On this morning, two things show that Tyreke Evans isn't a Southern California kid.

There's the Kings workout gear he's wearing in Lakers country, and there's the Pittsburgh Steelers keychain. Besides those sartorial details, it's obvious Evans has settled into a Southern California lifestyle as he prepares for his third season with the Kings.

The West Chester, Pa., native has rented a place in Santa Monica and made the basketball court at St. Monica Catholic High School and the Equinox Gym his main summer destinations..

Evans' basketball workouts are monitored by trainer Rob McClanaghan, while longtime trainer Lamont Peterson keeps tabs on Evans' strength and conditioning regimen.

Evans is driven more to excel after his sophomore season was plagued by nagging foot and ankle injuries. Whenever the NBA lockout ends, he plans to be ready to show a much improved game in the coming season.

"I'm anxious; I'm real anxious," Evans said. "I just want to go out there and show everybody I can play basketball, especially with the year I had last year. I hope we don't miss games so I can hurry up and get out there."

Evans planned to take his game to the next level last season. After winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2010, he spent his offseason retooling his jump shot. A consistent jumper coupled with his ability to penetrate would make Evans even tougher to defend.

But in an exhibition game Oct. 13 in Las Vegas against the Lakers, Evans injured both ankles. He also was bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot and eventually required a laser procedure. In all, Evans missed 24 games because of injuries.

Looking back, he said the injuries didn't allow him to display his entire game much of the season.