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To make sense of what's been a largely disappointing start to the season for the Sacramento Kings, Matt sits down with Sanjesh Singh of The Kings Herald to discuss Sacramento's historically bad defense and what's been plaguing the team. They also discuss Tyrese Haliburton's bright future, Marvin Bagley III's gradual improvement, and some moves the Kings could make to improve.

Follow Sanjesh on Twitter @TheSanjeshSingh

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But first buckle in for today's edition of basketball and more Welcome, everybody Back to basketball and more with your host, Matt Brooks.
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I am joined by Sanchez Sing of the King's Harold.
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How are you doing today, sir? I'm doing pretty well.
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Thanks for having me on.
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Thank you for joining me.
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You know, we talked about this a little bit off air, but you you are from a place that's very familiar with where I went to school, which is always exciting, because every time I bring up my Alma Mata, um, people say, What is that? So that was an exciting thing for me.
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We're off to a great start here.
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Um, maybe not off to such a great start.
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Sacramento Kings, Which is a shame because they look great out the gates.
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I personally have a huge soft spot for the kings.
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Um, one of my first dates in college, which, you know, it was like one of the first things I did. I went to a Kings game.
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You know, we only had a couple cable packages.
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A school I went to and the Kings were one of them.
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So I watched Ah, lot of Kings basketball.
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You know, I lived through the Garrett Temple Big Year in Sacramento.
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I was all for It s So I have a weird soft spot for the Kings and I always have, and I always get excited when they play well, and I just wanted to hear there's the obvious things, the defense.
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But what's been the biggest thing that's changed since the very beginning of the year? The biggest thing that's changed is that a rookie has come in to the city and has immediately kind of changed the culture and the outlook for this franchise for hopefully years to come.
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And that's the 12th overall pick. Tyree's Halliburton.
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Um, ever since the preseason, honestly, like he came in and he was obviously like already making immediate impact plays off the bench, he was setting teammates up.
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He was making good defensive plays.
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And for the Kings, they haven't been a team that has been accustomed to watching good defensive plays occur on Tyree's Halliburton, and he's shadowing guys to his left, making them work instead of just allowing people to drive right by and score at the rim.
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Um, his off ball communication has been great.
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He's been fronting guys like Nikola Yokich.
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Um, you're knocking down corner threes at an astounding rate.
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This guy is good.
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And for the Kings, in a season where there has been, like, you know, negative after negative, wherever you look at it on defense, there's just negative after negative stats occurring on offense there, they're good enough to put up, you know, a good amount of points, but they're also allowing their opponents just outscore them way too much.
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Um, but for Tyree's Halliburton to come in and be the immediate impact player like he was getting some rookie of the year buzz early on because of how the Kings were defeating teams like the Nuggets and the Suns early on and Halliburton was like a forefront to those victories.
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And now that the Kings have you know, a piece for the future to put alongside here in Fox and hopefully Marvin Bagley, Halliburton has been like the biggest piece for this Kings team.
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Yeah, I mean, it's it's you can see it right away.
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Um, you know, just doing a little bit of a numbers deep dive.
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You look at their and look.
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It's probably too early to look at five van lineup data.
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It probably is.
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I definitely can't.
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The Nets have played 200 starting lineups.
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I don't even know who's on the team at this point, like they're signing, nor Bell Pell and all these guys.
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So I know it's probably too early, and I'm sure it's the same for the Kings.
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Um, it was interesting.
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The top 25 and data is really it's that Barnes homes healed Fox Bagley when you put in Halliburton for Bagley, that net rating of 4.
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9 that you're getting with, I guess the nominal starter shoots up to 10.
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6.
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Defensive rating looks good.
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A 104.
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3, which is, you know, good, especially compared to where they are right now.
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Otherwise, you're looking at some of this other data.
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So, um, do you think that's the move? Do you think that's something that you're going to see soon? Is he gonna get put in there? Does that work better for healed Halliburton? Starting right now are Bagley.
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I should say yes.
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Um if you if you put halibut in the starting lineup, I think that would be, you know, a very positive thing.
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It just depends where do exactly slot him in there, because there's been the argument that Buddy Hell has been kind of struggling on both ends of the floor. Like on offense.
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He's not shooting any mid range or he's not shooting any mid range jumpers anymore.
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That's part of why he's been kind of struggling on that.
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And he's also not attacking the rim as much, either.
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And so he's kind of strictly converted to a three point only diet.
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And it's worked because the three point shot has slowly ascended, and at the start of the season, the three point shot for a hell does not like was not falling at all.
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And if you insert Halliburton and you not only get to see how Fox and Halliburton that combo worked together, you know in increased minutes.
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But you also see how Fox and Halliburton pair with Bagley, who is right, who is slowly improving because he obviously didn't start that well since he's been either.
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But he is getting into the mix, so if you swap Halliburton and start with Healed.
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You bring in extra creativity, extra offensive juice, someone that who could do it on both ends and then Buddy healed.
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If you kind of like, stagger and tinker with the rotation, a little bit of Buddy healed could come in off the bench and be like the three point blazing shooter.
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But last year, when that kind of happened, when both don a ***** Bogdanovich when he was swept into the starting lineup But he healed went to the bench and there was kind of like an issue brewing there with he'll not happy with this, you know, if this role.
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So that's something to consider on Bagley.
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I am not sure if Bagley moving back to the bench would be the necessary the best thing for his development, at least because if he comes off the bench, which he did in his rookie year, he was playing like, you know, the opposing team's um you know, second rosters and second bench players.
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And for Bagley, like the development that the King's want to see from him is how does he fare against starters, not bench players at this point, like it is his third season.
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He doesn't have the games logged in for it, necessarily to be his third season, because he missed most of the software year due to injury.
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So, UM, for Bagley, he has to start developing and getting reps against the better and bigger players in the n b A.
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If the King's want badly to be like a crucial pivotal part to their plans going forward.
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So I think in honesty like and I'll obviously like Buddy healed for, however, it would be like the right move.
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But that's also like if the King's confined a trade partner for Buddy healed, that obviously be the best scenario, because I'm not sure if he'll would be totally happy with the move back to the bench for a rookie.
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I'll start with Bagley because I was looking at, you know, like the three point number.
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It's kind of jumped out to me.
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Is it a small sample? Yes, everything is a small sample right now.
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You have tow, we're still at the point of the season, and I don't know when that's gonna go away.
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With all these cancelations and guys missing games, I want to know when we could get rid of the whole small sample.
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You know, disclaimer.
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I want to get there because I want to start.
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Really, you know, buying into some of these numbers, but it looks good, you know? I mean, from the outside looking in, it looks good.
