Can Kings become consistent, winning team? 'It's up to us,' DeMarcus Cousins says
If you’re looking for information on the Kings, The Sacramento Bee should be your first stop.
The Bee’s Jason Jones, Ailene Voisin, Andy Furillo, Matt Kawahara, Joe Davidson and others have brought readers coverage on the team in the form of game stories, features, columns, notes, photos and videos.
What are people outside of The Bee saying about the Sacramento Kings? Here’s a sampling:
These aren’t your same old Kings
By Grant Hughes, Bleacher Report: “If a new arena, new personnel and a new coach weren’t enough to scrub these familiar stains clean, could the Kings ever really start fresh? But what happened to the Kings on Thursday and Friday were more exceptions than recent rule – lingering symptoms of an old disease Sacramento is desperately working to eradicate. And that is why – modest results notwithstanding – this year’s Kings really are different. We’re not talking in terms of sweeping changes. This isn’t a rebirth or anything so dramatic as that. What’s happening with the Kings under new head coach Dave Joerger is more subtle: They’re trying to do things the right way, and they’re aware of and made accountable for their failures in those efforts.”
Portland forward loves playing Cousins
By Mike Richman, The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.): “Portland Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard relishes the chance to match up with Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Even when Cousins runs over, through and around him for nearly 40 minutes, Leonard anticipates the matchup like no other. “He’s the matchup I look forward to more than any in the league,” Leonard said following the Blazers’ 122-120 overtime win over the Kings on Friday night. “I mean, DeMarcus Cousins is the most skilled big in the NBA. Period. Not even close. He can handle the ball, he can shoot the three, face up, get to the basket. He’s extremely skilled. I’ve studied him a lot. It’s a fun matchup.” ”
Could the Kings shop Cauley-Stein?
From Josiah Turner, ESPN: “Willie Cauley-Stein has seen his minutes decrease under new coach Dave Joerger, and the Kings are open to trading the Kentucky product, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The 23-year-old seeks a more expanded role than what he has gotten under Joerger, per Stein. After playing 21.4 minutes per game as a rookie, Cauley-Stein is averaging just 14.5 minutes through the Kings’ first 10 games.”
Rudy Gay looks revitalized
By Jordan Treske, FanSided: “In what will likely be the final season under his current contract as he’ll reportedly opt out of the final year of his deal, Gay’s already showing he’s motivated with something to prove for this year and beyond. In his first 10 games of the season (Gay missed one due to injury), Gay’s averaging 22.3 points per game and has the highest true shooting percentage (58.8 percent) of regular rotation players on the Kings. As a result, Gay’s scorching start has made him essential to the Kings as he holds a plus-4.3 net rating per 100 possessions when he’s on the court, per NBA.com/stats.”
Compiled by Noel Harris