There were no special preparations for Willie Cauley-Stein’s first NBA start.
“Nah, just stay in a good place I guess,” he said. “Don’t get over hyped, just be content until the ball goes up and then play as mind boggling as you can.”
The rookie from Kentucky came off the bench in Wednesday’s season opener, partly due to coach George Karl not wanting Cauley-Stein to have to defend Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.
The matchup Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers is a bit more suitable to easing Cauley-Stein into the NBA game. He’ll be matched up against Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle, who missed all but one game in his rookie season because of a broken leg.
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The Kings have no injuries to report. Sacramento’s inactives are Quincy Acy and Duje Dukan.
Kobe Bryant missed morning shootaround with a sore throat but is in the starting lineup for the Lakers. Larry Nance Jr (tendonitis, right knee) and Metta World Peace are inactive for the Lakers.