The agitating remarks of Marvin Bagley III’s father are apparently nothing new for the Sacramento Kings.
Bagley’s father, Marvin Bagley Jr., caused a stir this weekend by tweeting and deleting a post calling for the Kings to trade his son. Bagley III was benched for most of the fourth quarter in a close game on Saturday.
Jason Jones of The Athletic reports that Bagley Jr. also had a contentious relationship with ex-Kings coach Dave Joerger. The root of the issue was the Kings had promised Bagley III’s representatives that he would start by the All-Star break of his rookie year. Joerger ultimately refused to honor the promise because the Kings were playing well to that point of the season.
Jones adds that Joerger once mistakenly referred to Bagley III as soul music legend Marvin Gaye. That led Bagley Jr. to begin pejoratively referring to Joerger as “Yogurt” in an intentional mispronunciation.
Joerger, whose name is actually pronounced as “YAY-gur,” was fired after Bagley III’s rookie season. Current head coach Luke Walton then took the helm. Bagley III has not fared much better under Walton though. He has posted worse numbers in every single year since his rookie campaign.
Still just 21 years old, Bagley III has also struggled with injuries. The fact that Bagley III was drafted ahead of Luka Doncic and Trae Young makes him a very easy target for critics as well. His father’s continued antics certainly won’t help matters for him either.
Marvin Bagley III’s father is making some trade demands.
Bagley’s father is upset with the way the Kings have handled his son. He tweeted the Kings on Saturday to ask them to “please trade Marvin Bagley III ASAP!”
Bagley later deleted the tweet.
On Tuesday, Bagley shared his frustration with how the Kings have treated Marvin III.
Bagley is in his third season with the Kings after they made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He was taken a pick ahead of Luka Doncic, who has been a star so far in his NBA career.
Bagley has dealt with injuries and only played in 81 career games. He has averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He’s only averaging 24.8 minutes per game and wasn’t on the floor at the end of Tuesday’s win over Denver.
Marvin Bagley’s 2019-20 season is officially over.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the Sacramento Kings big man will be held out of the resumption of play in Orlando due to his right foot injury. Bagley tweaked the foot in practice earlier this week.
An injury to his left foot had already cost Bagley all but 13 games this season. He also missed 20 games due to injury as a rookie in 2018-19.
Several Kings players, including Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker, Alex Len, and Harrison Barnes, had tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. With another key piece also suffering an injury in the bubble, Sacramento, currently 3.5 games back of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, probably stands very little chance of competing in Orlando at this point.
Things are getting worse for the already shorthanded Sacramento Kings.
The Kings announced Monday that forward Marvin Bagley III has suffered a right foot injury during practice Sunday. The team is awaiting the results of an MRI.
The Kings can’t seem to catch a break. In addition to four players testing positive for COVID-19, another key player suffered a sprained ankle and will miss at least a bit of time. With Bagley’s status up in the air, the Kings look like they could be very shorthanded for the start of meaningful action.
Injuries had already derailed much of Bagley’s season, including one to his other foot. The 21-year-old had averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season, but in just 13 appearances.
Marvin Bagley III should be ready to return to action for the Sacramento Kings when the season resumes in Orlando next month, but he is unlikely to be starting, according to one reporter.
Longtime Kings reporter Jason Jones wrote in a column Friday where he answered fan questions that he does not see Bagley starting when the Kings resume playing. Jones cites the success the team was having prior to the league’s suspension in March coupled with the urgency to win now in the 8-game format as his reasons for believing Bagley will come off the bench.
Bagley was the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft by Sacramento, so they obviously have tremendous faith in his long-term development as a player. He was limited to 62 games as a rookie due to injury and has only played in 13 games this season due to thumb and foot injuries.
Prior to the season’s suspension, the Kings had gone 7-3 in their most recent 10 games. They are 28-36 on the season and narrowly made the 22-team cut to resume the season. Bagley is averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season.
Sacramento Kings big man Marvin Bagley III will miss at least another three weeks due to his foot injury, the team announced on Thursday.
Here is the statement issued by the Kings:
“Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (left midfoot sprain) continues to progress through the reconditioning process, under the supervision of the team’s physicians and in coordination with foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He recently incorporated stationary shooting and partial-weight bearing conditioning activities into his regimen, in addition to ongoing strength work. An update regarding Bagley’s status will be provided in three weeks.”
Bagley has missed time consistently this season due to his foot injury, and before that, a thumb injury. The 20-year-old has only played in 13 games this season, averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in those contests. The Kings are only 21-33 this season, which is below their expectations.
This has been a rough run for Bagley, who also missed 20 games in his rookie season.
Marvin Bagley III still does not have a timetable on his return from a broken thumb.
During the Sacramento Kings’ season opener, Bagley suffered a nondisplaced fracture of his right thumb. After an MRI, it was determined Bagley would be out of action for four-to-six weeks. As the three week mark nears, there’s still no timetable when the Kings big man will be game-ready.
Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft. As a rookie, he averaged 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and one block per game in 62 games. He is expected to be a big part of the Kings’ future, along with point guard De’Aaron Fox. Sacramento is looking to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2005-2006 season but they’re off to just a 3-6 start.
The Sacramento Kings were hit with the double whammy on Wednesday night.
Not only did they lose their season-opening game 124-95 to the Phoenix Suns, but they also are losing Marvin Bagley III due to injury.
The Kings announced on Thursday that an MRI showed Bagley has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Bagley had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes in the game.
The No. 2 overall pick by the Kings out of Duke last year, Bagley averaged 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 25.3 minutes per game last season as a rookie. The team drafted Bagley over Luka Doncic, which went against previous head coach Dave Joerger’s preference.
While most NBA fans were focused on the NBA Draft Thursday, Damian Lillard was busy dropping a diss track on Marvin Bagley III.
Bagley, who was a rookie for the Sacramento Kings last season, talked during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday about his rapping skills. He was asked about it by Max Kellerman and said he’s the best rapper in the NBA, better than Lillard.
Bagley even dropped a song on Thursday to prove his point.
A few hours later, Lillard responded with a song in which he made plenty of references to Bagley’s youth.
Lillard was asked by fans on Twitter why he dropped the track and shared the reason.
The Portland Trail Blazers guard has widely been recognized as the best rapper in the league. He has released two albums under his rap name “Dame D.O.L.L.A.” and is planning to release a third this summer. His first album, The Letter O released in 2016, got as high as seventh on the rap/hip hop album charts.
This was the last thing the Sacramento Kings needed entering the stretch run of the regular season.
Rookie Marvin Bagley III suffered a left knee injury on a screen late in the third quarter of the Kings’ 141-140 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Bagley did not return to the game. The Kings later announced that the rookie had a left knee sprain and would undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Bagley was seen with a brace on his left leg as he exited the locker room.
Bagley had 9 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes during the game. He is averaging 14 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season.