Sacramento Kings star Tyreke Evans has re-dedicated himself this offsesason (if you will) – admitting that he battled to stay in shape during his injury plagued 2010-11 season in an interview with Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears:
“I’ve had injuries; not been in the best shape,” Evans said.
Evans, who’s been the subject of trade rumors thanks to his upcoming restricted free agency and sub-par play from his rookie campaign, spent the majority of his offseason in Sacramento – something he’s never done before, working with hired shooting coaches and even Kings GM Geoff Petrie, trying to improve all facets of his game. But as any player talented as Evans, who has spent the majority of their basketball lives winning – the losing culture has began to wear thin. Evans is ready to win – and ready to win now:
“I’ve been losing ever since I got here,” Evans said. “I just want to win games. I’ve never been a loser.”
With injuries, playing an unknown and uncomfortable position, trade rumors and even franchise relocation rumors swirling near daily, it’s been a rough go for the Kings former Rookie of the Year – but as Evans says – he’s ready to go:
“I’m just trying to do whatever I can to get us rolling this year. I’ve been working on my game. I got a lot to prove. The most important thing is I’m a lot better than I was last year.”