As a result, Holmes is back in quarantine for eight more days:
— Richaun Holmes (@Rich_Holmes22) July 13, 2020
Did someone use the “snitch hotline” to rat out Holmes? It's technically possible since the NBA is actually urging players to call out their fellow brothers if they break the rules in Orlando, but a previous report claimed it hasn't been used yet:
It’s been six days since the first batch of teams arrived on the Walt Disney campus and league sources tell Yahoo Sports that the “snitch hotline” has not been utilized…yet.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 13, 2020
Perhaps Kelly Oubre Jr. performed an act of sneaky sabotage:
oh dear pic.twitter.com/ru79pOWEwy
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) July 13, 2020
This all makes Holmes' own words from a few days ago look rather funny:
The Sacramento Kings’ Richaun Holmes during a Zoom session from the bubble today: “I’ve seen complaints about the food, I’ve been good down here. I would just say, thank y’all for the food”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 11, 2020
Luckily for the Kings, De'Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III weren't the ones who broke the bubble. Even though Holmes is a talented player, he's not as important to the team as Fox, Barnes and Bagley are.
To make the 2020 playoffs, the Kings have to play extremely well in the eight seeding games and hope the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers falter. Sacramento hasn't made the playoffs since 2006. The team won just 28 games before the season was suspended in March after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
Holmes, who began his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers, is averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Kings this season. The Illinois native is shooting 65.4 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Kings will face the Spurs, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Pelicans (twice), Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers in the seeding games.