Kings forward Carl Landry continues to work toward his return as he recovers from a torn left hip flexor that has kept him out all season.
Landry is able to participate in drills with his teammates but has not been cleared to begin full practice yet.
Considering Landry has been out since October, he’s happy to be able to get on the court in any capacity. Landry was injured during training camp, so he missed the entire preseason.
“It feels good to get back out there with the guys and participate in some of the drills,” Landry said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve done that, so (I’m) getting out there and trying to get my feet under me and touch the ball again.”
Landry signed a four-year contract in the offseason to return to Sacramento. The Kings were looking for Landry to add low-post scoring off the bench and be a veteran presence who was familiar with coach Michael Malone.
Landry was with Malone in New Orleans and Golden State when Malone was an assistant coach.
Landry said he’s able to do more work without the lingering soreness he dealt with as he began working on the court again.
“I’m getting there,” Landry said. “We all understand it’s a process, and I’ve never been through this before. I’m just trying to take it day-by-day and see where each day takes me.”
Box score watch – Before being traded to Sacramento, forward Rudy Gay was part of implementing a rule earlier this season with the Toronto Raptors.
Gay didn’t want the Raptors playing for their statistics, so box scores were no longer handed out to players after games, as a way to promote team unity.
Gay is still relatively new to the Kings but also hasn’t seen a need to use that tactic to help promote team unity.
“No need for that on this team,” Gay said.
Box scores are generally left in the locker room and players are free to grab them as they desire at Sleep Train Arena. Even when team officials try to pass them out at road games, many players decline them.
National exposure – The Kings’ game Tuesday at Indiana will be televised on NBATV after it was voted by fans as part of the NBA Fan Night Game of the Week.
Fans vote via the Internet and social media for the game they want to see each week.
The other games fans could have selected were New York at Charlotte, Oklahoma City at Memphis or Cleveland at the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Kings have four more nationally televised games after playing at Indiana. Three games will be on NBATV and a fourth will be on WGN when the Kings play at Chicago in March.