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Kings Hit The Floor With Little Time to Prepare

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kings fans have hope a new infusion of talent offsets the lack of practice time.     

You may have hear of Jimmer Mania.  Jimmer is Jimmer Fredette, the  rookie guard out of BYU.  He is expected to shoot…and shoot well.  But, he has to figure out where he's supposed to be on the court before he shoots.

FREDETTE: "It's tough you know going out there and trying to find your role.  But, I feel I've been doing a pretty good job. The guys are getting me involved.  The coach getting me involved."

Tyreke Evans was rookie of the year two years ago, but suffered multiple foot ailments last year.  He says he's back to his old form, as does Demarcus Cousins, who is coming off an ankle injury.

COUSINS: "A lot of new faces on this team.  We do have to learn how each other are playing, and, I mean, all that comes into play.  As time goes on, we'll get better at it."

The coach is Paul Westphal.  He had great success as a player and as a coach with the Phoenix Suns in the early 90's.  A guy named Kevin Johnson was his point guard then.  He's Sacramento's Mayor now.  This year, Westphal could have three guards on the floor at any time with Fredette, Evans and Marcus Thornton.  Westphal says the short pre-season has made for some sloppy play.  

WESTPHAL: "We're trying to run some offense together, but if you have one guy forget, it doesn't look very good.  And, so, we have to tighten it up.  We have to tighten up our decisions. It's hard to do that all at once."

Last year, the Kings record was 24-58. It was 25-57 the year before. Westphal's job could be on the line if the Kings don't improve dramatically from that.

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