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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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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

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‏@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

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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

Eventually, Cousins had to release a statement explaining how he wasn't against Karl’s arrival. When asked if it bothered him that his name was mentioned as the obstacle to Karl, Cousins angrily shook his head. “I felt like a line was crossed and I was trying to figure out how I’m going to deal with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in Sacramento,” Cousins said. “And not to sound arrogant, but what’s bigger than my name in Sacramento? It could be a damn forest fire in Sacramento, my name will come up. ‘It was near DeMarcus Cousins’s house!’ ” Washington Post

“It’s, what can I learn from this? Not, why is this happening to me?” Cousins said. “I feel like everything is a lesson. At the end of the day, it’s just going to make me a stronger person. I know I’m going to reach success, some type of way, because that’s just me. That’s what I do. That being said, I’m going through these hard days now, because when my time comes, there’s no stopping me.” Washington Post

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Cousins acknowledged his desire to to continue to play through the various injuries but also expressed concern for his health said that he would “talk to management about it.” Losing Cousins would further deplete the Kings' roster and impede not only winning but building the culture and style of play that George Karl, who was hired after the All-Star break, is trying to bring to California’s capital city. CSNBayArea.com

March 16, 2015 Updates

Blake Ellington: Vlade Divac said DeMarcus Cousins: is the most talented big guy he's ever seen. When pressed is he's better than Shaq: "Yeah." Vlade Divac said Shaq wasn't talent he was just strong. Described himself as talented but not strong. "Shaq was one of the most dominant players ever, but when you talk about talent, I think DeMarcus is a way far from everybody." Twitter @BlakeEllington

Me: And DeMarcus will be more effective getting the ball before the defense gets a chance to set up, and bring the doubles. GK: If he's a rim runner? Any time he rim runs, it's 1.5 (points per possession). It's 1.5. Running efficiency is about 1.2. So when you get good numbers in the open floor, you score about 1.2, 1.3 per possession. Unfortunately, we only get him (in transition) two or three times a game. I think if we get him in condition, that gets close to 10. And then the other ways of putting his passing -- he's very good at the high post -- and then just putting professional guys around him that want to play fast. People don't understand, the creation of this system is a rebound. And he's the best defensive rebounder, probably, in the NBA. Maybe (DeAndre) Jordan might be the best. I think that's another progression. We didn't have, in Denver, we told the big men to get out of the way. But that was what their talent was. With 'Cuz, it's how do we fit you in here, baby? 'Cause this is a puzzle that's got to be built around you. NBA.com

Me: You like him as a person? GK: I've had some really good, serious talks about him. I think it's hard, because of the skepticism of his agent and all that. It's a process right now. I'm not saying the trust is with capital letters yet. But I think it's on the page. That's all I can ask for. I hope he understands that the process is not going to work coming in the middle of the season, taking a team that was basically a possession, defensive-minded team, and turning it into a running team. I think we're getting a good pace, but we're not doing it that well. NBA.com

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