Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic playing through consistent hamstring pain

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic playing through consistent hamstring pain

SACRAMENTO -- Are you hurt or are you injured?

That is usually coach speak for, ‘get back out there,’ although some players don’t need that extra motivation. 

Coming off a career night against the Suns on Nov. 19, Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic felt some tightness in his left hamstring. Injuries of this sort are no joke. If not properly cared for, they can linger and even become chronic.

Sacramento isn’t taking the injury lightly. Bogdanovic missed the team’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets last weekend and he’s currently on a modified minutes restriction.

“Bogi is on six minutes at a time right now, that’s the most we can play him is six minute stretches,” head coach Luke Walton said following the team’s win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

Bogdanovic played 29 minutes in the 100-97 overtime victory, but it took some creativity from Walton and his staff. Walton broke the rules late, inserting Bogdanovic into the line-up at the 8:33 mark of the final frame and letting him play out the final minutes, but there were plenty of timeouts and free throws to break up the time.

Walton even started rookie Justin James in the five minute overtime session to get Bogdanovic his needed rest and then subbed in his veteran guard at the 2:44 mark.

In the four games since sustaining the injury, Bogdanovic has posted 15.3 points, five assists and 1.3 steals over 28.4 minutes per game, although he’s struggled with his shot. The 27-year-old is shooting just 34.3 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range over that time, but the Kings are 2-2.

It’s not a debilitating injury for Bogdanovic, but it hurts. The good news is, he can’t really do further damage.

“I’m just trying to help the guys to win these games,” Bogdanovic told NBC Sports California. “This hamstring cannot get worse than it is now, but I struggle with it. It hurts all the time. When I bend, it’s there, the pain is there. But it’s something I have to deal with, I have to play with consistent pain. But no excuses.”

Bogdanovic missed just four games as a rookie and another 10 to start his sophomore year after undergoing a procedure on his left knee. He prefers to fight through the pain and be there for his teammates.

“You play with it and eventually, it will heal,” Bogdanovic said.

[RELATED: Serbian connection makes Bogi feel at home]

While Bogdanovic described his injury, veteran point guard Cory Joseph sat nearby. Joseph even chimed in, making it known that Serbians, like Bogdanovic, don’t sit out unless it’s a broken bone.

Bogdanovic is hurting. His numbers show it and on occasion, you can even see the pain on his face. But with De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley and Trevor Ariza all missing time, the Kings are short-handed, and playing through this issue is all that Bogdanovic knows how to do.

Kings' De'Aaron Fox cuts hair off during NBA's coronavirus stoppage


Kings' De'Aaron Fox cuts hair off during NBA's coronavirus stoppage

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the closure of all non-essential businesses, most of us are having to live with our hair becoming unruly.

Some have taken matters into their own hands, though, including Kings star De'Aaron Fox.

Your eyes aren't deceiving you. Fox chopped all his hair, as you can see in the Instagram post by his girlfriend, Recee Caldwell, on Tuesday.

Something that was so unique to Fox now is gone.

The Kings confirmed the news with this post.

Fox, who is still just 22 years old, looks like he's 14 now.

As you might imagine, Kings Twitter did not take the news well.

The good news is that it's just hair. It will grow back if Fox chooses to let it.

But most NBA players go through several different looks during their career, so this might be the first change for Fox.

Kings' Vlade Divac, Bogdan Bogdanovic send coronavirus aid to Serbia


Kings' Vlade Divac, Bogdan Bogdanovic send coronavirus aid to Serbia

The NBA has stepped up around the country to help their communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Players and owners have donated salaries to arena workers, while Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer offered up $25 million. The Kings even handed over Sleep Train Arena to the Army Corps of Engineers for a surge hospital, all as the NBA is doing its best to be part of the solution to the coronavirus epidemic.

Kings players Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica, along with the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, jumped in the fray Tuesday to help their native Serbia.

The group is stepping up to help purchase ventilators, medical-grade masks and supplies for hospitals and medical professionals in Serbia, according to the team’s official press release.

“I am inspired by all those across the NBA and around the world who have given back to individuals hardest hit by this crisis, which is why it was important to me to support the people back home by providing these supplies to help save lives,” Bogdanovic said in the release. “I want to thank the brave medical professionals who are working hard every day to treat everyone affected by the coronavirus. I know that soon we will get through this difficult time together.”

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Bogdanovic, Bjelica and the Divacs are in lockdown in Sacramento, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help out around the globe. Following Divac's footsteps, both Bogdanovic and Bjelica currently play for the Serbian national team and much of their family still live in the Baltic country. 

“I am proud to donate these important resources to assist the heroic frontline workers who are battling COVID-19 and support patients in need of these life-saving supplies back home,” Bjelica said via the press release. “During this time, health and safety is the top priority and we are honored to lend a helping hand.”

[RELATED: Former Kings arena to be converted into coronavirus surge hospital]

The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, established in 2007, primarily focuses on helping refugees and internally displaced people in Serbia. They have shifted their efforts on providing medical supplies during the coronavirus outbreak.

This is all part of the Kings’ “In this Together” effort. Not only have they donated the Sleep Train property, but the franchise plans to donate $250,000 to local community organizations and they have donated 100,000 medical-grade masks to state and city health agencies.