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Unlike James Harden, Kings' Buddy Hield plans to 'stick to the basics'

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Unlike James Harden, Kings' Buddy Hield plans to 'stick to the basics'

SACRAMENTO -- One of the keys to success in the NBA is knowing your strengths and playing to them. For a scorer like James Harden, he is given latitude to try something new, like a one-legged step-back 3-pointer.

That isn’t exactly in the cards for the Kings’ Buddy Hield.

Long after the rest of the team had left the floor following Wednesday’s practice session, Sacramento’s leading scorer was still hoisting up 3-point shots. Regular, everyday 3-pointers.

When asked if he was adding anything special to his game like Harden has, Hield was frank with his response.

“Hell no,” Hield said. “That’s not a high-percentage shot for me right now. I might take a one-leg step-back shot when I get in the paint, but not at the 3-point line.”

“Whatever James has going for him, he has going for him,” Hield added. “It’s a different light over there than here in Sacramento. I’ve got to stick to the basics.”

Hield has a “neon-green” light from coach Luke Walton. He’ll be one of the primary options for the Kings offense this season and will be asked to carry a huge part of the scoring load.

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But the Kings aren’t a one-man band. They have multiple players capable of putting up big numbers and they share the wealth around.

Hield will get plenty of opportunities to shine within the team's system. He won't need to hunt out one-legged 3-pointers, and if he does, he'll spend some time watching from the bench.

Watch the hilariously cute Baby Yoda race during Kings-Knicks game

Watch the hilariously cute Baby Yoda race during Kings-Knicks game

Hold a race, the Kings did.

In Friday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, organized an adorable group of babies dressed as “Star Wars: The Mandalorian’s” Baby Yoda to crawl across the court, Sacramento did.

Not interested, the toddlers were.

Although one baby managed to make it a few feet past the starting line, reach the finish line, the babies were unable.

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Proud of them, their parents still are.

Watch the Kings next on Sunday at Chase Center against the Warriors, you can.

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Kings' De'Aaron Fox targeting return to lineup vs. Hornets on Tuesday

Kings' De'Aaron Fox targeting return to lineup vs. Hornets on Tuesday

De'Aaron Fox won't play Sunday against the Warriors in San Francisco, but the injured Kings point guard is close to returning.

"Right now, after talking to [the training staff], it could be as early as the Charlotte game," Fox told reporters in Sacramento before the Kings lost to the Knicks, 103-101 on Friday night. "I don't see it being as late as after Christmas, or even the Houston game right before Christmas. So right now, we're looking at between the Charlotte game and the Memphis game."

After making the drive down to San Francisco, the Kings head out on a three-game road trip. On Tuesday, they face the Hornets, followed by the Pacers on Friday. They finish the trip with a game against the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Fox has been out since Nov. 11 when he sprained his ankle during practice. The team diagnosed him with a Grade 3 ankle sprain.

In Fox's absence, the Kings have gone 8-8, including Friday's fall to the lowly Knicks.

Offseason acquisition Cory Joseph has started every game since Fox got hurt and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.9 assists in 15 contests. Once Fox returns to the starting lineup, Joseph will move back to his bench role and lead the second unit.

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When Fox returns, the Kings will be fully healthy and should be poised to go on a run.