DeMarcus Cousins: A website in Hindi is "just the beginning" of making him a household name in India, as well as Asia, the Kings say.

Kings notes: Team launches website aimed at India

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 - 7:00 pm

The Kings took another step toward fulfilling owner Vivek Ranadive's quest to make DeMarcus Cousins a big name in India.

The Kings announced Thursday the launching of www.kings.com/hindi, with interviews, features and player profiles written in Hindi.

Ranadive is from Mumbai and speaks often of making the Kings a global brand.

A contingent of media from India will be at Sleep Train Arena for next Wednesday's season opener against the Denver Nuggets.

"A key facet of our ownership group's vision is for the Kings to become India's home team," Kings president Chris Granger said in a statement.

"Between our dance team performing in India this summer, a live telecast on Sony Six for our home opener, and the launch of the website, we are committed to reaching out to India, and all of Asia, in a comprehensive way. This is just the beginning."

Transaction – The Kings waived guard Trent Lockett.

Lockett played for the Kings' summer-league team. He played in two preseason games with four points, two rebounds and an assist in five minutes.

The Kings have 15 players on their roster, the maximum allowed for the regular season.

Lockett could end up playing for the team's Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, or he could play overseas.

The Kings like Lockett's potential as a defender at the NBA level, but they have plenty of guards.

Center Hamady Ndiaye remains the last training camp invitee on the team. His chances of making the team have improved because it is down a big man with Carl Landry (torn hip flexor) out for at least three months.

If not for Landry's injury, the Kings would have been more likely to begin the season with the 14 players that entered training camp with guaranteed contracts.

No big holes – The Kings have trailed by 19 and 17 points in their past two exhibition games.

They rallied before losing at Portland on Sunday. And they overcame the 17-point deficit Wednesday to beat the Warriors.

Coach Michael Malone likes the fight his team shows but would rather not have to trail by almost 20 points to see it.

"We have shown flashes of the team that I hope we can be," he said. "The challenge is we have to do it on a more consistent basis."

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