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Kings have players-only meeting before beating Bucks

Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins AP

The value of player-only meetings gets wildly overstated in the NBA. But there can be value if there is honesty and accountability taking place.

After the Kings beat the Bucks on Thursday night several players referenced a meeting called by veteran Chuck Hayes after the Kings had lost a couple nights earlier to Denver.

While the Paul Westphal firing was playing out on the big stage, it was Hayes and some film study that may have made the biggest difference, several players told the Sacramento Bee.

At the meeting, said DeMarcus Cousins, players “had our heart-to-hearts, we all discussed what we need to do better, we all held each other accountable. Chuck, he got on the bigs. I got on the bigs. (Francisco Garcia) got on the guards.

“It showed tonight,” Cousins said. “We went over film and showed our mistakes, just rotations and how in the offense we catch (the ball) and just stop. So we went over a lot and we got a good thing out of it.”

The Kings did have their best effort of the young season in the second half Thursday, coming from 21 down to get the win. Of course, now that leader in Hayes will be out for a month, which is not the kind of thing a team meeting can make up for.

  1. dirtydavis - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Pssshh! They still going to lose a Sh*t load of agames

  2. dirtydavis - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Pssshh! They still going to lose a Sh*t load of a games

  3. rajbais - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    And they discussed “how really smart is Keith Smart??”

    • Josh Perez - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      How really smart is Keith Smart?
      Probably Kmart smart.

  4. jmclarkent - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I think that the Kings need a true PG. Evens is a phenomenal talent, but I think he’d be more effective at the 2 or (point) 3. They have talent, but something about their offense flow just doesn’t seem “right”.

  5. letsgosharks - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    they discussed things like “where are the best places to eat in Anaheim” and “Do pro athletes get discounts for Disneyland?”

  6. mrlitl - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    And who got on Demarcus Cousins?? Surely someone told him what an overrated jerk he is.

  7. bparmalee - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    If it was a NBA players only meeting I dont think half of them would have been allowed in. Kings fans deserve better. If only you could get as much for Cousins in real life as you can in NBA2K.

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