Ocean breezes drifted through the open gym doors while the Sacramento Kings ran the final wind sprints of their first practice Tuesday.
The tranquility of a seaside training camp provides one more breath of fresh air for the Kings, who are hoping their outstanding summer off the court is a prelude to bigger breakthroughs this season.
''This is a great opportunity for us to get together as a team, away from everything and everybody,'' new coach Mike Malone said.
The Kings are spending the week several hours from Sacramento at UC Santa Barbara, putting down the foundation for a rebuilding project that's likely years from completion. Judging from Malone's happiness and the players' satisfied looks after the first workout, everybody is grateful for the long-struggling Kings' new beginning.
''It starts from the top,'' forward Jason Thompson said. ''Having different owners, not having guys ask me if we're going to stay next year, that's good for us. It's great to just focus on basketb...