Kings' coach turns 50, but he doesn't feel it

SACRAMENTO -- If 40 is the new 30, and 40 was once considered as being "over the hill," then turning 50 means what exactly?

Reggie Theus couldn't care less. The first-year Kings coach turns 50 today in a milestone birthday that he hardly has time for, what with his team to tinker with, player cuts to be made and a week of road games on the horizon. Besides, as Theus noted, he hardly fits the part anyway -- on the outside or inside.

"The worst part is that, emotionally and mentally, I'm not even close (to 50)," Theus said. "That's the problem. I hope by the time I'm 70, I'm acting close to my age. My old man used to tell me, 'You know, if you live long enough, you're going to get old.' "

Some of his players, meanwhile, are hoping to survive long enough to make the upcoming road trip. With the Kings facing Dallas on Tuesday in Las Cruces, N.M., Utah on Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M., and Portland on Friday, they still have 19 players.

The regular-season roster limit is 15, and the Kings have just 11 players with guaranteed contracts. Theus -- who gave the team a day off Friday -- said there would be cuts made before the road trip.

Among returning Kings players, only big man Justin Williams has a non-guaranteed contract.

TIP-INS -- Indiana picked up the team options on forwards Danny Granger, Shawne Williams and former Warrior Ike Diogu. ... Etan Thomas was recovering from open heart surgery Friday, and the doctor who performed the operation did not rule out the possibility of the Wizards center returning to play in the NBA this season. ... Guard Allan Houston, 36, took part in his first practice with the Knicks -- on the same floor where he announced his retirement two years ago because of chronic sore knees.