Bad news for Kings fans en route to Las Vegas Summer League: Third-year swingman Francisco Garcia is out for the rest of the session due to family matters.
Too bad, too, considering the Kings had one of the most exciting rosters going by summer league standards. So as it stands, the Garcia report on this end will have to come from one game witnessed in Vegas and another at the Sacramento Pro League a few weeks ago at Capital Christian High School.
In all, Garcia seems to look more driven, poised, and potent than last season. A number of people have commented on his demeanor, that of a player who's exiting his early years and was mostly held under the thumb of former coach Eric Musselman last season. He worked for every one of his 21 points against Washington, getting banged to the floor at least four times in brutal fashion but bouncing up to lead in the win.
It remains undetermined how much Garcia will be used at the point, as it seems the Kings are eager to peek at Quincy Douby's development at that spot and Mustafa Shakur (University of Arizona).
Observations from this morning's practice...
*Kevin Martin continues to get his summer work in, and the third-year shooting guard was his own coach in the corner of a local Las Vegas High School. He shot jumpers, free throws, and worked enough to get a sweat going.
Martin, for the record, is not playing on the summer league team for the first time in his career. He jokingly decided, however, that it would only be right
if the folks at UNLV to retire his jersey in the rafters at Cox Pavilion.
*Quincy Douby has a sore lower back and will try to play in tomorrow's game against New York.
- Sam Amick