Kings blow golden opportunity in Phoenix, 'can’t let it become a trend'


Kings blow golden opportunity in Phoenix, 'can’t let it become a trend'

Burned in the Valley of the Sun. The Sacramento Kings completely blew their opportunity to move over the .500 mark at the midway point of the season Tuesday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

After sharing the ball and finding the open man early, Sacramento overdribbled, forced shots and played hero ball in the third quarter to squander a 21-point lead.

Sacramento turned the ball over 10 times in the third, while shooting just 4-of-16 from field. Phoenix outscored the Kings 33-14 to force a tie going to the fourth and stole the momentum of the game.

“Lot of mistakes, a lot of turnovers, we were very casual coming out of halftime,” coach Dave Joerger told the media following the game. “We turned it over too much in the first half and we certainly turned it over too much in the second half.”

The loose handles continued into the final quarter, where the Kings gave the ball away seven more times, including multiple gaffs in the final minutes with the game on the line.

Overall, Sacramento turned the ball over a total of 26 times as a team, including a game-high eight for point guard De’Aaron Fox.

“We gave the ball up too much, that’s what cost us the game,” Fox said following the 115-111 loss.

Despite the obscene amount of mistakes, the Kings still had a shot in the closing moments, but they failed to box out on two crucial rebounds and the Suns made them pay. De'Anthony Melton got inside to tip in a ball with just over a minute remaining.

Moments later with the Kings trailing by one with just over ten seconds remaining, Phoenix missed a shot, but no one put a body on Kelly Oubre. The newly acquired forward flew in with a left-handed jam to push the lead to three and help seal the win for the Suns.

“A lot of the past ones we’ve had slip away,” Fox said. “We can’t let it become a trend. Games that we’re up and should win and end up losing -- we can’t make that a trend for ourselves.”

The Kings have lost five of their last six games, but they’ve been in each game down to the wire. They are struggling to find a way to get over the hump and close out teams late.

This was just the 10th win of the season for Phoenix. They came into the night on a six-game losing streak and they were without their leading scorer in Devin Booker.

With the loss, the Kings move into the second half of the season at 20-21. It’s a surprising start for Sacramento, but for a team with larger aspirations, this one stings.

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Buddy Buckets. Buddy Fresh. Buddy Love. Just plain Buddy.

Buddy Hield has a clever name that goes with anything, and it matches his giant smile and flare for the dramatic.

But not everyone knows that Buddy isn’t the Kings' sharpshooter's real first name. Born Chavano Rainer Hield, the fourth-year guard has been known by "Buddy" since he was an infant.

The story of where he landed that nickname is funny, to say the least.

“Buddy, good question,” Hield answered on the Road Trippin’ Kings podcast with Doug Christie and De’Aaron Fox. “So, there’s a show called 'Married with Children...'”

Wait, pump the brakes. This can’t be going where I think it’s going.

“The character’s name was Bud Bundy and he was red and I was a red baby, so my mom’s neighbor, my cousin Carol, she was like, ‘Doesn’t he look like Bud?’,” Hield said.

Yes, the Buddy Hield origin story starts with "Married with Children" and Bud Bundy?

According to the former Oklahoma Sooner guard, there was a drug dealer in his neighborhood in the Bahamas named Bud who had just been ‘shot up,’ so the family added an extra "d" and a "y" and he’s been known as Buddy ever since.

While his mother still calls him Chavano when she gets upset with him, the name Buddy has stuck with him since he was two months old.

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Buddy's nickname clearly has a more unique origin story than Fox’s ‘Swipa the Fox’ moniker, which comes from the cartoon "Dora the Explorer."

Somewhere out there, actor David Faustino is about to have a new favorite NBA player.

Listen to Fox, Christie and Hield on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox isn't here for Fran Fraschilla's college basketball takes.

After Zion Williamson thanked the program in a video announcing his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, Fraschilla sent out a tweet noting how much he believed playing for Duke helped the phenom build his brand and profile.

Well, Fox didn't agree with the notion that Duke had a lot to do with boosting Zion's worth, and he threw some shade at Fraschilla in a NSFW tweet.

In fairness, both sides have a point to make.

A year ago, Williamson was a YouTube dunking sensation, but questions about his overall skill level remained. But during his lone season in the spotlight at Duke, Williamson showed he was more than just a highlight-reel dunker, and has all the skills necessary to be the No. 1 overall pick.

However, Williamson should've had the ability to go straight to the NBA out of high school if he wanted. He still would have been a top-10 pick, and a lucrative shoe contract would have followed shortly after his name was called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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We'll give the win to Swipa.