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September 30, 2009
Mason and Thompson shine early

More from this morning's media session:

The stars of last night's scrimmage, according to coach Paul Westphal, were forward Jason Thompson and guard Desmond Mason.

Westphal said Thompson did a good job rebounding and "reading the situations when the ball came to him offensively."

Mason, the veteran guard trying to make the team after playing in only 39 games for Oklahoma City because of a knee injury, was aggressive on offense and defense, Westphal said.

At his best Mason was one of the most explosive athletes in the NBA. He won the 2001 Slam Dunk contest and dunked over opponents with ease.

The Kings don't have an explosive player like that in the backcourt. So his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor bodes well for his chances. Then again, it's only one scrimmage.

Thompson struggled during the early portion of Summer League with his rebounding in particular, so Westphal praising that aspect of his game is a good sign.

*Sean May weighed in at 261 pounds this morning to earn a fully guarantee his $884,881 salary for the season. He had until today or Oct. 27 to weigh 265 or less or $100,000 of his deal was not guaranteed.

*When asked (again) if anyone had emerged as a team leader, Westphal said he wasn't ready to anoint anyone a team captain after three practices.

Thus far most players seem to be willing to "lead by example" and Westphal has said he doesn't plan to force anyone to change their personality to be a vocal leader.

--Jason Jones

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