Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to see a specialist about his sore right foot.
Cousins was one of five Kings unavailable because of injury for Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.
Last week, Cousins was rested for a game at Memphis partly because of lingering physical issues that have accumulated over the season. The sore foot is the first ailment that has required him to seek a second opinion.
With Cousins, Rudy Gay (concussion) and Nik Stauskas (mid-back sprain) joining Darren Collison (core muscle injury) and Eric Moreland (shoulder) among the injured, coach George Karl said he has to focus on the healthy players.
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“I don’t pay a lot of attention to it,” Karl said. “My job is not to worry about that. I have a lot of worries, and coaches have a lot of nervousness and fears. What is, is what is.”
Gay, the Kings’ second-leading scorer behind Cousins, played in Tuesday’s win over Minnesota after missing three games. But after the game, he told the medical staff he had a headache, which required him to sit out again. Gay cannot return to action until all of his concussion symptoms are gone.
Stauskas injured his back Sunday and sat out the second half of the loss to Utah. He missed the second half of Tuesday’s game because of the injury.
Coach Miller? – Karl relies on Andre Miller to be more than a backup guard.
Miller is Karl’s sounding board. They meet at least once a week to assess the team’s progress.
Miller could have the makings of a coach. Asked if Miller could make that transition, Karl said, “I think he definitely has the instinct of mind, the intelligence, the basketball IQ to move quickly into being a good coach.”
That depends on whether Miller wants to subject himself to the rigors of the job after a lengthy, lucrative playing career.
“I don’t know if he has to do that,” Karl said of coaching. “I would never recommend someone that never has to work to work as hard as it takes to coach. I’ve said the job is a great job, but it’s a hard-working job.”
Mayor Johnson visits – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson attended Wednesday’s game. He is spending two days in Salt Lake City, where he is meeting with Mayor Ralph Becker and visiting various sites to learn about innovations and programs in the city, including the Sorenson Unity Center and academic facilities.