Many veterans around the NBA have long praised the talent and potential of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
Add Brooklyn Nets forward and 15-time All-Star Kevin Garnett to the list of accomplished players who like what they see from Cousins.
The former league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year praised the Kings’ fourth-year center.
“He’s big and strong, and usually when you are that big and strong, you are not supposed to be able to put the ball on the floor or have any type of agility,” Garnett said.
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Garnett said Cousins’ ability to handle the ball is “rare” for a big man.
“He’s very versatile,” Garnett said. “I see he’s put an outside touch to his game. He’s playing with a lot of confidence, and that stands out more than anything when I think about the young fella.”
Cousins entered Wednesday’s game against the Nets averaging 23.5 points and 9.7 rebounds.
Sound check – The Kings will attempt to break the record for indoor crowd noise when they host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
A Guinness World Records official will be at Sleep Train Arena to verify if the record is broken.
The record was set Dec. 20, 2008, at the Bradley Center, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, where fans registered a level of 106.6 decibels.
The game will be televised nationally by ESPN., which ranked the Kings the worst franchise among the four major pro sports leagues over the summer.
That ranking took into account a variety of factors, including ownership, and was based on the 2012-13 season before the Kings’ change in ownership.
Familiar building – Nets coach Jason Kidd retired from the NBA after last season, when he played for the New York Knicks.
Before becoming one of the most accomplished point guards in NBA history, Kidd was one of the best high school players in California history. Kidd starred for St Joseph’s of Alameda, winning two state championships. The second title was won at then-Arco Arena.
“It’s always good to come back to Sac,’ Kidd said. “I’m happy that the Kings are still here. It’s great for the city of Sacramento, and they’re going in the right direction.”
Going big again –The Kings activated backup center Hamady Ndiaye for Wednesday’s game.
Rookie guard Ray McCallum had been active the previous three games instead of Ndiaye. The Kings’ other inactive player was Carl Landry, who is still out recovering from surgery for a torn left hip flexor.