Kings notes: Cousins pleased about ex-teammate’s All-Star nod

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - 10:52 am

DeMarcus Cousins isn’t happy about being left off the All-Star team, but he is pleased with one selection by coaches among Eastern Conference reserves.

That would be Cousins’ friend and teammate at Kentucky, John Wall.

Wall (Washington) and Cousins (Kings) were chosen first and fifth in the 2010 NBA draft.

It’s Wall’s first selection to the game.

“It’s well deserved,” Cousins said. “He’s having an incredible year. I think it’s a little past due, but that’s just my opinion. He’s doing a great job running (the Wizards) and playing some good basketball.”

Wall averages 20.3 points (tied for 17th in the NBA with the Kings’ Rudy Gay) and 8.6 assists (fourth). He had 12 points and four assists in Washington’s 93-84 win Sunday at Verizon Center.

Cousins hoped to replace injured Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference team, but Commissioner Adam Silver selected New Orleans forward Anthony Davis.

Davis was picked first in the 2012 draft out of Kentucky.

Notable visitor – Kentucky coach John Calipari stopped by the the Kings’ locker room before Sunday’s game.

Calipari coached Cousins and Wall in their lone season with the Wildcats.

Calipari, who also stopped by to speak to Cousins after the game, tweeted that his visit to Washington was a birthday gift to himself to “watch my two sons.”

Calipari will turn 55 on Monday.

Family time – Kings assistant coach Dee Brown visited his daughter Lexie, a freshman guard at nearby Maryland.

Brown, however, was unable to see No. 10 Maryland’s home game against Clemson on Sunday.

Lexie, one of the top freshmen in the country, started and scored five points in the Terrapins’ 95-43 victory.

Et cetera – The Kings planned to practice in Washington on Monday before heading to Cleveland for Tuesday’s game against the Cavaliers.

The team canceled practice but still stayed in Washington overnight.

• Kings forward Jason Thompson played his 429th game with the Kings, tying him with Duane Causwell for eighth in Sacramento history.

• Quincy Acy had a highlight-worthy dunk over Washington center Marcin Gortat in the fourth quarter.

Wall, nevertheless, was impressed with Gortat’s effort.

“It happens if you’re going to be a shot blocker,” Wall said. “That’s a good thing to see him even challenge it.”

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