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Sacramento Kings News and Notes

A Friday Roundup of the latest news around the Kings.

The Sacramento Kings kicked off the season with a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, and then immediately had a lull in the schedule with a couple days to dwell on that result. I'm sure the team is thankful for a little practice time to address mistakes from Wednesday before playing the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

For Kings fans, there haven't been any major news stories since Wednesday, but there have been a few minor things so we're gathering all the little tidbits you might have missed.

  • The Athletic's Sam Amick wrote a profile on De'Aaron Fox. It's a very refreshing read, as Fox makes no excuses for past struggles but seems entirely bought on in Mike Brown and the direction the Kings are going. Definitely worth a read.
  • The Sacramento Kings released Episode 4 of The Run. It actually came out late Tuesday, but I think it flew under the radar with the home opener happening on Wednesday. This episode gives us a look behind the scenes at Kings preseason workouts and training camp.

  • Keegan Murray returned to practice Thursday after clearing health and safety protocols. He spoke about hoping to be able to play on Saturday.

Murray practiced again on Friday, a good sign for his availability.

  • Kawhi Leonard, who sat most of the first half of the Los Angeles Clippers game against the Lakers on Thursday, says he is likely to sit out one of LA's two games this weekend. They face the Kings Saturday and then have their home opener against the Suns on Sunday. There's a distinct possibility he sits out the Kings game to be available for LA's home opener.
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Kingsguru21
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October 21, 2022 1:06 pm

De’Aaron was on Draymond’s podcast as well a few days ago.

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October 21, 2022 2:17 pm
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WHO LEAKED THIS VIDEO??????!!!!!!

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October 21, 2022 2:22 pm
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Google.

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October 21, 2022 2:26 pm
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Picked the wrong franchise guard to stick with. Moronic. Nice guy Fox is right, the team hasn’t won mainly bc its defense is non-existent, though he shouldn’t say it so lightly. Another reason is because he’s a decent slashing scorer but not a very good NBA PG in terms of reading/controlling the game, at all, and has never been a consistent shooter, that’s more than mental …… So the Kangz send away the one player who made everyone else better, controlled the tempo, played great O and D, made smart decisions w/ball and did NOT turn it over like Fox does … to bring in a serviceable, former all-star big who doesn’t play much D.? Way to keep the streak alive, Kangz! Always find a way to lose. Want a preview of next season? Fox: “This is the year! I feel good.” Pretty sure he’s said that for the last 5 years straight and gullible Kings fans have said, “please sir, can I have another?” Lets keep building around the same guy and expecting a different result.

If Kings lose a bunch early, Coach needs to man up and start playing Davion or another effective PG at the end of close games. Enough already. Plenty of NBA players have proven the rule that you can score a lot, not play D, be inefficient, and still lose most of your games. Prove me wrong, Fox. Please … this shhh is so tiresome.

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October 21, 2022 2:40 pm
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made smart decisions w/ball and did NOT turn it over like Fox does

Haliburton with a nearly 17% turnover percentage last season. Fox at 12%. Even if you compare their sophomore seasons Fox took care of the ball a bit better. Fox has more turnovers because his usage is significantly higher.

I’m not gonna argue who will be better player…but just pointing out the idea that Hali doesn’t turn the ball over while Fox is handing out turnovers left and right isn’t really supported by data. I think our notion of Haliburton being a savant at not turning the ball over stems from his first 7-8 games rookie year where he had almost none and it was a constant talking point.

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October 21, 2022 3:33 pm
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“But we didn’t get familiar enough with Tyrese to start hating him yet!”

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October 22, 2022 11:43 am
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“Fox is a proven leader that wins”

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October 21, 2022 10:39 pm
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Admittedly: Fox not playing D, not making shots consistently, and always making boneheaded plays in crunch time that kill us, is supported mostly by my eyes and memory (though Im sure I could find some stats for anyone who doesn’t recognize ineffective PGs in the wild) .. Unfortunately, it also looks like the all-star we missed in the draft is the Pacers’ Mathurin. That guy is already beasting on people nightly. Looking like he will be either ROY or runner up to Paolo. And I like Keegan, but if there’s one thing you can count on from the Kings – besides trading or driving away our best hopes for success — its just missing those franchise changing players in the draft … Halli and Mathurin are going to be extremely fun to watch for many years … Fox and the Ox, not so much.

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October 22, 2022 9:56 am
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Fun in losses it seems . No proven winners there yet either .

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October 22, 2022 11:45 am
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Fox is proven.

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October 22, 2022 11:42 am
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Cannot change the roster and Fox is a proven winner.

