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April 15, 2015 Updates

He wants to be traded. The Kings want to trade him. Take your pick. Both theories abound on Twitter, blogs, talk shows, etc., from those in the know and those who know nothing. But start with this: Vlade Divac, the Kings’ new vice president of basketball and franchise operations, is mesmerized by the center’s talent. He describes Cousins as a mini-version of the Lithuanian great Arvydas Sabonis. Divac looks at Cousins and sees a commingling of muscle and finesse, enormous skills, an increased willingness to pass and the potential for greatness. Though Cousins could make his teammates better – the litmus test for greatness – more consistently, he has progressed in this facet, too. Sacramento Bee

April 14, 2015 Updates

Karl is doing his best to make inroads. He said Cousins has no holes in his game and has praised the center’s basketball IQ. “I know I respect him a tremendous amount,” Karl said. “Just the way any good offensive player can border on being selfish, there’s always going to be a little conflict there. But I think our give-and-take, our communication is almost on a daily basis, and I think that will continue until we can get to a special place together. We have to continue to communicate.” Sacramento Bee

When Karl took over, one of the major questions was how the sixth winningest coach in NBA history would mesh with first time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. “I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable,” Karl added. “You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way. “I know I respect him (DeMarcus Cousins) a tremendous amount . . . I think our give and take and our communication has been almost on a daily basis . . . until we can really get to a special place together, I think we’ve got to continue to communicate, what he wants and what I want.” CSNBayArea.com

April 11, 2015 Updates

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will miss the final three games of the 2014-15 NBA regular season to rest and begin rehabilitating his right ankle and other leg injuries, the team announced today. An examination by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles revealed that Cousins has sustained multiple lower leg injuries over the course of the season, including ankle sprains and a calf strain – injuries sustained during a particularly heavy volume of basketball activity dating back to the summer. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp. NBA.com

April 9, 2015 Updates

Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to see a specialist about his sore right foot. Cousins was one of five Kings unavailable because of injury for Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Last week, Cousins was rested for a game at Memphis partly because of lingering physical issues that have accumulated over the season. The sore foot is the first ailment that has required him to seek a second opinion. Sacramento Bee

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March 31, 2015 Updates

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins missed Monday's 97-83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies to rest nagging injuries as the team contemplates shutting down the All-Star big man for the rest of the season. Kings coach George Karl said Monday that he spoke with Cousins about how they would approach the final weeks of the season. Cousins has been dealing with a calf strain, sore foot and a thigh bruise among other ailments for several weeks. "We talked when he commented after one game that his body was beat up," Karl said before the Kings faced the Grizzlies. "I said, 'Instead of thinking about shutting it down, let's try to find some days that you can get your body rested.' We might schedule a piece of our games and (rest Cousins) again." ESPN.com

March 30, 2015 Updates
March 27, 2015 Updates

‏@EDHCal: Love Demarcus, hope he's on the Kings for a long time but he's got to stop complaining... @boogiecousins @EDHCal let me abuse u for 48 min and let's see how u handle it Twitter @boogiecousins

March 26, 2015 Updates
March 24, 2015 Updates

The season got more miserable and messy after Cousins returned and the team later clumsily replaced Tyrone Corbin with George Karl, continuing a cycle of mismanagement. “It’s been a circus, man. It’s been a complete circus,” a flustered Cousins said, when asked to describe this season. “We got off to a hot start. Unfortunately, I got sick, so it ruined the look of the team. I take some blame for that. I know for a fact, if I wouldn’t have gotten sick, things wouldn’t have happened the way it happened. It was no way it could. At the same time, a lot of it is not my fault and we all know why. But this has been a disappointing year.” Washington Post

“I saw a young man growing as a person, as a responsible member of a team, and I could see some leadership oozing out a little bit,” Colangelo said. “What developed was some trust and I think for him, that’s important. I think in his life and his career, there may have been — in fact, there has been — a lack of trust. Not blaming anyone, but just that it wasn’t there. He’s the kind of guy that needs to have that kind of relationship, not only to be happy, but to perform to the best that he can.” Washington Post

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