Cousins Shines at All-Star Weekend

By Rob Small,

The Sacramento Kings didn’t go into All-Star Weekend on a good note. After rookie DeMarcus Cousins was held in Sacramento and fined after for an altercation with Donté Greene, the Kings were blown out on back-to-back nights in Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Tyreke Evans didn’t play in those games because the plantar fasciitis on his left foot worsened, causing him to miss the Rookie Challenge. He’s due to see a foot specialist in Los Angeles today, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

It’s unknown when Evans will rejoin the team.

Fortunately for him, All-Star Weekend was held in L.A. Him, and the team, could take a break after earning 13-40 record.

Cousins was able to play in the Rookie Challenge. Evans was last season’s Rookie Challenge Most Valuable Player.

Cousins would play alongside L.A. Clippers phenom Blake Griffin and former Kentucky teammates John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. As the biggest player on the court, Cousins dominated the game, finishing with 33  points, 14 rebounds and three steals.

Cousins put on a show at Staples Center. Two of his many highlights include a huge tomahawk dunk and an alley-oop pass off the backboard to Wall to end the game.

The Rookies won for a second year in a row, beating the Sophomores 148-140. Wall, who set a game record with 22 assists to go with 12 points, brought home this year’s Most Valuable Player Award to the Washington Wizards.

It’s been well-documented that TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager is a notoriously bad dresser. Unfortunately, Sager took a verbal jab at Cousins, regarding his recent altercation while interviewing Wall after the game. Wall defended his former college teammate.

The All-Star Break isn’t just about heading down to where the NBA stars will be. Rather than come home to rain-soaked Sacramento, many of the Kings players took off to 80-degree Miami, Flo., where their next game is.

Donte Greene seemed to enjoy his birthday early with Jason Thompson and Omri Casspi. He turns 23 today.

Jermaine Taylor, who attended Central Florida, spent some time in Orlando before heading to Miami.

Player of the Week

Even though he was coming off the equivalent of a one-game suspension, Cousins still played well this week. Not to mention, he played great in the Rookie Challenge.

In the past two games Cousins has averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, two steals and two blocks per game. He had 21 points and 13 rebounds off the bench against Oklahoma City.

Rookie Performance

I think I’ve said enough about Cousins. Pooh Jeter averaged 9.5 points and five assists per game in the past couple of games. Against Oklahoma City, he had 13 points and seven assists, playing for nearly 39 minutes.

Play of the Week

As mentioned before, Cousins’ jam over Golden State’s Stephen Curry was one of the highlights of the Rookie Challenge. Full highlights of Cousins’ night and be found here.

What’s Next?

The Kings will have five games in the span of a week to start the rest of the season, including two sets of back-to-back games on the road. The Kings will play the Eastern Conference’s elite, facing Miami Heat on Tuesday and the Orlando Magic the next night.

The Kings will fly out to play Charlotte on Friday and Memphis on Saturday. The Kings will play their next home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 28, the first of four nights the Kings will wear their Rochester Royals throwback uniforms. The Royals won the franchise’s only championship 50 years ago.

It will also be “Here We Stay” night. Here We Stay is an Sacramento organization dedicated to keep the Kings here in Sacramento. They are planning to sell out Arco Arena on Feb. 28  in an effort to show their support for Sacramento’s lone major sports franchise.

The Kings will play the Clippers and the arena’s new name “Power Balance Pavilion” will take effect the next day.

Over the weekend, NBA Commissioner David Stern noted that the Kings’ owners – the Maloof family – are strongly considering relocating the team to Anaheim.

According to Rob McAllister from KFBK, Henry Samueli – the owner of the Anaheim Ducks – offered the Maloofs $100 million loan for the Kings to relocate to one of the Honda Center. The Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner disputes that the Kings will get the loan.

March 1 is the deadline for NBA teams to apply for relocation and the Kings could move as soon as next season.

Even though this was news before, the most recent news caused some buzz between Cousins and teammate Omri Casspi on Twitter. “Anaheim? We are moving?” Casspi asked. After Cousins relayed the message, Casspi replied to Cousins, citing the March 1 deadline.

If the Kings were to leave Sacramento, the city would be the only top 30 market without a major sports franchise, The city would be left with the River Cats (MiLB) and Mountain Lions (UFL) among other minor sports.

For now, the Kings are here in Sacramento.

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