We will be a dynasty with this thought process!

KAnGz!,,,,,,,

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October 21, 2022 1:10 pm

I know there will be very few stretches this season where there are two days off between games, but I like this idea of getting a post to have conversations start again without having to look through 200 comments of the post game thread.

I do want to submit a suggestion, maybe a once a week or once in a while league wide “round-up” post, for some general conversation? The start of this season is already intriguing:

  • The Lakers are more of a hot mess than I expected, and my expectations were so low they were more likely to trip over them then have to jump over them.
  • Denver getting slapped by the Jazz. Are the Jazz too good to tank properly? Is Lauri Marrakkan going to need to be traded to have a chance at Wemby? Would McNair flip Barnes expiring for him?
  • Is NO going to be more than frisky and actually be a 55 win juggernaut?
  • Is Harden going to be so ball dominant that Embiid, who might not be the emotional lesbian that DMC was, gets irked? He already pouted about the MVP vote two years in a row.
  • Charlotte’s franchise is a mess, do they trade everyone except LaMelo?
  • OO is definitely the center of the future for ATL, would the move Capela and his contract to see what they could get see how they can make a run at the 5/6 seed? Is that interesting to Sac?
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October 21, 2022 1:43 pm
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Barnes for Markkanen shows as +8 wins for the Kings and -7 wins for the Jazz in the ESPN trade machine.

http://www.espn.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2ywob96j

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October 21, 2022 3:22 pm
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Interesting. Does that mean Murray plays the 3 spot?

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October 21, 2022 3:39 pm
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I didn’t know Markkanen can also play the 3 spot and he shoots over 42% from the 3.Even more interesting. Also only 25 years old. Now we could keep Murray at the 4.

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October 21, 2022 4:52 pm
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They’re both combo forwards. Who would be the 3 or 4 between them would be pretty immaterial. And would likely be based on who the opponent is running out in those positions.

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October 21, 2022 4:59 pm
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I am going to nix this trade because Markkenen can’t play defense.

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October 22, 2022 6:41 am
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Neither can Barnes anymore.

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October 22, 2022 9:58 am
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Not a chance Utah would have interest . Lari is better and much younger with a fair contract . Conley is the player they want to move in Ainge rebuild .

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October 21, 2022 4:35 pm
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I think the Hornets eventually blow it up. No Bridges and possibly no Bouknight for a while leaves them pretty weak. One thing I’ve been kicking around in my head is Hayward and Rozier for Westbrook and the two future Laker picks. It might be a better deal for them than the Buddy/Indy package. For the Hornets, they get out of two long term deals in a full rebuild move and get two picks for it. They could just tell Westbrook to stay at home in dramatically increase their lottery chances.

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October 21, 2022 8:43 pm
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After Bouknight’s blunder, I thought the same thing with them unloading those two to the Lakers. I wonder if LA is trying to see if Damian or Beal shake loose. Jeannie seems so invested in stars. Definitely something to watch with CHA though. I dont know how long they can be mediocre and not have LaMelo wonder what it would be like to play on a winner.

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October 21, 2022 7:59 pm
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Looks like the Jazz were underestimated. Ended up watching a good amount of their first two games and they look good. They play hard and are hustling, playing together, and having fun together. They’re a bunch of guys with something to prove.Might be an early overreaction, but they look more like a playoff team than the Kings.

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October 21, 2022 8:44 pm
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They looked good again tonight, didnt they. I will be interested to see what Ainge does.

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October 22, 2022 6:45 am
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Wouldn’t it be something if they continue to win, AND have all of those picks from Minny and Cleveland?

Still, at some point I think they move Conley and his unguaranteed deal for next season at some point. They have to had the keys to Sexton sooner or later.

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October 21, 2022 1:24 pm

I need to find out if I can also opt out of work because I’m tired.

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October 21, 2022 2:18 pm
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…and re-tired!

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October 21, 2022 3:34 pm
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Nah, no chance. I’m Gen X, so my retirement plan is to die at my desk.

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October 21, 2022 4:52 pm
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I knew you were a goddamn latchkey kid!

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October 21, 2022 5:47 pm
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Dude, as a fellow Gen X’er you’re WAY ahead of me. My CFP told me last week that I’m right on schedule to retire exactly 3 years after I die…

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October 21, 2022 8:45 pm
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Still, at least you get to retire eventually.

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October 21, 2022 10:13 pm
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Some of us are quiet quitting life

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October 21, 2022 10:12 pm
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I am jealous

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October 21, 2022 1:30 pm

It’s a very refreshing read, as Fox makes no excuses…

Very on brand for De’Aaron – he offers no defense.
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October 21, 2022 2:07 pm

Has a player ever said in an interview that he’s not sure yet and that he’ll see how his new coach will perform before he’ll buy in? Now that would be refreshing.

