Ray McCallum’s playing time has been sporadic until recently.
With Ramon Sessions dealing with a lower-back strain that kept him out for a second straight game, McCallum was the backup point guard when the Kings hosted the New York Knicks on Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.
McCallum has played in four consecutive games after only playing in consecutive games twice all season.
The second-year guard’s offseason work was praised and it was expected he’d play more with Isaiah Thomas’ departure.
But the Kings signed Sessions before training camp and McCallum was waiting for a chance to play, much like his rookie season.
“It feels good to be out there,” McCallum said. “I just have to come in and bring energy on both ends of the floor, be aggressive by being a defensive presence and on offense by being in attack mode.
“Look for my guys, try to get them easy buckets, and at the same time I have to be aggressive for my shots as well.”
McCallum entered Saturday averaging three points in 11.1 minutes this season (16 games). He averaged 6.2 points in 45 games last season with 10 starts.
Even without playing time, McCallum’s confidence hasn’t wavered.
“I’m getting comfortable,” he said. “I’m always confident in myself and what I can do out there.”
McCallum plans to make the most of his time, realizing Sessions will get better and his playing time could diminish again.
But the in-game experience is the most valuable, so McCallum has no plans of learning just by watching all season. Regardless, he plans to make the most of his time on or off the court.
“I think that’s the best way you’re going to get better in this league, by playing,” McCallum said. “And even when I’m not I’m sitting here watching the game, studying it, trying to find ways I can come in and make an impact.
“And with each game try to be more aggressive and do everything I can to help the team.”
Acy a no-show – The Knicks have three former Kings on their roster, but the most recent King was not on the court Saturday.
Quincy Acy, who came to the Kings as part of the Rudy Gay trade from Toronto, was traded to New York in the offseason.
But Acy was suspended Saturday for a flagrant foul against Washington’s John Wall on Christmas.
The other former Kings are Cole Aldrich, who started at center, and center Samuel Dalembert, who came off the bench.
Still excused – Kings center Ryan Hollins missed a second consecutive game for personal reasons.
The memorial service for Hollins’ father, Denier, was Saturday in Pasadena.