At one point, Tyler Honeycutt and Isaiah Thomas glanced at each other during what had turned into a tabloid media setting. And without saying a word, their expressions said it all - the scene was crazy. The Kings' 2011 draftees had become a sideshow to the main event, the Jimmer Fredette Show. When Honeycutt and Thomas joined Fredette, the Kings' first-round pick, at Sacramento International Airport on Friday, they saw up close how excited fans are to see Fredette in person. But that might not be a bad thing for the Kings' two second-round selections. The frenzy surrounding Fredette could keep Honeycutt and Thomas out of the spotlight and allow them to do what rookies are expected to do - learn and improve. Sure, some fans rushed to meet Honeycutt and Thomas. But that could easily get lost in the frantic reaction to Fredette's addition to the team. Between posing for photos and signing autographs, Honeycutt and Thomas received some attention, even with TV cameras tracking Fredette's every move. Honeycutt and Thomas were impressed, if not overwhelmed, by the fan support, with a few hundred showing up to welcome the Kings' newest players. "Yeah, I didn't think it would be like this," Thomas said. "It's unbelievable. ... You can already tell the fans are second to none. This is unbelievable." Honeycutt was in New York for the NBA draft Thursday, where there wasn't much opportunity for such hoopla. While Fredette was shuffled to various media commitments, Honeycutt only saw him in passing. "We really didn't get to hang out," Honeycutt said. There certainly wasn't much time for hanging out once fans spotted Fredette and Honeycutt coming down the escalator at the airport. Thomas, who had arrived earlier in the day, returned to the airport for the reception.
Fans go wild as newest Kings hit town
Sacramento Bee | Jun 25