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February 4, 2012
Kings vs. Warriors: Whiteside back with team

As the Kings announced Friday, center Hassan Whiteside is back with the team tonight for their 7 p.m. game against the Golden State Warriors at Power Balance Pavilion.

Head coach Keith Smart said the Kings decided to recall Whiteside from the Reno Bighorns of the Development League "because he needs to start seeing some of the things we're doing, going through some of the plays, going through some of the offensive and defensive things."

"If there's an opportunity or a window to bring him up and he gets a chance to be on the floor, gets a chance to play, we don't want him to be completely in the dark," Smart said.

Smart said he's been told Whiteside was playing well in the D-League, where he appeared in 11 games and averaged 7.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 18.9 minutes.

"One thing I (told him), go down there and try and dominate on rebounding," Smart said. "That's the key for him - to be active, block shots, rebound. He did those things."

-- Matt Kawahara

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