Kings notes: Mbah a Moute makes the most of season debut

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 - 7:47 am

As the Kings struggled to find consistent production from their forwards to start the season, one of the key additions at the position has yet to make an impact.

Hoping to add defensive toughness and versatility, the Kings acquired Luc Mbah a Moute from Milwaukee for two second-round picks.

But Mbah a Moute missed most of the preseason with right knee tendinitis and appeared in just one of the Kings' first three games entering Tuesday's game against Atlanta at Sleep Train Arena.

Mbah a Moute played six minutes in Saturday's lethargic loss at Golden State.

"The night in Golden State, the situation was I was in search mode trying to find five guys that would go out there and bring some kind of effort and energy," coach Michael Malone said. "He played and did some good things in that game."

Mbah a Moute had two points, two rebounds and an assist against the Warriors. Malone, however, is not going to put Mbah a Moute into the rotation immediately.

"Right now, Johnny (Salmons) is our starting small forward and Travis (Outlaw) is the backup," Malone said. "The good thing about Luc is he can play (small and power forward); he can guard multiple positions. As he continues to practice more and show what he's able to do in practice, he'll start to get more time on the court."

Fewer delays – Officials seem to have a better handle on enforcing delay-of-game calls for touching the ball after it goes through the hoop.

The first time a player touches the ball, it's a warning, and each time after that, it's a technical foul.

Preseason games were bogged down by stoppages almost any time the ball touched a player.

The rule is designed to make sure players don't misdirect the ball to slow down teams on offense. It is not intended to punish incidental touching of the ball.

"They have kind of toned it down a little bit as they realized some of the calls that were being made were not in the truest sense of the law," Malone said. "I think the referees have done a terrific job of making it a point of emphasis and then analyzing it."

First activation – Rookie guard Ray McCallum was active for the first time this season. That left backup center Hamady Ndiaye inactive for the first time.

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