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- Down goes Fox, down goes Fox, down goes Fox
The Sacramento Kings snake-bit season continues in the NBA Bubble restart. Point guard De’Aaron Fox went down with a mild to moderate left ankle sprain during practice Wednesday afternoon. The team said he will be re-evaluated in 7 to 10days, but his actual return to the court is unknown. This is the same ankle he injured earlier in the season that caused him to miss significant time. It is still possible that he can return before the Kings first game against the San Antonio Spurs on July 31, but the lost practice time just further sets the team back in their hopes to somehow grab a playoff berth.
- Kings Orlando Training Camp Interviews - July 15
Swingman Kent Bazemore talks about his time in the NBA Bubble so far and head coach Luke Walton discusses the challenges he is facing with so many key players out. Kent Bazemore Luke Walton
- Harrison Barnes is the 4th Kings player to test positive
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes revealed on Twitter that he was the mystery fourth member of the squad to test positive for the Coronavirus. The news originally dropped back on July 5, prompting the immediate shutdown of the team’s practice facility. Once he clears NBA protocol for multiple negative tests, he can join his teammates in the Orlando Bubble. He should be ready for the team’s first official game on July 31 against the San Antonio Spurs, but the lack of practice time, might delay his return to the court.
- Kings Orlando Training Camp Interviews - July 14
Buddy Hield is back and talks about his experience with Covid-19 and how he feels about being in the NBA Bubble now. Rookie Justin James and head coach Luke Walton also speak with the media via a Zoom call from Orlando. Buddy Hield Justin James Luke Walton
- Richaun gets busted in the Bubble
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes has been sent back into quarantine for the next 8 days after inadvertently crossing the campus line to pick up his takeout order. He should be cleared to rejoin the squad in time for the team’s first scrimmage on July 22 against the Miami Heat, but it is unclear if he will play due to the lack of practice time with his team.
- More jersey messages revealed
The jersey messages for a couple more Sacramento Kings have been revealed. Harry Giles chose “Say Her Name” in honor of all the strong black women who have helped shape him as a person. Cory Joseph will wear “Black Lives matter” as that message resonates with his belief that “black lives matter too and we want to be treated the same”.
- Kings Orlando Training Camp Interviews – Day 3
Harry Giles, Cory Joseph, and coach Luke Walton speak to the media via a Zoom call. More jersey messages revealed and some insights on who is looking good so far. Harry Giles Cory Joseph Luke Walton
- Jabari Parker cleared to join Kings in Orlando
Sacramento Kings big man Jabari parker has been cleared by the NBA’s Coronavirus testing protocol and will join the squad in Orlando. Per quarantine requirements, he must first remain in his hotel room for 48-hours and pass two consecutive tests before joining his teammates on the practice court. If all goes to plan, he should be ready to go by Wednesday, July 15.
- Buddy Love is going to Disney World
Buddy Hield, who tested positive for Covid-19 last month has reportedly been cleared by the NBA to join his teammates in Orlando. The Sacramento Kings’ sharp-shooter will need to adhere to the standard 48-hour hotel room quarantine once he arrives in the Magical Kingdom but should be ready to hit the court by Wednesday, July 15. The team’s first scrimmage is against the Miami Heat on July 22.
- Kings Orlando Training Camp Interviews – Day 2
De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley, and head coach Luke Walton all chatted with the media via a Zoom call following Saturday's practice session in Orlando. De'Aaron Fox Marvin Bagley Luke Walton
- Kings jersey messages revealed
All members of the Sacramento Kings have chosen messages for their jerseys during the NBA restart in Orlando. De’Aaron Fox will display “Anti-Racist”, Marvin Bagley has chosen “Freedom”, and Kent Bazemore will promote “Education Reform”. Others have not yet revealed their choices, but the full list should be out soon. So far, only 17 NBA players have decided to not participate in this social justice effort, including LeBron James.
- Hield, Len, and Parker still not with Kings in Orlando
According to Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, Buddy Hield, Alex Len, and Jabari parker did not accompany the team to Orlando on July 8, and it is still unknown when they will join their teammates in the Bubble following their positive tests for the Coronavirus. A fourth unnamed member of the team’s traveling party is still quarantined in Sacramento as well.
- Kings Orlando Training Camp Interviews - Day 1
Day 1 of the Orlando Training Camp for the Sacramento Kings featured interviews from head coach Luke Walton, center Richaun Holmes, and swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic via a Zoom call with the media. Why does it look like they are being held hostage in an undisclosed black site in these videos? 😀 Luke Walton Richaun Holmes Bogdan Bogdanovic
- Kings forced to shut it down due to COVID-19 outbreak
The NBA 2019-20 restart is looking more and more fragile by the minute. On Sunday, the Sacramento Kings announced that all team activities at the Golden 1 Center have been suspended due to another positive Coronavirus test result to the traveling party set to embark to Orlando on Wednesday, July 8. This announcement comes just hours after the Milwaukee Bucks made a similar statement regarding their practice facility.
