OAKLAND – DeMarcus Cousins starting at center was certain. The other four starters for Monday night's preseason opener against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena were more of a mystery.
Kings coach Michael Malone started Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton at guard with Jason Thompson and John Salmons at forward.
The only difference from the usual starting lineup in the second half of last season was Thornton in place of former King Tyreke Evans.
Malone reiterated that nothing should be read into Monday's starting lineup.
"The starting lineup is going to change for all of our seven preseason games," Malone said. " The group that (started Monday) is by no means our starting lineup for opening night."
Monday's starting lineup was used three times last season and went 2-1. The group started the season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Night off – Two of the newest Kings , Carl Landry (quadriceps) and Greivis Vasquez (ankle), didn't play.
Landry, who also played for the Kings in parts of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, sustained an injury during training camp that's considered minor.
He participated in all practices last week while the Kings were in Santa Barbara.
Vasquez began full-contact drills last week after offseason ankle surgery. He said last week he would ease back into competition.
In remembrance – Warriors coach Mark Jackson began his pregame news conference with remarks about Bishop Sherwood Carthen, the Kings' chaplain who died unexpectedly Sept. 25.
"He's somebody I knew very well and obviously impacted my life as a player and as a coach in my short time," Jackson said. "So prayers and thoughts with the people of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings."
Thanks, Kings – It's been well-documented about the many Kings personnel with ties to the Warriors.
But the Warriors did find help from a former King.
Guard Toney Douglas, traded from Houston to Sacramento last season, now plays for the Warriors.