SACRAMENTO (AP) — Keith Smart believes changing the attitude of the Sacramento Kings starts with taking the team out of Northern California.
No, not that kind of move.
With no arena solution in sight and relocation still a real possibility next summer, Smart and his players aren't paying any attention to the uncertainty that hovers over the franchise again this season. He will begin his first full year as an NBA head coach Tuesday by taking the Kings to Colorado Springs, where the team will work out for the first week of training camp.
Smart not only hopes to gain a conditioning edge in the altitude but also for players to form a tighter bond, which has been absent on and off the court over six straight losing seasons.