The accolades have begun to role in for the Kings. And this one is a biggie.
Forward Donte Greene has been named Top Sideline Cheerleader in the NBA. This is huge. An award like this come around once in a century. And for the Kings, it's a game changer.
This past Thursday, Greene's sideline cheering antics were on full display before the team's preseason game with the Clippers. He danced and hugged every teammate. He fist-bumped every person on press row. It was impressive.
Greene's added weight gave him even more of a presence. He moved fluidly from teammate to teammate. He never fumbled a gregarious slap. He smiled and laughed with the skill of a veteran twice his age.
Yes, the offseason has been kind to Greene. His cheerleading skills have exploded. Remember Mark Madsen on the Lakers' bench? Stinkin' piker compared to Donte.
Of course, most players would be frustrated, angry and downright surly about seemingly being shuffled to the back of he pack in the race for a starting role. And maybe he is. But Donte ain't showing it. In fact, he's acting like it's not bothering him a bit.
So now Greene is being rightly rewarded. The AWP doesn't bestow this award on just anyone. You have to earn it. And when I got the call from the Association for Wasted Potential, I knew it was a once-in-lifetime scoop.
We expect to see lots more of you on the bench this season.