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You know, the comfort is there, and I think things are gonna creep up for him.
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I think it's interesting you mentioned the idea of wanting to play him with the starters.
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Is it kind of the like? You want him to play with real deal NBA dudes and not be on the bench and potentially build bad habits or anything like that? Yeah, because when he's with the starters, I mean, he's had instances where he's playing like garbage time minutes in the fourth quarter, like during blowouts and stuff.
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And there's been times where he hasn't seen the fourth quarter at all in game for the Kings have kept it close like game, where they're not getting like, necessarily blown out by 38 points by the Clippers.
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Um, in those instances, badly does not get fourth quarter minutes, and that's sometimes it's confusing, but because I get the king's wanting to go for the win, but at the same time, like Bagley should be kind of viewed at this point, the way he's improving as somebody that can hopefully contribute, going forward and you can't really give him those reps or you can't really do that by not giving him for the quarter minutes because he has to eventually proved that he is a cornerstone piece for this team in the front court when he's getting those minutes, But at the moment, he's not.
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He's only playing fourth quarter minutes when it really doesn't matter.
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Besides, like a couple of games ago, I think it was against the Indiana Pacers.
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He was playing really good basketball and, um, and against the politicians, he was also playing good basketball.
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And in those games he was like, you know, getting quality fourth quarter minutes, which is what you want to see.
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Eso Yeah, for badly.
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He started off bad and it made sense that he wasn't getting fourth quarter minutes.
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But now that you know, the three point shot looks pretty viable, Um, he's at 39% for cleaning the glass, which is what you want to see, and that's good for the 67%.
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I believe it was because I wrote about it just yesterday.
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Um, go around that That's a plug.
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Your shameless plug.
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Yeah, Yeah, I'm all for it.
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Plugged throughout anything? Yeah.
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And for badly, I think that would be a career high percentile if it's sustained.
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Um, there was a stretch during his end of the rookie year with the three point shot.
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Was looking really good.
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And then in the software season, it didn't look so good.
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And also because there were a small sample sizes because the only played 13 games, but yeah, so badly, Um, the three point shot is looking viable.
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The interior game is looking much better than it did in the beginning of the season. Like this.
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Soft was not there or his touching a little more ambidextrous now, because I remember that was, like, my weird thing coming out watching him.
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I was like, Boy, I don't know, like this guy wants to go left every time, right? He's still kind of does like that habit is still there.
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Um, there's been times we used the right hand and those times it does not look good, But obviously you want him to keep doing that, like, you know, the struggles are going to persist, but you want him to continue developing those reps.
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Um, so there's an interesting thing that I also noted about noticed about badly.
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It's just, um, that he's also more involved in the first quarter than he is in the rest of the game.
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Like the first quarter, he gets good touches, but as the game progresses, he kind of like, falters out of the game and the ball is not really in his hands that much.
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It kind of just goes towards Fox halibut, and he'll sometimes create Joseph, um, like Bagley.
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Another interesting stat that I found was that, like on prayer.
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Like NBA com's tracking data, Bagley averages 43 touches a game, which is fifth on the King's fifth most on the Kings.
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But his points per touch, which is 0.
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3 11, is third most on the King's behind Rashawn Holmes, who's wildly efficient, and Glenn Robinson, the third, who's a really good catch and shoot shooter.
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So if Bagley is showing promise by being efficient with this touches as of late, then you obviously want him to get more touches than like in the first quarter, because in the first quarter against the Clippers, in the last game, he was off to like a quick six points and three rebounds.
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But as the game progressed, he only finished with, like 10 points and eight rebounds.
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So yeah, that I think that's a little problem going on.
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I think badly needs to be touching the ball way more for his, for his sake.
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Where you giving him those touches? Where am I giving it up? I mean, how you design in the offense.
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If if he's getting touches at the end of the game, I feel like the best way.
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Maybe not the best way.
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But the best way for him to improve is trying to get him involved in more pick and roll situations because there's promise there it doesn't.
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The numbers aren't really, you know, fruitful at the moment, but it's also a small sample sizes.
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You said, like the disclaimer is still there.
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Um, Tyree's Halliburton.
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There's a stat that I pulled a couple of weeks back when the Kings were actually planning and well, and that's when Halliburton, when he's feeding the ball to specific Biggs their percentages right is significantly like when Bagley is being fed by Tyree's Halliburton.
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He's she was shooting like about 50% whereas when Halliburton wasn't feeding him the ball, he was shooting in like the high thirties.
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And that's a pretty steep, you know, percentage point difference there.
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And, um, Halliburton.
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The way he's able to navigate and use snake dribbles and use his nifty floater to like, kind of manipulate defenses on pick and rolls is very advantageous to Bagley situation.
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Because the way Tyree's Halliburton navigates the situation is kind of like enthralls defenders to pursue Halliburton, not pursue the big and so badly.
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That kind of gives him opportunities to get open to.
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Maybe not just on pick and rolls necessarily, but also pick and pops because he's also as you as we kind of talked about earlier.
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He's shooting, you know, a viable percentage from deep.
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So if he can continue to be a catch and shoe pick and pop shooter, you could give him those scenarios and see if that is going to be more fruitful going forward.
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So, um or also deer and Fox, obviously the gravity that he can create going downhill opens up lanes for Bagley to, you know, sit on like corners and knocked down corner threes because bag he's been knocking down some corner threes recently.
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And the quicker Bagley's release is, the more confident his release looks.
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And the more he kind of drill shots is kind of like what my ICE has noticed.
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I don't know if the data backs that it probably does, but, um, that could be another thing useful.
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Another useful thing for badly going forward.
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I've always bought his three point, so I actually have always been really high on badly.
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I mean, the big thing is like defensively where he slots in which I feel like these guys like these four fives that don't you're not quite sure what they are defensively.
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But man, they're just like you see it on offense is just, I don't know.
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I always gravitate toward these guys.
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Maybe that's just from, you know, watching basketball from a different era.
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But you know it is.
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I think it's pretty fascinating.
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He's just so quick.
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If he and the shots always look good to me, I have to ask about the defense for him.
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Where do you think he slots in as a defender.
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Um, because that's a tricky question.
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Yeah, the positional and Bugti Ambu giggity of bag was pretty like It's pretty interesting because he I think the net ratings and like the overall performance of the team when he's a four, it is significantly better than when he's a five.
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And that's because, like he's, there's been instances on defense where he's shown, you know, promise as both a weak side defender and as both an individual, one on one defender.
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And there's like there's obviously, like, you know, ways.
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That data could be skewed because against these two games with the Clippers, quiet Leonard was obviously mismatch, mismatch, hunting and against the King.
