Being a point guard for the Kings means knowing two basketball dialects.

Sometimes, Ray McCallum speaks Michael Malone’s language. Other times, he speaks George Karl’s jargon.

It’s all part of the transition for the Kings and Karl.

“I think it’s difficult for the coach,” Karl said. “He comes in with 30 games left to try to change the terminology, and you don’t have much practice time. He’s kept it kind of both ways.

“He’s slowly adding his own stuff, but we’ve kept some of our old concepts. But I think we’re adjusting to it just fine. Eventually, I think we’ll move on and get to all his concepts and his style of play.”

There was no sign of confusion Tuesday night as the Kings dismantled the New York Knicks 124-86 at Madison Square Garden.

McCallum said it’s not easy with all the changes the Kings are making, and Karl would agree. It’s one reason Karl wants to practice as much as possible.

“I told the team at shootaround I need the shootaround more than they do probably,” Karl said. “We have calls; we have plays. Some plays are my calls; some plays are Mike Malone’s calls. So it’s tough.”

It’s easier on nights like Tuesday. The Kings never trailed and led by44 points to end a two-game losing streak overall and a four-game slide on the road.

Karl said the Kings’ passing Tuesday was the best he had seen in his six games with the team. Sacramento had 26 assists, and 10 of the 11 Kings who played had at least one.

“As a coach, you’ve got to be happy with the game,” Karl said. “I think they’ve got to know what I think is a good shot, what I think is good execution, and I think we’re still working on that.”

A lot worked against the Knicks. The Kings shot 49.4 percent and made 10 three-pointers, shots that were available, Karl said, because DeMarcus Cousins was back after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle.