There's a lot of newness to the Kings this season. But in two preseason games most of the playing time has been primarily occupied by the players from past seasons. Rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum have been on the court but there has been little or no playing time for the three key veterans added to the mix. Point guard Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is on track to make his debut Monday when the Kings host the Los Angeles Clippers in their preseason home opener. But Carl Landry (strained quad) has yet to play in the preseason. Luc Mbah a Moute sat out last Thursday's win against the Los Angeles Lakers with a sore right knee. Each is expected to play an important role during the regular season as the Kings look to end a streak of seven consecutive losing seasons. "It's not going to hold us back because no matter who is on the floor every day we're going to do what we have to do" said Kings coach Michael Malone. "We're going to get better. We're going to take a step in the right direction. We're going to build this thing." Holding out Vasquez is a precaution since he was only cleared for full contact at the start of training camp following offseason ankle surgery. Vasquez has practiced while waiting to play in a game. Landry has a strained quad that's lingered from the Kings' time in Santa Barbara for training camp. Landry signed a four-year contract in the offseason to add a veteran who can score and is familiar with Malone's philosophies after playing for him when he was an assistant coach in New Orleans and Golden State.
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Sacramento Bee | Oct 13