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Kings’ Evans to miss Rookie Challenge

Fans hoping to see the Rookie Challenge champ defend his title as a sophomore will be sorely disappointed. He won’t be playing.

Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans will miss the 2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot, it was announced by Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

Last year’s MVP of the Rookie Challenge, Evans will meet with Dr. Richard Ferkel on Monday in Los Angeles for further evaluation, and will be replaced on the Sophomore Team by Oklahoma City’s James Harden.

Evans, who is averaging 18.3 points per game to go alone with 4.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, was also named last season’s Rookie of the Year in the NBA.


Tyreke Evans will miss tonight's Rookie Challenge. (Photo courtesy of Greg Ashman)

The Sacramento Kings head into the All-Star break with a record of 13-40. Evans’ injury is just more bad news coming from Sacramento after an incident between teammates Donte Greene and rookie DeMarcus Cousins resulted in Cousins being fined by the Kings.

Sacramento fined rookie forward/center Cousins for his involvement in a post-game incident with Greene following the Feb. 12 contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“There is no place in the NBA for violence, either on or off the court,” said Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. “Upon investigating the events of Saturday night, we feel it is necessary to impose an appropriate fine related to DeMarcus’ behavior. We will now move forward together. We do not intend to give up on DeMarcus’ talent or potential. We look forward to watching his continued improvement and development, which has been significant since the beginning of the season.”

Cousins apologized and rejoined the team after a one-game suspension to lead Sacramento with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds off the bench against the Thunder on Feb. 15.

“I wish to apologize to my teammates, the Kings organization and Kings’ fans for my role in an unfortunate altercation between teammates,” Cousins said. “I accept full responsibility for my actions and know that I must keep raising my standard of professionalism to be my best and a great player in the NBA.”

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