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July 15, 2013
Ben McLemore has to stay aggressive and improve dribbling during shooting slump

LAS VEGAS - Ben McLemore is struggling with his shot through two summer league games.

He was 4-of-12 in tonight's 80-66 loss to Golden State and is 8-of-35 (22.9 percent) in two games.

The Kings don't want him to stop shooting, but they want him to be more aggressive.

"We don't want him to start shying away because the worst thing you can do is start turning down shots," said Kings coach Michael Malone. "My biggest thing is I told him if you're getting open shots, uncontested shots, great, do your thing. The one thing he has to start doing is not just settling for jump shots."

McLemore agrees with Malone's assessment.

"I've still got to do some other things like driving to the basket, getting to the foul line and stuff like that," McLemore said. "My shot's going to fall and when my shot falls, everyone knows my shot is falling for me."

But McLemore has to improve his ballhandling to get to the rim. He had four turnovers tonight, sometimes simply losing control of his dribble.

"That what one of the things they said about him coming out of Kansas," Malone said. "Right now he's a straight-line driver, but he doesn't have the great ability to break his man down off the dribble. Along with his shot selection we're going to work on his handle to where he gets to a point where he's comfortable and being effective breaking his man down, getting into the paint and making plays."

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