SACRAMENTO -- Day 2 of Kings training camp had a different vibe Wednesday morning. When media was allowed in the practice facility, the players already had broken off into small groups for shooting drills. The odd pairing of the day was De'Aaron Fox and Yogi Ferrell shooting 3-pointers from the corner with Harry Giles III and Willie Cauley-Stein.
The team looked to still be in recovery mode after Tuesday’s evening session. The training camp wall is coming for some of the group -- they just don’t know it yet.
Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday.
-- The focus following practice was on the bigs. Kings coach Dave Joerger hit the media first, but it was with the understanding that a few tall guys were taking the hot seat next. During the session, he was asked about a future pairing of Giles and Marvin Bagley III, and the underlying message was patience.
“Down the line, in the future,” Joerger said of their potential to play together at some point. “There’s a lot of guys at those positions, so how’s it going to work itself out. It’s not going to take 10 games, it’s going to take a process of a year, a year and half of who lays claim to which position.
"It’s certainly possible. I have them currently not playing the same position. I think they’re different for what we’re trying to do.”
-- Bagley hit the post-practice media scrum for the first time in his NBA career. The 19-year-old big is bubbling with energy and having a great time in his first training camp.
“I love it, it’s going smooth,” Bagley said. “Everything is going kind of fast right now, it’s starting to slow down for me, and I’m just having fun. I’m enjoying the whole process of getting up and down, running with the team. It’s been fun so far.”
-- Through the early part of camp, the Kings have Bagley playing primarily at the power forward position.
“More four, moving out to the perimeter,” Bagley said. “Really just a lot of moving. I’m still on the perimeter, cutting through, setting screens -- just expanding my game a little bit. That’s what I like about this system, and I’m excited for it.”
-- Year 4 is different for Cauley-Stein. He’s come into camp in better shape and ready to take another leap forward.
“By the second day last year, I was -- legs were hurting, back was hurting,” Cauley-Stein told media members. “And now it’s like, you prepared for it all summer, so I was really happy about that.”
-- Cauley-Stein is confident that he’ll have a breakout season.
“I believe in the work that I’ve put in for the last three years,” Cauley Stein. “I really believe this is my time to let it go. To just release myself to the game, stop thinking so much and just play in oblivion.”
Guards and wings shooting from the corner at Day 2 of camp. pic.twitter.com/gypcw8pQuF— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) September 26, 2018