George Karl wants to play Rudy Gay more at power forward

George Karl held his first practice as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings Wednesday. He told reporters he wants to play small ball more with Rudy Gay sliding into the power forward spot.
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"I think I'll play him more at four than he's played the first 52 games. I think you are going to see me play small with him being my four man. The last game against Chicago they played that way for a while and I thought it was pretty good," said Karl, who is impressed with Gay's size and athletic abilities.

"For me, getting 48 minutes of flow and rhythm might mean I've got to change the lineup a little bit and play people in a different way," Karl continued.

He followed that up by saying he wants the bench to have more of a positive impact on the game.

Gay said spending more time at power forward wouldn't be a problem.

"I've done it before, he [Karl] hasn't talked about me doing it exclusively, but I don't see how that's a bad thing for us," Gay said. "He never told me not to be me. He wants Rudy Gay to play the four, he doesn't want Rudy Gay to be a four. Just go out there and be myself and try to help."

Gay said he knows the system Karl uses because he has played against him a lot over his career.

"Offensively, we have to put pressure on people … We pressured each other out here on the court just playing five on five against each other and incorporating how he wants us to play. It's a good offense for me – I think it's great, we just have to buy into it," Gay said.

When asked is there is a sense of excitement amongst the team about Karl coming in as the new coach, Gay responded with this.

"It's hard to excite me now to be honest with you, It's really hard to excite me. But I think it's a little bit more security I believe, knowing that he's going to be here for a while and the kind of reputation he has," Gay said.

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