The Kings walked into the Fourth of July weekend brimming with confidence and excited about the potential to snap their 13-year playoff drought. And then reality set in.
Even in a perfect restart, the Kings were given long-shot odds to make the postseason, but a series of unfortunate events have completely taken the wind out of the team’s sails.
First Harrison Barnes tested positive for coronavirus and had to be left behind in Sacramento. Then Richaun Holmes was hit with a 10-day quarantine for violating NBA bubble rules.
Already down two starters, De’Aaron Fox rolled his ankle in practice and has been shut down for 7-10 days. The bad news doesn’t stop there.
On Monday morning, the Kings announced that Marvin Bagley, who has played in just 13 games this season due to thumb and left foot injuries, left practice with a right foot injury. Bagley has undergone an MRI on the foot, but the results are still unknown at this time.
Taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Bagley has struggled to stay on the court in each of his first two years. He worked tirelessly to get stronger during the NBA’s hiatus and there has been a good buzz about his play during the practices over the last week.
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There is no way to know how this might impact the Kings, but they are already short-handed, especially in the post. Harry Giles is the lone healthy center on the roster until Holmes is cleared to resume practice.
Alex Len is another option as well, but he is just now clearing coronavirus protocol and will need time to get back on the floor and in game shape. With the Kings starting their scrimmage schedule on Wednesday, integrating Len will be difficult.
If the Kings didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all. We’ll have more on Bagley’s injury when it becomes available, but this is another setback for a team that had high hopes just a little over two weeks ago.
Marvin Bagley injures foot; shorthanded Kings waiting on MRI results originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area