Mike Bibby will always be a legend for in Sacramento for his contributions during the most successful run in Kings history.
Bibby averaged 17 points and 5.3 assists during his seven-year run in Sacramento, helping the team make the playoffs five times before being dealt to the Atlanta Hawks in February of 2008.
In a recent interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith, Bibby reflected back on his time with the Kings.
“The guys treated me like I was there for five, six, seven years. I got there and Jason Williams was a prized possession in Sacramento and when I got traded for him, I just wanted to fit in, I didn’t know if the fans would like me or if the team would like me. In my first year we had the best record in the West. I had the best time of my life and my career playing in Sacramento with those guys. I think Sacramento is the best team I played on.”
Bibby came into his own when he joined the Kings. He wasn’t afraid of the big moments and will always be remembered for his clutch shot in Game 5 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.
I remember watching Bibby when he was with the Vancouver Grizzlies during his first few seasons in the league. He was quiet and didn’t show a lot of emotion during games. That changed when he joined the Kings.
You can tell he was having fun being a part of the dominant Kings teams during the early 2000s, a far cry from the losing culture in Vancouver. He was the perfect fit in Rick Adelman’s system that was heavy on ball movement and sharing the rock. He also seemed to always have a nail cutter handy during games.
Other than the Game 5 winner, what are some of your favorite memories of Bibby’s time with the Kings?
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Buddy Hield is one of the best shooters in the NBA. The reigning 3-point champion was money in college as well. His coach at Oklahoma, Lon Kruger, recounted a time when Hield hit 49 shots in a row. (NBC Sports)
With the NBA world on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, players have had to find a way to keep busy during the shutdown. Kings guard Yogi Ferrell discussed how he bas been keeping up with workouts on the Baseline NBA podcast. (Kings.com)
Sacramento assistant coach Roy Rana is a pioneer for coaches of Indian descent. He spoke with ESPN’s Anirudh Menon about what he has learned during his first season as an NBA coach.