Former guard Beno Udrih says Sacramento Kings are back ‘on track’

Jul 11, 2023, 5:00 PM

Head coach Mike Brown of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the first half against Sacramento Kin...

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Head coach Mike Brown of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the first half against Sacramento Kings at Arena on October 3, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Former Sacramento Kings guard and current Atlanta Hawks scout Beno Udrih joined Sactown Sports Tuesday to talk about the biggest adjustments he faced in the NBA as a foreign-born player, what he looks for when watching summer league games and how the Kings are on the right path, thanks in part to coach Mike Brown.

Udrih was a member of the Sacramento Kings from 2007-2011, the start of the organization’s playoff drought. That lasted for 16 seasons and was finally broken this past spring. When asked if last year was a fluke, Udrih believes the Kings are a team to be reckoned with for years to come.

“Hiring Mike Brown was a really, really good thing for them. I played against Mike Brown and I heard things about him, and he’s like on point, there’s no double standards,” Udrih said. “He did a really good job of putting the Kings back on track and I think we’re going to be watching Kings in the playoffs for quite a while.”

Additional topics discussed include:

  • What he’s looking for during NBA’s Summer League from a scouting perspective
  • His experience as a foreign-born player and what rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama can expect to experience
  • What were the biggest adjustments when he came to America to play professional basketball
  • How important is it for foreign-born players to land in the right organization
  • If 2022-23 was one good season or is the organization on the right track?
  • Who does he enjoy watching in the league right now

Click here to watch and listen to the full interview with Ben Udrih.

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