A lot has changed with the Kings since David Wear was on their roster in training camp.
The head coach (Michael Malone) and two assistants (Tyrone Corbin and Chris Jent) are no longer on the sideline, and George Karl is the Kings’ third head coach this season.
Wear kept tabs on everything while playing for the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, as he hoped to be promoted. The rookie forward got that call from the Kings, signed a 10-day contract Monday and was with the team for Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena.
“Of course I’ve been waiting, hoping for a call-up, so when I got the call, I was thrilled,” Wear said. “That’s what this whole year’s been all about, and it’s good to finally be here.”
In Reno’s high-scoring offense, Wear was encouraged to shoot from three-point range. Wear said the Bighorns’ frenetic pace prepared him to join the Kings.
“Just talking to coach Karl and going through some of the plays here, it is very similar,” Wear said. “It’s all about spacing the floor, trying to get in the gaps, and he really likes three-point shots and layups, which is real similar to the way we play down in Reno.”
Wear is the third Bighorn the Kings have called up this season. Forward Quincy Miller had two 10-day contracts with the Kings before the Detroit Pistons signed him for the rest of the season. Guard David Stockton also had a 10-day deal.
“I didn’t really see (Miller) after because he went straight to Detroit, so I didn’t get to talk to him too much,” Wear said. “But I talked to Stockton, and he’s one of my good friends on the team. So we talked quite a bit about his experience here, and he loved it. It helped that I was here in training camp earlier this year, so I’m kind of familiar with it.”
Wear’s twin brother, Travis, has been with the New York Knicks all season after making the team out of training camp.
“He knows I’ve been trying hard to get up here with him being in the NBA,” David said. “It’s been tough trying to get up to this level. We’re super close, and when I told him, he was just as excited as I was for him when I found out he made the Knicks.”