Will DeMarcus Cousins Actually Murder Someone Before He Leaves Sacramento?
When coach George Karl arrived for what proved to be a disastrous spell in charge of the Sacramento Kings, forward Rudy Gay apparently welcomed him thusly: "Welcome to basketball hell." The Kings are a team no one wants to play for, no one wants to coach, and no one really wants to watch. It's a sad state of affairs, given that barely 15 years ago, Sacramento was home to one of the league's greatest and most entertaining teams. These days, they're a basket case, and their sole world-class player — forward DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins — has been in open rebellion for most of the offseason. Cousins, of course, is also part of the Kings' problem — he's gotten along with precisely one coach over the course of his six years in the league, and the Kings effectively fired the coach in question, Mike Malone, when Boogie wasn't looking. Cousins is under contract for this season and the next, and after that, he's presumably out the door; until then, Sacramento will continue to be a perversely compelling reality show of a franchise.