Kings enter NBA draft with little preparation time



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — From owner to general manager to coach, no other NBA management team has had as little time to prepare for the draft this year as the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings have had so much turmoil and turnover since the season ended that focusing on the future has been an ever-present process of acceleration. The uncertainty that clouded the franchise for so long hit its peak May 21, when Keith Smart represented the Kings at the draft lottery at the request of the Maloof family.

Smart has since been fired as coach and replaced by Mike Malone.

The Kings can begin writing the next chapter on the court Thursday night, when they have the seventh and 36th overall picks in the draft.