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The Kings rookie guard spoke with Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes on the “Posted Up with Chris Haynes” podcast about being the 4th overall selection, joining a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in 16 seasons and why he found that to be a reason to be excited to go to Sacramento. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHRIS HAYNES: I had some intel before you were drafted that it was highly likely the Kings were going to take you at 4. And I know you had dinner with De'Aaron Fox. And you met with Sabonis before the draft. Was there anything that stuck out to you about Sacramento that-- well, first of all, did you know? Did you feel like that's where you were going? Or you still didn't know leading up to the draft? You can say it now.
KEEGAN MURRAY: Yeah, I didn't know. I didn't know at all. I try not to look at that stuff. Going into pre-draft, I had no clue. The media would say stuff about where you're projected and stuff like that. But I had no clue.
CHRIS HAYNES: You didn't read my stories, then, Keegan.
KEEGAN MURRAY: Nah.
CHRIS HAYNES: You didn't read my story. I was telling you where you was going, man. But go ahead.
KEEGAN MURRAY: Yeah, man, I just had no clue because I really just wanted to focus on myself. But yeah, I mean, I met with teams. And I felt like I had a good connection with Sacramento-- the coaching staff, the front office. So it was a place that I really wanted to go to. And I was fortunate that they picked me.
CHRIS HAYNES: What attracts you about Sacramento as far as basketball standpoint?
KEEGAN MURRAY: I think it's a challenge. I've faced challenges my whole life. And I think the biggest challenge is ending that drought-- that playoff drought. And I really wanted to be a part of the team that did that. And so that, for me, was a big incentive on wanting to come here. I know a lot of guys. They hear Sacramento and they're like, who is that? Like, I wouldn't want to be here. And it's a huge opportunity. It's a huge challenge. And I want to be a part of the team that gets over that hurdle.
CHRIS HAYNES: That stands out to me so much for many reasons because, yes, there is a perception of Sacramento where guys say, I don't want to go there. Some guys decide not to work out in some areas. But you look at it different. You were like, no, it's a challenge. And, at some point, something's going to change. So why not I be a part of that change, man? And so that's real-- that's real big that you have that type of mindset, man.
But what gives you the confidence now, Keegan, that you can be part of that change? What do you think-- after being part of organization for a little bit and seeing what you're capable of out there on the court, what gives you the mindset that, I can be a significant part of why the perception of the Sacramento Kings is going to change from here on out?
KEEGAN MURRAY: Yeah, I just think it's because of my mentality. I know that it's an 82-game season. There's going to be nights where I'm not going to shoot the ball well. But what else am I going to do? And I think we got guys that can do different things on the court and fill different roles. And I just think the vets that we have are really good and have been around the block before. So that just kind of enticed me on the court to just be a guy that wins-- just make winning plays and just help the team win every single night.