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Harrison Barnes is headed to Orlando and De’Aaron Fox is back to full practice

Two positive updates from Luke Walton's media availability!

Sacramento Kings fans were treated to good news in Luke Walton's media availability on Friday. The biggest news is that Harrison Barnes has finally cleared COVID-19 protocol and is flying to Orlando today. It will still take time for Barnes to clear protocols in Orlando and to resume practicing, but this is a huge first step for Barnes. As our Sanjesh Singh detailed, the Kings need Barnes if they hope to make the playoffs.

Walton also shared that De'Aaron Fox was able to practice fully with the team. This is a huge relief that Fox's ankle injury was minor and that he's already recovered.

De'Aaron Fox also spoke to the media and it sounds like he feels great.

The Kings have endured what seemed like a terrible run of bad luck. Four players tested positive for COVID-19, De'Aaron Fox got hurt, Richaun Holmes broke quarantine, and Marvin Bagley got hurt. But perhaps the Kings got their bad luck out of the way early.

All four players who tested positive for COVID have now been cleared, De'Aaron Fox is back, and Holmes is out of his 10-day quarantine and is practicing. Marvin Bagley left the bubble and will miss the remainder of the season, but otherwise the Kings will be at full strength very soon.

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Walle Robot
19 days ago

Great news! Really looking forward to seeing this team at full strength.
 

Nate Ayers
19 days ago

If everyone’s at about the level they were playing at pre-suspension, then the Kings would have some of the best depth in the league. If Walton’s smart with it (emphasis on “if”), he could really take advantage of all the options to maximize the squad, especially if they’re playing fast.

Jeromy Simonoff
19 days ago
Reply to  TomZiller

Walton hasn’t shown he’s inclined to let this team step on the gas pedal, at least not while he’s still studying the film..

Maxwell Huss
19 days ago

Be safe Kings. You won’t be able to hear us, but you’ve got an entire passionate, win-starved city in your corner!!

Ican Hascheezburger
19 days ago
Reply to  AirmaxPG

Do the Kings get one of those fan video chants that play on those giant screens?
I hope Sign Lady is included.

David Sheehy
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

I think the screens showing fans is canned video but it would be really cool if they had a section with Sign Lady live showing her signs.

Jeff Bayless
19 days ago

Way too much good news in one post, I must be in the wrong place.comment image
 

Last edited 19 days ago by jay14bay
El Ren
19 days ago

Can’t wait to see Deaaron running around with that new haircut of his

John Navickas
19 days ago
Reply to  anan1234

If I recall my semester of HS Physics, he should be even faster with that low drag haircut!

David Sheehy
19 days ago
Reply to  anan1234

FIFY
 
Can’t wait to see Deaaron running around with that new haircut of his no hair

Graham Caplan
19 days ago

I wonder what Barnes’ beard will look like in Orlando

Ican Hascheezburger
19 days ago
Reply to  LandParkJimmer

I googled “Disney Beard”. These are just a few….
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Kings Guru21
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

There is something very wrong with you, Kosta.
 
I’m not sure whether to be afraid or admire you for it.

Ican Hascheezburger
19 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

I didn’t do it, Kingsguru21! I only stumbled (or bumbled?) upon these! I was actually first thinking I’d find one of the dwarves or some other character that normally has a beard but then these popped up and I couldn’t not share!
 
Also, I hope you are feeling better since what you last described a week or two ago! 🙂

Kings Guru21
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

No, I meant the audacity to search Disney + beard. That can only lead to bad things!
 
I am doing better thanks. Just started back up at work today.

John Navickas
19 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Definitely admire… from a safe distance of course.

J Man
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

Arriving at the hotel:
 
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Ican Hascheezburger
19 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

The refs should let him get away with blatant traveling now!

Tom Cutter
19 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

Barnes is joining ZZ Top

Jason Ryan
19 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

I spent ten years living in Austin, TX, and figured that this video was taken there until “BRACKLEY, UK” appeared. Approximately one-third of that city has beards that would make the rednecks on that duck hunting show green with envy.

Graham Caplan
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

I love them all

Kevin Lam
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

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John Navickas
19 days ago
Reply to  LandParkJimmer

comment image?act=62But We Know what Marvin’s Playoff Beard looks like
 

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T D
19 days ago

Coolio.
 
Also, random question: what’s up with Messy Ass? Why is she in twitter jail? Hopefully she is not in KH jail too! 😉

Camera Marty
19 days ago
Reply to  1951

Translate please.
 

T D
19 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Okay.
 
TJ Macias is a fun twitter follow and I enjoyed her contributions on STR. She appears to have been suspended from twitter or something and I have yet to see her presence on KH. So, I inquired …
 
(Also, Messy Ass was a silly nickname she divulged on twitter at some point, so I was using that to be silly!)
 

Last edited 19 days ago by 1951
Ican Hascheezburger
19 days ago
Reply to  1951

Wasn’t there some hack into verified accounts? Those ones with ticks? Maybe she got hacked?

Camera Marty
19 days ago
Reply to  1951

Oops sorry. I’ve had her on mute for some time.

