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That question and more in Wednesday's links.

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Wednesday links!

Sacramento Bee: Ben McLemore continues to impress
Good story by Jason Jones. Michael Malone has some glowing words for B-Mac. And B-Mac is as positive and confident as ever. I really like this guy. And this totally cements that he's going to start.

Cowbell Kingdom: Players receptive to upcoming changes
A five-game losing streak will open your mind.

Sacramento Bee: Malone promises no wholesale changes
I think he means that he's not going to exile Marcus Thornton to Siberia, but we'll see. Jones also lays out all of the lineup replacement options as he sees them.

NetsDaily: Kings vs. Nets preview
Really cool preview. Brooklyn's been struggling early on, too, though that is as much about getting used to having new Hall of Famers on the club than anything else. It should be a competitive game. Also, there's a good debate on Cousins vs. Lopez in the comment thread and LOTS of dap to Sacramento for keeping the Kings.

NetsDaily: Kirilenko to miss three games
No AK-47 in Sacramento.

Grantland: Early season trends
Zach Lowe with a rousing look at some early season trends.

SBNation.com: NBA expansion could be on the horizon, per Mark Cuban
Good news for our friends in Seattle. (The bad news is that pro-arena mayor Mike McGinn lost his re-election bid last week.)

Sacramento Bee: MersingCarson to provide marketing services for Kings
The team hired a local ad firm.

Sacramento Bee: Is Sacramento's night skyline about to shine?
Cool story on how LED lighting could be a major marker and design feature for the Arena District. I say we find a way to beam the dearly departed Red Banner Of Doom into the sky when we have breaking news.

SBNation.com: Miami's shooters' bus
Really cool story by James Herbert.