James Giles

As one of the new faces of Puma’s basketball brand, Bagley finds the parallels in elevating a shoe company and a franchise that have either been overlooked or ignored over the past decade. The lefty possesses a unique offensive repertoire and the confidence that he can handle what’s ahead. “It’s definitely something that I’ve been thinking about. It’s definitely a challenge, coming into something new, on and off the floor,” Bagley told Yahoo Sports. “I’m excited for it and I can’t wait to continue to grow and build.”

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Harry Giles will finally see the floor after sitting out the entire 2017-18 season rehabbing his right knee. (Getty)

The revival of Harry Giles

Bagley would perhaps feel more pressure if he were forced to confront the responsibilities alone but he’ll have fellow Duke alum Giles around to share in the experience. Giles, whom the Kings drafted and stashed in 2017, will be one of the more interesting rookies, having missed all of last season while recovering from a torn right ACL injury that cost him his senior season in high school and contributed to an ineffective freshman season in college.

After being considered the top prospect from a high school class that included Jayson Tatum, Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson and Fox, Giles slipped to 20th in the draft, a slight that led to him choosing to wear No. 20. An intense competitor who has drawn comparisons to Kevin Garnett for his passion and chirpiness, Giles has included Garnett’s nickname, “Big Ticket” into his Instagram handle – @bigticket_hg. Giles is eager to show the rest of the league what it has been missing, but his best friend and former Duke teammate, Tatum, and mentor, Chris Paul, have all advised him not to be in a hurry to regain his lost status or prove anything.

“It’s my time. I’m anxious to be out there, attacking every day,” Giles told Yahoo Sports. “It’s hard. I’m still trying to get through that. My coaches are telling me to slow down, my teammates and my peers, people that I look up to, just telling me, ‘Slow yourself down. You’ve been away from the game for almost two years, your rhythm will come back.’ Jayson told me, ‘Let it come to you. You can’t get it all back in one game.'”

Giles said the experience of sitting out the entire season helped him mature and learn how to manage life outside of basketball while also understanding the work required to be a professional. Ben Simmons’s rookie-of-the-year performance after sitting out his first season has served as an inspiration for taking his time. “You’re in a state where you want to play but you can’t and you have to be patient, let your body heel and let your mind grow, become a student of the game, completely. You’re in the student phase before playing. Once that comes together, your time comes, you’ve put in your work, put in your pain, and learn, it’ll come back and be a great thing,” Giles told Yahoo Sports. “You feel like you want to give up at times, but you’ve got to think about why you started playing, that love for the game, and that’ll bring you through it every day.”

Waiting out the Warriors

By the time the Golden State Warriors have decided to quit ruining the NBA and James has long since relented the title as the game’s best player, the Kings want to have a collection of talented players entering their respective primes and poised to reward their dedicated fans for an excruciating wait. They might not live up to Divac’s “super team” proclamations but Bagley maintains that they have the potential to reach that standard.

“I think we do. It’s just nobody sees it yet,” Bagley told Yahoo Sports. “We believe. I can see, if we continue to grow as a team and get the chemistry where [we] want it to be, it’ll definitely be up there. It takes work. It’s a process to get to that point. But I believe with our age, everybody is young, we can build up and we can definitely get to that point.”

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Source : https://sports.yahoo.com/sacramento-kings-nbas-next-super-team-142323351.html

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