George Karl is trying to increase the pace of Sacramento’s offense without its starting point guard, Darren Collison, out due to injury.
“An injury creates opportunity but it also creates sometimes the responsibilities are too big for the people who get the opportunity,” Karl said after Tuesday’s practice.
Thus far this season, Sacramento (19-35) has retained last year’s ignominious distinction of being last in the NBA in assists per game and also ranks 28th in turnovers per game.
“I think it’s magnified because Darren's not here,” Karl said on making progress with Sacramento’s offense. “We would be fine. I’d probably be excited (if Collison was healthy), now I’m a little worried."
“There’s a little worry there that we might not have enough playmakers.”
While Collison was in LA Tuesday visiting a specialist to examine his right hip flexor strain that has kept him out of six consecutive games, the new coach surveyed practice.
“My feeling is that there’s a lot of good out there...but there’s some bad,” Karl said. “We’ve got to shrink the bad and get the good to be stronger and better and just become a solid team, an efficient team and an effective team and those team’s usually don’t beat themselves"
“In both Boston and in the Clipper game, we had moments where we were beating ourselves with our decisions and our offensive inefficiency.”
The Kings three-game homestand begins Wednesday versus Memphis and includes visits from San Antonio on Friday and Portland on Sunday.
So while, the Kings are without Collison, they will face point guards Mike Conley, Tony Parker and Damian Lillard, respectively, at Sleep Train Arena
In Collison’s absence, Karl is looking to Ray McCallum, in his second NBA season and veteran point guard, Andre Miller, who shares a long history with the Kings' head coach, to handle floor general responsibilities.
“I liked him,” Karl said of the two games with McCallum. “He plays well and then I can’t find him...Rookies have that problem...One, they play well and the other team figures out how to cover them or two, they’re happy they’re playing well and they don’t assert themselves. It’s probably a little bit of both (with McCallum).
“I’m not unhappy with Ray,” Karl said. as he alluded to continuing to start McCallum and bring Miller off the bench.
David Stockton, son of Hall of Famer, John Stockton, was signed to a 10-day contract on Friday to not only get a look if he’s NBA ready but to also provide another playmaker in practice.
However, Karl said last week that he felt Sacramento had “enough talent to win games” and could be “solid to good.”
The question now as Collison’s status is looking more precarious is, who on the Kings roster is big enough to handle the responsibility of the opportunity?