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October 25, 2010
Dalembert takes another step toward playing

The injury update continues to be more positive these days.

Samuel Dalembert took part in halfcourt scrimmaging during today's practice.

"He looked rusty but he looked healthy so it was good to have him out there," said Kings coach Paul Westphal.

It looked as if Dalembert's left adductor strain would keep him out the first month of the season. But he's made progress the last couple of days.

"My lateral movement was much better today," Dalembert said. "I didn't feel no pain, nothing like that. I felt a little awkward, my timing was off but other than that I feel good."

Dalembert said yesterday that he'd like to play as soon as Friday at New Jersey. Westphal said with his trademark humor he wouldn't stop Dalembert from taking the court this week.

"Maybe in pregame workouts he can get on the court," Westphal said. "We won't ban him. It's going to be hard for him to get much scrimmage. I hope he's feeling well enough to play. We'll do whatever the doctors say but he's still got to get some basketball timing so we'll see."

*Tyreke Evans joined Francisco Garcia, Beno Udrih, Jason Thompson, Carl Landry and Donte' Greene as players that have purchased season tickets to be donated during the season.

Evans purchased 13 season tickets in the Arco Arena Premium Balcony Section for local children and special groups in the Sacramento area.

Among the groups are the Kiwanis Family House, American Diabetes Association, Lupus Foundation of America and Ronald McDonald House.

The donations are part of the "Kings in the Community" program.

*The NBA rosters are set and the Kings list Dalembert and Antoine Wright as their inactive players heading into the season opener Wednesday.

Wright missed today's practice for personal reasons, but should be in uniform at Minnesota because Evans is suspended for the first game.

--Jason Jones

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