It’s never too early to be a sports fan. One of the newest is already backing the Kings.
Hayden Coombs on Monday posted a photo of his baby son wearing a Kings onesie and a Duke knit cap.
Coombs, who says he’s “a true blue diehard” Blue Devils fan, gave a shout to Kings rookies Harry Giles III and Marvin Bagley III in the tweet.
Hey @HGiiizzle and @MB3FIVE, could we get a little love for the world’s newest Blue Devil/Kings fan?#TheBrotherhood #GoDuke #SacramentoProud #TwinTowers #Newborn @DukeMBB @SacramentoKings pic.twitter.com/PW2B79Yx9M— Trick Nowitzki (@HaydenCoombs) July 30, 2018
The new fan’s name is Finley Von Coombs. He was born early Friday morning in Utah. Coombs’ tweet, which was posted at 4:58 p.m. Pacific time Monday, had 198 likes and 12 retweets as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Coombs, who lives in Cedar City, Utah, explained how he became a Kings fan.
“I grew up in Oregon, but my mom is from Sacramento, so she always cheered for the Kings,” Coombs said. “When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Scot Pollard and Mateen Cleaves.”
Coombs, who teaches journalism and sports media at Southern Utah University, added that one of his former students works in the Kings organization. That student recently brought him back a lot of gear from Sacramento.
The recent connection with Duke also helps. Bagley and Giles each spent one season at the university before being drafted in the NBA.
“These days, it’s hard not to be a Kings fan when they use first-round picks in back-to-back years to draft a Blue Devil,” Coombs said.
The Coombs father-and-son duo aren’t the only ones high on the two Kings rookies. ESPN’s Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton mentioned Bagley and Giles last week in their discussion on NBA Rookie of the Year favorites and surprises.
“I rank Bagley No. 3,” wrote Schmitz, who has Dallas Mavericks swingman Luka Doncic as his favorite. “Although we didn’t see it in Vegas or Sacramento, Bagley is a walking double-double. ... His hunger to score, athleticism and aggression on the offensive glass should lead to some big scoring and rebounding nights, even if he doesn’t always make others better or impact winning. ... It’s hard to ignore his 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game with a 65.2 true shooting percentage at Duke.”
Pelton, who picked Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton as his top choice, had Bagley at No. 4, but he named Giles as a dark-horse candidate.
“I’m going off the board to the 2017 draft to take Harry Giles, who — much like last year’s Rookie of the Year, Ben Simmons — missed his first season in the NBA with an injury,” Pelton wrote. “... Giles was probably more effective than Bagley in summer play, averaging 14.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per 36 minutes.”
“Love the Giles call,” Schmitz wrote. “He was fantastic in Vegas, and I agree that he could be poised for a big rookie (or sophomore?) season.”
Bagley and Giles aren’t the only former Blue Devils to play for Sacramento. The Kings drafted Bobby Hurley with the No. 7 overall pick in 1993 and have also had Alaa Abdelnaby, Seth Curry, Dahntay Jones, Martin Nessley and Shelden Williams on the roster.
The team also drafted Gary Trent Jr. with its second-round pick in June, but traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers.