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DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I Don’t Respect’ Charles Barkley
Feb15

DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I Don’t Respect’ Charles Barkley

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is not a fan of hall of famer Charles Barkley’s recent comments.

Cousins, who was voted onto the All-Star team, fired back at Barkley this weekend for questioning Cousins’ being consulted for the hiring of head coach George Karl this week.

“It ain’t personal,” Cousins said when asked about Barkley, who is also an analyst on TNT. “I mean, I don’t really respect the guy, but at the same time, I don’t really care what he thinks either.  I don’t respect him, and I don’t care what he thinks.”

Barkley wasn’t happy when discussing this topic earlier this week.

“Why are they discussing it with him?” Barkley said during a TNT telecast. “Yeah, I am totally disgusted with that. … He hasn’t done enough to deserve that type of power. [The Kings] stink. Why would you give a guy that young that type of power?

“If you’re a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon or somebody like that, yeah, you deserved that type of power after you have earned it,” Barkley continued.  “Let me just say this either way, that’s just total bulls—. That’s ridiculous.”

The Kings are 18-34 and sit in 13th in the Western Conference.

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Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach
Feb13

Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team’s new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro announced Thursday.

ESPN.com reports it’s a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.

Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor.

“I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person,” D’Alessandro said in a statement. “He’s a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward.”

Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.

Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Karl Reaches Deal, Will Become Kings Head Coach
Feb13

Karl Reaches Deal, Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team’s new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro announced Thursday.

ESPN.com reports it’s a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.

Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor.

“I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person,” D’Alessandro said in a statement. “He’s a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward.”

Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.

Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Cousins Replaces Bryant in All-Star Game
Jan31

Cousins Replaces Bryant in All-Star Game

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been selected to take the place of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the 2015 All-Star Game, league commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

Cousins will make his first All-Star appearance and becomes the first King since 2004 to be selected as an All-Star.

“Honestly, I really didn’t expect myself to make it,” Cousins said. “I mean, the West was so tough this year and there are so many talented guys in the West. But the crazy thing is, me and Dame (Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard) were texting after the results came out and I was telling him, ‘Man, you know you’re going to make this team, like, it’s nothing.’ It’s just kind of crazy how things worked out.”

Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game).

The NBA All-Star Game takes place at Madison Square Garden on Sunday Feb. 15.

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Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone
Dec15

Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a move that has some people around the NBA scratching their heads, the Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Mike Malone.

The Kings started the season on a roll, going 5-1 behind the play of center DeMarcus Cousins. Still, Cousins has missed the last nine games and the team wound up losing eight of their last ten games.

Despite Cousins absence, the Sacramento ownership group and front office “expected more” from the team at this point as they have gone 11-13 to start the season.

Malone was hired by the team following the 2013 season. He was the sixth head coach hired by the Kings since the 2005-2006 season, the last season they made the postseason. Overall he went 39-67 during his time tenure as head coach.

Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will take over the team on an interim basis. He went 112-146 in three-plus seasons as the head coach for the Utah Jazz.

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