Jeff Bayless
19 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Yeah nothing personal but I was really not a fan of her writing style (to put it mildly)

Rik Smits
19 days ago

There’s no ability like media availability!

Kings Guru21
19 days ago
Reply to  RikSmits

I’m saddened I’m the first to like this…..

Camera Marty
19 days ago

Just two private jets away! 🙂

Kings Guru21
19 days ago

Woohoo! It’d be awesome if Swipa and HB were both available for the last scrimmage so they can get themselves up to gamespeed/shape (whatever we’re calling it today). Well as up to speed as you can get in 1 scrimmage, anyway.
 
Also, hopefully HB’s lungs still work. They probably do, that’s probably how you pass protocol. But, please work HB”s lungs? The Kings need you?
 

Last edited 19 days ago by Kingsguru21
Timothy Bornemisza
19 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Have any of the NBA player COVID+ cases been more than mildly symptomatic?

Ican Hascheezburger
19 days ago

Rudy Gobert says he still isn’t fully recovered from COVID-19
 
https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/rudy-gobert-says-he-still-isnt-fully-recovered-from-covid-19/
 
 
 

“The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100%. I can smell the smells, but not from afar. I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year,” Gobert said. 

But as players weigh the pros and cons of taking the court in Orlando, Gobert’s situation may weigh heavily on their minds. Even if they are unlikely to experience serious symptoms given their health and age, players can’t be certain what the virus will do to them over the long-term. None of us can be, and they would be completely justified in deciding not to take the risk. 

 
 
…So his symptoms are likely considered mild, but that sound pretty crappy to have to deal with that and be uncertain of when he’ll be fully back to his old normally functioning self.
 
If you can’t smell chocolate, does it still taste good?
 
 

Last edited 19 days ago by Kosta
Timothy Bornemisza
19 days ago
Reply to  Kosta

That would indeed suck and obviously the long-term consequences are unknowable but with dozens of NBA players testing positive and (maybe? so far?) none of them getting more than a bad cold and being unable to host a wine tasting is definitely something.
 
The hospitalization rate even for people in their 20s across the general population is shockingly high and with all of the NBA players who had tested positive you would expect to see a serious case or two but that doesn’t seem to have happened AFAIK. I’d guess some combination of being young, healthy and 7% body fat has something to do with it, but it still strikes me as strange. My mother – a retired pathologist who doesn’t really follow the NBA much – mentioned out of the blue a couple weeks ago that their should be a study on NBA players vs. the general population to determine risk factors because “all these guys are getting the virus and not getting sick”.

Richie J
19 days ago

It’d probably be good to study pro athletes in general since it seems like active players in the major N. American sports haven’t had any major illnesses.
 
 

Last edited 19 days ago by richie88
Colin Keiner
19 days ago
Reply to  richie88

Freddie Freeman of the Braves apparently had a pretty rough experience, 104 degree fever.

Richie J
18 days ago

Was he hospitalized?

David Sheehy
19 days ago

Alex Len said he had symptoms. There’s an article either here or on the blog that shan’t be named that talks about it.

David Sheehy
18 days ago
Reply to  Hozr

Found it. It was in an article by Jame Hamm. Here’s a quote from Len:
 
“Two weeks in I started having symptoms, like no smell, no taste, I had a little bit of chest tightness,” Len said. “I wasn’t scared or nothing, but I had some symptoms.”

In Starz
19 days ago

Locked and loaded, all positive contributors present

Alek Bohigian
19 days ago

Hey this is good news! Whenever there’s actual good Kings news it makes me happy!

Eric W
19 days ago

On a side note: Ben Simmons is 1 for 2 so far today from 3. Took both pretty quickly and confidently. If anybody hoped/thought there may be a chance to pry him away from the Sixers, that hope may very well be dead.

Timothy Bornemisza
19 days ago

Are we sure that the bubble isn’t actually in some parallel dimension?

Maxwell Huss
19 days ago

On a related note, the chance to pry him away from my StR/KH keeper league fantasy team is dying as well.

John Navickas
19 days ago

 
 

Last edited 19 days ago by CoreyBrewersD
J Man
19 days ago
Reply to  CoreyBrewersD

Someone gave this an up vote?!!

T D
19 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

It’s blank for me, just like my expectations for the Kings.
 

Last edited 19 days ago by 1951
Rob Hessing
19 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

It was succinct.

Ican Hascheezburger
19 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Sounds like the M*loofs.
 
They suck, and they sinked!
 

Last edited 19 days ago by Kosta
David Sheehy
19 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

No news is good news?

Rik Smits
19 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

They probably wiped their cache.

Bradley Williamson
19 days ago

Looking forward to screaming at the TV once again! Thinking the Kings game first then a round of golf sounds like a good Saturday!

Dale Moore
19 days ago

Can’t wait to see everybody and anybody on that court! Seems everyone is posed to take a leap right now. Just excited to watch it happen and unfold. Go Kings!!
 

John Navickas
19 days ago

I am pretty excited to see live sports, but I am surprised how much the lack of fans changes the feel for me, even on TV. NBA Looks like AAU. I certainly will have a greater appreciation for sport at all levels. Fingers crossed everything works as planned.
 

Last edited 19 days ago by CoreyBrewersD

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