The Kings recorded a statement win on Sunday, defeating the Golden State Warriors 122-115 at Golden 1 Center. A victory over the defending NBA champions put the rest of the league on notice that Sacramento is here to contend.
Coach Mike Brown has brought a culture change to a Kings organization that has missed the playoffs for 16 straight seasons. It’s one thing for the coaching staff and players to believe that a change is underway, but it’s another when the opposition begins noticing the changes. Warriors forward Draymond Green has noticed the shift in the team’s improvements.
“They’re playing a lot harder than they were,” Green told reporters on Sunday. “They’re a lot better defensively than they were. De’Aaron Fox is playing like the player that everybody thought he’d be coming out of college. And he had spurts, where he’s played up to that level.
“He’s playing great basketball across the board. And when you’re getting your point guard playing that type of ball, everybody else falls in line.”
Additionally, Green noted that Fox isn’t the only player benefitting from the Kings’ culture shift under Brown, as 2022 No. 4 overall pick Keegan Murray also is hitting the ground running to start his career.
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“He can play,” Green added. “I’m not just going to say he can shoot the basketball. I know that’s what people are trying to just make him to be just a shooter.
“He can play, he can shoot the ball, he can post, he can put the ball on the floor, he can get to the paint and finish … He looked like he’s been out there for six, seven years already.”