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Report: Marvin Bagley refused to enter Monday’s game vs the Suns

It was a fun couple games between Bagley drama incidents.

Marvin Bagley refused to enter the second half of Monday's game against the Phoenix Suns, according to a new report this evening from Sean Cunningham. Sean's tweet also includes video of Bagley returning to the bench after not entering.

Cunningham asked Walton about the issue, but Walton would not confirm that Bagley had refused, saying that any issues would remain in-house.

This is obviously the smart way to handle things from Walton and the Kings' perspective. It's assumed Marvin has no future with the organization and will be traded at the first reasonable opportunity. Confirming a report like this would not have any benefit to Bagley's trade value.

As a Kings fan, it's hard not to be mad at this. Before the first game of the season Marvin Bagley's agent, Jeff Schwartz, publicly complained that Bagley was not in the Kings rotation for that night. Bagley simply can't have it both ways. You can be mad at not playing or you can choose not to play when given the chance, but you don't get to do both.

This incident would certainly answer the lingering question of why Walton played Chimezie Metu and Damian Jones on Monday against the Suns. It was seen as odd at the time that they played instead of Bagley.

It's worth noting that Metu and Jones have also had minimal roles in the rotation this year, but when given the opportunity they played well and helped the team return from a deficit. Walton rewarded them by leaving both in even in the final minutes when the Kings had brought the game within 2 points with seconds remaining. They made the most of their opportunity.

But I'm sure Marvin's approach is good too.

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November 10, 2021 4:26 pm

Injured yet again. This time he’s butt hurt.

Send him home. He’s a sunk cost at this point. Bring up Lou King.

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November 10, 2021 4:54 pm
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DNP-FH

Feelings Hurt

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