Marvin Bagley III impacts in return vs. Magic, but out against Suns


Marvin Bagley III impacts in return vs. Magic, but out against Suns

SACRAMENTO -- There was a welcomed sight Monday evening at Golden 1 Center.

At the 4:03 mark of the opening quarter, rookie Marvin Bagley III stepped to the scorers' table and entered the game for the first time since injuring his left knee against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 14.

In his first game back after missing the previous 11, the Kings featured the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft early, feeding him in the post and allowing him to get reacquainted with the court.

“I feel great, first couple of times getting up and the court, I was a little tired, but as the game kinda went on and as we started going up and down a little more, it kind of felt normal,” Bagley said.

The Duke product responded with a modest eight points on 2-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the line. He added six rebounds, an assist and a block in 20 minutes of action.

He looked gassed at times and forced a few shot attempts, but his presence as a post scorer, rebounder and shot blocker was felt in his limited look.

“When he first came to the bench, he was like, ‘I’m tired as hell’,” De’Aaron Fox said of the Kings’ rookie. “You can do as much conditioning as you want, but nothing’s like playing in the game. It’s definitely great to have him back.”

Despite his age and lack of NBA experience, Bagley’s talent is evident. He’s an impact player for the Kings and has star potential moving forward.

He looked a little apprehensive at times, but that is to be expected after nearly a month away from the game.

“First game back, he’s going to have little jitters, he’s still a rookie,” Buddy Hield said. “But we need Marvin and I think when he’s on the floor, his rebounding ability is major for us. We need that and he’s a great boost for us and he’s going to keep getting better.”

Sacramento lost 130-125 to the Warriors in the game Bagley was originally injured. The schedule was difficult, but the team went just 4-7 without the power forward and they were outrebounded in all but one of the 11 contests.

The Kings plan to take a cautious approach to Bagley's recovery and he is on a minutes restriction for the next few games. He told media members that he intended to play Tuesday but the team decided against it on the second night of a back-to-back against the Suns.

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.