MUMBAI, India -- The Kings believe they have the team that can end their 13-year playoff drought.
So does Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird.
The Celtics legend attended the 2019 NBA India Games, and he discussed the high-flying Kings with NBC Sports California before their game against the Pacers.
"I don't follow them that much, but I do know they do have a lot of great outside shooters that can score the ball, they've got an excellent backcourt, they've got a pretty strong bench," Bird said. "I know they haven't made the playoffs in a while, and obviously they'll be fighting for the seventh or eighth seed because they are talented and they are young.
"Things don't happen overnight. They've come a long way, and they are getting better. I hope they make it because they are fun to watch."
Larry Bird offers his thoughts on the Kings and says he hopes they make the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/FRfGNXaj24— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) October 5, 2019
After finishing with a 39-43 record last season, the Kings hope to take the next step in 2019-20. Sacramento re-signed Harrison Barnes, and added free agents Dewayne Dedmon, Trevor Ariza and Cory Joseph.
But the Western Conference is as deep as it has ever been, so it won't be easy for the Kings to end their drought. But they certainly have the talent to do it.,