Veteran Kent Bazemore sounds off on Sacramento’s inexperience leading to struggles
The Kings suffered another loss on Sunday, falling to the Orlando Magic 132-116, marking their second straight defeat inside the Disney World bubble. For his part, Kings veteran swingman Kent Bazemore has taken on a bit of a silver-lining approach to the team’s struggles, explaining how Sacramento can use the current situation as invaluable learning experience.
Bazemore admitted that their young team lacks the experience needed to make a significant run in the postseason, but also expressed his optimism for the future.
“I just think overall it’s a very good learning experience for a very young team that hasn’t been in a playoff-type atmosphere,” Bazemore said, via James Ham of NBC Sports. “I think the intensity down here is reminiscent of the playoffs, without the 20,000 people. So it’s an eye-opening experience for a lot of guys.
“We’ve got to understand that it’s a sprint. We’ve got to come out with a better sense of urgency. It’s just something that you can’t really explain to a guy, they have to go through it.”
Bazemore arrived in Sacramento in January following a trade deal from the Portland Trail Blazers. He is currently an expiring deal, and it remains to be seen if he will remain a King for beyond this season.
For Sacramento, two straight defeats have dealt a significant blow to their playoff chances. Nonetheless, they are just three games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, so at this point, all hope is not lost.