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Kings players taking advantage of Disney World's perks in NBA bubble

Kings players taking advantage of Disney World's perks in NBA bubble

The Kings are in Orlando, Florida on a business trip, but that doesn't mean they can't have a little fun.

Between workouts, practices and other team activities, players have been taking advantage of the vast amenities offered on the Disney World campus.

On Friday, big man Marvin Bagley and guard Yogi Ferrell took their talents to the tennis court.

In a video posted on his Instagram Stories, Bagley said he had never played tennis before.

But Ferrell made it clear that he played tennis during grade school, and despite what his coach thought, he was pretty good.

Guards Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kent Bazemore and Kyle Guy, meanwhile, hit the golf course.

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On Saturday, Buddy Hield and Guy went fishing, which seems to a popular activity among NBA players in the bubble. Of course, the players are not keeping any fish they catch, and Hield made sure to throw his back.

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Despite no scheduled practice on Saturday, Hield still found time to get some shots up in the gym. Center Alex Len captured the session. Both players arrived late to the bubble in Orlando after contracting the coronavirus, so they need to put in extra reps to make sure they are ready when games start on July 31.

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Things start to get real for the Kings this upcoming week. They will scrimmage with the Miami Heat on Wednesday, the first of three such sessions. In less than two weeks, they will tip-off the seeding games against the San Antonio Spurs.

The pace is starting to pick up for the Kings, but that won't stop them from having fun during their downtime in Orlando.

What De'Aaron Fox's injury means for Kings' chances in NBA restart

What De'Aaron Fox's injury means for Kings' chances in NBA restart

Maybe the NBA restart wasn’t such a good idea for the Kings.

Four Kings players have already tested positive for the coronavirus. The team was forced to shut down their practice facility. Their starting center was sent to his room for 10 days for violating contact rules and now De’Aaron Fox is on the shelf with an ankle injury.

This isn’t the start the team was hoping for. But now it is the reality they are living with.

Fox underwent an MRI on Wednesday following the team’s practice. According to the official press release, the 22-year-old point guard will be re-evaluated in seven-to-10 days after sustaining a second left ankle sprain this season.

There is no word on the severity of the injury, but any injury to the Kings’ leading scorer could have a major impact on their ability to win games.

“[He’s] someone I’ve called the head of our snake multiple times this season,” coach Luke Walton said earlier this week. “We put a lot on his plate, but he’s got that ability to be one of those players.”

With Fox on the shelf, Walton will turn to veteran Cory Joseph in the short term. The veteran is a methodical game manager and a strong defensive player, but the team plays at a completely different pace when he is on the court and he doesn’t have Fox’s dynamic offensive game.

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According to Kent Bazemore, Joseph has already assumed a leadership role with the team. He’s an experienced player that has made the playoffs in all eight of his seasons in the league, and he won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013-14 season.

“Cory Joseph is really running the team, he’s taken on a leadership role on the floor, getting guys in the right spot and being very vocal,” Bazemore said.

On the season, Joseph is averaging a modest 6.3 points and 3.4 assists in 24 minutes a night. He’s one of the more durable players in the league and hasn’t missed a game in the last three seasons.

With every contest being incredibly important during the restart, the Kings’ fate may lie completely in Fox’s ability to heal. That’s not an indictment on Joseph, but a statement on what Fox means to the team on both ends of the floor.

The early word is that Fox’s current injury is not as severe as the one that occurred early in the season, but it usually takes a few days to fully know the extent of the damage.

His recovery from his original injury was almost miraculous. The normal time frame for a Grade Three sprain, which is a complete detachment of the ligament, is usually around 12 weeks and sometimes a lot more than that.

After spraining his ankle on Nov. 11 at practice, he was able to return to the court five weeks later on Dec. 17.

If the Kings have any chance of snapping their 13-year playoff drought, they are going to need a less severe diagnosis and another expedited recovery.

The good news is that Fox knows the rehab and recovery program and the Kings’ training staff also has a solid understanding of what worked with the injury last time.

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Sacramento has additional options at the point as well. Yogi Ferrell keeps himself in excellent shape and is ready when called upon. Starting shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic has the ability to slide over and eat time at the point as well.

The Kings have 16 days until their first game against the Spurs. If Fox is ready to play, the team has a chance to make some noise in the final eight games of the season. If he’s out long term, the road gets a lot more difficult.

Kings players mourn death of Joe Wong, Golden 1 Center security guard

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Kings players mourn death of Joe Wong, Golden 1 Center security guard

It’s a game day ritual. I walk down the long hall leading from the media room to the locker room. I fist bump arena personnel Kevin and Jerome by the players elevator and sometimes Carlos if he’s in the area. I greet Jerry at the locker room door and we exchange pleasantries.

When I walk to the floor, there are people that are stationed in the exact same spot, sometimes for years. From Singh to Larry to Victor to Michael to Lee to Tony and Greg - there is a massive Golden 1 Center family that keeps everything moving, and on Friday night, the Kings lost a memorable one.

Joe Wong, a loving husband and father of two passed away Friday evening after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 57 years old and clearly left an indelible mark on the players that became accustomed to seeing the security guard on a daily basis.

When we last saw Joe, he was sitting behind a desk in the players garage working security. Always had a kind word, a piece of candy and a stash of toys for any kid that made their way past his station.

Like so many others in the building, Joe made an impact. Without games, concerts or events filling up Golden 1 Center, we won’t have an opportunity to say goodbye in the proper way, but if you are so inclined, a Go Fund Me account has been set up in his honor.