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July 20, 2012
Summer league extras

LAS VEGAS - Some leftover quotes from the Kings summer league finale.

Kings coach Keith Smart on Thomas Robinson's struggles:

"(Robinson has) energy, effort and desire and that travels every night. Just trying to settle on being an offensive player, you're hoping that game travels every night. So he should never be out of a game. His effort level should never be out of a game."

Smart on Jimmer Fredette's experience:

"It was good for him. Had he had a summer league last year and then go through an NBA season he's probably at a different stage than where he's at. This was all positive for him."

Kings summer league co-head coach Alex English on Jimmer Fredette and Robinson:

"I thought they got better as they played. Thomas, I think he realizes he's not a one-man show. He moved the ball well this game and Jimmer was more aggressive. He shot teh ball a little better. He ran the point guard position. He realizes and understands he's got a lot of work to do in that position."

Robinson on what he needs to work on before training camp:

"Learning how to finish with contact. I didn't have a problem getting to the rim. I just had a problem finishing as I got to the rim. I'm going to get back in the gym, touch my shot back up and I'll be ready when the season comes."


July 17, 2012
Video: Keith Smart on slowing down Thomas Robinson

LAS VEGAS - The message to Thomas Robinson for the final two games of summer league is to slow down.

To go along with poor shooting (35.1 percent) the rookie power forward is averaging 5.3 turnovers through three summer league games.

"He's going so fast," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "He's got to get to where he sees the floor and how that space opens up to be able to attack offensively. He's shown he can pass the ball, that he's a willing passer. Obviously his energy with how he plays on both ends of the floor and throughout the game is a huge plus. So the guy rarely wants to come out of a practice, wants to come off the floor and he rarely complains about anything. So he has the capacity to learn, willing to get better and that's only going to help him speed the process of learning the play game."

July 16, 2012
Jimmer's play -- it's all up to him -- even with Aaron Brooks' addition

LAS VEGAS - For those who want to pass blame for Jimmer Fredette's up-and-down play as a rookie and to start summer league on coaches, teammates and other conspiracies, you might want to read what Fredette said after Monday's summer league game.

"My mindset I wasn't being myself," Fredette said. "I wasn't being as aggressive as I should have been, passed up some shots and everything just trying to fit in."

Fredette's job isn't to fit in. He needs to shoot. He needs to look for his offense.

July 15, 2012
Kings scrimmage provides more work for Whiteside

LAS VEGAS - With a day off in the Summer League, the Kings took part in a scrimmage against the Memphis Grizzlies.

From the Kings perspective their best players were spectators. Jimmer Fredette and Thomas Robinson - both, who have played a lot in the first two summer league games - did not scrimmage.

Hassan Whiteside was the only Kings from last season's roster to see any time in the scrimmage. He started the game and played in the first quarter.

Whiteside played only 12 minutes in Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. That was due in part to his lack of effort on defense, said summer league co-head coach Alex English.

The Kings are still in need of a shot blocker and Whiteside has an opportunity to fill that role, if he accepts it.

The Kings do not want Whiteside worried about scoring. So he'll be on the court a lot to work on defense, rebounding and shot blocking.

That he played today is a sign the Kings are still looking for more. Engilsh said Whiteside needs to be a "specialist" because the Kings have plenty of players to score.

If Whiteside plays more than 12 minutes in Monday's game, it's a sign the message is sinking in.

July 5, 2012
Kings announce players for mini-camp to prep for Summer League

Before heading to Summer League in Las Vegas, the Kings will hold a mini-camp July 9-12. The first Summer League game is July 13.

Here are the players who will be in Sacramento starting July 9.


No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College, Last team/Home Country Yrs.

8 Josh Akognon G 5-11 185 02/10/86 Cal State Fullerton, DongGuan (China)/USA R

24 Patrick Christopher G 6-5 210 06/03/88 California/USA R

7 Jimmer Fredette G 6-2 195 02/25/89 Brigham Young/USA 1

18 Kenny Gabriel F 6-8 209 07/03/89 Auburn/USA R

30 Yancy Gates F 6-9 260 10/15/89 Cincinnati/USA R

40 Augustus Gilchrist F 6-10 241 10/15/89 South Florida/USA R

41 Darnell Jackson F 6-9 253 11/07/85 Kansas, BC Donetsk (Ukraine)/USA 3

9 Dominique Johnson G 6-3 195 06/09/87 Azusa Pacific, D-League (Texas)/USA R

16 Jarrod Jones F 6-9 234 05/27/90 Ball State/USA R

10 Lazeric Jones G 6-1 187 08/11/90 UCLA/USA R

31 Rob Kurz F 6-9 232 03/05/85 Notre Dame, SLUC Nancy (France)/USA 2

35 Michael Lee F 6-9 215 06/05/86 St. Bonaventure, BC Donetsk (Ukraine)/USA R

26 Tony Mitchell F 6-6 210 08/07/89 Alabama/USA R

17 James Nunnally G 6-7 205 07/14/90 UC Santa Barbara/USA R

19 Adrian Oliver G 6-4 210 03/31/88 San Jose State, Aris B.C. (Greece)/USA R

0 Thomas Robinson F 6-9 240 03/17/91 Kansas/USA R

45 Edgar Sosa G 6-2 170 01/15/88 Louisville, Sutor Montegranaro (Italy)/Dominican Republic R

33 Hassan Whiteside C 7-0 235 06/13/89 Marshall/USA 2

16 Alex Young G/F 6-6 212 10/17/89 IUPUI/USA R

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