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NBA: Douby shines in Kings' loss to Suns

SACRAMENTO -- When Kings guard Quincy Douby looks back at his rookie season, he'll always have Golden State.

Last Dec. 30, the then-rookie scored 21 points in a blur against the Warriors, hitting runners, jumpers and nearly every shot that went up, in what was a stark contrast to an otherwise-uneventful campaign.

A one-game wonder, however, this is not.

Thursday night at Arco Arena, the development of Douby continued in the Kings' 110-99 preseason loss to Phoenix.

Douby scored 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting in 18 minutes of action, running the offense from the point guard for much of the second half.

"I was facing crazy defenses (in college), box and ones, box and two, triangle and two, and I was able to do it every night," Douby said. "If I'm able to keep my confidence up, continue to work ... I'm definitely going to keep getting better. This is the highest my confidence has been (in the NBA). Last year was pretty up and down."

After scoring 27 points in the opener, Kings shooting guard Kevin Martin had another efficient scoring night, finishing with 17 points in 17 minutes on 6 of 10 shooting.

The Suns were led by newly-signed veteran forward Grant Hill, who had 17 points.

KOBE AVAILABLE? -- Kobe Bryant may get his wish after all. Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss said he would consider trading Bryant, the NBA's scoring leader the past two seasons, under the right circumstances.

"I would certainly listen," Buss told three Los Angeles-area beat writers covering training camp in Honolulu on Wednesday.

"At any time, I think you have to do that with anybody. It's just part of the game, to listen to somebody who has a dissatisfied player that you think is going to fit.

"You can't keep too many loyalties. You've got to look at it as a business. He looks at it the same way I look at it."

POT CASE SETTLED -- Lawyers for NBA player Damon Stoudamire and Pima County (Ariz.) have reached an agreement to resolve his long-standing marijuana possession case.

Stoudamire, a former University of Arizona star who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, has been fighting misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia since July 2003.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Bruce Chalk said the case will be dismissed if Stoudamire provides proof of two more drug-free urine tests over the next six months, avoids any criminal convictions and reports any subsequent arrests immediately.

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