During one six-week period in the late summer of 2014, DeMarcus Cousins tinkered madly with his narrative, changing perceptions and recasting his image, emerging as a significant, perhaps invaluable member of the senior national team, and displaying a familiar dramatic flair at the end.

The Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic’s No. 16 jersey when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 16 at Sleep Train Arena.

The Kings announced they will retire the No. 16 worn with distinction by small forward Peja Stojakovic. Did Stojakovic do enough as a member of the Kings to deserve that rare honor?

Pizza Guys chain picks Sacramento Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore as the new spokesman for the chain, following the sign-and-trade deal that sent point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns this summer.

It feels like so long ago, though it's been only a decade.

After a difficult summer, the Basketball World Cup has been pretty easy for the U.S.

Abdur-Rahim addresses racially-charged comments by Hawks’ owner and general manager.

Madrid awaits. Spain doesn't.

Rudy Gay was a late addition to Team USA, and in fact, he didn’t even join the squad until after the weeklong training camp in Las Vegas in late July. But in a brief telephone chat from Spain, the Kings forward said he welcomed the chance to compete in another FIBA World Cup partly because he enjoyed playing on Mike Krzyzewski’s 2010 national team four years ago.

The name was changed to sound more like soccer. The date was changed to get away from soccer.

The Kings will open training camp Sept. 27 at the team’s training facility.

James Harden and Stephen Curry went into halftime with no points and no panic.

The NBA Development League will tip off its 14th season with six games on Nov. 14.

The ball was bouncing away, threatening New Zealand's last-chance possession, though if a player could just dive on the floor and corral it, any NBA fan would know what to do.

As he predicted – so he deserves all the credit – DeMarcus Cousins is making the most of his opportunity with Team USA.

Three years ago, the Sacramento Kings struggled to sell the naming rights to their own arena. Now, with the business side of the franchise reinvigorated by new ownership, the team is launching its own consulting company to help outside clients sell sponsorships and burnish their brands.

The Kings announced Saturday that forward-center Jeremy Tyler had been waived in a move that frees up more space under the salary cap.

When the U.S. men’s national team gathered in Las Vegas in late July to begin the selection process for this month’s FIBA World Cup, it was far from certain Kings center DeMarcus Cousins would make the team.

From last season, here’s how good DeMarcus Cousins looked. His top 10 plays.

The Kings will sign former UCLA forward David Wear to a non-guaranteed one-year contract to join the team for training camp.

A move that happened while I was on vacation became official today.

The Kings reportedly have reached an agreement to trade veteran guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets. In the deal, reported first Sunday by Yahoo Sports, the Rockets would send a package of players with non-guaranteed contracts, including small forward Alonzo Gee, to the Kings, who would waive the players to gain salary gap space.

While this is a public relations coup at the very least for the Kings, this is a nice plum and a second go-round for Rudy Gay, and an absolutely monumental achievement for DeMarcus Cousins.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay will play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup starting next Saturday.

When USA Basketball announced the 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup after Friday’s victory over Puerto Rico, it wasn’t a surprise the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay made the cut.

DeMarcus Cousins was continuing his rehabilitation workouts Tuesday afternoon in New York, where Team USA will play exhibition games against Dominican Republic at 4 p.m. today and Puerto Rico on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

When Team USA plays the Dominican Republic in an exhibition tonight in New York, look for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay of the Kings to be key players off the bench.

The Kings signed New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar on Friday, making him the first player of Indian descent under contract to an NBA team.

Construction crews are pouring a lot of water on the site of the new Sacramento Kings arena. But not as much as you might think.

The Kings broke new international ground by signing Sim Bhullar, a 7-foot-5 center out of New Mexico State who is the first player of Indian descent to join an NBA team. Is it a move that’s going to help the Kings? Please share your thoughts.

That deep sigh sweeping through Sacramento? Kings management and fans wincing when DeMarcus Cousins was injured while going for a loose ball in Team USA’s practice Thursday in Chicago.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins escaped serious injury Thursday afternoon when he hit the floor during Team USA’s practice in Chicago. Still, he’ll likely miss Saturday’s exhibition game against Brazil.

There’s probably no turning back now. Early Wednesday, chunks of walls began to fall as the first visible sign of the transformation of the mall into a new arena for the Sacramento Kings.

The NBA released its 2014-15 schedule Wednesday. Here are five Kings opponents certain to pack Sleep Train Arena:

The Kings will open the 2014-15 NBA season at Sleep Train Arena on Oct. 29 against the Warriors.

There's probably no turning back now.

Mark Cuban has his issues with basketball’s international governing body (FIBA). Paul George has a fractured leg. Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin are either not interested or interested but ailing. Kevin Durant, the face of Team USA, is full of surprises: He gains a new endorsement deal and withdraws from Team USA within a matter of hours, citing fatigue.

Kings forward Rudy Gay has been added to the U.S. men’s national roster and will compete for a spot on the team that plays in the FIBA World Cup in Spain, USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo announced today.

Mitch Richmond enters the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today as a ... Warrior at heart?

Mitch Richmond and his Run TMC teammates, Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway, made plenty of highlights during their two seasons together with the Warriors.

After months of quiet prep work, the Sacramento Kings downtown arena construction project goes public this week.

Coached by Hall of Famer Cathy Rush, the Mighty Macs won three consecutive AIAW championships from 1972 to 1974 and were the first women’s team to play on national TV and at Madison Square Garden. The team has three Hall of Famers in Mary Scharff, Theresa Shank and Marianne Crawford.

The Kings traded forwards Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw to the New York Knicks on Wednesday for forward-center Jeremy Tyler, guard Wayne Ellington and the rights to the Knicks’ 2016 second-round draft pick.

The Kings will play seven preseason games, including a home matchup against Israeli power Maccabi Haifa and two games in China.

Admittedly, the image of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins posing as a “sponge” is a little difficult to wrap your arms around. At 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds, this is a big, imposing man. But those are his words. And that was his intent. He attended the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas last week to pester, dominate and, occasionally, even imitate some of the NBA’s elite players.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is among the 16 finalists who will compete for a roster spot on the 12-man U.S. national basketball team that will compete in the FIBA World Cup.

SWEET 16

Many words have been used to describe DeMarcus Cousins in this space. Immature. Selfish. Bully. But one word that’s never been used to characterize the Kings center? Patriot.

DeMarcus Cousins spent the past week here training with other candidates for the national team that will compete later this month in the FIBA World Cup in Spain. The withdrawal of power forwards Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge enhanced his chances to make the 12-man roster, though a final cutdown is not expected for a few weeks.

Even as they begin building a new downtown arena, the owners of the Kings are in discussions to expand their footprint in the region by buying Sacramento Republic FC – the minor league soccer team selling out games locally since April.

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