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October 2, 2010
Notes from Saturday's practice

The curtain was (literally) raised today in time for us media types to see the Kings scrimmage each other.

Here are a few highlights:

*Kings coach Paul Westphal said Marcus Landry wasn't as dominant as he'd been, but he looked good. He was aggressive as a rebounder and showed the same trait going to the basket.

*Darnell Jackson was a force around the basket. He was moving players out of the way to go for rebounds. At one point, he took the ball from a teammate to score. Jackson's contract isn't guaranteed and he's playing hard to earn a roster spot.

*DeMarcus Cousins worked against Samuel Dalembert and scored on a nice post move. He went up with his right hand to float the ball over Dalembert's hand. Cousins said Dalembert and assistant coaches Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Truck Robinson have helped him a lot with defense.

*Westphal said today's practice was Cousins best of camp. Westphal said Beno Udrih also had a good day.

*Tyreke Evans didn't get up a lot of jumpers today, but looked good driving to the basket and setting his up teammates.

*There was a lot of contact around the basket amongst the bigs. Looks a lot different from last season in a good way. There weren't any easy baskets around the rim.

*Luther Head (right quad tendonitis) and Hassan Whiteside (left patella tendon strain) did not practice. Dalembert (left adductor strain) practiced.

Whiteside is the only King that is definitely out for Sunday's open practice at Arco.

*Here's Cousins comparing Evans to John Wall: "They're both crafty. They're both tricky with the ball."

Cousins said Wall is faster, but Evans is bigger and is deceptively quick.

*Once again Carl Landry was the last player to leave the court. Just ahead of Landry was Pooh Jeter, who stayed on the court late shooting jumpers again with Connor Atchley and Joe Crawford. Donald Sloan was a part of the group too.

Jeter said he doesn't leave the floor until he makes three straight threes from eight different spots on the floor. It's like his personal three-point shooting contest.

--Jason Jones

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