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Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-09-09

Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-09-09If there's any team in the NBA that needs an early edge on the coming season, it's the Kings.

That chance will come this month, when the team that won a franchise-low and league-worst 17 games last season has its voluntary conditioning program from Sept. 8 until the outset of training camp on Sept. 29. While the program is standard fare for most teams, the Kings can ill afford to be slowed by poor conditioning as they continue the slowest of rebuilding efforts.

What's more, it would help them on the public relations front if they would simply get in shape and avoid the sort of controversy that took place around this time a year ago. Just before center Spencer Hawes entered his second season, he informed the Kings that he would not be taking the conditioning test that all players are required to pass before the preseason.

While Hawes expressed concern about his knees and shared his desire to go easy on them at such an early stage, he had little leverage in his stance because of the opportunity he missed out on weeks earlier. According to The Sacramento Bee, players who take part in the voluntary program are often given a pass on the test so long as the team's strength coach, Daniel Shapiro, deems them fit.

Last season, Hawes eventually gave in and passed the test. This season, though, there will be far tougher tests than this facing the Kings. And if they have any chance of surprising the pundits who expect them to be among the league's worst, they'd be wise to spend this month rounding into shape.

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Added: September 9, 2009


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