Sacramento Kings big man Marvin Bagley recently addressed the stir he caused across social media by liking a tweet about wanting to leave the team. He was surprisingly candid about the topic while addressing it.
“First of all, it’s my Twitter, bro,” Bagley said during an appearance on the Halfway Decent Pod. “It’s my Twitter. It has my name on it. I can like whatever I choose and please, and whatever I feel like liking.”
Bagley went on to explain why he liked the tweet.
“That just came from frustration,” he said. “I wouldn’t even say frustration, just that built-up fire. I think I did it after watching Trae [Young] go for 50 in the playoffs, and they’re winning. As a competitor, that just makes me want to get to that and I need to be there. I want to be there bad. I think, doing that, it was just one of those things where the competitor came out in me, like I’ve got to be there. I’ve got to do whatever I’ve got to do to be in this position.”
While every player in the NBA wants to win, it seems that the Kings’ lengthy streak of losing seasons is starting to get under Bagley’s skin. Despite not living up to lofty expectations, Bagley is a decent NBA player. He is understandably itching to experience postseason basketball.
The 22-year-old is coming off of a 2020-21 season in which he averaged 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Through the first three seasons of his career, he is averaging 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.
The Kings have the No. 9 pick in the upcoming draft. Perhaps they can add some elite young talent through that avenue. If Sacramento wants to get back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season, it is going to need to address some of the holes in its roster.