SACRAMENTO -- Kings training camp continued Thursday at the practice facility attached to Golden 1 Center. After two days of morning and evening sessions, the coaching staff backed off on Day 3, allowing the players' bodies to get a break with just one workout.
When media was allowed onto the floor, the team was scrimmaging, which is a rarity. Point guard De’Aaron Fox was running one team with Yogi Ferrell, Ben McLemore, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles flanking him. Frank Mason was at the helm of the other squad, running up and down the court with Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson, Marvin Bagley III and Kosta Koufos.
It was a spirited practice session that focused on the team’s new uptempo style.
Here are some of the highlights from the Kings' third day of camp.
-- Dave Joerger has lost his voice. The veteran coach spoke to his team in a quiet rasp following practice and took the day off from his media duties.
“Coach’s voice is gone, coach has been yelling at us all day, two times a day,” rookie Giles told the media. “Trying to speed us up a little bit and get us playing fast. You’ve got to love it. He’s into it, he’s passionate about it, and that’s what you want out of a coach.”
-- On Wednesday, Joerger spoke about Giles and tried to temper expectations amongst the fans regarding the 20-year-old big. On Thursday, Giles put up a highlight-reel dunk in front of the media while cameras were rolling.
Harry Giles... pic.twitter.com/hs9vh4RJcQ— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) September 27, 2018
“I’m just trying to go out there and play basketball,” Giles said. “At this point, I’m not even thinking about what people want me to do or expect out of me. You’ve just got to go out there and compete, play to the best of ability, go out there and just play hard and I think the outcome will be great.”
-- The veterans are being asked to take a secondary role with the team this season, but that doesn’t mean they don’t bring something to the camp. Koufos was the only veteran on the court playing when media was allowed in, and he’s taken on a secondary role as a mentor to the team’s young bigs.
“2K’s with me, he’s either on my team or playing against me, he’s always giving me advice or wisdom and telling me to just slow myself down,” Giles said.
-- In addition to Giles, Labissiere also hit the media scrum. Most of the players have come back in great shape, but Labissiere is noticeably bigger in his third NBA training camp. He’s made some adjustments to his approach both on and off the floor.
“I just put in the work and I feel like this summer I grew,” Labissiere said. “Not just on the basketball court, but off the court -- spiritually and mentally, too.”
-- Labissiere struggled to find his niche with the team last season. At times, he looked overwhelmed with information, which translated to a slightly stiff and robotic look on the court.
“I think the biggest thing for me this year is just playing,” Labissiere said. “Stop thinking about everything -- just playing basketball. That’s one thing -- last year, I thought I was overthinking a lot. This year is just about me going out there and playing basketball, like I’ve always done.”
De’Aaron Fox with the floater. pic.twitter.com/JqN1O7si14— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) September 27, 2018