Odds & Ends: Kings, Dentmon, Howard

March 5 2013 at 6:31pm CST By Alex Lee

With only three games on the schedule, Tuesday is a slow NBA night in terms of quantity.  However, with the Lakers in Oklahoma City looking to eclipse the .500 mark for the first time since November, there is plenty of quality.  Let's round up any odds and ends from around the league here:

  • Sacramento officials, led by Kevin Johnson, released a report today that provided statistical support for why Sacramento is a better market for the NBA than Seattle, reports Dale Kasler of the Sacramento Bee.  According to the report, the Kings benefit from a pro sports monopoly in Sacramento, as evidenced by the fact that, when compared to Seattle, the Kings had higher attendance in 20 of the 23 seasons in which both cities had an NBA team.  With the Sacramento bid in, the NBA Board of Governors will decide whether or not to approve the Seattle deal in mid-April.
  • In his Hang Time Blog, Sekou Smith takes a look at the tough decisions and disapointment that can come with being a D-Leaguer through Justin Dentmon of the Texas Legends.  Despite currently leading the D-League in scoring and being last year's league MVP, Dentmon is in danger of going the entire 2012-13 season without an NBA look.  Last year Dentmon received 10-day contracts with the Spurs and Raptors.
  • Moke Hamilton of Sheridan Hoops ranks the top 15 free agents come the offseason – both restricted and unrestricted – a list that is headed by Dwight Howard.  
  • Speaking of Howard, the former Magic star ripped into his old squad in a recent interview with an Los Angeles television station, saying the team was "full of people nobody wanted," reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.  Howard makes his return to Orlando on March 12, as if that fire needed any more fuel. 
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