For three consecutive seasons, the Sacramento Kings have had a different head coach running training camp. This year it's Michael Malone. And with the new coach comes yet another new system to learn and a new staff to acquiesce to. Only this time, the feeling around the team is much more positive than its been in the past.
During the first week of camp, the coach has preached competition up and down the roster. Nobody's spot on the team is guaranteed, regardless of draft status, past experience or salary.
Yet amid all the competition, there has been a strong emphasis on teamwork and togetherness. Each player obviously wants as big a role on the team as possible, but it doesn't come at the detriment of the team or their positional counterparts.
We've also seen smaller changes associated with the switch in management that boost team morale. For the first time in years, there's a feeling that there is a level of professionalism around the Kings that actually resembles a real NBA franchise.
So while we're only one week into camp, and no meaningful games have been played—preseason or otherwise—things are already feeling different. And based on the recent past of the franchise, that's a very good thing.