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That's an easy thing to do because you could literally pick anybody you want a mismatch on.
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And for a quiet Leonard, there was a bit.
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There was times where he was just simply getting Marvin Bagley's footwork, Um, you know, messed up and getting him off balance and driving to the rim and badly like he has athletic promise.
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And he has, like good lateral quickness.
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By that time, he actually kind of like slow down and maintain it or otherwise.
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Otherwise, he tries to like, you know, ball Chase and stuff like that and go for the blocks or he's too eager to contest like he's like, what, 6 11? You don't need to like, you know, be overly aggressive on your contest.
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You have the height advantage there, right? Um, and then on center, like obviously when he's playing center, he's playing against, you know, much bigger physical players, like a nickel, Yokich and stuff.
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And Bagley's body isn't quite there yet, like he's still pretty skinny compared to the bigger big the league.
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And that's why rush on homes when he comes in at center.
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He fares much better.
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Um, and then games like against Portland.
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You know, C. J. McCollum, Damian Lillard.
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They were mismatch hunting against Bagley.
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It worked out really well because Bagley's just like defensive awareness isn't quite there yet.
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And it's kind of like a general thing for Big is that they kind of developed slowly on the defensive end compared to you know, guards and wings so badly still has a ways to go.
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But the promising thing is that he is improving, and any any progress is good progress or badly at this point, and the good part about him is like if he's if he's, you know, at least making league average threes, you could really you could put a lot of different center options.
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Next time.
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You could just get straight up guys that can't shoot all taking 13 in their career.
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Um, that's nice, because then you're running.
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There's a bunch of things you could do on offense.
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You can run horns and have him pop to three and then have a roller like, I think that stuff really helps him.
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And I actually like just seeing him be able to make make those shots.
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I think it's just it has to change your perception, a little bit of him.
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Now we'll see if it remains small sample.
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I think that should be the name of this podcast at this point, but the small sample Kings.
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But you know, I mean, it's it's something to watch for.
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Uh, we'll get into this since you kind of let into it the trading, um, trading hell.
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Where is he? Where do we go? Where the oh, that's the thing I think he makes sense is a movement shooter like he's somebody that you know.
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He's got a little bit more if he gets run off the line.
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But it's a lot of money, and it's just like I he's just he's got, I don't know.
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It's like the last year with the stuff about wanting a bigger role, and it's just like, I don't know.
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There needs to be a sense of self realization of like what you're probably going to be in in a ideal ized version of whatever oven MBA offense.
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So do you have any of you? Have you really gone through it and looked at anybody? Um, I know like some of us that the King's Harold, like we've been trying to, like, you know, pick some teams that could use somebody like Harris.
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I mean, somebody like, but he healed almost Harrison Barnes.
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Andre would be like, you know, the Boston Celtics, maybe because of their TV.
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But if the Boston Celtics are looking Thio, grab somebody from the Kings to help.
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Their roster would probably be Harrison Barnes, who could also slide into that TPE rather than Buddy healed.
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Um, because Harrison Barnes would add to their being versatility and length and also isn't as big of a weakness on defense is.
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But he healed.
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Is, um, maybe the 70 Sixers didn't, you know, make a move for James Harden? And they still have guys like Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
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Um, health, health and safety protocols.
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The side, you know, But he heals can slide it in and be like that shooter that could benefit of the benefit from the gravity that Ben Simmons and will then be great as a catch and shoot shooter because Buddy healed.
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Um, he's not a good initiator.
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He's strictly a good catch and shoot shooter, and there's been promised at times where he's being able to attack the rim and score, like as a pick and roll guy.
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But it's just, you know, larger sample sizes.
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Just don't show it.
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Eso He would be a nice fit for Philly.
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But I just don't know what feeling would be willing to give up.
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Maybe you would be like, you know, the Bible or something, or a first round pick.
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I don't know if they would want to give up charismatically the way he's been balling out.
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Um, so at this point, like anybody he would try to kind of be wishful thinking because he kind of seems like, ah, liability on both ends at this point of the season, it's a shame that he hasn't had that secondary skill like just something else develop.
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It's because it is.
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It's a league of three point shooting.
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But, God, you just need to have something else like something else to offer.
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And there have been flashes like as you said, like the pick and roll play make, it's like Okay, look, there's a little bit here, but it just it never I don't know if it's ever quite come, you know? Yeah, it's just been consistent enough, which is tricky, and I think that really limits a lot of a lot of what he could do it also, I think it limits the King's a little bit.
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I I just don't know what else you could do other than limit his role.
00:20:06
And as you said and put in Halliburton, that just seems like the obvious move.
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I mean, you know, if he's gonna be unhappy about it, play better, you know, like that.
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Sorry, but like that Zraly, that's the best thing you could say.
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He's got those weird splits.
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Right now, he's shooting 37% from three great shooting, 37% from the field, which I always look at that I'm like That is just it's just a weird, like Help out.
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Are you everywhere else? It's another example of eso way haven't mentioned defense were, what, 15 minutes in here? I haven't mentioned defense once.
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I'm trying to be nice.
00:20:41
Uh, we got to talk about the defense a little bit.
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I mean, uh, 1 20.
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9 points per 100 possessions per cleaning the glass.
00:20:49
Last year, the Warriors allowed with a Geely team allowed 1 14.
00:20:54
5 points per 100 possession some of these shooting accuracy stats again, courtesy of cleaning the glass shots.
00:21:02
That wonderful website they are bottom three in Rim accuracy, 29th and threes and then 15th and chooses well, so doing pretty much the opposite of what you're looking to do in the modern game.
00:21:15
I The frequency stats are about the same.
00:21:18
I believe so, Yeah, a little start here, you know, it's not like they've been, you know, defending its.
00:21:27
Not like they've been giving up the you know, it's a It's a weird sample or anything like they're giving up a lot of shots that, you know, again cleaning the glass.
00:21:34
Um, you know the location.
00:21:36
Effective field goal percentage.
00:21:38
It's They've been, you know, pretty pretty good looks for the offense.
00:21:41
What is going on, like? Explain the miscues.
00:21:44
I know they're switching going on, and it's not going well.
00:21:46
But this is the part I really want to talk to you about because I'm just curious, like what is going on? And the thing is, where do we even start like there's a team? I mean, I'm not surprised that the defense is bad because, like coming into the season, looking at the roster and looking like who's a good defender on this team, and there's not a lot that enters your mind like during Fox.
00:22:09
As promising as he is in certain stretches, he's not consistent enough on defense.
00:22:14
Um, but he healed.
00:22:15
Obviously, he's been a liability on defense for a while now.
00:22:18
Harrison Barnes, um, is kind of like also, like, inconsistent on defense like he can.
