The new-look Kings got their first win and they are feeling fine, thank you very much.
So much so that they joked about the rebounding prowess of second-year guard Buddy Hield.
“We always tell Buddy, stop being so hungry for the ball to get some shots up during warmups,” Kings guard George Hill told reporters following Friday’s 93-88 road win over the Dallas Mavericks.
“Let somebody else get some shots, so I guess today for him chasing down those loose balls in shoot-around and all that stuff in warmup lines paid off.”
But when it comes to Friday’s win, it was a total team effort.
Hill scored 21 points and Hield scored 13 — as did Zach Randolph, making his debut after missing the opener after oral surgery.
“I just wanted to be out there with my guys,” Randolph told the Kings sideline reporter.
Rookie point guard De’Aron Fox, who has everyone involved with the Kings feeling a bit more excited, added nine points and 10 assists off the bench.
“He’s probably one of the higher IQ guys on our team, so I’ve got to catch everybody up to him,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said, via the Sacramento Bee. “Which is pretty cool for a 19-year-old guy to have the kind of intuition and intelligence that he has basketball wise. It’s really neat.”
Fox, Randolph, Hill, Justin Jackson, Vince Carter … all are among the newcomers to this organization.
The Kings may not be a playoff team, they may have a long way to go, but there is a sense of fun around the team this season. And apparently, that fun starts during pregame warmups.