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Keith Smart “leaning toward” playing Cousins Friday

Dec 28, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

Demarcus Cousins AP

Sacramento is hosting the New York Knicks on Friday night. The question is will we see a Tyson Chandler vs. DeMarcus Cousins battle in the paint. Chandler will be there ready to go.

But will Kings coach Keith Smart put his best player on the court?

He’s leaning toward playing Cousins, Smart reportedly said on a Sacramento radio show (as tweeted by our own Aaron Bruski).

Cousins was suspended by the team for a game following a profanity-laced halftime argument with Smart. But even when the organization allowed him to rejoin the team coach Keith Smart left Cousins at home when the Kings traveled up to Portland to face the Blazers Wednesday.

Cousins probably goes on Friday night, but don’t think the whole situation in Sacramento is solved and over.

Fortunately, there is strong ownership in Sacramento that will step in and… oh, wait, forget that.

  1. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Keith Smart is a joke. One of the most arrogant and egotistal coaches in the league but doesn’t have anything to back it up on the court. Cousins has been a problem, but Smart has made this very fixable situation far worse than it started out. I have no idea how this guy continues to opportunities to coach in this league.

    Until the Maloofs pay decent money to find a competent coach and not taking the easy way out on coaches like Smart, they’ll continue to struggle mightily as long as he’s there. Everyone wants to blame all of the players from Cousins to Evans to Fredette, but don’t wanna hold accountable the people that’s suppose to help develop them as players and professionals off the court. Just look at Golden State. Essentially the same team when Smart was there and now Mark Jackson has them a few games back from being the no. 1 seed in the West

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