00:22:23
He can be a solid like individual defender against bigger wings, but at the same time, like he also kind of falls apart against better wings like I was like Quiet, Leonard, Paul, George LeBron James.
00:22:33
Um, that's kind of a given.
00:22:34
Marvin Bagley.
00:22:35
He's still young, and he's kind of been, you know, a big hole on defense to ah, little.
00:22:40
He's been improving.
00:22:41
So that's the good thing.
00:22:42
Um, Rashawn Homes is kind of like that Barnes category, where he could like farewell and, you know, make it tougher for opposing centers.
00:22:49
But he also gets switched out the to the perimeter pretty often, and the king's kind of end up living with those switches, like they don't attempt to like switchback or like create favorable mismatches or create favorable, favorable matches for themselves.
00:23:02
On defense, they kind of just tend to do whatever the opposing team wants to do to them.
00:23:06
And they're just like, willing to let it happen.
00:23:08
Like a deer in headlights.
00:23:09
Yeah, on gun off the bench.
00:23:11
Obviously, Cory Joseph has, uh he's, you know, has a good reputation for being a good defender, but that just hasn't been the case ever since.
00:23:18
He's been a Sacramento Kings, like he's allowing opponents to the schooI knees or score at ease and then on offense.
00:23:23
He just hasn't been good enough, either.
00:23:25
Um, that's been an issue.
00:23:27
Hassan Whiteside has just looked much slower on defense.
00:23:30
Andi slower in general, really? And even though he has, like a good defensive field goal presented against other teams like he is just still not the guy that is gonna answer any questions for the he's going forward.
00:23:40
So you can't really deal with that.
00:23:41
He's also injured right now, so you can't rely on him either.
00:23:44
UM, entirely is Halliburton has been one of the few like positives on defense.
00:23:50
But if you just have one good on and off ball defender, obviously he's going to get exposed at some point Because nobody, Yeah, he's a rookie.
00:23:59
So if we're if we're like giving him this burden of like okay, here, go fix all of our issues.
00:24:04
That's pretty telling for the rest of the roster.
00:24:06
Um, then Robinson, the third, like he's been, you know, getting picked on on defense to like, as good of a catch and shoot shooter. He is on offense.
00:24:14
He's not a good defender, either.
00:24:15
Um, and then Daequan Jeffries is a player that we haven't seen yet.
00:24:19
for the Kings, but he showed promise in the bubble last season in Orlando as somebody that could defend the 23 and four positions.
00:24:27
Um, he's 65 He's almost like the same same weight as we shot Holmes, Marvin Bagley.
00:24:31
But it moves really good for somebody of that size.
00:24:35
And he's been.
00:24:37
He's been injured for his, dealt with several injuries so far, and he's currently out with the ankle sprain.
00:24:41
I believe it is.
00:24:42
So when he comes back, he can help out the defensive end.
00:24:45
And maybe he and Halliburton can provide a spark on that end.
00:24:49
That might be wishful thinking, because if you just have to good defenders or, like, you know, above average defenders, they're still way like lots more holes to kind of plug in.
00:24:57
Um, yeah, there's just so much going on with the Kings there over helping at times, and sometimes they don't help at all like they're pointing fingers like, Okay, you got that.
00:25:05
You got that guy about the same time.
00:25:07
It's just weird, by the way, Sorry to cut you off, but it's it's silent.
00:25:11
Arenas like the communication patterns, should be perfect this year, really like their there silent there.
00:25:16
Everything here about these games is like how quiet they are.
00:25:20
So this should be it.
00:25:22
Like the communication should be there like there's no issues of, you know, fans kind of driving out to know you hear each other pretty like pretty well on, like they're pointing at players.
00:25:31
Oh, you pick them up, you pick him up and then all five players, they're pointing at each other to pick somebody up.
00:25:35
So who's gonna pick that person up? And then they end up driving right by for a layup or against the Clippers? Um, in their last game, they were like They keep getting, you know, fascinated by chasing the ball rather than trusting each other on rotation and switches.
00:25:47
And that left like guys like Patrick Beverly, who's a freaking 45% shooter on, like, four attempts a game right now to have a wide open three.
00:25:55
I think Beverly missed the attempt that I'm talking about here, but still, you can't allow those types of shots toe open, and nobody even bothered to close it out.
00:26:01
They just kind of like let it go by and let them shoot like a deer in headlines like You just Are you looking at headlights If you can't be this bad.
00:26:09
Like I knew they were going to be bad.
00:26:11
But like seeing that they're worse than like the Washington Wizards.
00:26:13
And worse by like, you know, finds, Um, yeah, like the Nets to a zoo.
00:26:18
Good as there aren't offense, there's still a lot of hopes for them on defense, so lots tow lots to pick on for the King's man.
00:26:25
It's a rough year.
00:26:26
It za weird trend this year.
00:26:28
There's so many teams switching, which I just didn't think was gonna happen.
00:26:33
Like we watch how the Heat play.
00:26:34
We watched the Raptors three year before and last year, and there's two teams throwing zone out this year. It's like the cabs.
00:26:41
Cabs are throwing like it was zone for 48 minutes.
00:26:45
However, many high don't even already get minutes.
00:26:47
That was this double overtime game that I got sucked into the other night.
00:26:50
Um, you know, and it's like the Cavs are doing this, the Pacers of doing this, I'm just surprised more teams aren't throwing out zone like I sort of and look like all these things have advantages.
00:27:00
All these things have, you know, things that aren't great about them.
00:27:03
You know, I think we know the things about zone, the rebounding, Andi, just, you know, again, it's a harder system to learn.
00:27:10
But it's just surprising that all these teams are kind of all going switching with, like, Ah, lot of teams just don't have guys that are all that aware.
00:27:19
And just like they don't have the awareness, the Nets are thrown out switching.
00:27:22
They haven't done anything else, So you're I just don't quite get it.
00:27:26
I'm like, Why? What do we like? You know, if you know D'Antoni's coming from Houston and they ran a lot of switching doesn't make sense of this Kings or the same thing.
00:27:34
It's like, I don't really think of that being a group that's gonna, you know, read rotations before their teammates even see them.
00:27:41
I think it's a weird thing.
00:27:42
I don't know if that's the diagnosis, but I don't know if you felt that way.
00:27:46
It just it felt weird toe watch when I was watching The King is a little bit yeah, because because you mentioned the Cavs Pacers, their their systems are clearly working, and it's like a kind of like, ah, combination of talented defensive players and people with good awareness and also players buying into the system They're being taught.
