Rico Hines Rumors
An interesting aspect of the Watson hire could be how it impacts Pascal Siakam. Watson has many connections to Siakam’s camp and this could be a case of adding a solid coach who also has that tie. Watson starred at UCLA on teams that also featured one of Siakam’s agents, Todd Ramasar, and Rico Hines, a player development coach with the Sacramento Kings who also has spent multiple summers working hard on Siakam’s game in Los Angeles, with obvious results. Watson has been at some of those runs.
As is always the case ahead of the NBA draft and free agency, the rumour mill has been churning, including with some unverified talk that Toronto has been looking to move Siakam. Maybe we’re reaching here and in four days this will look like a wild take, but bringing in Watson doesn’t seem like an addition a team looking to deal Siakam would make.
Rico Hines is a basketball institution, just don’t expect him to ever say that about himself. Just know that there are a lot of players in the NBA who owe some part of their success to him. Hines, a Kings assistant coach, is part of the player development staff that includes Bobby Jackson, Stacey Augmon, Lindsey Harding and Will Scott.
This is Hines’ first season with the Kings, but he is hardly new to working with the best basketball players in the world. His sessions at UCLA over the past few summers have become where players need to be if they want to get in some serious work in the offseason and not settle for random pickup basketball. James Harden, Kevin Durant and Pascal Siakam are a small sampling of players who work with Hines. The Kings’ Marvin Bagley III and Buddy Hield are also among those who take part in this generation’s famed UCLA runs, ones which were once dominated by the likes of Magic Johnson.