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October 21, 2013
Mbah a Moute practices; eyes playing Wednesday

Kings forward Luc Mbah a Moute returned to practice Monday after resting his sore right knee for two weeks.

It was Mbah a Moute's first full practice since training camp in Santa Barbara.

"He's been practicing portions of practices here and there but this is the first full practice since training camp down in Santa Barbara," said Kings coach Michael Malone.

Mbah a Moute was acquired from Milwaukee to add defensive toughness and possibly start at small forward. But he hasn't played since the Oct. 7 preseason opener at Golden State.

"It was great to have him back competing," Malone said. "He was happy to be out here. It's frustrating for him not being able to play with his teammates and play in a game so to have him out here was a great sign. He did some good things and hopefully we can get him back 100 percent soon rather than later."

Malone said he would speak with the team's medical staff before deciding if Mbah a Moute would play in Wednesday's preseason game against Golden State.

Mbah a Moute was confident he'd be available.

"I'll be ready to play Wednesday," Mbah a Moute said. "I don't make the decision on when I go in but I'll be ready."

Mbah a Moute's right knee has bothered in recent seasons and he had surgery on it last fall.

Mbah a Moute said he'll have no problem managing any discomfort this season with proper rest.

"With training camp all the practices combined I think my knee just kind of got sore," Mbah a Moute said. "I just needed to calm it down a little bit but now I'm feeling better."



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