Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley’s injury is just the latest setback

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Sacramento Kings’ big man Marvin Bagley suffered yet another setback injuring his foot in Sunday’s practice.

What did the Sacramento Kings do to deserve this? Seriously, has there ever been a team hit with a string of worse luck in around a two-week span than the Kings have had to deal with?

The team announced on Monday that big man Marvin Bagley had suffered some sort of foot injury in Sunday’s practice and was undergoing an MRI to determine the extent.

The injury reportedly occurred when Bagley came down on a teammate’s foot while trying to secure an offensive rebound. And while we await the announcement regarding the seriousness of the injury, we’re left to ponder.

How could so much go so wrong in such little time?

Four Kings players have tested positive for COVID-19 including the likes of Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes. Richaun Holmes has been forced into quarantine for 10 days after he left the bubble.

De’Aaron Fox suffered a sprained ankle in practice and now Bagley has injured his foot once again. The Kings were looking forward to the restart of the NBA season so that they could attempt to break their NBA-worst 13-year playoff drought.

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Now, they’re just hoping to have enough players to compete.

Marvin Bagley’s latest injury is a major blow to the Sacramento Kings.

For Bagley, this is just the latest setback in what has undoubtedly been a frustrating season for the former No. 2 overall pick.

After missing 20 games as a rookie due to knee and back injuries, Bagley hoped to return to full health and make important strides in his second NBA season.

Instead, the former Duke star has played just 13 games this season as a result of various injuries. A broken thumb suffered on opening night kept him out for nearly two months. Then in December, he reaggravated a left foot injury after just four games back.

Now, he’ll likely miss time — perhaps the rest of the season — with an injury to his right foot. The poor guy can’t catch a break, and his injuries have done little to silence his doubters.

Bagley hasn’t played a game for the Kings since January. But with Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica expected to be the team’s only options at center besides Bagley, the hope was that he would make the most of this eight-game restart.

Unfortunately, he might not even get that chance now.

This was supposed to be the year that Bagley took the next step after a somewhat underwhelming rookie season.

The Kings were hoping to see Bagley expand his offensive game by becoming more of an outside scoring threat. They were hoping to see him make significant strides on defense using his athleticism to guard multiple positions.

Instead, he hasn’t even been able to stay on the court.

Sacramento’s front office and coaching staff swear up and down that Bagley is the future of the organization and that his talent will eventually shine through. But there’s no way of knowing whether that’s true or not if he can’t stay healthy.

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So we’re simply left asking ourselves one question. What did the Kings do to deserve this?