Although players aren’t destined to become best friends just because they play on the same team, generally, the majority of teammates tend to spend time together during road trips. Sometimes it’s going to movies together – other times it might be playing video games in their hotel rooms or hitting a local mall before game time. With one of the most personable Kings in Donte Greene now in New Jersey, head coach Keith Smart wants to make sure that the Kings don’t fall into the rut of last year, where the majority of the team simply didn’t hang out together:
Smart couldn’t believe on the road most players on the Kings didn’t socialize together. And training in Sacramento was not going to aid the process.
Smart hopes to build a “college” type comradery between the guys and given the influx of youth on the Kings roster, it seems to be a heady idea. Veteran leadership has been void outside of Francisco Garcia, but with young talents like Isaiah Thomas – who, without the pushing of the Kings organization – put together voluntary offseason workouts – it appears the Kings are on their way to becoming quite the tight unit.