SACRAMENTO, CALIF. Scot Pollard came off the bench to score 12 points and grab five rebounds as the Sacramento Kings clipped the Utah Jazz, 107-83, in an NBA exhibition game on Wednesday night.
Pollard, who played just 14 minutes, promised he'd be more active in the Kings' offense this season. He's put in long hours developing his footwork, and the hard work appeared to have paid off.
"He plays so hard and he's in great shape," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.
Pollard, a former Kansas University standout, thinks he has the respect of the officials now that he's been in the league a few seasons.
Pollard is sporting a Kabuki-style hair-do with a ponytail tied at the top of his head. All that's missing to complete the look would be some white and black face paint ala Gene Simmons from KISS.
But Pollard would probably say he's more like Paul Stanley's "The Lover"character.
"Yeah, I'm a lover not a fighter," Pollard said. "But Gene Simmons is my favorite member of KISS. I think I'll go as Gene Simmons for Halloween this year."
Greg Ostertag and Jacque Vaughn, former teammates of Pollard's at KU, scored 13 and six points respectively for Utah. Danny Manning, another former Jayhawk scored four, and DeShawn Stevenson, Utah's first-round pick had seven.