Muhammad has definitely gotten better, but by changing his eating habits. He has gone from a fastbreak of double cheeseburgers as a rookie to dedicating himself to chicken salad, from approximately 245 pounds to 215 the second season, from out of shape as late as summer league last July to beach workouts that left him puking on the sands of Santa Monica, Calif., and because of it has gone from a focus of criticism to re-affirming his spot as part of the Minnesota future.
May 1, 2016 | 8:12 am EDT Update
The Sacramento Kings will interview Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing for their head coaching vacancy this week, league sources told The Vertical. Ewing has progressed as a serious head coaching candidate in recent years, increasing in responsibilities and league-wide respect across his three seasons as Steve Clifford’s top assistant with Charlotte.
What makes Ewing an intriguing candidate for Sacramento officials is his potential ability to command the respect of mercurial All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, league sources said. Ewing, a Hall of Fame center, has the unique blend of his own physical and playing stature to go with a strong coaching pedigree as part of staffs with Clifford, Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Van Gundy.
DeMarcus Cousins on staying in Sacramento: I feel like I have an attachment, something that I do owe to this city. I want to be the person who brings the city back to the glory days.
DeMarcus Cousins: Caron [Butler] and Rajon [Rondo]… Those guys were constantly on my head [laughs]. Me and Rajon would like argue, like two brothers. It was almost like an everyday thing. But at the end of the day I knew it was love, I knew they were trying to get me to the place that I also want to be as a player.
So we started this episode talking about the usual good Warriors things–I asked Barnes about his recent shooting slump, about his season, about his pending restricted free agency and yes, about the speculation (by me, among others) that the Warriors want to replace him with Kevin Durant, if possible, this summer.
Harrison Barnes on trade rumors: It was after my first year… When Dwight was thinking about leaving? It’s funny. Bogut texted me and asked me ‘Are we going to L.A.?’ We joked about that. Last summer was the Kevin Love thing. ‘Is he gonna come here?’ Me and David Lee were joking about the fact that we might have to buy a lot of winter clothes. (…) We’re in a great, great team and this is a place where people want to play now. You don’t really get too personal about it. That’s how the business goes.