Tonight marked my second favorite day of the year (after my birthday of course)-the Kings season opener. After an interesting tip-off to the start of the NBA season which included both a Heat loss and a Celtics loss, I was a little weary about the Kings starting the season without Tyreke Evans, our MVP and Rookie of the Year, who was out due to a suspension. But to my pleasant surprise, the Kings were able to step up and get the win on the road none-the-less to make the Kings undefeated in the 2010-2011 season.
The team as a whole played well against the Minnesota Timberwolves with six players scoring in double digits, but it was Carl Landry who led the Kings to their first victory of the season. Landry had a double-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and added 3 assists. Kings veteran Francisco Garcia added another 22 points to the scoreboard, including two 3’s and going 6-6 at the line. Beno Udrih, who stepped in for Evans, put up an impressive 18 points and 6 assists to help the Kings in the 117-116 win
All eyes were on rookie DeMarcus Cousins, the number 5 draft pick out of Kentucky, who is a front-runner to be named this seasons Rookie of the Year. Cousins, who found himself in foul trouble early in the game, made his mark with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. It was forward Dante Greene who struggled against the Timberwolves going 1-7 in field goals, 1-4 in 3 pointers and 3-7 at the line (someone should really remind him they are called FREE throws for a reason).
Tonight marked the first time in seven years that the Kings are 1-0. We are already making history ladies and gentlemen and mark my words when I say this season will be better than the last.<!--EndFragment-->