http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports/basketball/kings/story/8179366p-9110678c.htmlThe Kings, already missing injured big men Chris Webber and Lawrence Funderburke, played without center/forward Tony Massenburg. Tuesday morning, the 12-year veteran left word with trainer Pete Youngman that he was attending to personal matters in San Antonio and would meet the team there for tonight's game against the Spurs.
In his place, rookie Darius Songaila stepped up and scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting. He was also sound defensively after a rough start.
Kings coach Rick Adelman wasn't pleased by the manner in which Massenburg departed.
"There are proper channels to go through, and he should have called me," Adelman said. "There is no problem on this team if you have to deal with family problems or personal problems, but I haven't talked to him. I know what he said to Pete, and I'm not going to discuss that."
Adelman said he would first talk to Massenburg before deciding if the player would be fined.
Massenburg didn't play Sunday against Dallas, and some of his teammates indicated he might have been disappointed not to have seen action.
"He didn't say anything to anybody," one Kings player said. "He just left."