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Watch Luke Walton hilariously ask Luka Doncic to give ref an autograph

Watch Luke Walton hilariously ask Luka Doncic to give ref an autograph

The Kings headed into the NBA All-Star break with a whimper rather than a bang in a 130-111 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. 

Sacramento dropped to 21-33 with the defeat, and frustration appeared to set in for coach Luke Walton in the second half. Kings guard De'Aaron Fox didn't draw a foul on his driving layup with 10.6 seconds remaining in the third quarter and let's just say Walton vehemently disagreed with the no-call. 

Walton wasn't happy with the calls Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was getting, and he told the potential MVP candidate as much. 

"Hey, Luka!" Walton yelled to Doncic. "Do me a favor: Give [referee Ed Malloy] your autograph after the game! He's a fan! He's a fan of yours." 

Doncic does have plenty of fans, considering the Slovenian guard's jersey was the NBA's sixth-best seller from October through December. Malloy surely wasn't one of the buyers, but the free-throw disparity between Fox and Doncic -- 12-9 in favor of Doncic -- in a blowout loss probably was the driving force behind Walton's hilarious chirp.

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Walton, at least, can bond with Minnesota Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton over going viral after a Malloy no-call. Horton infamously screamed "NO, ED MALLOY!" on a broadcast when Shawn Marion wasn't called for a foul on then-Timberwolves big man Kevin Love's game-winning shot attempt.

The Kings were down 23 points at the time of Malloy's no-call Wednesday, but Marion, strangely enough, played for the Mavericks at the time of Horton's infamous call. Viral misery loves company, so Horton and Walton should have plenty to talk about on April 9 when the Kings next play the Timberwolves. 

Kings players provide meals to locals in need amid coronavirus pandemic

Kings players provide meals to locals in need amid coronavirus pandemic

The Kings are getting involved.

It started with a 5,000-pound food donation in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, but the team is stepping up to help both the local community and abroad.

Late last week the Kings offered up Arco Arena as a surge hospital and it is currently being transformed by the Army Corps of Engineers into a 400-bed facility. On Tuesday, we learned that Bogdan Bogdan, Nemanja Bjelica and Ana and Vlade Divac are sending aid to Serbia, including ventilators, masks and other medical supplies.

Bogdanovic is now joining Richaun Holmes, De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes in a new local venture, where the players are partnering to support local eateries while supplying over 1,000 meals to families in the Sacramento area.

“Since coming to Sacramento I have experienced firsthand how our community is truly one big family, so my teammates and I are committed to looking out for those in need and lending a helping hand,” Holmes, who initiated the plan, said via press release. “I am very thankful for my teammates in joining me to help bring smiles to others and get through this time together.”

The quartet of players are working with non-profits Juma Ventures and City Year, as well as Buckhorn Grill, Chicago Fire, Fixins Soul Kitchen and Jimboy’s Tacos, who will deliver food to those in need.

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“Sacramento is a huge part of my life and my career,” Bogdanovic told NBC Sports California when reached for comment. “We all said, ‘we have to give back to our community.’ We’re trying to help as much as we can. There are all of these people, most of who are fans, who are helping us during our games. Now it’s our time to help them”

The group has gone through local non-profits to find those in need and will have food delivered in the coming days. 

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Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic shooting on neighbor's hoop during NBA shutdown

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic shooting on neighbor's hoop during NBA shutdown

Every player in the NBA is different when it comes to their workout routine. Some players like to live in the weight room. Others use their key cards to show up at all hours of the day to get shots up.

Bogdan Bogdanovic is known for his incredible work ethic and his need to be in the gym shooting, but like everyone else, he’s locked out of the practice facility. 

Without a state of the art facility to work in, Bogdanovic has purchased equipment for his garage and turned to an interesting option to get his shots up.

“I have a little basket hoop from my neighbors, sometimes I’m shooting over there,” Bogdanovic said during the special edition of the Purple Talk podcast. “I ordered one, but it will come in two months or something.”

Once a hoop arrives, it will be in a box. Does the Serbian sharpshooter own a socket set? Can he make it through a complex “exploded view” diagram as he assembles a hoop on his own? 

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These are questions that we will have that will have to wait until the NBA’s mandated shutdown ends. Until then, we must assume that Bogdanovic is putting in work on his neighbor's water-based, roll around hoop that he can lower if he feels like trying a 360 dunk. Or maybe he’s installed a nerf hoop in his living room to keep fresh.

The coronavirus has caught all of us off guard. Bogdanovic, like everyone else, will need to adapt if he hopes to overcome. Or the team's most versatile player could just sign his extension offer from the Kings and go out and purchase a home with a built-in court. 

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