It appears that former 76er Samuel Dalembert will be sidelined for at least a month with a strained left groin, putting the kabosh on his consecutive games streak which had started back in 2005. Despite the clear lack of defense or rebounding in the first four of the Sixers preseason games, it feels much longer than four months since we dealt our best big man. We're still talking about his presence being missed regularly. With an unhealthy and inconsistent Spencer Hawes, a defense/passing/correct grammar-allergic Marreese Speights, and a 27-minutes-no-rebounds Elton Brand as our best options, he certainly won't be forgotten any time soon.
His streak was especially impressive considering his involvement in last year's tragic events in Haiti as well as the countless bumps and bruises over the course of an 82-game schedule and it's a shame for Sammy and the Kings that he won't be able to continue that run in royal purple. This will open up more time for DeMarcus Cousins and in all likelihood be better for the Kings organization moving forward. I'd like to see DMC start from the onset, paired with Jason Thompson in the front court, and filling out with Omri Casspi, Donte Green and Chester native Tyreke Evans. I don't think they're a playoff team, but if things mesh quickly and they are contending, a Christmastime return for Sam will bolster the defense a ton and keep Santa and his reindeer out of the lane.
Fast recovery wishes to Sam and his groin, which he must have injured doing "the worm" at Omri's nephew's Bar Mitzvah.