When the Kings said they'd begin playing Ray McCallum ahead of Jimmer Fredette after the All-Star Break, there were some predictable reactions -- namely that the decision was a basketball crime against Fredette.
McCallum, however, has quickly earned the trust of his coaches, playing key minutes in the second half again during the Kings' 96-89 win over the New Orleans Pelicans Monday at Sleep Train Arena to end a three-game losing streak.
McCallum had eight points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and no turnovers.
Kings coach Michael Malone cannot praise McCallum enough:
"I loved how Ray McCallum played tonight. For me, Ray is growing up in front of our eyes. The last couple of games he played meaningful minutes, making big plays and showing no fear. He was stepping up and taking big shots--even if he didn't make a couple I love that he steps up without any hesitation. They tried to post him up and go at him with Tyreke Evans, but I think that people are going to realize tha...