Before the Kings took off for their four-game preseason road trip on Thursday, Kings.com caught up with the team. Now, check out notable notes, quotes and updates.
– Kings Head Coach Keith Smart on Thursday highlighted several positive takeaways from Wednesday’s preseason loss, praising his team for regaining its composure after a slow start.
“We had some nice things we did all along defensively – take away the first two quarters, we played a pretty good basketball game,” he said.
“That’s what you learn and sometimes you get (the team) to refocus again – you lose a game, you lose two games (and) you come in and work. Then, get back on top of what you’re trying to do.”
The main focus of the pre-trip practice, Smart revealed, was correcting mistakes Sacramento committed offensively, including spacing and shot selection.
“We just went through drills and then a film session to show what it was (we did) that gave (us) all the frustration,” said the Kings leader.
– After being sidelined since the beginning of the month (stress fracture), forward Tyler Honeycutt on Thursday returned to the court, scrimmaging with his teammates and later unleashing an off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk. While Smart was pleased with how No. 9 practiced, a timetable for his return to game action has not yet been determined.
“He looked good – probably the most energetic guy on the floor,” said Smart. “We want him to get a couple of practices in before we get him in a game … He worked a lot today, so we’ve got to see how he responds in the morning.”
– Smart disclosed he expects to announce a different starting lineup than the one he’s used in the previous two games.
“And that lineup will be…” began Smart, pausing for dramatic effect. “(Revealed) at 7:05 p.m. (Friday).”