Friday , Jan , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kenny Thomas Heading Out of Sacramento?


If the Kenny Thomas revival is to start somewhere, then it doesn’t get any more poetic than this.The Kings forward was in a Natomas gym last week, far from his teammates, taking passes in the paint and experiencing the kind of playing time that is nowhere to be seen with the team signing his monstrous paychecks.It wasn’t just any defender planting his knee in Thomas’ backside as they banged bodies down low. It was the man with whom he’d crossed paths before, both of them pieces in a trade that forever changed the landscape of the Kings and ultimately left Thomas in the basketball purgatory that is closer to hoops hell these days than anywhere near a middle ground. It was Chris Webber.

Away from the action, renowned shooting coach Buzz Braman watched Webber, his longtime client, and his newest project go at each other with unleashed intensity. ‘When I told Chris that Kenny was out here and we wanted to do some stuff, Chris’ first reaction was that (Thomas) is one of the hardest dudes to keep out of the paint – ever. That was coming from Chris,’ said Braman, whose session took place at the fitness center of former Kings strength coach Al Biancani. ‘And when I was on the court watching Kenny and Chris, (Thomas’) athleticism and his quickness and his first step (are) something to marvel at. Click here for more from the Sacramento Bee.