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Tyreke Evans wants to set up Kings practices during lockout

Tyreke Evans

Amar’e Stoudemire is doing it with the Knicks. Zach Randolph is doing it with the Grizzlies.

Now Tyreke Evans may do it with the Kings — set up practices during the lockout. That’s what he told Cowbell Kingdom during a podcast.

“I was thinking about that, calling some of the players up, trying to get them to Sacramento early. I know it’s going to be pretty hard for the rookies because they haven’t set up yet with (homes). But I mean, the guys that have been playing, the veterans and the guys who have been playing a couple years on our team…I was definitely thinking of calling them up and (trying) to get a local gym in Sacramento and having a training camp.”

For a young team with a lot of new parts, team-run practices like that can really help. There is a steep learning curve with the Kings — J.J. Hickson and Jimmer Fredette are new and going to play big roles along with Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, plus John Salmons will get a lot of touches. The more they can get used to each other before the lockout ends, the better.