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Season preview: Kings enjoying a fresh approach under new coach John Stevens

Season preview: Kings enjoying a fresh approach under new coach John Stevens

A transformation took place at the Kings practice facility over the summer. Their U-shaped dressing room was remodeled with dark wood paneling and darker lighting to resemble their Staples Center confines. Their logo was moved from the floor to the ceiling so visitors couldn’t step on it.

Something else is noticeable too. It can be measured in the good vibe and different atmosphere that goes beyond the usual preseason optimism and relates to John Stevens, who officially debuts as Kings coach Thursday.

“It’s not a new face, but a new philosophy comes in,” Anze Kopitar said. “There’s definitely a breath of fresh air. … I think everything’s a little bit more upbeat. Everything’s...

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