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De'Aaron Fox feels disrespected by coverage of Kings' playoff chances

De'Aaron Fox feels disrespected by coverage of Kings' playoff chances

NBA basketball is back and the Kings are ready to make a splash in the Orlando bubble.

For whatever reason, not many media outlets are giving the Kings a shot at stealing away a playoff berth, despite Sacramento being tied with both the Pelicans and Trail Blazers in the standings.

When the schedule was announced on ESPN, they skipped over the Kings. When The Ringer tweeted out a poll asking who would win the eighth seed, the Kings weren’t an option.

“I think it’s disrespectful that we don’t even stand a chance, like we shouldn’t be there,” Fox told media members during a Zoom media session on Wednesday. “The slow start is what it is, but at the end of the day, I feel like we have just as much of a chance as these other teams.”

Sacramento, Portland and New Orleans trail the Grizzlies by three and a half games for the eighth seed in the Western Conference standings, and all three teams are a half-game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs.

The NBA has opened the possibility of a play-in game, which means that the Kings need to be within three and a half games of the eighth seed, and leading the other teams surrounding them in the standings, in order to have a shot at snapping their 13-season playoff drought.

“We’re going out there trying to win, trying to win every game, trying to make the playoffs, just like everybody else,” Fox added. “If people don’t see us as a threat, then we let the chips fall where they may.”

ESPN, The Ringer and plenty of other media outlets have the Kings as long shots -- or no shots as it may be -- of stealing away the No. 8 seed. Las Vegas, on the other hand, did not forget about Sacramento.

According to the oddsmakers at VegasInsider.com, the Kings' chances of winning the NBA championship are +50000 (meaning a $100 bet would win you $50,000), which ranks last with both the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs. 

When it comes to making the playoffs as the eighth seed, the Kings are smack dab in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference:

Grizzlies: -120 ($120 bet wins you $100)

Pelicans: +275

Trail Blazers: +400

Kings +1200

Spurs: +5000

Suns: +20000

Mavs: +50000

Dallas is added to the bottom of the list because while they lead the Grizzlies by seven games in the standings, there is an extremely small chance that they lose all eight of their games and the Grizzlies win all eight and move to the No. 7 seed.

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The Kings are the Rodney Dangerfield of the NBA. They get no respect.

If they want to change that perception, they need to come out and shock the NBA in the Orlando Bubble and force teams to take notice.

Kings vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Kings vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Fourth time's the charm?

No, that's not the saying, but the Kings hope it works for them Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Kings badly need a win over one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. Sacramento has dropped its first three games of the restarted season and now will take on Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.

Williamson, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has been on a minutes restriction thus far in Orlando and has averaged 14.3 points over 18.2 minutes per game. Still, he can score in bunches. 

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox has been great through three games. He has averaged 26.7 points and 6.0 assists per game so far. If the Kings want any chance of snapping their 13-year playoff drought, though, they will need others to step up.

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Here's how you can watch Kings vs. Pelicans online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

When: Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. PT (Kings Pregame Live starts at 10:00 a.m PT)
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

DeMarcus Cousins appears to subtweet Kings after loss to Mavericks

DeMarcus Cousins appears to subtweet Kings after loss to Mavericks

DeMarcus Cousins isn't playing the NBA's Orlando bubble, but he still is watching every moment of the league's restart. That includes one of his former teams, too. 

It sure seems like he took a shot at the Kings on Tuesday night on Twitter. After Sacramento fell, 114-110, to the Dallas Mavericks in overtime, Cousins tweeted "Who's the scapegoat now?"

Cousins, 29, was selected by the Kings with the No. 5 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He starred in Sacramento, but had a tumultuous relationship throughout his tenure with several coaches, the front office and members of the media. The Kings then traded Boogie during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The center clearly felt he was used as a scapegoat and didn't hold back on the Kings after they lost their third straight game in the bubble. It's no coincidence that Cousins chose Tuesday night's game where Mavs star Luka Doncic had a ridiculous performance with a 34-point, 20-rebound and 12-assist triple-double. Kings general manager Vlade Divac passed on Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft, opting for big man Marvin Bagley, who is out for the season with an ankle injury.

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Cousins put up big numbers in New Orleans but tore his Achilles in 2018. He then signed with the Warriors before last season, wasn't himself and sustained a quad injury in the playoffs. The four-time All-Star signed a one-year contract with the Lakers last offseason but tore his ACL in a pickup game one month later. 

The Lakers waived Cousins in February. He didn't play a game this season and once again will be a free agent.