Northern California roller coasters for Ben McLemore

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He just wanted to ride a danged roller coaster. Luckily, he can do that up here too.

From Sunday's Ailene Voisin column on Ben McLemore:

Between poor performances early on, and after soulful conversations with Kings coach Michael Malone and Kansas coach Bill Self, McLemore left the hotel and walked down the Strip to New York, New York, intending to ride the famous roller coaster. It was a great idea, a classic youthful adventure if ever there was one, except for one problem.

"The line was so long, and it was so hot, I just turned around and came back," McLemore said with a soft smile. "It was a little disappointing."

That's like legitimately a little sad. He just wanted to ride a roller coaster. In that spirit, a few roller coasters within shouting distance of Sacramento that Mac can check out this year.

* Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo)

"Oh my God I'm going to crash into that parking lot that's a restricted parking lot I can't crash there I'll get a ticket my GOD!"

* Vortex at California's Great America (Santa Clara)

Oh, you're standing up for this one. No NBA centers allowed. WARNING: The line will be long and it will be hot.

* Giant Dipper at The Boardwalk (Santa Cruz)

The quintessential California coaster. Bonus: it's on the beach.

BONUS SUPER CLOSE COASTER!

The Flying Dragon at Funderland (Sacramento)

I would embed a video but that would a) just focus on a 2-year-old riding it per YouTube tradition and b) ensure you never visit Funderland, which would be a shame because snow cones.

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Any more recommendations for Ben?

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