Sacramento Kings Must Face Reality, Trade DeMarcus Cousins

June 23rd, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

The Sacramento Kings should have seen this reality check coming.

The regrettable truth is that it didn't have to be this way.

Before the Kings gave George Karl their coaching reins in February, they had one major reservation about making the move. According to USA Today's Sam Amick, some in the organization felt that the potential hire "could create substantive conflict going forward" with franchise face DeMarcus Cousins.

For a lot of NBA franchises, that would have been the deal-breaker. In a superstar's league, the last thing a team wants to do is bring possible problems to its superstar.

And Cousins, remember, is far from being a typical star. For one thing, there aren't many players with his combination of size (6'11", 270 lbs), mobility and skill. Even fewer can match Boogie's production. This past season, Cousins became only the seventh player in league history to average at least 24 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks.

No one had put together a stat line like that since Kevin Garnett in 2003-04.

But Cousins is more than a mountain of statistics. And in this case ...

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