Bee columnist Ailene Voisin hosted an online chat Wednesday about DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings. Here are some highlights:
MARILYN: What is it like for Cousins to play with former teammate John Wall in Las Vegas against the Olympic team?
VOISIN: Cousins is having a blast with Wall. DeMarcus yells at his former Kentucky teammate "to get me the ball." They're pretty funny together, actually. They have been spending a lot of time together away from the arena, mostly hanging in the hotel. Cousins is not much for the nightlife.
DOUG: Did Cousins show any improvements? I know he's already a good player, but anything new?
VOISIN: He has had an excellent camp in Las Vegas after a very difficult start. He was a major topic of conversation with USA Basketball types Tuesday night at dinner. One said DeMarcus was the best player on the court Tuesday.
KINGAMENTO: How does Cousins like Sacramento?
VOISIN: He loves Sacramento. He said again yesterday that he's a small-town guy. He likes living close to the arena and restaurants and the pace of living. Plus, he says there are plenty of good sushi restaurants. We know he loves his sushi.
BABYHUEY: Cousins needs to be at 260 pounds to be a force and remain healthy. I hope he is true to his word (about losing weight).
VOISIN: 260? That would mean he would have to shed 30 pounds. I think he would be fine at 270, providing his body fat is also reduced. He carries his weight in his hips and his butt. Losing weight makes him quicker, more mobile and helps his conditioning.
KINGS FAN: What are you thinking the Kings are going to do this year?
VOISIN: Do you mean how many games they will win? I know they are working on one and possibly two trades. The frontcourt of Cousins and Thomas Robinson has great potential. They still need shooting and they still need a point guard. But if the defense improves and it has to they should make things interesting. They should at least push for one of the final playoff spots.
WILDCAT08: You mentioned trades the Kings may be working on. I hope one includes bringing in a small forward. Have you heard any rumblings about Andre Iguodala or Luol Deng?
VOISIN: A lot of teams have inquired about Iguodala, and he doesn't seem opposed to the move. But I know 76ers coach Doug Collins loves his defense and all-around versatility. The Bulls' Deng has been the subject of talks, and I wouldn't be shocked if he got moved. People like his skills but don't like his injury history.
Check out a replay of Wednesday's entire chat. www.sacbee.com/live