By Jason Jones
While the rest of the Kings practiced, Tyreke Evans was put through shooting drills and conditioning as he works to get ready to return to the court.
Evans has missed the last 15 games because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Evans said his foot hasn't felt this good since before the season. Evans remains cautious about his approach.
"I haven't really played yet so I don't want to talk until I start going full speed," Evans said. "But me pushing off, doing shooting drills and just running it felt pretty good."
*Jermaine Taylor (sore back) missed practice for the Kings.
*Kings coach Paul Westphal had some nice things to say about the job Doug Collins has done with the Philadelphia 76ers.
"He's given them some hope," Westphal said. "He's established an identity. One thing that's really helped them is Elton Brand is coming back to form."
Brand is averaging 15.1 points to lead the Sixers.
The Sixers are the kind of team that can give the Kings a lot of problems because they are athletic, espeically on the perimeter.
"They have a lot of athletes," Westphal said. "They play hard, they play together. They share the ball. They're just a tough team because they're athletic at every position and they play very hard."
*This will be Samuel Dalembert's first game against the Sixers after eight seasons with the team.
Dalembert said he is "excited." Westphal doesn't know what to expect.
"Some times a player is too up, sometimes he's just the right amount of up and has a great game," Westphal said. "You never quite know how the human element is going to take hold."