Kings Media Day 2009: Desmond Mason

I know I’ve been in the minority with this Desmond Mason signing but I love the attitude and professionalism that he brings to a team.

In talking to him today and observing other interviews, you can see why Geoff Petrie and Paul Westphal are so high on him as a person and a player even if many fans are confused by the signing. Ultimately, it’s still just a non-guaranteed contract and he might not even make it to the regular season with this team, let alone stick around long enough to have his entire salary for the season become set in the Kings’ payroll.

On Media Day, Desmond talked about what the game means to him now, why he signed with Sacramento, and the exclusivity of having his email address:

With guys like Donte Greene and Omri Casspi in need of a good test early on, I still think it would be beneficial to employ Mason for the entire year. They need to gradually prove they belong in this team’s long-term plans and he can be that stepping stone.


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