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  1. This Kings offseason looks too much like last Kings offseason

    May 9, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    One year ago right now, the biggest concern for Sacramento Kings fans was that the team’s owners — the Maloof family — were going to pack up and move the Kings as soon as they could. That issue overshadowed the on the court questions about the young core of the team and how they would…

  2. Owner says Smart will return as Kings coach next season

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:28 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Keith Smart has seemed to make a connection with the Kings players. That has not translated to winning yet — since he took over and the team has gone 10-18. But you are seeing better energy and play out of DeMarcus Cousins, you are seeing better defense, you’re seeing a respectable team starting to form.…

  3. His new coach talks DeMarcus Cousins and maturity

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Somewhere near the top of the list of things Keith Smart has to do that his predecessor as coach of the Sacramento Kings (Paul Westphal) couldn’t do is build a good relationship with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is immensely talented but with an ego to match. He’s not loved in his own locker room, other teams…

  4. DeMarcus Cousins is only responsible for being DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins Royals

    We tend to treat NBA players as action figures. Fun to look at and watch do whatever actions they do, ultimately hollow, and easily classifiable. “This one is a hero.” “This one is a villain.” The problem is that these are people. I’m not imploring you to be more considerate of their feelings; that’s a…

  5. Keith Smart signs two-year deal to coach Kings

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart had an impossible situation in Golden State when he became head coach. Not long after he was hired the team was sold to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber whose mandate was to change the culture of a franchise that had been to the playoffs once in 17 years. Smart coached the…

  6. Sacramento Kings fire Paul Westphal as coach

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings

    Locker room dissention plus confusion on the court equaled the firing of Paul Westphal as coach of the Sacramento Kings. The team made the announcement Thursday. Keith Smart will take over in the interim, starting Thursday night when the Kings host the Bucks. The Kings were 2-5 but not really playing even that well, with…

  7. DeMarcus Cousins will suit up for Kings, not start Tuesday

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins will be in a Kings uniform on the bench Tuesday night when the Kings take on the Memphis Grizzlies. After that… who knows? He will not start, reports Jason Jones at the Sacramento Bee, but from there things get really murky. Cousins will dress for tonight’s game but will not start, Westphal said….…

  8. Report: DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings for road trip

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the Sacramento Kings…. The soap opera that has become the Sacramento Kings will go on the road, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Source says DeMarcus Cousins will be joining the Kings on their road trip to Memphis and Denver. It means that some kind of truce has…

  9. Kings GM, owner say no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:08 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    The Sacramento Kings are creating a textbook case of “how not to handle an unhappy player.” DeMarcus Cousins and coach Paul Westphal got into another in a long series of arguments after Saturday night’s Kings loss to the Knicks. Sunday, the coach released a statement saying Cousins had demanded a trade and was not going…

  10. The complexity of the Kings’ Cousins situation

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:53 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    Following the Kings’ press release from Coach Paul Westphal concerning DeMarcus Cousins‘ behavior following a recent loss, the Kings are kind of facing a disaster. To list the things that should not happen in a professional sports organization A professional ball player should not behave in such a way as to elicit multiple suspensions and…

  11. Kings players on Paul Westphal’s offense: “What offense?”

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:43 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings

    “What offense?” When the guy who is supposed to be the anchor in the middle for your franchise for the next decade says that about the team’s offensive system, you’ve got a serious issue. You’ve got a coach on the hot seat. You’ve got Sacramento. In the race to the bottom for the first coach…

  12. What the Kings should do when the lockout ends…

    Sep 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Paul Westphal, Tyreke Evans

    This is the next installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Today it’s the Sacramento Kings. You can also read up on the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks as we start to work our way through all 30 NBA teams. Last Season: So much for all that dazzling promise. The Kings were like that…

  13. Tyreke Evans wants his role defined in Sacramento

    Jul 31, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Paul Westphal, Tyreke Evans

    This is another problem that can in part be chalked up to the lockout. Tyreke Evans remains the guy that will make the King’s offense go next year — he’s finally healthy again — and now he’s got an interesting potential backcourt mate in just drafted Jimmer Fredette. Except, Evans and Fredette basically play the same…

