Kings forward Luc Mbah a Moute wasn't worried when his right knee began bothering him about two weeks ago.
That it was the knee he had surgery on last fall and forced him to miss time in the previous two seasons was not an issue, either.
"It was comfortable, actually, believe it or not, because I actually knew what it was, and I knew why it happened," he said. "It just needed some time."
Mbah a Moute was back on the court Monday for his first full practice since the Kings returned from training camp in Santa Barbara. Mbah a Moute's only game action of the preseason was Oct. 7 at Golden State.
"It was great to have him back competing," coach Michael 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 sooner rather than later."
Mbah a Moute said the rigors of camp caused the soreness.
"With training camp, all the practices combined, I think my knee just kind of got sore," he said. "I just needed to calm it down a little bit, but now I'm feeling better."
Mbah a Moute said he hopes to play Wednesday when the Kings host the Golden State Warriors.
"I don't make the decision on when I go in, but I'll be ready," he said.
Mbah a Moute is expected to help improve one of the league's worst defensive teams, and Malone has been unhappy about the defense for portions of the last two preseason games.
"Just getting him out there for a few minutes would be good for him, good for the team," Malone said.
Going pink The Kings will have a "Pink in the Paint" theme for Wednesday's game to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Coaches will wear pink ties, and players will wear pink shoes and/or pink shoelaces. Fans also are encouraged to wear pink.
The Kings will recognize Albie Aware, a local foundation created in the memory of Albie Carson, a longtime Sacramento resident who died from breast cancer in 2002.
The team also will recognize Barbara Rust, known as the "Sign Lady" at Kings games. She was diagnosed with breast cancer this month.
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