00:28:02
And like I've talked Thio Stockton, King's head coach, Ty Ellis, who kind of told me like when I was talking to about Daequan Jeffries and how he could provide my leave for this Kings team.
00:28:12
When he was called up, he told me that like Dequan, Jeffries was a guy that bought into a system.
00:28:16
He was always working hard first one there, last one to leave and always asking questions, even though he was like a very quiet player in general.
00:28:23
But and then when he came into the Sacramento Kings in the Orlando bubble, you can see just exactly what I was talking about.
00:28:29
Because Jeffries was reading those switches.
00:28:32
He was reading those rotations and trusting himself to be a good you know, communicator on defense and also sticking onto players because these players, just these Kings players, let players opponents blow by them with ease.
00:28:44
And Jeffries kind of stood his ground very well and I think it's also like a byproduct of the Kings players currently not buying into the system.
00:28:51
They're being taught whether it's Luke Walton being like that charge, leading the charge on defense or whether it's one of the assistant coaches like you know, what's kind of like the issue going on here. Like always.
00:29:02
It's always kind of comes down to how players are buying into playing with themselves and how they're buying into that system.
00:29:08
And also there was, like a quote that deer and Fox said being he was asked about the defense and he was saying that it's not really the scheme.
00:29:14
That's the issue.
00:29:15
It's more of the players on the court, which is arguably, could be like a bigger story like, Why are their players not, you know, like, what is it? You know, like, personally, it's just with the players, like what's kind of going on here like, is it shade to the players? Um, the quote didn't really get talked on.
00:29:31
As much as I kind of like, Why don't you see being talked about like there's just so many internal issues going on with the Kings? And if you're leader like during Fox is this team's leader, even though like you know he's 23 he's this team's leader.
00:29:44
And if he's pointing out that issue, then you know, obviously you have bigger issues at hand, which the Kings dio.
00:29:51
Do you think switching things up at all? Or is it just a lack of general interest in it on the team, like in terms of switching it up with the new coach, Steve, No doubt.
00:29:59
Well, that or just different schemes as well, man, because they're trying different things, like, you see, like, you know, mid game, they'll try out of three to zone.
00:30:07
They try to three zone.
00:30:08
They'll try man to man.
00:30:09
But every single thing they tried toe work like or they try toe make work just doesn't function as properly as they would hope.
00:30:17
And it's just really frustrating because this team just shouldn't be this bad.
00:30:21
Like there were stretches in the beginning of the season when they knocked off.
00:30:24
Some of these really good teams were like, Okay, maybe this Kings team can, you know, maybe make a run for a planes, but, like they obviously wouldn't be good enough to sustain this level of play for 72 games.
00:30:33
But maybe if they can keep it up like, you know, at a decent pace.
00:30:38
They could maybe make a run for, like, a lower and playing team.
00:30:41
That's obviously not the case, because now they're one of the worst team in the league.
00:30:44
But there was promise now that promises completely wiped away.
00:30:47
And I just don't really know where you go from here.
00:30:49
Because even if you say do bring in a new coach to try to change thing ups change things up.
00:30:54
You know Alvin Greene.
00:30:55
She would probably be the first guy who gets the nod because he's like their big associate head coach, Um, but Gentry is known to be more of an offensive coach.
00:31:03
So how is he going to fix the defensive issues? I don't know.
00:31:06
Yeah, I don't know if that would be my answer for for a team with defensive issues, but I also wonder like if part of it is just the way that you know, contracts were handed out, you know he'll gets this giant contract and they're just It seems like there's just a lot of guys that want to get paid and are young, and I think you run into this a lot with a younger team is that risks like guys, either by in and they click? Or it's like we're here and we're just looking for these Were looking for that first deal.
00:31:36
And I worried about that a little bit with the Kings.
00:31:38
Yeah, because But he healed at the time were like he was waiting for that extension of company.
00:31:43
Wasn't really getting it as Kings fans were kind of worried like Okay, we kind of need to keep.
00:31:47
But he healed here based on the season he just had under Dave Yeager when he was like a fringe All star candidate and they were like debates going on, that he should have got that all star nod instead of, you know, Clay Thompson.
00:31:56
Obviously, Klay Thompson.
00:31:58
You know, um, that take do not age as well, But, uh, but like, but he healed once he got that or when he wasn't getting that country were kind of worried because you don't want to leave like a king.
00:32:08
A team like the Kings that you know just can't develop talent as well over the years when they when they're not, like, you know, keeping their talent for longer.
00:32:17
That was like an issue.
00:32:18
But now that he's kind of got in that contract, he just hasn't played the same since.
00:32:22
And that also kind of comes down to Luke.
00:32:25
Walton's utilization of Buddy healed last year when, during Fox had those ankle sprains, then Luke Walton made Buddy healed.
00:32:33
Um, become a creator on offense and buddy heels.
00:32:37
Strength on offense.
00:32:38
Never lied in the hat in his hands.
00:32:40
Like the only reason the only way but he healed was a good creator was that he would create by running around and tiring.
00:32:46
Defense is about defense is out by, you know, running around screens on, then coming off screens and knocking down, catch and shoot shots from Deer and Fox.
00:32:53
Sometimes Cory Joseph etcetera, Um, but never as an initiator himself, because he's like when, when he's tasked with making quick decisions, he doesn't have the i Q.
00:33:04
To make good decisions.
00:33:05
When it's like coming fast, he tends to have a very loose dribble as well.
00:33:09
His passing is never quiet, like, you know, he they're loose.
00:33:13
They're pretty lazy at times to, um so those kind of flaws were exposed last year, and it just made.
00:33:18
But he'll look not as good, especially on defense, because Luke Walton kind of task.
00:33:22
But he healed with, like, guarding the other teams.
00:33:24
Like best players.
00:33:25
You would have to guard like Devin Booker and such.
00:33:27
And that just never quite worked out because of heels.
00:33:29
Deficiencies on that end. Yeah.
00:33:31
Um, so yeah, buddy.
00:33:33
Hell, that That's like he once he got his contract, he kind of, like, faltered out and start completely on him because we saw the player he could be under Dave Yeager when they were running.
00:33:41
They're running fast, getting out in transition, scoring points now, like the paces up this season, like their top 10 and pace.
00:33:47
But they're not producing anything else outside a bit that justifies a high pace. Like why I run.
00:33:52
But you're not gonna benefit off of running like they're not creating good looks for themselves.
00:33:56
Um, they're not involving, you know, Rashawn Homes, Marvin Bagley in transition more.
00:34:01
Um, Terry Taliban has been a positive on transition, but like they're not capitalizing on these transition looks on their getting outscored by other teams in transition looks because they're turning it over on offense and they're you know, transition defense defense in general just isn't good enough to keep up with other teams.
