Now he definitely wants to play.
Earlier this season, his feet and ankles aching, Kings guard Tyreke Evans said he would pass up any All-Star invites to rest.
Now that he feels rested -- and his game reflects as such after a slow start -- Evans is eager for the All-Star event in Los Angeles on Feb. 18. He will represent the Sophomores in the Rookie Challenge at Staples Center.
Evans earned MVP honors last season in Dallas in the Rookie Challenge.
Evans will oppose teammate DeMarcus Cousins, who was picked to represent the Rookies.
Evans leads all second-year players -- and the Kings -- in scoring at 17.8 points per game. Cousins is second among rookies in scoring at 13.5 points and rebounding at 7.7.
"Those two are living up to where they were drafted and then some," Kings coach Paul Westphal said. "And I think Omri Casspi was on the cusp of being on the team this year as well. Those three young players being so successful is really a good sign we're headed in the right direction."
Casspi was on the Rookie squad last season.
JAZZ 107, KINGS 104: Sacramento had 20 turnovers and missed nine three-pointers, including a badly missed airball in the closing seconds by Omri Casspi in falling to the Jazz. DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points, 14 rebounds and two assist before fouling out.
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