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July 14, 2013
Isaiah Thomas welcomes competition at point guard

LAS VEGAS - Isaiah Thomas has never had a problem speaking his mind. It's one of the reasons he emerged as a leader quickly in 2011, even though he was the last player drafted that year.

Now he's ready to prove he's not just an NBA player, but a starter, again.

The Kings traded for Greivis Vasquez and drafted Ray McCallum, two more point guards to put pressure on Thomas, the incumbent.

Thomas spoke on that and other topics after joining the summer league team for practice Sunday.

Thomas on the new point guards:

"It's just another battle. And may the best man win the position. If they want to have it like that then we're going to go to battle each and every day. Those are my teammates but I'm fighting for a position just like they are. Every time you're losing, when you're not making the playoffs everybody's position is up for grabs. They're going to try to bring in new guys at each position. I'm 5-9 - I know what they're doing - 5-9 guys aren't supposed to be in this league. I'm just going to keep working, keep battling. Like I told Coach Malone, you can bring whoever you want in here it's going to be a battle each and every day. I'm ready for it. Vaquez, McCallum are some great guards, we're going to have fun and make each other better."

On all the new players, including Luc Mbah a Moute, Carl Landry and first-round draft pick Ben McLemore:

"Mbah a Moute is a great defender, an all-around player that just does all the little things you need to do on a team. Vasquez is a great passer, overall good point guard, a tall point guard who can run the team. Ray is a solid point guard who is sneaky athletic. Ben is just an all around good basketball player. You know once he really puts the work in and gets use to the (NBA) game of basketball he's going to be a superstar in this league. Carl Landry, he's a guy that's going to bump and bruise down there and get buckets. He's a glue guy that's going to really help us out."


On losing Tyreke Evans:

"It takes a lot away from the team. He's one of the most talented guards in the NBA. I'm happy for him, congrats on his new contract and he's got a new start in New Orleans. I'm not too worried about him though. I'm worried about the Sacramento Kings and what we've got to do to win."



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