DeMarcus Cousins

Report: Former Kings star offers to pay for Stephon Clark's funeral

Report: Former Kings star offers to pay for Stephon Clark's funeral

Former Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins reportedly reached out to Stephon Clark's family and offered to cover the cost of his a funeral, according to The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones

Sacramento police shot and killed Clark, a 22-year-old African-American father of two, on Sunday while he was holding a cellphone in the backyard of his grandmother's home. Clark was unarmed. 

During his six-and-a-half year tenure in Sacramento, Cousins was not only the face of the Kings on the court, but the face of outreach efforts off of it. He paid for the funeral of Sacramento-area high school football player Jaulon "JJ" Clavo, who was shot in 2015, and ran free children's basketball camps for the city's children during the summer.

He continued to run a camp last summer following a midseason trade to the New Orleans Pelicans, and has spoken at length about how much he treasures maintaining strong ties to Sacramento. He told The Sacramento Bee last February that he "still consider[s Sacramento] a home."

“It’s very important to me,” Cousins told The New Orleans Advocate in October. “I’ve built relationships in a lot of the different places I’ve been. My biggest thing is helping those kids and helping families in need. I was once in their position, and it would’ve done wonders if I could’ve had a little bit of help coming up. I’m just doing my part.”

Bodycam footage from the officer-involved shooting was released on Wednesday, setting off protests on Thursday. Protestors blocked traffic on Interstate 5 both ways, according to NPR, before locking arms and surrounding the Golden 1 Center ahead of Hawks-Kings that night. Those protests delayed the start of the game by 15 minutes, and an estimated 15,000 fans were unable to enter the arena. 

Paul George replaces injured DeMarcus Cousins on All-Star roster


Paul George replaces injured DeMarcus Cousins on All-Star roster

Paul George is an All-Star after all.

But it took a season-ending injury to Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins to get George on the roster.

The NBA announced on Saturday that Commissioner Adam Silver selected the Thunder forward to replace Cousins on Team LeBron.

Cousins suffered a ruptured Achillies tendon late in Friday's game against the Rockets and will miss the rest of the season.

When All-Star reserves were announced earlier in the week, Russell Westbrook took exception with his teammate being snubbed and took a shot at the Warriors for having four players headed to Los Angeles.

"Unbelievable. I think it’s just outrageous in my opinion. I don’t know who else made the team, but I know you got guys with four people from one team. You got guys complaining about being snubbed so they can get in. You got guys that just talk about it all the time, but the guys that deserve it should be in it. I just don’t understand. It doesn’t make any sense a guy that leads the league in steals, compete every night, top two in his position, it don’t make any sense regardless of anything else… Everybody’s not an All-Star. Just because you get voted in don’t mean you’re an All-Star. I just think it’s outrageous," Westbrook told reporters on Thursday.

While George is replacing Cousins on the roster, the replacement in the starting lineup won't be determined until the coaching staff for Team LeBron is set. Boston's Brad Stevens is ineligible to coach the squad because he was the All-Star coach last season. 

This is George's fifth All-Star selection and third in a row.

With free agency looming, former Kings star Cousins suffers serious injury


With free agency looming, former Kings star Cousins suffers serious injury

A little over a year ago, we were reporting on the new $207 million extension Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins intended to sign with the Sacramento Kings.

That never came to be as the Kings traded Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans during the All-Star break as part of a five-player deal that brought Sacramento Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, along with draft picks. And only 12 months later, the news couldn’t be worse for the former King.

The 27-year-old, four-time All-Star center ruptured his Achilles in the final seconds of a battle with the Houston Rockets, according to multiple national reports. An MRI has been scheduled to confirm the diagnosis, but all indications are pointing towards the worst possible outcome for one of the game’s best bigs.

In his first full season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Cousins is posting huge numbers and has his team smack dab in the Western Conference playoff race. The 6-foot-11 Kentucky product is averaging 25.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals.  

The Pelicans currently sit at 27-21 and hold the sixth best record in the West. In his eighth NBA season, Cousins was in line to make his first playoff appearance after spending the first six-plus seasons of his career in Sacramento.

He, along with fellow All-Star power forward Anthony Davis, have carried the Pelicans all season long. The loss of Cousins is a huge blow for New Orleans.

To compound matters, Cousins is playing out the final year of his contract and was primed to make serious cash in free agency this summer. If his Achilles is in fact torn, he is facing a minimum of a six-month rehabilitation.

Judging by other players with a similar injury, Cousins a solid chance at being ready for training camp for the 2018-19 season. Rudy Gay tore his left Achilles in January of last season while a member of the Kings and returned in time to open the season with the San Antonio Spurs.  

Every player recovers at a different rate, but Cousins has a lot riding on his ability to return to the court sooner, rather than later. It’s an unfortunate turn of events for an incredibly talented young man.