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June 19, 2013
D'Alessandro and Malone already working well together

Kings coach Michael Malone is happy to have the general manager that will be making the decisions in next week's NBA Draft on board:

"Having him here is great moving forward. As I mentioned yesterday, Geoff Petrie and his whole staff were nothing but great to me but now having a guy in here, who we're going to be here together moving forward, is terrific. We've met a lot, we've talked a lot, we've had a lot of meals together, talking about the direction we want to go with our team, the draft, free agency. It's a great knowing I have a partner moving forward."

On the draft being close and the front office still in transition:

"We're getting there. It' just nice knowing I have a GM in place in Pete D'Alessandro. And me, him, Vivek (Ranadive), we're going to get the draft done ... there's no concern."

*Malone said his father, Brendan would be in town next week to join the coaching staff. There are two more spots Malone would like to fill within the next week.

Major differences

Tim Hardaway Jr. was one of the six players at today's predraft workout.

Hardaway said he was glad I acknowledged that his game is not like his father's. That should be obvious, but it's a lazy assumption given their physical differences.

Senior was a 5-11 point guard who could break down defenders and had one of the coldest crossovers the game has ever seen.

Junior is a 6-6 shooting guard.

Then there's their very different upbringings and college experiences. Senior played at UTEP while Junior was at Michigan, one of the country's premier programs:

"We grew up in two different types of backgrounds, two different types of situations. He grew up and all he thought about was basketball. Chicago was a basketball city. Miami, the limelight, you're hanging out with your friends, you've got South Beach, you've got movies. We grew up in two different types of worlds."

Highlighting those different worlds was Junior noting his father has a lot of his games on VHS tapes from his days with the Miami Heat.

If Junior wants to catch up on his dad's Golden State days in the early 1990s, he has to find a computer.

"That's when I go on YouTube and type in Run TMC or type in his name and I really see what they were all about back then," Junior said.

Junior is projected as a first-round pick, just like Senior, who was the 14th pick in 1989 by the Warriors.

Summer league schedule announced

Below is the summer league schedule for the Kings, next month at UNLV

Preliminary round games

July 13: vs. Dallas, 3 p.m., Cox Pavilion
July 15: vs. Golden State, 5:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center
July 16: vs. Toronto, 3 p.m., Cox Pavilion

Teams will be seeded for a double-elimination tournament starting July 17.

Teams seeded 1-10 will have a bye in the first round.

All teams are guaranteed to play five games. The championship game is July 22.

For tickets call 702-739-FANS, visit or any UNLV ticket outlet.

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