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July 15, 2012
Kings scrimmage provides more work for Whiteside

LAS VEGAS - With a day off in the Summer League, the Kings took part in a scrimmage against the Memphis Grizzlies.

From the Kings perspective their best players were spectators. Jimmer Fredette and Thomas Robinson - both, who have played a lot in the first two summer league games - did not scrimmage.

Hassan Whiteside was the only Kings from last season's roster to see any time in the scrimmage. He started the game and played in the first quarter.

Whiteside played only 12 minutes in Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. That was due in part to his lack of effort on defense, said summer league co-head coach Alex English.

The Kings are still in need of a shot blocker and Whiteside has an opportunity to fill that role, if he accepts it.

The Kings do not want Whiteside worried about scoring. So he'll be on the court a lot to work on defense, rebounding and shot blocking.

That he played today is a sign the Kings are still looking for more. Engilsh said Whiteside needs to be a "specialist" because the Kings have plenty of players to score.

If Whiteside plays more than 12 minutes in Monday's game, it's a sign the message is sinking in.



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