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Iman Shumpert reveals the story behind Kings' #PurpleTalk mantra

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Iman Shumpert reveals the story behind Kings' #PurpleTalk mantra

If you've been following Iman Shumpert or the Kings on Twitter since last summer, you've probably seen a hashtag sprinkled throughout their tweets.

#PurpleTalk

Much like 'The Scores' nickname that Shumpert created, #PurpleTalk came about as a way to build a bond and a new identity in Sacramento.

But how exactly did #PurpleTalk come into existence?

NBC Sports California's Kayte Hunter recently sat down with Shumpert for a lengthy interview and asked about #PurpleTalk.

Kayte Hunter: I want to talk to you about Purple Talk. Where did that stem from? Where's the origin of that?

Iman Shumpert: [Frank] Mason. So, Frank Mason. I don't know if people know, Frank Mason is very much so, he reminds me of me just form Virginia. And I say that because, he couldn't fake it if he tried. How he delivers things, you'll believe it because he doesn't care if you don't believe it. After he says it, that's just what he said and he's walking off and there's no real facial expression that's coming with it, so it becomes funny because you don't know if he's serious, if he's joking. But then he'll turn around and go 'Ha.' So you know it's funny. 'Oh, it's cool to laugh.'

Frank just says a lot of things that stick. And initially, when I was doing it, I was ... he would say 'talk' after certain things and I was like 'That's so dope.' And most times, the older guys don't usually hop onto what the young dudes say. But me having a daughter, like, when I make music, when I pick a beat, my daughter picks the beat. I play a bunch of them and the one [she likes], she stops playing with her dolls and says 'Daddy, I like that one.' And I know, 'Okay, I'm going to record on that one' because she has the ear for it, they have the ear for the energy. And what Frank says, it just sticks. He says a lot of different things, it's just that 'talk' was easy. He's like 'Okay, a little Coffee Talk, a little Coffee Talk in the morning, I get it. And everything is something 'talk.'

And then the Purple thing, I was just joking around and just said it one day and it was like 'Ah, that fits.' It's fitting for the Kings. We were trying to figure out ways when I got here, people were saying 'You're the same old Kings.' That's what hater fans from the outside are going to say. 'Y'all the same old Kings. We don't care who's on the team. Y'all not going to the playoffs. Y'all not doing this, y'all not doing that.' So, with me, to shift the culture, you have to shift the energy, you have to shift the mindset, there's gotta be something for people to grab on to.

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How injury stints helped Marvin Bagley develop mental, physical game

How injury stints helped Marvin Bagley develop mental, physical game

LOS ANGELES -- Injuries are part of the NBA game and for a young player, they can be particularly cruel. A lot of first and second-year players have never experienced the lows that sitting out can bring. Watching from the sidelines can be a very lonely game.

If the right approach is taken, an injury can also be an opportunity to reassess what’s working and what’s not on the court. Watching a game from the sidelines, listening to a coach or a veteran and hitting the film room can help develop a player as well.

Marvin Bagley has seen action in 54 games this season for the Sacramento Kings, but two separate stints on the injured list cost the top prospect a total of 17 games. The injuries were spaced out and may have even helped break the season into smaller blocks.

The first injury came 26 games into Bagley’s career when he came down hard against the Warriors and sustained a bone bruise on his left knee. After missing 11 out of 12 games, he returned to action and instantly started to produce.

A second injury 21 games later cost Bagley another five contests and since his return, he’s become a double-double machine.

“I was still doing stuff while I was out - still working out, conditioning, and doing stuff like that,” Bagley insisted. “I feel pretty good. It’s just about finishing off these last few games we have strong and leading that into the next season.”

While away from the game, the former Duke star didn’t just sit around. He worked on both his body and his mind. The mental aspect of the game may have been the most important piece.

“Oh yeah, I was watching and studying it, watching film, seeing what I could do better,” Bagley said. “I’ve been trying to work on it. Ever since I got back in, it’s been working for me. I just have to keep going, keep playing, and, like I said, finish out strong.”

Bagley roasted the Lakers for 25 points and 11 rebounds Sunday evening in the Kings’ 111-106 loss to the Lakers. He played 36 minutes off the bench for Dave Joerger, seeing time at both the center and power forward position.

“He’s got lots to learn and we’re always trying to teach him throughout the course of games different things,” Joerger said.

Against the Lakers, it was trial by fire. Joerger even left the rookie in to face one of the greatest players the NBA has ever known.

“It was a good experience for him. He guarded LeBron [James], LeBron guarded him a little bit,” Joerger said. “There’s a lot of experience there.”

Following his first stint against James, the coaching staff took a moment to go over the positives and negatives they saw in his approach on both ends of the court. Bagley is a sponge and took it all in for the next time he saw the matchup.

“He jots all of that stuff down,” Joerger said. “He’s very cerebral and he’ll continue to learn and get better.”

Since returning from his latest setback, Bagley is crushing the opposition, despite playing on a minutes restriction for much of the time. In the seven games since his return, the athletic big is averaging 20.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in just 26.1 minutes per game.

[RELATED: What we learned from Kings' loss to Lakers]

He’s also added the 3-point shot to his game since his return, knocking down 8-of-16 from long range over the stretch. Bagley has always had the ability to shoot from the perimeter, but his confidence, despite coming off an injury, is at an all-time high.

The Kings have nine games remaining on the 2018-19 schedule. At 36-37, they are playing for pride and the possibility of finishing the season above the .500 mark.

As they get closer to the season’s conclusion, it’s clear that Bagley is a keeper. He has the look and feel of a franchise cornerstone. He has a nice long break coming up to continue his development both on and off the court.

Kings takeaways: What we learned from surprising loss to Lakers

Kings takeaways: What we learned from surprising loss to Lakers

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LOS ANGELES -- In a game of runs, the Sacramento Kings ran out of gas Sunday evening at Staples Center. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings couldn’t buy a bucket the entire night.

Sacramento continued to hang around throughout the game, but Kyle Kuzma put up huge numbers and LeBron James notched his 81st career-triple double to hand the Kings a 111-106 loss.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped back under the .500 mark on the season at 36-37.

Energizer Bunny

Marvin Bagley has springs in his legs, even when the rest of the roster doesn’t. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings’ rookie big looked fresh. The 20-year-old rolled through the Lakers' defense, scoring 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting in 36 minutes. He added 11 rebounds and a block, but it wasn’t enough to come away with the win. Since returning from injury, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft is crushing it, averaging over 19 points and eight rebounds per game.

A third to forget

The Kings couldn’t buy a bucket early, but they slowly came around in the second quarter to take a 49-48 lead into the half. Los Angeles came out hot in third and ran the Kings off the court. Led by the hot shooting of Kuzma, the Lakers outscored the Kings 39-28 in the period to take a 10-point lead into fourth. Kuzma torched the Kings for 21 of his 29 points in the 12-minute stretch, hitting 7-of-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from long range.

The Rally

Sacramento looked dead in the water coming out of the third, but the Kings never stop playing. Bagley and Bogdan Bogdanovic kept the Kings afloat in the fourth to make things interesting. After trailing by as many as 17 in the third, the Kings reduced the Lakers' lead all the way down to two multiple times in the final three minutes, but they couldn’t get the big shot to fall when they needed it.