Coming off the bench isn't new to Travis Outlaw. What he's had to adjust to the last two seasons as a King was not getting off the bench at all.
That happened 44 times last season.
But there was a time when the 6-foot-9 forward was one of the most productive reserves in the NBA.
That was five years ago. Before Outlaw was traded from Portland to the Los Angeles Clippers. Before injuries piled up. And before the Nets couldn't wait to use their amnesty waiver provision on Outlaw just one year into a six-year $36 million deal.
"It seems like such a long time ago" Kings coach Michael Malone said of Outlaw's stint with Portland. "Travis was a good player. He ended games for them."
Outlaw's confidence never wavered publicly. He always maintained a positive vibe amid the chaos that surrounded the Kings in recent seasons.
Malone is giving Outlaw the opportunity to show he's still a viable NBA contributor. Injuries to Luc Mbah a Moute and Carl Landry have provided an opportunity for Out...