00:34:16
So, yeah, every every issue with every issue.
00:34:19
Like I point out, there's, like, issues that, like, kind of like, you know, Roman numeral fruited way.
00:34:26
Need a tree of of all like a family tree.
00:34:29
Yeah, defense.
00:34:31
That's essentially what it is.
00:34:33
Yeah, I have a note.
00:34:35
Just simple.
00:34:36
What's the move? What What? What is there to Dio? What can you do about that? You just, you know, sort of just hope things figure themselves out.
00:34:45
What would you do? Like, I don't have no idea.
00:34:49
The only, like the only thing in my mind that kind of like keeps me like, keeps.
00:34:53
My optimism flowing is that we have a new G M like we have wanted McNair now from the Houston Rockets.
00:34:58
And that's a team that wasn't afraid to change things up when things needed changing.
00:35:02
Obviously, like, you know, that whole James Harden like fiasco in like a Chris Paul Russell Westbrook wasn't working.
00:35:07
They just ship out the player that James Harden wasn't really like liking.
00:35:10
Yep, and they had tried to go from there, but Obviously, the Kings don't have a James Harden type of player like there.
00:35:15
They hope that during Fox can grow into that type of role.
00:35:17
Um, but Monte McNair, like the thing is, very diva is no longer here in Bali. Divock.
00:35:24
I have like this.
00:35:25
Luke Walton is his guy like that was the guy Luke Walton.
00:35:27
Or that was the guy Larry Divock hired immediately when Luke Walton was fired by the Lakers.
00:35:31
And, you know, he handed out Luke Walton like a hefty contracts.
00:35:35
So the King is kind of have those financial issues.
00:35:37
If they decide to go off from that contract early, they let go.
00:35:40
Dave Yeager and the ***uer, still collecting that check from his contract.
00:35:43
So, like they're paying two coaches don't even coaching the team.
00:35:46
So obviously, you know, that's a sign up with dysfunctional team right there.
00:35:50
So I have no idea what Monte McNair wants to do.
00:35:53
Um, but if, like, in my sense, like what I would want to do is like the thing is, you can let this type of play continue to roll on in hopes of trying tow land a high draft pick, because if this type of play continues.
00:36:07
You have really good odds of landing.
00:36:09
You know, a guy like a kid cutting him or Nevin Mobili or somebody that could be, ah, culture shift.
00:36:13
Because obviously, when they had that opportunity a couple years ago to get Luca advantage, they didn't draft Luca advantage.
00:36:19
They went with Marvin Bagley, which is obviously, um, which is obviously going to be a thing we come back to for years to come, Especially if the Kings aren't a playoff team in a couple of years.
00:36:29
Um, so yeah, like you can.
00:36:31
You can continue to roll with Luke Walton as the guy.
00:36:34
But like now, the national media is kind of getting aware of how bad the Kings are.
00:36:37
Like usually, the Kings don't get any national media recognition, and now they are.
00:36:41
But it's because of how bad they are, especially on defense.
00:36:44
Um, that ineptitude is just It's just really shocking, considering that they shouldn't have been this bad, like they should have been bad.
00:36:51
They should.
00:36:52
They should not have been this bad.
00:36:53
And, you know, the thing is, you don't want Luke Walton being the coach for significantly longer because you don't want the players to, like be like this on defense for much longer, like you don't want it to become a habit for them to be as bad as they are in defense.
00:37:08
Like we kind of saw it with Jim Boylan in Chicago were like, When a window Carter Jr look completely broken.
00:37:12
Laurie Market.
00:37:13
And they look kind of broken.
00:37:14
But, like, you know, with Billy Donovan coming in, they look much better now that they have a good coach to learn from.
00:37:19
Um so for the Kings, you know, it might firing Luke Walton may come sooner than we think.
00:37:24
Who knows? Especially if this level of ineptitude continues and, like the national media, starts calling on it like Okay, like, start starts calling Fluke Walton's head, Then maybe Monte McNair, like the pressure starts to mount on him toe like, Okay, we've got to fix this.
00:37:37
We have to urine Fox and his prime is being wasted because of an aptitude of players around him at the coaching system around him.
00:37:44
Um, you can't let deer and Fox goto waste like you did DeMarcus cousins and they shipped out DeMarcus cousins because of it.
00:37:49
Um, now, that you have a point guard.
00:37:52
You know, point guard arguably could be, like, the most important position for our important position for a team that, like, lacks everywhere else and for the Kings, they do like everywhere else.
00:38:01
Um, so, yeah, you don't wanna waste here in Fox's years, especially since he was somebody who drafted and for the King is like, you know, that they're not a team that can just hope for free agency to solve all their issues, right? Like, I could just wait here and see that.
00:38:13
Oh, yeah. If your agency will come around teams.
00:38:15
I wanna come to Sacramento, right? Like who? Caray.
00:38:17
Sacramento? Like this is a good free agent market, but no, Like Sacramento has toe over pay for wash veterans to come and play for them like a George Hill or Zach Randolph.
00:38:24
Obviously, George Hill has picked himself back up.
00:38:27
Um, but like the kings, they have to pay, they have to shell out a large amount of money, which we call the Sacramento attacks to bring in for agents like, you know, the Brooklyn Nets.
00:38:35
They're able to get Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in one go.
00:38:37
The Kings would never be able to be that lucky unless they are able to install a good system in place for not only their coaching coaching culture but also their culture within the roster.
00:38:48
And deer and Fox could be like the forefront of that movement.
00:38:52
Even Taiwan's Halliburton, to this point with the way he's playing about you have the floor and the way he kind of demands culture changes to Yeah, I like the Halliburton Fox.
00:39:00
I think that's a good place to start from.
00:39:02
And I honestly like what I would do, just like if they're gonna tank which or not tank.
00:39:07
But just, you know, be in the lottery.
00:39:10
I almost wonder if you need to clear house a little bit and just be like, Let's just get something because you can't You can't bring in players to, you know, a basically a team that has this much going on.
00:39:22
You know, there's some older veterans or some guys that are unhappy.
00:39:24
There's guys that are paid their guys that want to get paid, like sometimes having a little bit less is more so.
00:39:29
I wonder if that's a way to do it.
00:39:31
Um, yeah and I do think like there is a world where you guys could bring in like everybody throws out like an Aaron Gordon.
00:39:37
And I don't know if you guys would want to give up like draft capital for him, because that doesn't really make sense for you guys.
00:39:42
But if there is like somebody of that nature, that could come and just be a big wing and, you know, fill the holes, I think that would be an interesting spot.
00:39:51
That would be the only place I looked like to upgrade.
