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Kings' Collison says MRI results 'not good,' out indefinitely

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Kings' Collison says MRI results 'not good,' out indefinitely

SACRAMENTO -- The hits keep coming for the Sacramento Kings. DeMarcus Cousins is expected to return from injury in the next few days, but the team may have lost one of its most important weapons in the meantime.

Veteran guard Darren Collison missed Saturday night’s game with a left hamstring injury. From his courtside seat, he informed CSNBayArea.com that the injury required an MRI and the results were “not good."

Collison confirmed that he would be out several days at minimum while the team’s medical staff waits to see how his body responds to treatment.

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The 28-year-old guard is averaging 15.8 points and 5.2 assists in 30.7 minutes a night. George Karl has praised Collison’s versatility throughout training camp and into the regular season, and even used him in the starting lineup against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. 

How Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic wants to inspire Serbian basketball fans

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How Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic wants to inspire Serbian basketball fans

Kings wing Bogdan Bogdanovic is a winner when it comes to playing for his national team. Give him a Serbia jersey and good things will happen. 

"The first time I found out I was selected to be a part of my national team was an amazing feeling," Bogdanovic recently said in an interview with FIBA Basketball

Bogdanovic has been the leading factor in Serbia's success as runners-up at FIBA EuroBasket tournaments in 2014, 2016 and 2017 and the Rio Olympics in 2016. He averaged 20.4 points and 5 assists per game in 2017. 

Bogdanovic injured himself while playing for the Serbian national team before last season, though, and missed the start of the year after undergoing knee surgery. That won't stop him from representing his country this time around, however.

Kings teammates Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica both will be playing for Serbia in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. 

"I can tell you right now, I still get the same goosebumps I got back then, when I'm about to play for the national team," Bogdanovic said to FIBA's website. 

Growing up, Bogdanovic dreamed of one day representing his country on the court. He often heard about was the greats who played for the national team, and he has cherished every opportunity he has had to do the same.

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"You make people proud. They don't even need to play basketball to feel motivated," Bogdanovic said. "I like to play all these types of tournaments which FIBA organizes. (FIBA Basketball) World Cup or the (FIBA EuroBasket), it's always good to play and be there with your guys and compete."

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

Willie Cauley-Stein believes Dewayne Dedmon fits Kings better than he did

When the Kings agreed to a three-year, $40 million contract with center Dewayne Dedmon at the start of free agency this summer, it seemed like a small move compared to the rest of the craziness in the NBA.

Nevermind that, though. The former Hawk could be the perfect fit in Sacramento. Just ask the player he's replacing. 

“I think it fits better for them in that role for what they want -- shooting 3s, rim protecting, all that,” former Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein recently told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. “Obviously, they felt I didn’t do a good job at it. I think (Dedmon) is one of the good ones in the league who does that, so for them I think that’s a big-time move.”

Cauley-Stein signed a two-year, $4.4 million deal with the Warriors this offseason when the Kings made him an unrestricted free agent. He's expected to play the rim-running role that JaVale McGee previously occupied. Dedmon will have a much different role on the Kings. 

Dedmon, who turns 30 in August, didn't attempt a single 3-point shot the first four seasons of his six-year NBA career. That changed two seasons ago in Atlanta. The 7-footer put up 133 3-point shots during the past two seasons and made 38.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc last season. 

Cauley-Stein, by comparison, only has four 3-pointers to his name in his four-year NBA career. He's only attempted 18 and isn't seen as a reliable shooter. 

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The Kings are expected to shoot plenty of shots from deep this season under new head coach Luke Walton. Even as the big man down low, Dedmon will be called upon to let it fly from long distance. 

“I like to get up and down the floor and shoot 3s,” Dedmon said to The Bee. “It’s definitely something I look forward to. That fast pace, getting up and down the floor, running, catching lobs, shooting some 3s, it’s going to be fun.”