De’Aaron Fox and Kings fans might be smarting at the moment from a barb aimed by Charles Barkley at Sacramento.
Sac-Town is going through one of the lengthiest playoff droughts in NBA history. They’re currently at 15 years without a playoff appearance. The last time that they made it to that stage was in the heyday of Peja Stojakovic and Vlade Divac. But they’re a far cry from that team now.
De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield are some of the only reasons that NBA fans tune in for their games. Tyrese Haliburton is yet another name on the come-up who could change their fortunes if he matures well in a couple of seasons.
However, the Kings are pretty, pretty bad at 50% of basketball play, which is their defense. They compiled the worst defensive season in NBA history through the course of 2020-21 based on defensive rating per 100 possessions.
They were 0.03 ppp worse than every other team in the league this year. Something’s gotta give now – in fact, practically everything on the Kings’ management side of things needs to change.
Charles Barkley roasts the Sacramento Kings
As one would expect from Chuck, he kept it 100% real in an interview with Kings reporter Sean Cunningham in a recent interview. This is a partial transcript of his interview:
“Unfortunately, I do not. I’m a big De’Aaron Fox fan, but I don’t really see anything else to say…I love watching De’Aaron Fox play, but I hate saying it cuz I actually like Sacramento, I think it’s an underrated city.”
“I’ve enjoyed my time there. I spent some good amount of time there with my boss who runs TNT. So I’ve been out there quite a few times with her and her family.”
“I gotta be honest with you man, I don’t understand why they’re not getting better. Like the Atlanta Hawks, you see they win a series and you see they got better. It’s something going on in the organization.”
Just asked Charles Barkley if he thinks fans of the Sacramento Kings have anything to be encouraged about for the team’s future after a 15 season playoff drought.
He thought about it & said simply “No, not really.”
He elaborated & I’ll share the video later today.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) June 9, 2021