel like I'm cool'

UPDATE (Thursday at 2:20pm) -- Ty Lawson's MRI revealed a mild strain of the left adductor muscle. He is listed as day-to-day going forward.


SACRAMENTO -- The Kings can’t catch a break. Already massively short-handed, Sacramento lost point guard Ty Lawson to a left hamstring strain in the second quarter of the Kings matchup with Celtics Wednesday night.

When the media was allowed into the locker room following the Kings win over Boston, Lawson was still in his locker stall preparing to leave. He was in good spirits and even compared his injury to teammate Garrett Temple’s hamstring injury that will keep him out until after the All-Star break.

"Garrett got shot, I probably got hit with a B-B," Lawson said with a smile.

Lawson said that he felt a pinch in the hamstring, but was he was able to run to the Kings bench. When he stopped quickly, he felt the pinch again and went to the team’s training staff.

“It’s not bad, I seen Garrett go down, I can still walk,” Lawson said. “I ran back down the court after the first one, so I feel like I’m cool.”

According to coach Dave Joerger, a precautionary MRI is scheduled for Thursday to check the extent of the damage.

Lawson starter alongside Darren Collison for head coach Dave Joerger. He finished the night with six points and four assists in 13 minutes of action before bolting for the locker room.

The 29-year-old point joins a long list of injured Kings players. Starting small forward Rudy Gay is out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Temple is done until after the All_Star break with a tear in his left hamstring and Omri Casspi has missed 13 straight with a right a plantaris tendon strain.

Lawson has played well in his first season in Sacramento. The eight-year NBA veteran is averaging 9.1 points and 4.5 assists in 24.8 minutes a game.

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.