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Kings' Jesse Mermuys running video coaching clinics during NBA pause

Kings' Jesse Mermuys running video coaching clinics during NBA pause

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal would go to local gyms and teach basketball 101 to Kings season ticket holders. Groups would sit in chairs with notepads as the Hall of Fame player diagrammed basic sets.

With the NBA once again on hiatus, this time due to the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered all professional sports, the Kings have turned to assistant Jesse Mermuys to do a similar, although updated version.

“I want to make sure you guys know that in this unique time, that your Kings family is with you, that we’re in this together and part of the reason we’re doing this is to just share our love of basketball and provide some joy for you guys,” Mermuys explained.

A holdover from coach Luke Walton’s Los Angeles Lakers staff, Mermuys knows the playbook well.

In his first video, Mermuys breaks down the Kings’ pick-and-roll offense.

In video No. 2, the Kings’ assistant jumps to transition offense.

And in the final video, Mermuys looks at an end-of-game sideline out-of-bounds play that they used to free up Nemanja Bjelica for a 32-foot 3-pointer in the Kings’ win over the Houston Rockets on Dec. 9, 2019.

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The videos dig deep into a few technical aspects of the Kings’ schemes. Known for his positivity and non-stop energy, Mermuys is a great host for the film series. In the third episode, he even brings in Bogdan Bogdanovic from his home to help add context to Bjelica’s game-winner.

Whether you’re looking for a basketball fix, trying to take in some extra coaching knowledge for your rec team or looking to improve your overall understanding, Mermuys is sharing some trade secrets.

[PURPLE TALK PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Kings make way to Orlando bubble, receive weekend practice schedule

Kings make way to Orlando bubble, receive weekend practice schedule

Practice? Are we talking about practice?

The Sacramento Kings left behind their shutdown practice facility on Wednesday morning. They headed out on a non-stop flight to the Orlando bubble where they’ll spend the next five weeks at a minimum.

They’ll head straight to their assigned rooms in The Yacht Club resort on the Disney World campus where they’ll initially be quarantined before jumping onto the practice court.

On Wednesday morning, the NBA released the practice schedule for the first few days of the bubble. The Kings will have their first practice session Friday evening at the Coronado Fiesta from 2-5 p.m. PT.

That's the first time the Kings are allowed to meet as an entire group. They are cleared to practice, hit the weight training and begin team meetings. Individual workouts are also available during this time.

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Sacramento returns to the practice court on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. PT on Coronado 2. It’s a quick 11-day build-up before the team has its first scrimmage on July 22 against the Miami Heat.

Barring a major setback, the Kings won’t have long before they are playing real games. They open their schedule on July 31 against the San Antonio Spurs and they’ll play at least every other day until the conclusion of their eight-game schedule on August 13.

NBA rumors: Kings' Kent Bazemore to wear 'Education Reform' on jersey

NBA rumors: Kings' Kent Bazemore to wear 'Education Reform' on jersey

The NBA restart has the potential to mean more than just eight games, a potential play-in series and then a standard playoffs. The NBA is trying to lead the way in professional sports by creating a potentially repeatable concept.

The league is also allowing players to continue to be a part of the national conversation regarding racial inequality in America. Courts will be adorned with “Black Lives Matter” graphics. The league will hold symposiums and use their platform to promote change.

In addition, players will be allowed to wear jerseys with a message on the back. On Tuesday, we learned that Sacramento Kings small forward Kent Bazemore has already chosen what his uniform will say when he walks out on the court.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, Bazemore will join the Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum with the message “Education Reform.”

According to multiple reports, the NBA has a group of sayings that players can choose from, including “Vote”, “Equality” and “Enough.” There are likely more options than what we have seen to date.

Bazemore’s teammate Harrison Barnes addressed the potential for wearing a message on his jersey during the Kings’ Zoom call with the media.

“I’m waiting on requirements -- do we get eight different ones? Do we get one? How many words? What’s the censorship?” Barnes said. “I’m definitely going to do something, I’m just waiting on the additional guidelines and what we can do.”

Barnes is one of many of the Kings players to find their voice during the last few months following the shooting death of George Floyd. There appears to be a national awakening and there is positive movement towards actual change.

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“I think we’re at a unique time, just as a society, where so many different discussions are happening at once and change, it seems closer now than it’s ever been, although there is still a wide gap,” Barnes added.

Expect plenty of the Kings players to be involved in the discussions regarding social change in Orlando. The team itself has taken a huge role in the conversation and they support their players in the venture as well.