Entering the 2019-20 NBA season, the Sacramento Kings were picked by many to take another step forward in their development and sneak into the Western Conference playoffs.
After a rocky start, the Kings seemed to find their footing after the All-Star break and had climbed to within 3.5 games of the eighth seed when the NBA paused its season on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Veteran Sacramento guard Cory Joseph was encouraged by the progress, and believes his team was ready to get over the hump and into the post-season.
“We were rolling,” Joseph said in a recent interview with Sportsnet’s Brad Fay on Basketball Central @Home. “We were playing well, we were playing together, we were coming into our own. We were a young team figuring things out before the All-Star break and then we started rolling. We definitely felt like we could have competed with anybody.”
Joseph’s NBA goals weren’t the only thing impacted by the coronavirus. The 28-year-old was also on track to suit up for Canada this summer as the nation looked to punch its ticket to the Tokyo Olympics. The Games have been postponed until 2021, forcing Canada to wait a little longer for its chance to qualify.
“We were anxious to play together to try and make it to the Olympics,” Joseph said. “We felt like we had a good shot with everybody playing but it doesn’t change the course, we’re all going to stick together and hopefully we’ll all be there next year.”
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