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February 8, 2015 Updates

Karl's personal past with a number of influential members in and around the Kings organization remains relevant as well, as he previously coached Kings advisor Chris Mullin and has history with the two agents who represent franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins as well. Cousins' day-to-day agent, Jarrin Akana, worked with Karl in Denver and was re-assigned from assistant coach to scout when Karl took over for coach Jeff Bzdelik in 2005. Dan Fegan, Cousins' lead agent, represented Karl's son, Coby, as a player for years before he was eventually replaced. That circle, by all accounts, has been against the notion of adding Karl. To that end, D'Alessandro's ability to change their minds is key here as well. While it appears D'Alessandro is endorsing Karl with or without the support of his team's top player or his representatives, he would prefer to have agreement on that front if Ranadive ultimately approves the hiring. There is some concern within the organization, however, that hiring Karl could create substantive conflict going forward when it comes to Cousins. USA Today Sports

The Kings’ front office remained in talks with longtime NBA coach George Karl to take over as the team’s head coach this season, league sources said Saturday. And according to various reports, the biggest obstacle to a deal is DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento Bee

The Kings’ front office has had reservations about Karl for some time, especially as to how he’d work with Cousins. The center’s representatives at Relativity Sports also expressed concerns about Karl, according to league sources. That puts Cousins squarely in the middle of the situation with the Kings having misgivings about a coach who might rile up their star player, though Cousins does not believe he has such influence. Sacramento Bee

February 7, 2015 Updates

To that end, D'Alessandro's ability to change their minds is key here as well. While it appears D'Alessandro is endorsing Karl with or without the support of his team's top player or his representatives, he would prefer to have agreement on that front if Ranadive ultimately approves the hiring. There is some concern within the organization, however, that hiring Karl could create substantive conflict going forward when it comes to Cousins. USA Today Sports

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Many believed he would be in the next "Uncle Drew" commercial - in reference to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's Pepsi Max spot last season - which showcased the future teammates playing street ball as elderly versions of themselves. Today, Chase Chevrolet released a video that put an end to the speculation. The new ad showcases DeMarcus Cousins' "cousins" working at the local car dealership while showing off DMC's charm and personality. Check out the complete hilarious spot below! NBA.com

"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 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." ESPN.com

Cousins said that despite his disappointment for Lillard's exclusion, it couldn't temper his enthusiasm for his own All-Star inclusion. "This whole process has been crazy ... It's a happy day for me," Cousins said. "The first person I called was my mother. She was screaming on the phone. You know how mothers do." ESPN.com

Just ask Clay Travis, who tweeted this about Kings center DeMarcus Cousins on Jan. 30, 2010, when Cousins was a freshman at Kentucky: “There is a 100% chance that Demarcus Cousins is arrested for something in the next five years. 100%. Write it in stone.” Friday was the five-year mark of that post, and Cousins was sent a screenshot of Travis’ post. Cousins, who has not been arrested, posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts “Today’s the day!! Let’s all show him some love!! @ClayTravisBGID” with a picture of the prediction he’d be arrested Sacramento Bee

That turned Travis, now a blogger for Fox Sports, into a trending topic across the country. “I take a lot of things personally, especially something like that,” Cousins said. “I hate when guys judge someone from his job and you try to make that his personality as a person. I think that’s completely unfair.” Travis took the post in stride, even pledging to donate $5,000 to the charity of Cousins’ choice. Sacramento Bee

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