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Mayor Johnson talks about Evans, RekeROY rally

Posted by rc360 on March 10, 2010

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (right-center) spoke about Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans' upcoming rally, Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif. (SacPress Photo/Rob Small)

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson – a three-time NBA all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns – shared his thoughts on Sacramento Kings Rookie of the Year candidate Tyreke Evans Tuesday morning at a press conference.

Johnson officially endorsed Evans last week, and came before tonight’s rally to support Evans.

“He’s doing some amazing things,” Johnson said about Evans’ performance this season. “He’s on pace to do something only three other (rookies) in the history of the NBA have done in the past – averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (per game).”

The three players who Johnson talked about are LeBron James and hall-of-famers Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan. Currently, Evans is averaging 20.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

The RekeROY Rally to support Tyreke Evans for rookie of the year will take place tonight during the game against the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m. During the rally, the introduction of the R-O-Y (rookie of the year) chant will be introduced to the fans to be used the rest of the season.

“A lot of people thought that we should have drafted other players,” Johnson said about the controversy of drafting Evans with the fourth pick in last year’s draft. “If you look at what he’s doing, the team has won more games than last year. That’s a very important indicator.”

A banner promoting the "Tyreke Evans' Rally for 'RekeROY" hangs at Sacramento City Hall, Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif. (SacPress Photo/Rob Small)

The Kings won only 17 games last season compared to 21 wins going into the final quarter of this season.

Evans isn’t the only rookie turning heads. In Oakland, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has performed well as of late. Although Curry has had a recent outburst along with New Orleans Hornets point guard Darren Collison, Evans has performed well all season.

“Curry is doing a great job down in Golden State,” Johnson said. “But I think we have the top rookie here in Sacramento.”

Click here to read the story on Sacramento Press.


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