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Shaquille O'Neal and Kings center DeMarcus Cousins embrace outside of Zocolo restaurant in midtown Sacramento on Monday, September 23, 2013. O'Neal joins the Sacramento Kings ownership group led by majority owner Vivek Ranadive.


Weekend poll: Do you agree with the Kings giving DeMarcus Cousins a four-year contract extension?

Leading Off: Can Cousins live up to contract extension?

Published: Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 - 10:42 am

Reading time, two minutes …

• It didn't take long for the phone to start buzzing and beeping. Within 15 minutes of The Bee breaking the news late Thursday that the Kings and center DeMarcus Cousins had reached an agreement on a four-year, $62 million contract extension, the texts and e-mails started. With Cousins, it seems, there's little middle ground. Folks either think he's worthy of the contract, that he's got unlimited potential and can be an All-Star, or he's a big oaf who should have been sent packing long ago. What matters most for Kings fans now is whether he can live up to the deal.

• The other big topic of conversation Friday was the 49ers' 35-11 victory over the Rams in St. Louis. Despite missing several key players, the 49ers put together their most balanced game of the season. But have they turned things around or are the Rams, who have allowed a whopping 121 points in four games, just a very bad team? Consider this: 49ers running back Frank Gore entered the game averaging 3.5 yards on 41 carries; in Thursday's victory, he averaged 7.6 yards on 20 carries. Next up for the 49ers: the Houston Texans next Sunday at Candlestick Park.

• It's kind of fun when two star athletes trash talk via social media. The Thunder's Kevin Durant thought Sports Illustrated dissed his former teammate, the Rockets' James Harden, by leaving him out of its top 10 NBA players. When asked who he would take off, Durant quickly replied, "Dwyane Wade." Wade then posted a note on Instagram that said, " … Note to self* Make him respect your place in history … again … " apparently referring to Miami's 4-1 win over Oklahoma City in the 2012 NBA Finals. Duran's response via Twitter the following day: "Show me don't tweet me … " The Heat and the Thunder play twice this season, Jan. 29 in Miami and Feb. 20 in Oklahoma City.

Weekend poll

Do you agree with the Kings giving DeMarcus Cousins a four-year contract extension?

• Yes

• No

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Friday's results

What should the NCAA do with student/athletes?

• Pay them stipends: 38%

• Let them earn money: 32%

• Keep it the same: 30%

Total votes: 181

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