What’s up Kings fans?

JT is back!

This Friday and Saturday my teammates and I will be “Painting the Town Purple,” and we want to see you out in the community.

I remember Paint the Town last year. It was fun to meet the fans, explore the city and see Old Sac. Old Sac kind of has that New Jersey boardwalk-type feel to it. I had some Salt Water Taffy, relaxed and had a lot of fun being around the people who support us. I met people who hadn’t seen me play, but knew who I was and came out to support the Kings. I had a good time. I took some pictures, signed some autographs and kissed some babies! It’s just good for us to get out and meet the fans, because we know everyone can’t make it to all of our games, but we appreciate everyones’ support.

Participating in Paint the Town is great because it creates a lot of buzz and gets everybody excited about the season. We know we want to do better than we did last year. Our team has the defensive mindset. We know we have a lot of guys who can score. Our bigs are versatile. Our guards can shoot the lights out. I think it’s going to come down to who can get the most stops and rebounds and then start running on offense. We’re focused on getting stops and rebounds.

We believe we have our General, per se, in Coach Westphal, and our team is ready to form a line and get this city excited. We want tomake ARCO Arena one of the hardest arenas to play in again.

Now that I’ve lived here a year, I just like how clean the city of Sacramento is. It’s one of those cities where there aren’t too many distractions. I think Mayor Kevin Johnson does a good job with security, and everywhere I go people treat me with respect. People of Sacramento really know how to treat people right and it keeps everyone out of trouble.

I want everyone to come and support us at Paint the Town and ARCO. It’s a totally different season and new team. We want to forget about last year, although I still have it in the back of mind to get better for you all. It’s not just putting the ball in the basket or anything like that. If we have as many fans’ support as possible and get ARCO rocking, it makes me, and I know it makes other players, energized and gets us going.

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