CHESTER, Pa. -- The newest hope of a sagging Sacramento Kings franchise is a teenage basketball prodigy from decayed urban streets where no one -- no matter how gifted -- truly escapes unscathed.
At 19, Tyreke Evans is a celebrated, 6-foot-5-inch point guard bound for Arco Arena with a personal narrative both harrowing and uplifting. The player Kings fans hope to see is an NBA version of the shy but powerful athlete who has dominated all previous opponents and soared to the rim at will.
"It hasn't really hit me yet," Evans said last week "The night of the NBA draft, I got 185 text messages. I don't know that many people."