Kings coach Dave Joerger would like to add more offensive sets to reduce freelancing.
If only he had the time.
With six games in the first nine days of the season, the Kings have had little time to practice. Sacramento will practice Friday in Milwaukee during its five-game trip.
Most of the Kings’ first training camp under Joerger was dedicated to defense, so it was expected the offense would not be as far along in the first month. Joerger is slowly giving Sacramento more options on offense.
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“I put in stuff (Thursday) morning at shootaround,” Joerger said. “I don’t count on it sticking until you can get through a couple of practices learning something and maybe you trot it out during one of your timeout plays.”
The lack of practice time is especially hard on the rookies who aren’t playing. Their only opportunity to learn is during practice.
Through six games, guard Malachi Richardson is the only one of the Kings’ three rookies to have played in a regular-season game. He played two minutes in the season opener at Phoenix.
Joerger said the coaching staff does extra work with the rookies to help keep them in shape and engaged.
Adjusting well – Former Kings player and assistant coach Corliss Williamson is in his first season as an assistant with the Orlando Magic.
He was an assistant with the Kings from 2013 to 2016.
“He does a great job with his preps; he really works his tail off studying a lot of game tape, probably more than even the other assistant coaches,” Orlando head coach Frank Vogel said. “Very, very thorough with his work. He gives you a great deal of knowledge and experience, both having coached under a couple great coaches in the Western Conference, Mike Malone and George Karl, but obviously his playing experience.”
Barnes fined – Kings forward Matt Barnes was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Thursday for inappropriate language toward game officials following Sacramento’s overtime loss at Miami on Tuesday.
Barnes, who had been assessed a technical foul during the game, is the second King to be fined this week. DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 and assessed a technical foul Monday by league executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands at Golden 1 Center during Saturday’s win over Minnesota.
Farmar re-signed – The Kings re-signed guard Jordan Farmar, giving Joerger more flexibility in the backcourt.
Small forward Omri Casspi played for the first time on the trip after missing two games because of illness.
On Wednesday, the Kings moved point guard Darren Collison to the suspended list to create a roster spot for Farmar. The Kings could not take Collison off the active roster until after five games, per league rules.
Collison is eligible to return Tuesday, when the Kings host New Orleans. Then the Kings likely will release Farmar to keep their roster at 15, the league maximum.