00:39:53
I guess in terms of a trade or something like that, they could have had that.
00:39:57
If they drafted LinkedIn change.
00:39:59
Yeah, I've been pretty good.
00:40:01
Yeah, that would have solved a lot of issues, both financially and on the court.
00:40:05
But yeah, it's like it's an interesting situation for the King's because they're on Li like they're not a team that necessarily is going to attract a lot of attention when it comes to having a fire sale.
00:40:15
Like when you look at the Kings and look at who's available, like, who does the team want from them, like if you look at the veterans that are essentially an aspiring contracts.
00:40:25
They have pneumonia be ELISA, who has completely followed out of the rotation.
00:40:28
Last year he averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists, three point percentage.
00:40:33
I believe it was like he was one of the league's best three point shooters, and to this point today and this season, he's like 24% from deep, and he's completely falling off on defense like he was a liability on that end.
00:40:45
But now, you, Why would a team look at many of elites and say, Oh, he's gonna fix our issues when he's not playing well in defense and his only you know, his only strength on offense is not working, either.
00:40:57
Um, so you can't, you know, save yourself with the elites and try to get any like, you know, trade value from their Cory.
00:41:03
Joseph is a veteran point guard who can maybe help a playoff team in need of extra ball handling, but because he's on, he's not guaranteed for next year for, like, two million, so he essentially on an aspiring contract.
00:41:15
But no team is gonna be looking at a guy that is non existent on defense right now, and that can't create any offense for himself or knocked out, you know, off ball shots to help them out.
00:41:24
Um, and then you know, there's just not much the King's can use to entice other teams to, like, give up players like an Aaron Gordon. A.
00:41:32
Such because the only thing the Kings have going for themselves if they want Thio, you know, entice a team to trade for them is draft capital.
00:41:38
And the Kings are not in a position to give up draft capital right now because you're not a win now team and the West is too good.
00:41:44
There's no point even thinking about that.
00:41:46
Um, they have two games canceled their next two games.
00:41:49
Is that good or bad? It's weird question, I know, but it's it's good that they're not going to be exposed on defense for a little longer.
00:41:58
But it's also an opportunity for them.
00:42:01
I don't know if they're gonna capitalize on it, but it's an opportunity for them to go back in, wash the tape, okay, see what's going on because like Luke Walton is known for a guy that says Okay, we have to watch the tape, but he's the guy that really never watches the tape because the issues linger.
00:42:13
Game after game.
00:42:14
So are you gonna watch the tape? I don't know.
00:42:18
Look, watching you guys should watch the tape.
00:42:20
I'm gonna I'm gonna stay at home.
00:42:21
I'm gonna dio you guys watch you watch it.
00:42:25
Um, yeah, they have.
00:42:27
They have, you know, a chance to go and practice and kind of hone the things that are making them worse on both ends the floor.
00:42:35
I just don't know if they're gonna, you know, really capitalize on that opportunity because they have a couple of days after tonight's New York Knicks game, where they can, like, you know, look back and try to see like, Okay, what is really going on here? We have some leeway before our next game to try to fix things, fix these issues.
00:42:49
I just don't know if they will, So, yeah, it's a good It's a good thing that they kind of have these extra nights to kind of dive into their minds and dive into the film and work the kinks out.
00:42:59
But do they do it? I don't know.
00:43:03
Every every coach.
00:43:04
I mean, well, I don't know, but every coach but a lot of coaches seem to have complained.
00:43:08
I know Steve Nash a lot this year about not having much practice time, so I'm just curious.
00:43:12
I don't know how teams were doing, like if they're if they're the team's testing or whatever.
00:43:17
Going through safety and protocols, Probably not doing.
00:43:19
I mean, maybe there doing a film session.
00:43:20
But I don't assume that that's that's exactly what I'm doing.
00:43:25
Eso I I just I'm curious.
00:43:27
I I want to see how that affects things, and teams take advantage of that a little bit.
00:43:31
I got to.
00:43:32
I shot you these over before we helped on here.
00:43:34
What's the key stat of the season? What's the thing that you're looking at that you're like, I feel good or you feel bad? It could be anything Well, defensively, I can point to that to that abysmal defensive writing the team defensive rating as being like one of the words in the That's the one I'll point out for defense like it is that bad.
00:43:55
Like if you were going to watch the Sacramento Kings game on purpose, be prepared like, yeah, it's like that one meme from what was that movie Bird Box where, like the guy is forcing her to watch that watch.
00:44:06
That's the mean you're seeing right now.
00:44:08
Andan on offense.
00:44:10
I'll go little positive here in a stat like that.
00:44:13
Keeping me like you know, saying is Tyree's.
00:44:15
Halliburton's efficiency on offense and one of the one of the areas he's been efficient is from corner threes and on corner threes per cleaning, the glasses shooting 71% on, like 12 of 17 attempts.
00:44:27
It is I'm just gonna check real quick and yeah, 12 17.
00:44:31
He's in the 100% tell for a corner threes and on our potato here, I think he was.
00:44:37
Tatum shot something ridiculous like that.
00:44:40
Every time he attempts a corner through you expected to go in.
00:44:44
If it doesn't, the world's gonna end.
00:44:45
Yeah, like and then on all three pointers ties.
00:44:48
Halliburton is 51% which is good for the 96% towel.
00:44:52
And it's weird because he also has a very low usage rate like his usage rate is around average.
00:44:57
And for a guy to be like this efficient not only for setting himself up but also setting his or his teammates up for easy shots and easy looks and Halliburton really has been like Besides, maybe we're trying homes efficiency tightly, Halliburton has been the only thing that's making this team crank on offense, and he's he is fun.
00:45:18
He came in exactly as advertised, like it was like and it's like one of those I don't know.
00:45:23
Those draft comes where you're just like, Wow, they like they nailed it like everybody that I, you know, good things to say about him is just is dead on.
00:45:30
And he was.
00:45:31
He's on, like a rookie deal on this good, and it's just like God, like, this is exactly what you want.
00:45:37
Like a guy that's gonna fill all the gaps and easy you're one it z sweet for.
00:45:42
I mean, I'm very happy for the Kings of that.
00:45:44
He was like already now player, pretty much like he was waiting to come in and contribute immediately.
00:45:48
Like when you look at other players across the landscape that went before him like, you know, killing Hayes wasn't necessarily like, you know, ah guy that was gonna contribute for the trip right away.
00:45:56
He was like, more of upside player that can hopefully you know, be the point of the future.
00:46:00
Now he's kind of dealing with those hip issues.
00:46:02
So who knows how he fares out? I mean, we can go down the line there, you know? Look at the other players.
00:46:07
Yeah, like Edwards.
