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July 9, 2008
And this was just Day 1

Cameras and microphones were lifted high and fixated on Jason Thompson.
So, how did Day 1 go for the Kings' first round selection?
"I was excited," said Thompson, who has proved poised and articulate in recent interviews. "I'm one of those guys who needs to get my feet wet to really establish myself. I get a lot of anxiety the day of."
If Thompson, with his guaranteed two-year contract, is nervous, the players around him must be on another level. Right?
"This is the best experience of my life," said David Johnson, a graduate of Davis High School.
Johnson remained wide-eyed and awe-stricken long after Wednesday's practice ended. Sure, he's dreaming of a chance to wear a Kings jersey after summer league, but he calls the entire experience a "win-win no matter what."
"I'm walking on clouds," said Johnson, who played for Napa Community College. "It's proving that anything can happen."
Johnson is willing to do anything to make the experience last as long as possible.
"I don't want to leave, I want to sleep right here on the hardwood," Johnson said.

While Johnson looks for a sleeping bag, here are a few more notes from the first summer league practice.

* Sean Singletary is exciting to watch. He is quick and finds a way to weave through players.
"He knows how to run the point," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "He has good command of the ball, good command of the floor. "He really picks up stuff fast. His intelligence level is pretty high."

* Johnson coaches seventh and eighth grade basketball at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis. What can Johnson tell his players he learned from his first day working out with the Kings?
"You really get to see how big these guys are," Johnson said. "They are big, muscular and tall. Me, at 5-10 and 170 pounds, running against the screen ... it hurts. It's great. I love it."

* Thompson knows people are going to be critical of him because he attended Rider.
"People are going to say, "Oh, he went to a small school," but I've done it all - other than going to the NCAA Tournament or something like that," he said. "I've played against the best of the best. Honestly, not the best of the best of the league yet. I'm not intimidated. It's a challenge and I'm going to learn from it."

* Theus was asked what he expects to see out of Shelden Williams this summer.
"A little smash mouth," Theus responded.
So ... he wants him to sing "All-Star?"
Perhaps, Williams can answer this one.
"If I had to guess what smash mouth (means), I would guess physical, banger, I like to mix it up, I'm not afraid of contact," Williams said. "I guess I'll take those comments."
Alright, I'll let Theus finish this one.
"One of the best things about Shelden is he is a smash mouth around the basket, but he shoots a nice jump shot," Theus said. "I just want him to continue to run the floor, keep lifting, keep his body in shape and get some reps in the low block.



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