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February 27, 2012
Smart, Thomas on arena news

Kings coach Keith Smart was asked after the team's practice tonight for his reaction to news of the city of Sacramento and the Kings announcing a tentative deal to build a new downtown arena.

"It's good news for everyone, I think, the fact that we have that opportunity," Smart said. "But my focus for me, the players, as always, has been to focus on the floor, what we can do on the floor -- let our management team, the ownership, the NBA, the city of Sacramento do their jobs to bring that to fruition. And now my job is to focus on, as always, continuing to develop the team, get the players much better than what they were, and then eventually we'll see where it goes from there."

Guard Isaiah Thomas said the announcement was a topic of discussion as the Kings reconvened Monday evening for their first practice after the All-Star break.

"I just know that we're staying here in Sacramento," Thomas said. "I'm very happy. The community, the fans, the organization's brought me in like a warm feeling, like a family feeling, and I'm just happy to be able to be here for years to come."

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