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Kings season primer: DeMarcus Cousins’ role expands

Video: Vlade Divac asks George Karl, DeMarcus Cousins to set egos aside

Vlade Divac said that Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl and center DeMarcus Cousins need to set their egos aside at the end of summer league mini-camp. Video by Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee
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Vlade Divac said that Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl and center DeMarcus Cousins need to set their egos aside at the end of summer league mini-camp. Video by Hector Amezcua, The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Bee provides a primer for each of the 15 players on the Kings’ roster entering their 2015-16 campaign, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. View the rest of the profiles here.

Much has been written and said about the relationship between Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and his coach George Karl. At the team’s media day, Cousins said he and the veteran coach met in Las Vegas, “and we talked our differences out like men.” The relationship, Cousins said is “solid.”

So proceeding on that premise, Cousins begins his sixth NBA season as an All-Star, and a center recognized as one of the the league’s best. No wonder. He averaged a career-best 25.4 points and 13.4 rebounds per game last season. He was limited to just 59 games, partly because he developed viral meningitis in the season’s first month.

Cousins reportedly is in the best shape of his life. He also will be asked to play on the perimeter more, perhaps safeguarding from the physical wear-and-tear of playing the post. Can he put together another All-Star season, and help lead the Kings into playoff contention?

PLAYER BIO: DeMARCUS COUSINS

Position/jersey: Center, No. 15

Height/weight: 6-11, 270

Age: 25

Experience: Five years

Prior to NBA: Kentucky

Key 2014-15 stat: Averaged a career-high 1.7 blocks.

Comment: Team anchor on both ends of the floor aims for second All-Star Game appearance and first playoff berth.

Jason Jones

I think guards are doing a pretty good job of staying in front, and us bigs, we’ve got a tough combination at that rim right now.

DeMarcus Cousins

MULTIMEDIA

Video: Vlade Divac asks George Karl, DeMarcus Cousins to set egos aside

Video: DeMarcus Cousins reason Rajon Rondo is in Sacramento

Video: Vlade Divac shares a play with DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison

Video: Willie Cauley-Stein catches DeMarcus Cousins on his weak side

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Big men anchor Kings’ improving defense

For three Kings, preseason finale is a Kentucky homecoming

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins adjusting to life on perimeter

Karl says Kings have a ‘healthy’ locker room

DeMarcus Cousins, George Karl say their relationship is solid

Urijah Faber says DeMarcus Cousins looks like an MMA champ

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