Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Preseason Starts ... in 3 1/2 hours

SACRAMENTO - Hello from California's capital. I flew in this morning and, after a good lunch with Kings.com's Andrew Nicholson where we traded notes on working for official team sites, am now preparing for the Sonics to open the preseason tonight against the Kings.

Unfortunately, I didn't quite make it to Sacramento in time to catch the Sonics shootaround, but Percy Allen of the Seattle Times was there and blogs an update on tonight's starting five.

Tonight's game will not be on TV, but Matt Pinto has the call in his Sonics debut on KTTH 770 AM as well as streaming here at SUPERSONICS.COM. I'll also be blogging throughout the game, so make sure to follow tonight's action.

For the Kings, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Francisco Garcia and rookie Spencer Hawes will not play due to injuries, Kings.com reports. I mentioned yesterday that Hawes was back in Seattle getting a second opinion on his knee, and word came today that Hawes will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow. Here's hoping it goes well and Hawes is back on the court in short order.