SACRAMENTO – Bigger, stronger and smarter.
Marvin Bagley is back in town after an impressive rookie season to attend the Kings mini-camp setup to the California Classic on Monday.
The old power forward has so far gained about five pounds this summer as it focuses on more weight and muscle for its lanky 6ft 11 frame. It will take a few years for the former number 2 in the 2018 NBA Draft to get on the right track.
"It was a priority to get a little bit stronger this summer," Bagley said. "Not too strong to run and jump and play as I play, but put on some weight and just work on every aspect of my game and try to be ready, man, it's going to be an exciting season." [BagleyisalreadylearningtheslangoftheKings'newcoachingstaffandthegameslowsdownforhiminsecondgradedescribedbyseveraltrainersasa"spam""Ifeelnew-Ifeellikeanewperson"Bagleysaid"IremembercomingbacklastseasonanditwasallsoconfusingtomethatIwasjustplayingoutsideandtryingtoplayhardbutnowthatBagleyisgoingthroughawholeyearthingsaredifferentexperiencedthecourseandlearneddifferentthingslastyeareverythingisabitslowerandIunderstandit"
Despite his young age, he could explain some of what the coaching staff is trying to do to his som Implementing merliga teammates is a big step forward in its development.
Bagley, along with Frank Mason and Caleb Swanigan, were used as tools on the field as the Kings & # 39; employees worked to implement makeshift offensive and defensive actions for the upcoming tournaments.
"It's huge. Every time we do demonstrations, look at the guys who went out there to demonstrate, "said Jesse Mermuys, summer league manager. "You already have a feeling they already have knowledge of NBA terminology. For many of these guys, for the first time they hear a completely different language. "
For young players, this is a natural progression, rookie campaigns are always filled with chaos and mistakes, and in year two, players usually begin to settle in and understand the nuances of the game.
In addition to his Busy off-season program, Bagley has recovered on the night of the NBA draft from his well-known rap fight with Damian Lillard.
"It's all love, man, it's just rappin '," said Bagley from his fight with the Trail Blazers star. "I respect lady, I like his music, he does everything I try, he has a shoe, he is in the league and he was an all-star, he makes music. Everything I try, he did. "
Bagley said the exchange was just fun and he was glad to prove his ability as a rapper in court, both he and Lillard are currently working on albums, which is a good option, the time t drive in the long low season.
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Expect Bagley will play in the first or second game of the California Classic earlier this week, but he will not be with the team for Travel the second part of the summer league schedule to Las Vegas.
After this week, Bagley is getting ready for Team USA Select Team Camp in August and Kings Training Camp in late September.