00:46:09
Yeah, like he was promising early on.
00:46:11
But now, like, Yeah, because the Timberwolves in general is kind of like a team to I grew up in the Timberwolves, so I I my dad's from there and yeah, it's just watching from afar and I watch games a little bit.
00:46:25
It's hard to watch other games.
00:46:26
As I said, it's hard this year.
00:46:28
They're like, if you cover one team are on all the time, that's up a three and four and I'm just like, Well, I guess I'm gonna watch literally nobody else for the next couple of days.
00:46:38
But no, it Zbynek classic temporal season, so it could be worse.
00:46:43
I mean, you know, that is, it may be for the king's world.
00:46:46
It could be worse.
00:46:47
Uh, another one.
00:46:51
I shot you over so favorite favorite film moment.
00:46:54
Play anything? Just anything visual that you've seen this year.
00:46:58
Yeah, one of the during this recent stretch where they have been completely abysmal on defense, they somehow scrapped a win against the Indiana Pacers.
00:47:07
Um, because they have lost their last four games.
00:47:10
But during this last five game stretch like the stretch started off with a victory against the Indiana Pacers on, there was a play.
00:47:17
Um, the King started off really bad, but they were able to pick themselves up as the game went along, which was kind of surprising, given how they've had little resistance to every other team.
00:47:25
But, um, there was an instance in the first quarter, early in the first quarter where the Kings, um, there were on defense this time.
00:47:34
And I'm gonna point out a defensive play because there have not been many good defensive plays for the Kings.
00:47:39
And so, for this, like play like I was like, Wow, like, you could do that on defense.
00:47:43
Please keep doing that.
00:47:44
And it was a play where Indiana, um, the King's picked up Victor Oladipo full court and they started off Indiana started off with a dribble handoff to Malcolm Brogdon, But Darren Fox, like he immediately went to Chest Brogden, and he pushed him back like using his chest.
00:48:00
He pushed, rocking back to the half court line, and they were trying to run a double drag set for Brogden.
00:48:04
But that never materialized because of the way Fox to move.
00:48:08
Move Brogden back.
00:48:09
And it kind of made the double drag like, you know, um, non existent and unnecessary.
00:48:13
And then instead, once the ball was in broad kin's hand and Oladipo was, um, off the ball, they used a double.
00:48:20
Indiana used a double drag and converted it into a stagger screen.
00:48:23
So all the depo he went, he went forward.
00:48:25
And then he came.
00:48:26
Hey went forward after the dribble, handoff and then once the double drag for Brogden didn't work.
00:48:31
He came back around on the stagger screen and got the ball, and then it flowed into a pick and roll with democracy bonus.
00:48:37
But while all this was happening, the king is rotating everything brilliantly, like every single rotation was spot on, and it concluded, like Sabonis.
00:48:45
When he was rolling, Um, he was forced to pass it out because the weak side help arrived.
00:48:49
I think it was one of buddy Hillary and Fox who provided like that weak side help, um, for Russian homes.
00:48:56
And then Sabonis had to pass it out because it wasn't there wasn't any room to take a shot.
00:48:59
And then Buddy healed.
00:49:00
And during Fox, they exit out their rotation on defense to be able to cover both the perimeter players for Indiana.
00:49:06
Okay, and it resulted in a late in the late shot clock attempt that was a miss.
00:49:10
And so for the Kings, to be able to put together that type of defensive competency on one play is just like, Thank God, there's something there, But like something being there has just not been there enough.
00:49:24
You know, that was my defensive play that I really liked.
00:49:26
That's pretty good.
00:49:27
I honestly like.
00:49:29
Not only is that it's, ah, you know, it z a key play and there's an exile.
00:49:35
There's all this stuff there in rotation I It also makes me realize how beautiful the Indiana Pacers are.
00:49:40
I mean, it's like it's anybody who's not watch them, just do it just I mean, look, you got your side of the world's obviously seeing it, the Nets and actually not played the Pacers yet, but my goodness, like if there is one random team that you need to turn on its the Pacers.
00:49:57
They are just gorgeous to watch.
00:49:59
It is amazing.
00:50:00
Um, I wanna let you plug away anything you have coming out.
00:50:03
Anything you're excited for.
00:50:04
I know you plugged away earlier so you can plug that again.
00:50:07
Um, have not that I know of that.
00:50:10
I'm, like, you know, releasing anything lately.
00:50:12
Like, I had a podcast that went out on Sunday.
00:50:15
And then I appeared on a Clippers podcast on Wednesday, and I had to discuss why the kings have been so bad.
00:50:21
Um, that was fun.
00:50:22
You're doing what you're doing A tour right now explaining King's explaining every single like every single opponent.
00:50:28
Why the king suck? That's been that's been my tour right now.
00:50:32
Had two articles come out.
00:50:34
One was about, like the king's recent, you know, one in for a stretch that I just discovered or that just happened, and I kind of dig deep into, like, some of the take aways there.
00:50:42
And then some of the stats I pointed out in this podcast, um, I had another article about during Fox's like, you know, three point Onley diet like he's not taking medication, representing more.
00:50:50
He's not attacking the rim, which is what I mentioned earlier about his kind of liability on defensive end now.
00:50:55
And that's been an interesting, you know, progression in or interesting development, I should say, not progression in Buddy Heels game that came out a couple of days ago, and then tonight I probably will have another podcast coming out.
00:51:09
I have a podcast called Washing the Tape on the Beard platform, which is an independent network in Sacramento.
00:51:14
We have a podcast for everybody on that network to check that out.
00:51:17
Shameless plug.
00:51:18
Um, so I should have a podcast on that tonight about takeaways from the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings matchup tonight.
00:51:24
Another fun one I really enjoy watching the Knicks this year.
00:51:27
It z fun.
00:51:29
Pretty frisky in this is.
00:51:30
Actually this is like the opposite.
00:51:32
It's like the Spiderman mean if they were facing opposite directions and pointing opposite directions.
00:51:37
Is Kings versus Knicks? It's just the complete office.
00:51:40
Yeah, Julius, your final season, folks.
00:51:43
I mean, they could defend their like top three, I think in defensive efficiency.
00:51:46
So that'll be fun. That'll be interesting.
00:51:49
Game.
00:51:50
Thank you so much for joining me. Check out everything.
00:51:52
I'm literally about to get off and read your stuff.
00:51:53
Your super bright dude.
00:51:55
I've You're done.
00:51:56
So I'm literally about to get off and do that.
00:51:59
And thank you again for joining me.
00:52:01
Thank you for having met this to a very fun conversation, Of course.
00:52:28
Really? Oh, yeah.

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