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February 16, 2015 Updates
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DeMarcus Cousins responded to Charles Barkley's criticism of him by saying he simply doesn't care about anything that comes out of Barkley's mouth. "It ain't personal," Cousins said when asked about the TNT analyst. "I mean, I don't really respect the guy, but at the same time, I don't really care what he thinks either. ESPN.com

"I don't respect him and I don't care what he thinks." Barkley recently was critical of the Sacramento Kings All-Star center and even used an expletive to describe how disgusted he was when discussing reports that Cousins was consulted by the Kings before they hired head coach George Karl. "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? ESPN.com

Karl will be Cousins’ fifth head coach in his five NBA seasons, and the third this season. Michael Malone was fired Dec. 14 and replaced by Tyrone Corbin, who will move into an adviser role. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a coach for longer than a year and half, maybe,” Cousins said. “It feels good to know I’ll have one for the long haul, at least for now. That’s a good feeling in itself.” Modesto Bee

February 13, 2015 Updates

The notion of Cousins being talked to before the Kings made a decision set Barkley, who's been critical of his fellow Alabamian in the past, off. The rift between the two goes all the way back to Cousins' prep days at Mobile's LeFlore High. "He hasn't done enough to deserve that type of power," Barkley said. "They 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." Birmingham News

February 12, 2015 Updates
February 11, 2015 Updates

He was also prepared for at least one question about the George Karl situation that has placed the team – and especially Coach Tyrone Corbin – in an uncomfortable position. “Y’all ain’t going to get nothing but something about God’s plan,” Evans joked as he stood nearby, referencing Cousins’s postgame comments from two nights earlier. Washington Post

As DeMarcus Cousins got dressed on Tuesday after a 104-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls, he spotted teammate Reggie Evans wearing some shiny gold sneakers. “Pretty little tap shoes you got there,” Cousins said, laughing to himself. “They’re Versace,” Evans said, believing that was enough to get Cousins to back off. Cousins shot back, “You can’t spell Versace.” “Sure can’t,” Evans replied, “but I can buy it.” Washington Post

February 10, 2015 Updates

Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins issued a statement on Tuesday that refuted any participation in the franchise’s coaching changes and called for a stabilization of the position. "I wasn't consulted when the decision was made to fire Mike Malone and I'm not being consulted now,” Cousins said in a statement released by his agents. "I just hope they make a decision soon and stick with it. George Karl is an experienced, proven coach and if that is who they chose to coach this team, I will support it. I do not like all these discussions in the media while we have a coach in place. It is a distraction and not fair to Coach Corbin and this team." Yahoo! Sports

James Harden has another event for All-Star weekend. Harden and fellow All-Stars Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are among the players to compete in the NBA’s first fashion show. Produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Production Company, the one-hour “NBA All-Star All-Style” will be taped Friday night inside New York’s Hammerstein Theater and air Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on TNT. Houston Chronicle

A report earlier today paints a less than favorable picture of former Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone during his tenure with the team. According to the piece: “Ranadive, a source says, told Cousins he had to do it because Malone didn’t get along with GM Pete D’Alessandro and had been insubordinate by missing a meeting.” Whether Vivek Ranadivé told DeMarcus Cousins that this was the reason Malone was relieved of his duties or not, is unknown. NBA sources confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom that the incidents mentioned in the report are factually incorrect. And according to multiple sources, the insinuation that Malone was ever insubordinate during his time with the Kings is laughable. Cowbell Kingdom

Cousins, not wanting to concede the season, asked that they hire a veteran head coach with former Warriors coach Mark Jackson as his preference. Karl, in part because he worked with D'Alessandro in Denver, in part because of Ranadive's infatuation with uptempo offense, also emerged as a possibility. Bleacher Report

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