HoopsHype DeMarcus Cousins rumors

December 20, 2014 Updates
December 18, 2014 Updates

DeMarcus Cousins appears ready to return from a serious bout with viral meningitis when the Sacramento Kings host the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. The Kings upgraded Cousins' status from questionable to probable. He has been able to participate in portions of practice the past few days and his minutes will likely be limited. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 17, 2014 Updates

Yet late Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena, after the Kings fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92, another possible candidate emerged in the most convenient of ways: former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. After calling the game courtside for ESPN, Jackson had a lengthy meeting with Mullin, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins inside the "Chairman's Lounge" where they had requested that arena workers and others give them some privacy. USA Today Sports

The Jackson possibility was previously known, and the dynamics on display leading up to their meeting said everything about why the Kings might be seriously interested in bringing him aboard. According to one of the participants, Cousins expressed a desire to meet Jackson, whose ability to connect with his players during the last three seasons with the Warriors was a very real and valuable part of his successes there. And while his firing with the Warriors had everything to do with his inability to connect with owner Joe Lacob and management near the end, the deep roots that already exist here would clearly aid the potential partnership. USA Today Sports

Jackson, Mullin, and Cousins entered the room at approximately 10:20 p.m. Pacific time, with Cousins sporting a black suit as he continues to recover from his bout with viral meningitis that has kept him out of action since Nov. 26. D'Alessandro joined them approximately 20 minutes into the meeting, and the group finally exited just before midnight, long after the room had been cleared so that they could have a moment to discuss, well, connect the dots yourself. USA Today Sports

December 16, 2014 Updates

“Everybody knows my relationship with Malone,” Cousins told a swath of media members. “I learned a lot from him. I’m very thankful to be able to play for coach Malone. But at the end of the day, you know, this is a business and everything doesn’t always work out the way we want it to. I wish nothing but the best for coach. I hate it had to end this way, but he has my respect. He’s a great coach.” Cowbell Kingdom

“This is more of a surprise, unexpected,” Cousins said of losing Malone. “It’s kinda hard. I think it’s a lot more emotional on the team this year, because so many guys believe in Malone and his system and this is so unexpected.” “You could see it on the guys’ faces,” Cousins added. “You could feel it in the locker room. We got to find a way to get past this and grow. Stay together, stay strong and keep moving forward. ” Cowbell Kingdom

December 15, 2014 Updates

Sean Cunningham: DeMarcus Cousins said he practiced today. Faster pace offensively. Said he wasn't consulted before Malone's firing Twitter @News10Sean

Sam Amick: Cousins found out on Twitter. Asked about players' reaction, "I think this is the perfect weather for this situation." It's gray & rainy. Twitter @sam_amick

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