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September 29, 2010
Kings competitive amongst themselves

At least 30 minutes had passed since the end of practice. But that didn't stop Pooh Jeter, Connor Atchley and Joe Crawford from engaging in a spirited three-point shooting contest.

Jeter eventually won.

On another court Marcus Landry, Luther Head and J.R. Giddens were competing from behind the arc.

It's a sight that's welcomed as part of the Kings' mission to revamp the roster mentally as much as physically.

It's apparent players like Jeter don't like to lose, even if it is just a shooting contest after practice.

Jeter was quick to make sure Crawford wasn't cheating by adding makes to his total. And Jeter was happy to leave the floor as the winner.

Jeter's intensity is a needed addition to the roster. The more players like that, the better off the Kings will be.

From what I'm told, the competitiveness carries over into the night-time scrimmages that aren't open to the media.

Today's open portion of practice featured players taking jump shots.

*A lot of players have stuck around after the morning practice the first two days. Tyreke Evans worked on midrange jumpers today with Pete Carril. Donte' Greene worked on his offense with Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Carl Landry also stuck around to work on his game.

*Samuel Dalembert (left adductor strain) and Antoine Wright (left quad strain) are progressing, but aren't able to run yet, Westphal said. Sounds like both should be fine in a couple of days though.

*Tomorrow's set of practices are the last set of two-a-days scheduled before the team goes to practicing once a day. The first exhibition game is next Tueday against Phoenix.

With one practice a day, there's a better chance of getting to see how the Kings look when they play against each other.
--Jason Jones

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