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October 16, 2013
Malone plans to give Jimmer playing time Thursday

Kings coach Michael Malone probably plays little, if any attention to Twitter.

But twice during the preseason he's raised the ire of a vocal group of tweeters when he didn't play Jimmer Fredette.

Fredette started the second preseason game but didn't see time in the first or third exhibition contests.

Malone is trying to make sure Marcus Thornton is ready for the season, help rookie Ben McLemore adapt to the pro game while also trying to work in Fredette at shooting guard.

"It's so hard," Malone said. "Trying to get three guys minutes at the 2-guard spot is really hard. I haven't gone into any game saying 'OK Jimmer is not going to play.' What people don't realize is I had plans on putting him in the second quarter the other night and then all of a sudden (Los Angeles Clippers guard) Jamal Crawford exploded."

That left McLemore to receive what Malone called the rookie's "NBA baptism" defensively.

"I always try to put myself in a player's shoes," Malone said. "And to say, 'OK Jimmer, come get your minutes and by the way you've got Jamal Crawford who's scored 15 points in a row. I don't think that's fair. To Jimmer's credit he's been nothing but fair and professional with his approach. And I've had conversations with him and he knows he'll get his minutes tomorrow. And obviously heading into the last two or three games you'll start to narrow it down and get closer to a true game rotation with minutes."

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