Buddy Hield, Kings ramp up aid push for Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

Buddy Hield, Kings ramp up aid push for Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

SACRAMENTO -- Hurricane Dorian slowed to a crawl over the Bahamas, ravaging the grouping of islands like no storm has before. The Category 5 hurricane hit and then continued to batter the region, leaving the Grand Bahamas and Abaco Islands in shambles.

Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield was born in Freeport in the West Grand Bahama district, and grew up in the area before heading to the United States to pursue basketball.

Hield was in the Bahamas visiting family and friends just a few weeks back, including his mother, Jackie Swann, who still lives there.

After phone lines were re-established, Hield was finally able to speak to his mother. She survived the storm and remains at her home in the Bahamas, but the world around her is mostly destroyed.

The death toll has already reached 30 and is expected to rise as the damage is assessed. It will take years for the Bahamian people to recover what they have lost and there are no guarantees that the area will ever be the same.

An emotional Hield spoke to the media Thursday afternoon at Golden 1 Center. His homeland is underwater and under duress. He needs help to help the ones he loves.

“If you see a picture of Grand Bahama previously and Grand Bahama now, you can see the flooding is all over and Abaco Island is completely gone. People are still trying to find their loved ones. It’s tough man, it’s tough to talk about.”

“Seeing the footage from what Hurricane Dorian has done to the islands, it’s left me heartbroken,” Hield said. “There’s nothing I can do personally about it. The only I can do is go out and control what I can control.”

The emotional toll is crushing, and financially, the area is devastated. Feeling helpless here in the states, Hield has turned to raising awareness about the tragedy and hopefully a lot of money to send back.

Hield is donating $100,000 of his own money to the Buddy Hield Foundation which will go to aid the situation and the 26-year-old has set up a GoFundMe account with the hopes of raising a million dollars to help the people of the Bahamas.

The Kings have jumped into action supporting their starting shooting guard, as they do with plenty of other issues both regionally and abroad.

According to the team’s official press release, “The Sacramento Kings Foundation, Buddy Hield Foundation, Ranadivé Foundation, and Jacobs Family, including Debby and Hal Jacobs, Genevieve and Paul Jacobs, and Annie and Jeff Jacobs are collectively donating $105,000 to UNICEF USA to aid those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.”

According to TMZ, Kings head coach Luke Walton kicked in $10,000 to go towards the fund, which is approaching $60,000 as of Thursday evening.

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All totaled, Hield is already over a quarter of a million dollars in cash donations.

For more information, go to Hield’s GoFundMe page. In addition to cash donations, Hield is hoping to collect basic necessities, generators and sleeping bags that will eventually find their way to the Bahamas.

What De'Aaron Fox's ankle injury means for young, snake-bitten Kings


What De'Aaron Fox's ankle injury means for young, snake-bitten Kings

SACRAMENTO -- The hits keep on coming for the Sacramento Kings. First Marvin Bagley broke his right thumb during the season opener against the Phoenix Suns. Now De’Aaron Fox is going to miss time as well.

Fox injured his left ankle Monday during practice. An MRI at the team’s practice facility revealed that the Kings’ starting point guard has an ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated by the team in 3-4 weeks by the team's medical staff. According to a league source, Fox has a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

Durable through his first two seasons in the league, Fox has missed a total of 10 games as a pro, including just one last season for Sacramento.

After a breakout second season, Fox is off to another good start in Year Three. The 21-year-old is averaging 18.2 points, seven assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes per game for coach Luke Walton this season.

His turnover numbers are up in the Kings’ new system, but the Kings rely heavily on his speed and quickness to breakdown opposing defenses.

The Kings dropped the first five games of the season, but they’ve won three out of their last four games heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers, and they currently stand at 3-6 on the year. Losing Fox for an extended period of time is a huge blow to the team, but Walton has other options at the position.

General manager Vlade Divac loaded up on point guards over the summer, adding veteran Cory Joseph to the mix on a three-year, $37 million deal. They also picked up a team option on Yogi Ferrell, which gives them additional depth.

During the preseason schedule, Walton also turned to shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic to eat some of the minutes at the point. The Kings' sixth-man is capable of stepping into a primary ball handler role alongside Buddy Hield if need be.

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In addition to Joseph, Ferrell and Bogdanovic, Sacramento has a pair of rookies they can use in the backcourt in Justin James and Kyle Guy. James is on the regular roster and Kyle Guy is currently playing for the Stockton Kings on a two-way contract. Guy can be recalled and spend up to 45 days with the parent club if they feel they need more guard depth.

Injuries are part of the game, but the Kings have certainly started off the year with some bad luck.

Kings star De'Aaron Fox has sprained ankle, re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks


Kings star De'Aaron Fox has sprained ankle, re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks

Bad news for the Kings.

Star point guard De'Aaron Fox suffered an ankle sprain during practice Monday and will be re-evaluated in three to four weeks, the team announced.

ESPN's Zach Lowe first reported Fox's injury.

Fox, 22, is in the middle of an impressive third season with the Kings, averaging 18.2 points and seven assists per game. He's been tasked with leading the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, which would be an even taller task if he is forced to miss any time.

Sacramento is set to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, and will have to do so without their rising star.