It was a whirlwind weekend for the number six overall NBA Draft Pick, Buddy Hield.
This past Sunday (February 18), Hield was included in a trade that sent the former New Orleans Pelicans’ guard to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for All-Star big man, DeMarcus Cousins.
Tuesday evening Hield broke his silence, since the trade, via social media. In a photo posted on the 6’4” shooting guard’s Instagram handle, where Sacramento Kings loyalists were photographed greeting him, Hield expressed optimism about the move.
In the caption attached to the photo Hield voiced, “My God Never Fails Me and Never Make Mistakes. #KingsNation I’m Here. #LetsGo.”
An enthusiastic bunch greeted Hield upon his arrival, where he was interviewed about how he felt being in Sacramento and his initial reaction to the move.
In the interview posted on buddyhieldfans.com, the Eight Mile Rock Native said, “I feel great. Everyone’s embracing me like this … it kind of feels like I wanted to be here now. I didn’t know what to expect coming off of the plane. But now I see all these fans here shouting my name it gives me more peace and I’m ready to go put on for Sacramento.”
In reference to the trade he noted, “I was kind of in shock; uncertainty, not knowing what to expect, but I know God don’t make no mistakes with wherever he puts me so I’m here for a reason. So, I’m glad to be in this position and ready to take Sacramento to higher heights.”
It’s obvious that expectations will be high for Hield, once the NBA regular season continues this evening. As he’s always been, a hardworking Hield expressed he would continue to put in the work for ‘Cowbell Nation.’
“They traded for me and traded a big piece of their team for me, so I know I have to come here and put on and give Sacramento my all. I know it’s not easy, but I’m a hard worker and I’ll try get everybody together and work as hard as we can to move forward to championships.”
To make those expectations taller, Kings management have been quoted saying they see Stephen Curry potential in their new shooting guard. Nonetheless, Hield made it known that it is only a “vision” they see in him and voiced he’ll continue to be player that got him drafted into the association.
“They see a vision in me, but I’m going to be Buddy … I worked hard since I was a little boy. They obviously saw my work in Oklahoma, but now I’m going to work my butt off to be the player I need to be and get to the player I need to become.
“It’s going to be a tough task night-in-and-night-out, but I’m built for it.”
Hield will look to build off of his 28-point, six-rebound performance in this past weekend’s BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge moving forward in the season.
Tonight, the Kings (24-33) take on the Denver Nuggets (25-31) in Sacramento. The second half of the season is where the playoff picture begins to take form. The Kings currently sit in ninth place and are a game and a half behind the Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Tip-off between the Kings and Nuggets is 10:30 p.m.
Published Thursday, February 23, 2017