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Walton: Four of the Kings 35-member Orlando travel party did not make the trip

Buddy Hield, Alex Len and Jabari Parker have not cleared NBA protocols after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Sacramento Kings have arrived in Orlando. Head coach Luke Walton, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Richaun Holmes participated in a Zoom call Friday to discuss how the first day of practice went.

The largest piece of news from the media session is that four individuals of the 35 people in the Kings travel party did not join the team in Orlando because they have not cleared NBA protocols. Three of those people are Buddy Hield, Alex Len and Jabari Parker, who tested positive for coronavirus, according to reports in June. The fourth person has yet to be identified.

Walton was asked how long it might be before they join the team.

"With this, it's so much unknown that there could be a week, there could be someone doesn't come at all, that's just the reality of what it is," he said.

Walton said the team's first practice was about getting up and down the court, running, getting shots up, getting familiar with no-contact drills. He said Saturday's practice will involve limited contact and if things go well, they will start to get a little more intense in terms of a scrimmage on day three.

Bogdanovic and Holmes praised the team's medical staff and trainers for their communication and trying to make sure everyone has remained healthy and in shape over the last several months, and leading up to the Orlando tournament.

Both also were asked about getting back to playing a more up-tempo, fast-paced style when the games resume.

"I hope so. We came here to make the playoffs. That's our goal and that's our motivation," Bogdanovic said.

Holmes, who only played in two games since Jan. 6 due to injury, is ready.

"To hear we're going to run and try to do things fast paced I think that was music to everybody's ears," he said. "I've got a lot of pent-up energy from missing all the games before."

Watch the media sessions and some footage from practice below.

 

 

 

 

 

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July 11, 2020 11:37 am

This gives me he feeling we won’t be seeing those 3 players in Orlando. Even if they test negative tomorrow and get approval to join the team, they will still have to quarantine once they get to Orlando for I’m guessing 2 weeks.

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July 11, 2020 12:28 pm
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Yeah, I’m thinking the same.

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July 11, 2020 11:45 am

Weird to see Fox without his unruly mop of hair. I liked it.
And Bogi looks a bit nerdy with his hairdo.
 
That stuff is important. Ask Sampson. Or Slamson.

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July 11, 2020 11:56 am

running and up tempo?!?!

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July 11, 2020 3:59 pm

So the initial rumor was correct that 4 individuals tested positive. Looks like we’ll find out the 4th once the games start.

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July 11, 2020 6:55 pm

Any player who tested positive will have to undergo cardiac screening before they play.
 
why? Because we are still in our infancy of knowledge of this thing! We don’t know shit about what this is going to do to people who survive it. Nor do any the aholes on FB, Twitter or whatever that profess to speak with confidence about it! They just want to be loud, defiant and proudly ignorant!
 
https://mobile.twitter.com/YourManDevine/status/1282124870302740480
 

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