Last week, Kings chairman and majority owner Vivek Ranadivé filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission, seeking to raise $403 million to invest in cutting-edge technology companies that can benefit from the rush to digitization due to Covid-19. Ranadivé made his fortune in technology with the company he founded, TIBCO Software Inc., which he sold to Vista Equity Partners for $4.3 billion in 2014.
Barnes cleared protocol in California on Thursday night and boarded a flight to Orlando on Friday morning, coach Luke Walton said. Barnes will have to quarantine once again upon arrival inside the NBA’s bubble. “He finished his Sacramento protocol, so he is on a flight to Orlando now,” Walton said, via the Sacramento Bee. “We’re happy to be getting him in here and then he’ll have to start his two-day quarantine once he gets here and pass that protocol before he can join us on the court, but a big step for us as far as getting him out here.”
Barnes tested positive for the coronavirus in early July, shortly before the Kings flew to Orlando as a team. His recovery took nearly three weeks before he was able to register two consecutive negative tests. “We’re happy to be getting him in here, and then he’ll have to start his two-day quarantine once he gets here and pass that protocol before he can join us on the court,” Walton said in a video conference Friday. “But a big step for us as far as getting him out here.”
Holmes announced early last week that he had to quarantine for an extra period of time because he met a delivery food driver, which was a violation of the league’s health and safety protocol for the bubble. So what was it that led Holmes to make the decision? Some chicken wings. “I ordered some food, ordered some wings and went to grab the wings and I wasn’t really too aware of the borders,” Holmes said on Wednesday. “I stepped out, grabbed the food and came back and they just let me know they want me to be as safe as possible and had to enforce the rules, and I completely understand that. I won’t make that mistake again.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
I’m curious about the food. You’ve told me more than once the Bahamas has the best food, so how’s the food so far? Some have complained when they arrived. Buddy Hield: I’m grateful for the food and everything. I came from nothing, but you have to realize a lot of these guys come from Black communities so even though they probably didn’t grow up rich, they still had a mother’s love and touch into the food. So when you didn’t grow up rich, there was still a good cooked meal, it came from the heart, it was seasoned right, you know how it is. It’s a mother’s love. It didn’t matter if you were white or Black, it was a good, cooked meal. You don’t need a five-star lobster meal because we’re NBA players, no there’s a mother’s love in cooking. Whether it’s soul food, some fish, it was cooked in a way that you knew it was cooked right, it’s not cooked hotel right. I think when guys were complaining it wasn’t like “Oh we’re NBA players, we’re bougie.” We didn’t grow up on food like this, when we were poor, eating like this. So I think when people saw the pictures they thought “Oh, NBA players aren’t grateful.”
Buddy Hield: I think the pictures were meant to say “Hey we are grateful,” but then they talk about us being bougie. But our moms and our grandmothers cooked better food than this and we didn’t have no money. The hotel costs all this money and we get this kind of food. What sense does that make? I think people got the wrong picture. Because I grew up poor and my mom made sure she cooked a good ass breakfast and a good ass dinner. A mother’s cooking. You know when you’re back home, Black, white, rich or poor, even if you come from a poor family, that food is going to taste good. I didn’t complain about the food. I came up from nothing, but I knew my mom made a good ass meal for me every day. I didn’t have lunch money going to school but I knew I was coming home to some good ass pork chops or some stewed chicken.
DeMarcus Cousins: At the time, my agent actually wanted me to go to the pistons, which had the seventh pick. I was the fifth pick, they had the seventh pick, so they wanted me to go to the Pistons, which is crazy. I mean, like thinking long time or whatever the case may be, I guess it can make sense but as to why he would want me to drop in the draft. I don’t know. But I mean, it didn’t work out that way.
The Kings could look to fill Barnes’ roster spot if he cannot return, but that’s not the plan as of Friday. Walton said he talked to general manager Vlade Divac about the possibility of not having Barnes, but given his importance to the team, the Kings are willing to wait. “It’s also a conversation that the player needs to be involved in because ultimately it’s up to them to come out here and keep waiting,” Walton said. “As long as Harrison wants to keep pursuing and join the team, we’re not going to replace him. “It’s one of those things that even if he’s not ready for the first game, Harrison means so much to our team that — we’re out here trying to make a playoff push — so if we can somehow make that happen and Harrison can join for that part of the bubble, then we’re not going to give his spot away if that option is available.”
As for Harden? An explanation remained elusive. Despite Harden’s documented arrival, there was still no official update from the NBA or the Rockets. Was he sick? Was he dealing with a personal matter? Was he injured? Did he, like Westbrook, have coronavirus? These are questions that bookmakers in Vegas were asking, and without answers, they had to take unusual action. As of Thursday afternoon, major American sportsbooks like BetMGM, Caesars, SuperBook, William Hill and DraftKings were not taking bets on the July 31 game between the Rockets and Dallas Mavericks game. It was the only game from the NBA’s re-opening weekend removed from consideration. “We had to take it off the board,” says Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading at William Hill, one of America’s leading sports book operators. “We’re waiting on more information.”