From News10 – SACRAMENTO, CA – Approximately 4,000 people, many of them Sacramento Kings fans starved for NBA basketball, were treated to a highlight filled, overtime exhibition game in Sunday’s first ever Goon Squad Classic at the UC Davis Pavilion.
The game’s host Donte Greene worked tirelessly to turn a simple suggestion on Twitter into a reality, giving Sacramento the gift of professional basketball while the NBA owners and players remain in the midst of a 144-day, and counting lockout. Games scheduled through December 15 have been cancelled so far, and that number is expected by many to rise.
“I was a little nervous,” Greene said before the game. “I had a big sigh (of relief) after seeing the turnout and its going to be a fun night.”
Meanwhile, thanks to Greene, Sacramento area fans were treated to a showcase of spectacular dunks, fancy passes, long range three-pointers and not much defensive effort from NBA players, most of them from the Kings.
Greene’s team won 167-164 and was paired with teammates Jason Thompson, former King Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Sacramento’s rookie first round draft pick Jimmer Fredette - already a fan favorite, even among his teammates.
“Some Jimmer, I am excited – I want to see what the kid can do,” Cousins told News10 before the game. ”I’ve gotta’ see the range, I’ve gotta’ see it.”
Greene’s black jersey team was opposed by, wait for it – a team of purple jerseys, headed by Kings star Tyreke Evans. Evans’ led teammates DeMarcus Cousins, Hassan Whiteside, rookie Isaiah Thomas, Lakers forward, Sacramento native Matt Barnes and Washington Wizards guard, and Cousins Kentucky teammate John Wall, who interestingly, did not play.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant former King, Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin were absent from the event due to obligations elsewhere.
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