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Tyreke Evans wants to set up Kings practices during lockout

Aug 12, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

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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.

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