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How Kings’ Joerger helped make some special guests feel at home in Denver

Kings coach Dave Joerger claps from the bench during the first half of a preseason against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 13 in Oakland.
Kings coach Dave Joerger claps from the bench during the first half of a preseason against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 13 in Oakland. AP

Kings coach Dave Joerger had some special guests at Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

Among the many camps Joerger participates in is one on Pine Ridge Native Reserve, an Oglala Lakota Native American Reservation in South Dakota. He and Kings forward Skal Labissiere took part in a Jr. NBA camp there in July 2016.

Joerger has continued to take camps to different reserves over the last couple of years through the Dave Joerger Foundation, the NBA and Jr. NBA.

Joerger was happy the youth were able to travel from South Dakota to take in all the festivities surrounding Denver’s home opener.

“Some of the kids that have worked real hard over the summer and their coach is a terrific mentor to them, a lot more than basketball coach,” Joerger said. “To come over and get a little bit of fanfest, which the Nuggets helped us with and some seats. A couple coaches kicked in and we got them some seats in the lower area, which is tough to get on someone’s home opener.”

Still out – Kings rookie guard Bogdan Bogdanovic missed his third game of the season with a sprained right ankle Saturday night. He is still considered day-to-day and was able to do some individual work with coaches on the court before the game.

Bogdanovic has been out since Oct. 12 when he landed awkwardly in a preseason game at the Los Angeles Clippers while trying to defend a halfcourt shot at the end of the third quarter.

The Kings’ next game is Monday at Phoenix.

Another rookie debut – Frank Mason made his first appearance of the regular season when he checked in during the first quarter Saturday. Bogdanovic and Harry Giles (knee rehab), who is out until at least January, are the only other rookies who have yet to play.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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