Everyone involved with the Sacramento Kings held their collective breaths on Friday night, as prized rookie Marvin Bagley III went down with an apparent knee injury. Bagley, the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, went up for a rebound against the Golden State Warriors and came down awkwardly on his left leg. He was able to move, but was in obvious pain and eventually had to get helped to the back.
A player gingerly moving because of a knee injury is a terrifying sight, especially when they shoulder as expectations as high as the ones Sacramento has for the former Duke standout. Bagley didn’t return after this, and the Kings ended up losing to the two-time defending champs, 130-125, but fortunately, things weren’t as bad as they may have looked.
Sacramento announced that Bagley didn’t suffer any sort of structural damage to his knee, and instead, there’s a bone bruise that will cause him to get evaluated some time in the next two weeks.
“An MRI taken this evening on Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III revealed a left knee bone bruise,” the team said in a statement. “The rookie out of Duke left the game during second quarter action against the Golden State Warriors and did not return. He will be reevaluated in 10 to 14 days and an update will be provided at that time.”
Bagley has been a dynamic option off the bench for Sacramento this season, averaging 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and one block in 23.1 minutes per game during his rookie campaign. While there has been a bit of controversy surrounding his role with the team this year, there’s no doubt that Bagley is an important piece to the puzzle for the Kings, and the fact that he didn’t suffer a major knee injury is great news.