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DeMarcus Cousins: 'I Don't Respect' Charles Barkley

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is not a fan of Hall of Famer Charles Barkley's recent comments.

Cousins, who was voted onto the All-Star team, fired back at Barkley this weekend for questioning Cousins' being consulted for the hiring of head coach George Karl this week.

"It ain't personal," Cousins said when asked about Barkley, who is also an analyst on TNT. "I mean, I don't really respect the guy, but at the same time, I don't really care what he thinks either.  I don't respect him, and I don't care what he thinks."

Barkley wasn't happy when discussing this topic earlier this week.

"Why are they discussing it with him?" Barkley said during a TNT telecast. "Yeah, I am totally disgusted with that. ... He hasn't done enough to deserve that type of power. [The Kings] stink. Why would you give a guy that young that type of power?

"If you're a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon or somebody like that, yeah, you deserved that type of power after you have earned it," Barkley continued.  "Let me just say this either way, that's just total bulls---. That's ridiculous."

The Kings are 18-34 and sit in 13th in the Western Conference.

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Karl Reaches Deal, Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team's new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro announced Thursday. reports it's a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.

Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor.

"I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person," D'Alessandro said in a statement. "He's a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward."

Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.

Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Cousins Replaces Bryant in All-Star Game

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been selected to take the place of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the 2015 All-Star Game, league commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

Cousins will make his first All-Star appearance and becomes the first King since 2004 to be selected as an All-Star.

"Honestly, I really didn't expect myself to make it," Cousins said. "I mean, the West was so tough this year and there are so many talented guys in the West. But the crazy thing is, me and Dame (Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard) were texting after the results came out and I was telling him, 'Man, you know you're going to make this team, like, it's nothing.' It's just kind of crazy how things worked out."

Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game).

The NBA All-Star Game takes place at Madison Square Garden on Sunday Feb. 15.

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Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a move that has some people around the NBA scratching their heads, the Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Mike Malone.

The Kings started the season on a roll, going 5-1 behind the play of center DeMarcus Cousins. Still, Cousins has missed the last nine games and the team wound up losing eight of their last ten games.

Despite Cousins absence, the Sacramento ownership group and front office "expected more" from the team at this point as they have gone 11-13 to start the season.

Malone was hired by the team following the 2013 season. He was the sixth head coach hired by the Kings since the 2005-2006 season, the last season they made the postseason. Overall he went 39-67 during his time tenure as head coach.

Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will take over the team on an interim basis. He went 112-146 in three-plus seasons as the head coach for the Utah Jazz.

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NBA Suspends And Fines Kings C DeMarcus Cousins

Sacramento Kings/NBA(SACRAMENTO) -- The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game without pay and fined him $20,000 for two separate incidents, the league announced on Thursday.

Cousins received the ban for punching Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach during the first quarter of Sacramento’s 129-103 loss to Houston on Feb. 25. The league also fined the 23-year-old for verbally abusing official Courtney Kirkland and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection in the same game.

In 49 games this season, Cousins is averaging career highs of 22.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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Durant, Thunder Roll in Third Straight Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Kevin Durant scored 30 points for the seventh consecutive game, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-10) coast to a 108-93 home win over Sacramento on Sunday. It was the third straight win for the Thunder.

The Kings (14-25) kept the game close for much of the contest, tying the game at 60 early in the third quarter. However, Oklahoma City went on an 8-0 run that forced a Sacremento timeout before taking an 89-74 lead into the fourth. Another 6-0 spurt by the Thunder would put the game out of reach following Rudy Gay's ejection after receiving two technical fouls for arguing with officials.

Durant's 30 point effort was accompanied by nine assists, six rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks. The NBA scoring leader was 10-for-15 shooting while Serge Ibaka poured in 20 as well for the Thunder. Oklahoma City was again playing without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook following knee surgery, and are now 8-5 this season without him.

Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with a career high 38 points, but 27 of those came in the first half. DeMarcus Cousins recorded a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort.

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Kings Reward Center DeMarcus Cousins With Four-Year Extension

NBA via Sacramento Kings(NEW YORK) -- The rebuilding Sacramento Kings have rewarded arguably their most productive and controversial player, center DeMarcus Cousins, with a four-year contract extension.

According the ESPN, the deal is expected to exceed $60 million. The deal has no player or team options, so Cousins will theoretically be with the team until the 2017-2018 season.

The 23-year old Cousins was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, and joins John Wall, Larry Sanders, and Paul George as the only members of that draft class with extensions so far.

Cousins talent has never been in question. In three seasons, he's averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and is still improving as a player.

But he's also been criticised over the years for his attitude and behavior.

He's been near the top in foul calls during his career, and has received multiple suspensions. Last December, he was suspended by the Kings for "unprofessional behavior," which is a reason he received a four-year deal instead of five.

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Heat Win 12th Straight

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- It took a couple of extra periods, but the Miami Heat did extend their winning streak.

The Heat won their 12th in a row by dispatching the Sacramento Kings, 141-129 in double overtime on Tuesday at American Airlines Arena.

LeBron James was once again the star for Miami (41-14), logging 40 points, 16 assists, eight rebounds and two steals. "Some great stat lines tonight," James said. "But I'm happy I was able to do what I did and help our team win."

Dwyane Wade scored 39 points, Ray Allen added 21 and Miami finished off a 12-1 month of February. 

The Kings (19-39) got 36 points from Marcus Thornton, who came off the bench. "To be able to take that team to two overtimes just shows the testament of us growing," Thornton said. "A team like that -- championship team -- they play great together. Obviously, I hate losing but it was a great effort by us."

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Kings Suspend Center DeMarcus Cousins Indefinitely

Sacramento Kings/NBA(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced on Saturday that Sacramento has suspended center DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”

Cousins was involved in a confrontation with Kings head coach Keith Smart during halftime of Friday night’s 97-85 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Smart left Cousins in the locker room for the entire second half.

The Kings drafted Cousins out of Kentucky with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. In three seasons in Sacramento, the 22-year-old has averaged 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

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Kings Center DeMarcus Cousins Suspended One Game

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for Wednesday night's game versus the Milwaukee Bucks for hitting Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo in the groin on Monday.

In the second quarter of the Kings 119-96 loss to the Mavericks Monday, Cousins, after fighting for positioning with Mayo, jabbed backwards with his fist hitting Mayo in the groin. Mayo proceeded to confront Cousins resulting in double technical fouls being called.

"That guy has some mental issues, man," Mayo said. "He's a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don't think he wants it."

This is the second time this season Cousins has been suspended. He was suspended for two games in November after confronting San Antonio Spurs TV commentator Sean Elliott following a loss to the Spurs.

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