Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox did not hide that he was surprised when he learned that they will not have a lot of nationally-televised games in the 2019-20 NBA season.
The Kings will only be featured in one ESPN game next season, which will be against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans. Sacramento will not have televised games on ABC and TNT, but they have seven games on NBA TV, which is not considered a national TV game.
National TV breakdown for all 30 teams. (ABC included this time, apologies.) Lakers have the most, Cavs and Hornets the least. pic.twitter.com/7yA3Ku5RpP
— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) August 12, 2019
Reacting to the TV schedule, Fox said that they have to deal with it, and that their fans will just watch their games next season through NBA League Pass, per Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento.
"It is what it is, people are going to use league pass to watch us play regardless." – De'Aaron Fox on his Sacramento Kings not getting many nationally televised games for the upcoming season.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) August 14, 2019
Fox have high expectations for the Kings this year after their surprising performance in the 2018-19 NBA season. Sacramento finished with a 39-43 card, which is good for ninth place in the Western Conference. In a recent interview with Jason Jones of The Athletic, he said that they will be no longer underdogs in the West.
“I think it’s a little bit different because last year there weren’t many expectations, so we were winning games and it was surprising people,” Fox said. ” Now with the way our roster is filled out, we kind of got the things that we needed and if we come out guns blazing the way we did last year, I don’t think it will be as surprising.”