Newly-signed Warriors guard Donte DiVincenzo spent part of the 2021-22 NBA season with the Kings after being included in a four-team deal that sent Serge Ibaka to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 25-year-old was in Sacramento for a few months but got a feel for where the organization was headed. DiVincenzo spoke to 95.7 The Game's "Damon & Ratto" about his time with the Kings and going from a championship-winning team like the Bucks to one that hasn't made the playoffs since 2006.
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"When I was there, it wasn't as bad as everyone says it is; I think there were trying to figure things out this past season," DiVincenzo said.
"They made a really good decision in coach [Mike] Brown, and the staff he's brought on top to bottom so far has been really helpful, and like I said it was as bad when I joined, and it will only get better for years to come."
Sacramento hired former Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown in May, adding the championship pedigree he built with Golden State, looking to change the culture of a struggling franchise looking to once again compete in the Western Conference.
Brown will have some young building blocks to lay the foundation for a winning culture with star guard De'Aaron Fox, second-year guard Davion Mitchell and 2022 No. 4 overall pick Keegan Murray, who look to turn the franchise around.
"I got the vibe and everything that he's going to be an amazing fit there, even in the short time I was out there," DiVincenzo said. "He just commands so much attention and respect from everybody that he was talking to, and I think he's going to do nothing but great things over there."
Despite having high praise for Brown, DiVincenzo will not be part of this new era of Kings basketball after he signed a two-year, $9.3 million contract with the Warriors.