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October 13, 2012
Kings putting in extra work on a regular basis

At this (early) point of the season the Kings are working harder than I can recall in the last two-plus seasons.

Staying after practice is becoming the norm for many players.

Coach Keith Smart has emphasized working hard and putting in extra work.

"It is so hard to win and you have to do things at a different rate when you're trying to win as opposed to just trying to play," Smart said. "And that's what we want to keep seeing every game."

One of those players that stays late is rookie Thomas Robinson who stayed for a shooting drill.

He was shooting with a basketball between his legs to work on having better balance with his shot (see video below courtesy of my iPhone).

Smart said Travis Outlaw had been around the last couple of nights to get in more work. Tyreke Evans has been known to use his key to get workout at odd hours in the practice facility, too.

*Smart said he would "probably" have a different starting lineup for Monday's preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers. But would not say what those changes would be to the lineup.

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