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De’Aaron Fox and Doug Christie co-host the Road Trippin’ podcast

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This was a really fun long-form discussion.

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The Road Trippin’ podcast is a long-running podcast that was started with Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye. It was an innovative podcast in that it was NBA guys talking about the NBA with no media types involved. We haven’t covered it much here at StR simply because it was always very Cavaliers centric and didn’t relate to the Sacramento Kings much. But that’s changed. De’Aaron Fox and Doug Christie are now doing a show as part of the Road Trippin’ brand, and it’s an absolute delight.

Their first episode dropped today, and it’s full of fun conversations. Doug shares stories both from his playing days and his time a broadcaster for the Kings, and he steers the conversation from topic to topic in a very easy manner. De’Aaron Fox is always a delight to listen to, and getting him in a longform podcast is awesome. He talks about his rookie season struggles, the team taking a leap this year, his reactions to the team’s moves at the deadline, and the Kings young core going forward.

I thought one of the biggest takeaways was Fox talking about trading for Harrison Barnes and trading away Iman Shumpert. Fox says he’s remained friends with Shump and talks to him regularly, still getting vet pep talks even though they’re no longer on the same team. Fox also says he thinks the trades improved the team, and that some of the struggles were simply the adjustment period from mid-season trades.

This is a must-listen for Kings fans, and it doesn’t sound like this is going to be a one-time thing, so we have more episodes to look forward to.