LAS VEGAS - Here's what Kings coach Michael Malone had to say about new Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez:
"I've always been a big fan of Greivis. The first time I saw him play was when he was with the Venezuelan team and I was helping coach the Canadian National team. And they played against Team USA and he had the unenviable task of bringing the ball up the court against Kobe Bryant and Kobe was making him work and I felt bad for the kid. The neat thing about it was watching him develop and grow. I've gotten a chance to know Greivis just being in the NBA and competing against him from a coaching standpoint. He's got great size, 6-foot-6 for a point guard coming off a career year for him.
"Some people say the knock on him is his shooting but Greivis has size, a big heart, plays with a tremendous amount of passion and I think when we talk about changing the culture and bringing guys in that are willing to defend, this is a prime example of that."
Vasquez will be expected to improve a Kings' offense that relied on one-on-one play to the detriment of the team:
"Last year the team offensively could score but they were selfish at times, 25th in the league in assists per game. Grevis, nine assists per game last year, one of the better assist/turnover ratios in the NBA. He's a facilitator, he's a floor leader, he's going to make plays for his teammates."
Before I was able to start watching Wednesday night's scrimmage Ray McCallum did this.
"People don't' realize Ray is sneaky athletic," Malone said. "He's got a 40-plus (inch) vertical and he had a couple dunks tonight where he turned the corner, saw open space and finished. Anybody in the gym that didn't know he had those hops, I think he answered all the doubts in the gym."
Wednesday night was the first time the Kings had all-out scrimmages. Malone said the session provided plenty of teachable moments for Thursday's film session.
"It was a bit sloppy," Malone said. "Like I told the players, there were some good things we saw but there were a lot of bad things, a lot of things that need to be cleaned up."
Forward Drew Gordon arrived at practice tonight. He had been playing for Utah's summer league team in Orlando.