- Kings to participate in 3 bubble scrimmages
In preparation for their 8-game sprint to a possible playoff berth, the Sacramento Kings will hold 3 scrimmages in the Orlando NBA bubble. Wednesday, July 22 at 5:00pm vs. the Miami Heat. Saturday, July 25 at 9:30am vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. Monday, July 27 at 1:00pm vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. No word yet on whether the games will be broadcast on TV or radio.
- Kings Mini Camp Interviews - Day 3
Harrison Barnes and Kent Bazemore speak with the media via a Zoom call on Friday. Beards, Bowling balls, and life in the bubble are all covered. Harrison Barnes Kent Bazemore ore
- Kokoskov leaving Kings to head up Fenerbahce
Sacramento Kings assistant coach Igor Kokoskov has agreed to be the next head coach of Fenerbahce in Istanbul. He will continue his coaching duties with the Kings through the completion of the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, FL before heading overseas. Fenerbahce was Bogdan Bogdanovic’s old team from 2014 to 2017, and is widely viewed as one of Europe's top clubs..
- Kings Mini Camp Interviews - Day 2
Marvin Bagley and Corey Brewer spoke with the media via a Zoom call Thursday to talk about the season restart and expected life in the Orlando Bubble. Marvin Bagley Corey Brewer
- Kings Mini Camp Interviews - Day 1
De'Aaron Fox and Luke Walton spoke with the media on Wednesday via a Zoom call. While players are allowed to practice with coaches again, they are still limited to one-on-one workouts and required to maintain social distancing at the practice facility. Formal team practices will not begin until after the team arrives in Orlando on July 8. De'Aaron Fox Luke Walton
- The G-Man is back on TV
In an anticipated move, the Sacramento Kings have named Gary Gerould to take over the TV play-by-play duties for the team’s 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, FL. Gerould, a 35-year Kings announcing veteran, will move over from his radio play-by-play duties to the TV side where he once held the job from 1994 through 1998. He will be paired up with current color commentator Doug Christie for all local NBC Sports telecasts for the 8-game season and any locally televised playoff games that follow. He replaces the recently departed Grant Napear, who left the role following a social media dispute with several former Kings players including DeMarcus Cousins. Due to restrictions imposed by the NBA relating to the Coronavirus, all local broadcasts will be conducted remotely back in Sacramento. Stepping in to cover the radio play-by-play side will be Jason Ross, who has periodically filled in for Gerould and is the heir apparent for that role once the G-Man calls it a career. Ross’ high-energy style will be needed to convey excitement for games being played nearly 3000 miles away from Sacramento. The Kings will be conducting a formal search for a permanent television play-by-play announcer prior to the start of the 2020-21 NBA season.
- Three Kings out with Coronavirus
The Sacramento Kings have not even held a team practice in preparation for the NBA’s 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, FL and they have already lost 20% of their players to the coronavirus. Not a very encouraging start. Forward Jabari Parker, center Alex Len, and guard Buddy Hield are all reportedly in self- quarantine until health officials can cleared them to join the rest of the squad at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The team is scheduled to fly out to their Disney bubble on July 8 to prepare for their first game on July 31 against the San Antonio Spurs. Parker was the first to report his positive test by releasing a statement through the team. “Several days ago, I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain. I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.” Shortly afterwards, Len posted a statement on his Instagram account confirming his test result as well. “I underwent testing yesterday in Sacramento and was found to be positive for COVID-19. I want to thank the Sacramento Kings for their great care and the NBA for putting the protocols in place to allow me to catch this early. I have immediately entered isolation and look forward to being cleared and rejoining my teammates for our playoff push.” While Hield has not released any formal statements, it was reported that he has confirmed reports of his positive test results and fully intends to rejoin his teammates very soon and expects to be ready to go on July 31. All three players who tested positive were residing outside of Sacramento when they contracted the virus.
- Kings bring back Brewer for the Bubble League
The Sacramento Kings have turned to a familiar face to fill their remaining roster spot for the 2019-20 season restart in Orlando, FL. Veteran swingman Corey Brewer will join the squad and bring his 13-years of NBA experience, along with an NBA title to help the Kings break a 13-year playoff drought. His defensive tenacity and size at 6-9 will provide the team more depth at the wing, especially if starting small forward Harrison Barnes is moved over to the 4 when the squad goes small. Brewer played in 24 games with the Kings during the 2018-19 season as a reserve, averaging 4.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. He also played under head coach Luke Walton for two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Kings try to paint SacTown red with new City Edition uniforms
The Sacramento kings recently revealed their 2019 Nike City Edition Uniforms, and they are red. Very red. In holding to their City Edition tradition, the team has decided to forgo any sense of creativity or connection with the Sacramento region and just copy last season’s version with a different color scheme. This year the theme is red, as they have played out the baby blues for long enough. They swapped out the primary color and wove the usual grey, white, and baby blue throughout the uni and slapped on the traditional “SacTown” name on the front to link them with the city. They look like rather colorful summer league jerseys. “The City Edition uniforms were made to represent the Proud Past and Proud Future of our Kings here in Sacramento,” said team President of Business Operations John Rinehart. “With red as the primary color, they represent that passion and energy that has echoed through our arena and helps celebrate the team’s 35th year in Sactown.” The team will dawn their new threads during seven home games in the 2019-20 season along with their red, white, and blue classic court. November 30 vs. Denver Nuggets December 2 vs. Chicago Bulls December 11 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder December 13 vs. New York Knicks December 23 vs. Houston Rockets February 7 vs. Miami Heat February 8 vs. San Antonio Spurs Fan response has been mixed so far. Some are excited by the retro color scheme, while others are bored with it already and confused why the team went red. The Kings and Nike really need to step up their uni game next season and come up with a theme that truly captures the essence of the city and region of Sacramento. Otherwise, we will just end up with the same uniforms as previous years, but next time grey will be the primary color. Be sure to check out the other team City Editions that have been released so far in Pete Blackburn’s column Grading the 2019-20 NBA ‘City’ uniforms. The best and worst jerseys from across the league. Sacramento wasn't the only team that missed the point.
