George Karl: DeMarcus Cousins Deserves All-Star Team SpotMd Noman Siddique (Author) Published Date : Jan 21, 2016 16:36 IST
The relationship between DeMarcus Cousins the Sacramento Kings star center and his coach George Karl might have started out as a tumultuous one, but currently they seem to be eye to eye now.
In fact, coach Karl is not just campaigning for the center to make the All-Star team in the Western Conference, but calling his big man the NBA s best center.
Karl told reporters following Wednesday night s Sacramento win against the Los Angeles Lakers 112-93, in which Cousins scored 36 points, while grabbing 16 boards, that there was not a better center in the NBA right now.
Karl said Cousins helps the club at each end of the court and he hopes the NBA recognizes that and gives Cousins an opportunity to play in the All-Star this season in Toronto.
Since the start of 2016, Cousins has scored 29 points or more in 8 of 9 games.
When he was asked if he thought he were the league s best center, Cousins calmly said that was not a question, it is not about that. He added that he knows he can improve in certain way, especially on defense. He said that it was all about playing the game right and helping his team reach the next level.
Earlier in the season, members of the Kings confirmed that Cousins has directed an outburst that was laced with profanity at coach Karl, who at the time wanted to suspend him, but Vlade Divac the team s general manager would not allow it.
However, in November the team held a meeting with all players able to air their grievances and complain about their roles, said sources from the team.
Since the team started 1-7, the Kings are 17-16 and sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Cousins is currently averaging 26.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
George Karl: DeMarcus Cousins Deserves All-Star Team Spot