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October 21, 2022 2:29 pm

We are only 1 game out of the play-in.

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October 21, 2022 2:35 pm
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We’re actually tied for 9th right now!
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October 21, 2022 2:40 pm
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Wait a minute. The Kings are not beneath 50 feet of crap right now?

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October 21, 2022 4:04 pm
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I mean, why not? Everything else gets a banner around these parts….

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October 21, 2022 2:47 pm
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October 21, 2022 3:41 pm

Thank you in advanced
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October 21, 2022 8:18 pm
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at some point the Kings will need to beat a good/greet team at full strength. If they win it comes with an asterisk. If they lose, it’s because the Clips depth was too much.

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October 21, 2022 9:35 pm
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 If they win it comes with an asterisk. If they lose, it’s because the Clips depth was too much.

The hoops you jump through to make statements like these are truly breathtaking. It’s pretty damn impressive on all fronts. The Russian judges will only give you a 3, but that’s pretty good for them.

The only thing that merits a 10 from a Russian judge is Vodka, bonfires raging at the heat of the night, and fur hats with those commie symbols on them.

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October 22, 2022 1:40 am
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“The important thing, is that under no circumstances, should you ever take joy from the team, no matter how small or fleeting.”

This is one of those that would win $100 mil in the lotto and bitch about the tax implications.

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October 22, 2022 11:51 am
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The Kingsburu and Sims echo chamber.

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October 21, 2022 4:17 pm

Mike Brown on De’Aaron Fox.

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October 21, 2022 4:47 pm
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October 21, 2022 5:52 pm
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For anyone scrolling by, take the time to listen to the entire thing. Oh my God that might be one of my favorite answers I’ve heard any coach give in any sport.

Coach: “We lost”
Player: “Yeah, but I scored 33!”
Coach: “BFD, that’s what you’re supposed to do. Show me more.”

I think I’m love…lol. <3

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October 21, 2022 8:16 pm
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But Coach, I scored 33. That’s part of the problem. Fox is a scorer. Not a leader. Big difference. That comment alone certifies it.

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October 21, 2022 8:45 pm
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So a made up comment that Fox didn’t actually make certifies that he is a scorer, not a leader? I don’t get it.

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October 22, 2022 11:55 am
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Many agree that he can score and not lead or play defense.

There is also five years of actual reality that supports this.

Will the new coach call him out publicly?

So smart.

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October 21, 2022 9:24 pm
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Mike Brown didn’t actually say what Noda said…..he said something very different.

Of course you would know that if you actually bothered to listen to the clip that Sean Cunningham posted.

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October 22, 2022 11:52 am
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The copy paste master.

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October 21, 2022 8:15 pm

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October 21, 2022 10:04 pm
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The pragmatist in me says KL is sitting out so he can heal. The Kangz fan cynic in me says the Clippers think they can beat us without KL so might as well sit him out.

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October 22, 2022 4:02 am
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One team’s cynic is the other team’s realist…

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October 22, 2022 6:32 am
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Kawhi was never going to play tonight. Because they have already said Kawhi isn’t playing b2b’s this season. And, you give Kawhi tonight off vs tomorrow, he gets 2 days of rest in between games instead of 1 day. Tomorrow is also the home opener for the Clippers, it’s tough to see Kawhi missing that.

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October 21, 2022 10:09 pm

I know we shouldn’t overreact after losing the first game. I know we shouldn’t overreact if we lose the second game also, but at some point if the losses start piling up I hope the team comes to terms with the advantages of tanking and with the foolishness of chasing a play-in spot.

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October 22, 2022 5:42 am
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Did we change owners? This org has to show that they’ve changed for the better. Until then I KNOW they would still chase the play in

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October 22, 2022 4:44 am

A stark reminder that referees are also people of flesh and blood, with feelings, friends and family. And not just a lightning rod for all our anger and frustration regarding a game.

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October 22, 2022 5:54 am
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My take on the refs: Yeah the ones we had on Wednesday made some bad calls and missed others. Refs always miss calls. And that’s because refereeing is really hard. Game is fast AF, the calls must come in less than a second, you have an imperfect angle all the time, +6ft athletes shouting at you all night, and 17,000 people hate you wherever you go. Shit ain’t easy.

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October 22, 2022 8:51 am
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Suffice to say that night in and night out they have been better at their job than the Kings have been at their jobs, especially over the past 16 years.

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October 22, 2022 11:56 am
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