Douglas, Patterson join Kings; Aldrich awaits more tests

Published: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 - 8:35 am

NEW ORLEANS – While guard Toney Douglas and forward Patrick Patterson joined their new teammates, center Cole Aldrich remained in Sacramento after his physical examination.

The trio were acquired in last week's deal that sent Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt to the Houston Rockets.

"They're going to have some more tests on (Aldrich)," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "We'll see how that goes in the next couple of days. And from there, hopefully he'll join us."

Patterson and Douglas were in uniform Sunday when the Kings played the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena.

Smart said he did not know why Aldrich needed more tests.

"I just need the bodies. And obviously when he's cleared, he'll join us," Smart said.

Originally, the players were to join the team in Atlanta on Friday, but they had to go to Sacramento for their physical exams.

Patterson and Douglas arrived in New Orleans on Saturday night.

It didn't take long for them to impress Smart. They spoke up during Sunday morning's team meeting.

"For me as a coach, you want players that are interacting in a very professional manner," Smart said. "You look right across the board, they're professionals."

Smart hopes the lessons Douglas and Patterson learned on the Rockets, who are contending for a playoff spot, help the Kings.

The only other Kings with playoff experience are John Salmons, Chuck Hayes, Brooks and Travis Outlaw.

"I think the best indication and the best example of what they can do is to do what they did (Sunday) morning," Smart said. "They came right in and got involved in the discussion. I think the only way you can lead is by your actions."

Patterson scored two points in two minutes in the 110-95 loss. Douglas did not play.

"On the bench, you can get a pretty good idea of what's going on," Patterson said. "But until you're out there, until you're part of the plays, running the plays, you get the system down and get more comfortable."

Smart said it will be difficult to work in Douglas, one of four point guards on the roster. The Kings also have Isaiah Thomas, Aaron Brooks and Jimmer Fredette.

"Toney brings something a little different," Smart said. "He's actually a very good on-ball defender and obviously has the ability to shoot the ball. So we'll take a look at that."

Douglas said he already picked up on what the Kings need to work on after participating in Sunday's meeting and seeing one game.

"Just go out there and play with effort, play together," Douglas said. "The main thing is to play defense. That's the mentality, and you have to have that within your heart."

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