I can’t imagine Cousins is happy to see Hughley gone. Elie had a good relationship with Tyreke Evans but there’s no reason to believe Smart won’t work well with him.
Otis Hughley Rumors
I just got word that the Kings have hired DeMarcus Cousins’ high school coach, Otis Hughley, as an assistant. Hughley replaces Bryant Gates, the former D-League coach who took an assistant’s job with the New Orleans Hornets. Hughley, 46, is a regarded as a dynamo in Alabama prep coaching circles. He led LeFlore High to six straight regional appearances and the 6A state championship in 2007. Interestingly, he was a fixture at the recent NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, seated with Cousins’ agent (John Greig) and mother (Monique), and often was seen chatting with Kings officials. Now it makes sense.