- De’Aaron Fox could be out for months with sprained ankle
The Sacramento Kings received devastating news Monday afternoon when it was reported that starting point guard De’Aaron Fox could miss more than a month of action after suffering a severely sprained ankle. Near the end of practice, a teammate accidentally stepped on the third-year guard’s foot resulting in the injury. An MRI confirmed that he suffered a Grade 3 sprain of his left ankle – the most severe level. He will be re-evaluated in three to four weeks before a definitive time table can be set for his return. The re-evaluation comment is generally code for “he will be out much longer, so don’t get your hopes up”. This news comes less than three weeks after the team’s other young star, Marvin Bagley was ruled out of action for four to six weeks following a fractured right thumb. In nine games this season, Fox was averaging 18.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 7.0 assists. While his overall stats were down slightly from last season, his floor leadership and wide-ranging scoring threat on the court will be missed. Defenses will now be able to focus in on the team’s other options and try to disrupt what was an offense that had just started clicking. Obviously, the Kings’ depth will be tested over the coming months, and general manager Vlade Divac’s moves over the summer to bolster the bench will be under an extreme microscope. Veteran point guard Cory Joseph and utility superstar Bogdan Bogdanovic will need to step up and fill the void left by Fox. Both are quite capable of leading this team, but neither possesses the speed and athleticism of De’Aaron and head coach Luke Walton must switch up his game plan to accommodate their strengths – a high-IQ, half-court offense. The run-and-gun Kings may be on hold for a while. Third-string guard Yogi Farrell will also likely be thrust into action. He can fill some of the void in scoring but isn’t much of a flor-leader and lacks the size of the other guards on the team. Some fans may begin clamoring for two-way player Kyle Guy to come in and play a role. I personally don’t see that as Guy is more of a shooting guard right now, can’t play defense, and is basically a Yogi clone with no NBA experience. Let him find his way in the G-League and then see what he can bring later. That is why the Kings retained Farrell in the first place. While this news is absolutely crushing for a fan-base hoping for their young core to lead them to the playoffs for the first time in 13years, it may not be the end of the world. Sure, De’Aaron is a great rising star and brings an excitement to the game that few can, but his replacements are not unplayable scrubs by any stretch of the imagination. Joseph is an extremely heady player, and Bogdanovic could start for a lot of teams in the NBA. Let’s not throw in the towel just yet. Let’s give coach Walton a chance to prove his skills as a coach and retune this team on the fly. Critics will smirk, fans will snark, but this team still has several quality players on the roster. Can Luke turn them into a team? Next man up!
- Giles gets a “prove it” deal from Kings
The Sacramento Kings continue to move forward with their long-term plan of developing their youth, but it may come at a price. The team picked up the fourth-year option on guard De’Aaron Fox and the third-year option on big man Marven Bagley Thursday. However, in a move that surprised many fans, they declined the forth-year option on the popular, but injury-prone center Harry Giles. The charismatic big man from Duke won over Kings fans with his friendly demeaner and willingness to go the extra mile to interact with the residents of Sacramento. But now he will be an unrestricted free-agent next summer which saves the Kings approximately $3.79 million in 2020-21 and draws a line in the sand that Harry will need to prove he can withstand the riggers of a long NBA season. Or his NBA career may be nothing more than a case of “What could have been…”. Following a redshirt rookie year, he played only 58 games in the 2018-19 season due to lingering affects of three knee surgeries that have kept him off the court for much of the past five years. In an interview on October 25, Harry spoke with the media briefly about his knee and willingness to get back out on the court. His frustrations were clear, and he may have already known the team’s plans regarding his 2020-21 option by then. When Harry can get out on the floor, he has displayed talents unlike many big men in the league today. A willingness to pass and get his teammates the ball in ideal situations is one of the skills that really caught the eye of Kings general manager Vlade Divac – a skilled passing big himself back in the day. We will have to wait and see. If Giles can prove that his knee will hold up and he can be a key component in the team’s youth future, there is nothing holding them back from trying to re-sign him next summer. In other moves, the kings also announced their decision to decline the fourth-year option on center Caleb Swanigan. The 6’9” center out of Purdue was acquired last year in a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for center Skal Labissiere but hasn’t really found his way in the league.