|2012 PRESEASON SCHEDULE|
|Wednesday, October 10||PHOENIX||Power Balance Pavilion (Sacramento, CA)||7:00 p.m.|
|Monday, October 15||PORTLAND||Power Balance Pavilion (Sacramento, CA)||7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, October 17||GOLDEN STATE||Power Balance Pavilion (Sacramento, CA)||7:00 p.m.|
|Friday, October 19||@LA Lakers||Thomas & Mack Center (Las Vegas, NV)||7:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 21||@LA Lakers||Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)||6:30 p.m.|
|Monday, October 22||@Phoenix||US Airways Center (Phoenix, AZ)||7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, October 25||@LA Lakers||Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA)||7:00 p.m.|
Sounds as if Keith Smart's hope his team would bond in the offseason is happening. 10 of the players on the roster are in Sacramento working out and playing 5-on-5. The only players that could not be in town are John Salmons, James Johnson, Chuck Hayes and Francisco Garcia. It's important that young nucleus that the franchise is depending on (DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton) is in town. Also have to like that new PG Aaron Brooks is getting to know his new teammates. Definitely a step in the right direction and something that's needed to build team chemistry.
This was also confirmed on the Kings' Facebook page.
X's and O's are an important part of winning basketball team, but the players have to be able to work well on the court together in order for play calling and rotations to even make a difference.
The team voluntarily getting together this offseason to work out is a sign that they might be ready to put in the hard work that it takes to be a good NBA team.
Even though preseason games are meaningless in the grand scheme of things, this seven-game schedule will be our first opportunity to see the new roster in its entirety and judge whether or not the team has gained chemistry over the offseason.
If they have, Kings fans should be in for some exciting basketball in the coming season.