It’s a morning of great Kings content around the web. Here’s the stories you should be reading today.
The Athletic - Sam Amick
Sam Amick dives into the Kings passing on Luka Doncic and why it remains such a painful subject for Kings fans. It includes one of the funniest come backs from Vlade Divac I’ve heard in a long time.
According to two sources who witnessed the interaction, Joerger told Divac, in a passive-aggressive jest, that he had negotiated an in-season trade with the Mavericks that would finally bring Doncic their way.
So Divac, unamused by his coach’s barb, fired back.
“Do I get their coach, too?” he said in reference to the Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle.
The piece is definitely worth reading in its entirety.
ESPN - Zach Lowe
In his weekly 10 Things column Lowe discusses the recent play of De’Aaron Fox.
After two months of injuries and uneven play, Fox is back on his ascent toward becoming the Sacramento Kings’ franchise point guard. In seven January games, Fox is averaging 24 points and 8.5 assists on 50% shooting. He is driving more often, with more guile and ferocity.
NBC Sports - Tom Haberstroh
Haberstroh talked with Doug Christie and got him to discuss his infamous uppercut at Rick Fox.
“He hit me and I fell down. So then he threw the ball at me and I caught it, so it didn’t really hit me and I caught it. So as I got up, I hit him in the face with the ball all in one motion and that’s when he kind of mushed me. As soon as he touched me, I just went ‘Bang.’ That was it.”
NBS Sports - James Ham
Ham discusses the most disappointing Kings season in over a decade, and he pulls very few punches. Worth checking out for sure.
“I understand their frustration, but like I said, I’m going to keep shooting the ball,” Hield continued. “When I make a three they like me, when I don’t, they hate you. That’s how Sacramento fans are, man, so you’ve got to embrace it.”
Hield is wrong. This is not how Sacramento fans are. They are loyal to a fault and at this point, they are being tested.
Fans are voicing their angst because they feel like they were sold a “Super Team, just young” and now the Kings are neither super, nor young.
Did I miss any? Drop links below if there’s anything else we should be reading and discussing.