  14. Antoine Wright says that the Kings were a mess

    Jun 15, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick has an excellent story up today on former top prospect Antoine Wright, who has allowed himself to go from a top prospect to a first-round pick to a journeyman who spent last season playing in China and is now looking for an NBA job at the age of 27. The piece…

  15. Maloofs throw support behind GM Petrie amid swirling rumors

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:30 PM EST

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    You know how when you move it’s time to go through the closet and do a little pruning? Like throwing out the Neil Diamond sequin shirt that seemed like such a good idea when you were drinking in Vegas. You know, just pare down and clean up your life a little. Rumors have been making…

  16. Is Doc Rivers ready to walk away from Boston after season?

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

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    Doc Rivers almost left the Boston Celtics last season, but after coming within a quarter of an NBA title, and with the core of his team back, he decided to return and make another run at it. But will he walk away this summer? A lot of people in the coaching fraternity think he will,…

  17. DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings, be fined for fracas

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:43 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE 8:17 pm: The amount of the fine was one game’s salary for Cousins (about $41,000), according to Sam Amick at FanHouse. So, the Kings say it wasn’t a suspension, but he sat out one game and was docked one game’s pay. Hmmm. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…. 4:43…

  18. Kings’ Carl Landry smacks coach Paul Westphal

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Carl Landry

    Paul Westphal has struggled to get along with his best big man (DeMarcus Cousins), has struggled to get everyone on the same page on offense, and he has struggled with rumors of losing his job. (He’s not getting fired, if you take the word of a team owner.) Wednesday, Carl Landry was willing to publicly…

  19. Joe Maloof offers Geoff Petrie and Paul Westphal a bit of breathing room

    Dec 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    The 5-22 Kings, owners of the worst record in the entire league despite having some talented young pieces, are a genuine disappointment on a number of levels. As Sacramento’s season has spiraled further and further into the abyss, rumors and reports of the seemingly inevitable firing of Paul Westphal have begun to surface. Indications that…

  20. Sacramento is just a train wreck

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

    Kings Hornets Basketball

    DeMarcus Cousins — the guy who lost his starting job after coach Paul Westphal called him unprofessional — was coming off the court in the fourth quarter and was offered a high five by Westphal Thursday night. Cousins declined it. Westphal grabbed is arm and they had words. Again. And that may have been third…

  21. Paul Westphal’s seat gets hot in Sacramento

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings

    The Sacramento Kings are not a good basketball team. Their offense is terrible, and they’re somehow worse on defense. Their record of 5-21 on the season — and 1-9 in their last 10 games — is indicative of a young team that is regressing, not improving. Then there is the mess surrounding the curious benching…

  22. Kings bench, fine DeMarcus Cousins for giving “choke” sign during game

    Dec 22, 2010, 7:42 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    With 19 seconds left and the Kings up five points on the Warriors Tuesday night, Golden State’s Reggie Williams went to the free throw line and missed the first of two pretty badly off the front rim. DeMarcus Cousins did a little taunting, walking out into the lane and making the choking gesture. That offended…

  23. DeMarcus Cousins shows maturity by admitting immaturity

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    dcousins

    DeMarcus Cousins: Real trouble or just immature? It may be a little of both, but more just immature if you look at what he told Sam Amick of FanHouse about being thrown out of practice Monday. “I was being selfish,” Cousins said after tallying 20 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Indiana on…

  24. How DeMarcus Cousins is securing Paul Westphal’s job

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    There are problems with the Sacramento Kings — they are not good and seem to be getting worse. They are a terrible shooting team that has the fourth worst offense in the NBA despite having Tyreke Evans in it. Their defense isn’t much better — and it’s all slipping, they are 1-9 in their last…

  25. Kings assign Hassan Whiteside to the D-League

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    whiteside

    This is exactly how NBA teams should use the D-League. Hassan Whiteside is just a ridiculous athlete, but he’s still figuring out how to play basketball at the NBA level. He needs time on the court, something Paul Westphal can’t really give him in Sacramento right now. So Whiteside has been assigned to the D-League’s…

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