NBA Podcast: Sam Amick on the Kings, Sixers, Thunder and Timberwolves

On the latest episode of “Posting Up,” USA Today’s Sam Amick discusses his interview with Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler. (AP/Ben Margot)

Sam Amick has sat through plenty of Sacramento Kings losses. The former beat writer for the Sacramento Bee, who long ago moved on to bigger things and now covers the entire league for USA Today, still lives in the area, and has gone to countless Kings games. And, for the past decade, the franchise has been a perpetual loser.

It remains one today, but things are starting to feel a little different. Thursday, the Kings won for a second time in a row, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers after rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox hit a game-winning jumper with 14.1 seconds left to give Sacramento a 109-108 advantage that turned out to be the final score. Sacramento is playing a bunch of young guys, including fellow rookie Justin Jackson (who also had a nice game against Philadelphia), but it is Fox, the No. 5 overall pick in June’s draft, that clearly is ticketed to be the player to take over the mantle as face of the franchise — one currently vacant after DeMarcus Cousins was traded away last year.

That was just one of many topics host Tim Bontemps

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