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July 10, 2008
An eventful Day 2

While Brad Miller dominated headlines today, the Kings were in full swing for Day 2 of summer league practice.
"We have had two really good days out here," said Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie. "I think having six potential roster players out here with the younger veteran players like Spencer (Hawes) and Shelden (Williams) and Quincy (Douby), it's been good for them. We will head (to Las Vegas) ready to play."
Meanwhile, Kings assistant coaches are looking forward to showcasing their own talents. Reggie Theus said his assistant coaches will rotate through coaching the summer league team during the five Las Vegas games. Chuck Person will coach the first two, taking on the Raptors on July 12 and Blazers on July 15. Rex Kalamian will take the reins July 16 against the Mavericks. Randy Brown will coach the Warriors game July 18 and Jason Hamm will handle the Rockets game July 20.
Last year, assistant Kenny Natt coached every game.
"I just think summer is an opportunity for assistant coaches to grow," Theus said. "And to get a chance to sit in that seat and spread themselves a little bit. I think that's important."

* Spencer Hawes made it to practice today after ditching Wednesday to complete a presentation in an accelerated sociology class at the University of Washington.
"He's in the process of getting his degree," Theus said. "I guess that's a good excuse."
Hawes said he plans on taking online classes during the upcoming season. His studies don't appear to have interfered with his summer workouts. Hawes said he's trying to trim off some extra weight in order to build it back up with muscle.
"He looks like he's in really good shape so far," Petrie said.
Hawes joked that he feels like a summer league veteran.
"It feels different not being the wide-eyed rookie," Hawes said. "It's a little easier this time around."

* Kevin Martin returned to summer league practice today, jumping in on full court scrimmages while Francisco Garcia watched in sandals nearby.
Theus said Garcia was more than willing to kick off his sandals, which he wears with socks.
"He wanted to be out here playing, but we have 18 guys and we have to get a look at the young guys and the summer league guys," Theus said. "Kevin is playing on the (Olympic) select team, so we allowed him to come out and play so he can try to get himself ready to go."



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