Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EST
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.
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