July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) heads down court in the second half of the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Members of the Sacramento Kings are making their way to Sacramento this week for some informal workouts. Training camp is still two months away, but Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette and others have recently tweeted that they'll be in Sacramento to work out with their teammates soon. (I believe Jason Thompson is also in Sacramento following his press conference over the weekend. One would expect DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans to join in, too.)
It's a reminder of just how much the lockout cost this team and all teams last year. There was no Summer League for the rookies and youngsters. There was no real training camp for the team. But there was also no real ability for player-organized workout sessions that the Kings have been doing since about 2008. (Back then, much of the team simply assembled a couple of weeks before training camp, led by Francisco Garcia.)
Some veteran team (including the Spurs) had group workouts during the lockout, but lacking veteran leaders outside of El Flaco, the Kings didn't really get anything together. Tyreke had mentioned a plan to get players together, but the only time most of the players were together was for Donte Greene's Goon Squad Classic in November. Then the lockout ended, and the season began.
I don't imagine all of the players will be in Sacramento for long -- the season is long enough without tacking a couple months on the beginning. But it's encouraging to see these dudes who call other cities home coming out in July and August to develop their games and chemistry.