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Sim Bhullar Embracing Opportunity 

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento Kings signed 7-foot-5, 360 pound center Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract and made NBA history in the process on Friday.

Bhullar is the first NBA player of Indian descent and is embracing this opportunity.

"It's a big moment in the history of the NBA and the history of my country," Bhullar said on Friday before their game against the Pelicans.

"It's been all support," Bhullar continued.  "I haven't seen one negative comment or anything.  I'm enjoying the ride right now, it's a great feeling."

Bhullar did not play in the game due to head coach George Karl's decision, but Bhullar will get another opportunity against Utah on Sunday.

"I'm just enjoying it right now. I don't feel any pressure at all. I know there's a lot of people — probably a billion people — that will be watching the game. I'm just going to enjoy my time on the court and have fun right now," Bhullar said.

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ESPN: Kings Plan to Sign Sim Bhullar

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Sacramento Kings are expected to sign 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract this week, according to ESPN.

Bhullar would become the first player of Indian decent in NBA history.

Bhullar played college basketball at New Mexico State until 2014. He was not drafted and has been playing this season with Sacramento's affiliate in the NBA Development League, the Reno Big Horns.

"He adds a very interesting dimension to the game," Kings head coach George Karl said. "And our game is becoming an international game and India is becoming one of the greatest, largest, biggest democracies in the world and I think it's a good story and hopefully we'll find some minutes for him."

The worry with Bhullar has been his conditioning, but the youngster, who weighed more than 400 pounds last July, has lost more than 30 pounds during his time with the Big Horns.

Bhullar is averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game for Reno this season.

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Nevada Set to Name Eric Musselman Head Men's Basketball Coach

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(RENO, Nev.) -- The University of Nevada is set to name former NBA coach Eric Musselman as their new men’s head basketball coach, pending approval from the Board of Regents, the school announced on Wednesday.

In three seasons as head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, Musselman compiled a record of 108-138. He spent this past season as an assistant coach with LSU.

“Eric is one of the best in our sport,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement. “Extremely driven and knowledgeable. I’ve watched and coached against him in the NBA and FIBA games. He has an uncanny feel for the game, and ability to read where the game is at. More importantly, is his ability to motivate and teach his players what it takes to improve and win. He is as good as it gets.”

Musselman will take over for David Carter, who was fired earlier this month after suffering a third consecutive losing season.

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John Wall Casts a Spell on the Kings

NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- John Wall led a charge that brought the Wizards back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-97.

Washington head coach Randy Whittman would probably like to take a few thoughts back when he lost faith in his team as they trailed 64-46 at the half.

"I told them, I've got to go to church tomorrow because of some of the things I said and thought at halftime," Wittman said.

Wall ripped off 31 points and dished out 12 assists, 20 and 10 of which came in the second half.

"In the first half there wasn't really an effort, and they basically did whatever they wanted and got whatever they wanted," Wall said. "We had to come back out and compete in the second half."

After dropping 13 of 17 games dating back to the end of January, the Wizards have ripped off three straight victories and put themselves squarely back into fifth place in the eastern conference.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/11/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Sacramento Kings 113 (22-41) – Charlotte Hornets 106 (28-35)

Chicago Bulls 104 (40-26) – Philadelphia 76ers 95 (14-50)

Boston Celtics 95 (27-36) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (45-19)

Miami Heat 104 (29-35) – Brooklyn Nets 98 (25-38)

Milwaukee Bucks 97 (34-30) – Orlando Magic 91 (21-45)

Los Angeles Clippers 120 (42-23) – Oklahoma City Thunder 108 (35-29)

Golden State Warriors 105 (51-12) – Detroit Pistons 98 (23-41)

Phoenix Suns 106 (34-32) – Minnesota Timberwolves 97 (14-49)

Denver Nuggets 115 (24-41) – Atlanta Hawks 102 (50-14)

Portland Trail Blazers 105 (42-20) – Houston Rockets 100 (43-21)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (19) North Carolina 81 (22-10) – Boston College 63 (13-19)

Patriot League Tournament Final: Lafayette 65 (20-12) – American U 63 (17-16)

NHL:  Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (27-35-6; 60pts) – Buffalo Sabres 3 (19-42-6; 44pts) SO

New York Rangers 3 (42-17-7; 91pts) – Washington Capitals 1 (36-22-10; 82pts)

Calgary Flames 6 (37-25-5, 79pts) – Anaheim Ducks 3 (42-20-7, 91pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/3/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 104 (25-33) – Los Angeles Lakers 103 (16-43)

Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (38-24) – Boston Celtics 79 (23-35)

Sacramento Kings 124 (21-37) – New York Knicks 86 (12-47)

Atlanta Hawks 104 (48-12) – Houston Rockets 96 (41-19)

Chicago Bulls 97 (38-23) – Washington Wizards 92 (34-27)

Utah Jazz 93 (24-35) – Memphis Grizzlies 82 (42-17)

Denver Nuggets 106 (21-39) – Milwaukee Bucks 95 (32-28)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 72 (30-0) – Georgia 64 (19-10)

(4) Villanova 76 (28-2) – Creighton 72 (13-17)

(9) Kansas 76 (24-6) – (20) West Virginia 69 (22-8) - OT

(10) Maryland 60 (25-5) – Rutgers 50 (10-20)

(19) North Carolina 81 (21-9) – Georgia Tech 49 (12-18)

Georgetown 60 (19-9) – (21) Butler 54 (21-9)

NHL:  New Jersey Devils 3 (27-27-10; 64pts) – Nashville Predators 1 (41-17-7; 89pts)

Calgary Flames 3 (34-25-4; 72pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (27-26-12; 66pts)

Washington Capitals 5 (35-20-10; 80pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (26-33-4; 56pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (39-20-6; 84pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (19-40-5; 43pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (26-33-5; 57pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (28-23-13; 69pts)

San Jose Sharks 6 (32-25-8, 72pts) – Vancouver Canucks 2 (36-24-3, 75pts)

Los Angeles Kings 5 (30-21-12, 72pts) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (18-36-10, 46pts)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (41-17-7, 89pts) – Arizona Coyotes 1 (20-37-7, 47pts)

Dallas Stars 3 (28-26-10, 66pts) – New York Islanders 2 (41-21-3, 85pts) - OT

Minnesota Wild 3 (34-22-7, 75pts) – Ottawa Senators 2 (27-23-11, 65pts) - SO


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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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Report: Sacramento Kings Offer Head Coaching Spot to Karl

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Ca.) -- At a time when basketball coaches are reaching the millennium mark for victories, the Sacramento Kings are looking to hire a man who has already achieved it.

The Kings gave George Karl a contract to become the head coach of the team, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report.

Karl, 63, has a career record of 1,131 wins and 756 losses in 25 seasons. He has been the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and the Seattle Supersonics -- whom he led to the NBA Finals in the 1995-1996 season.

Tyrone Corbin has been serving as interim head coach of the team since Mike Malone was fired in December when the team began the season 11-13. Corbin is expected to coach the team for at least the next pair of games into the All-Star break, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. 

Karl previously served as head coach of the Denver Nuggets for eight seasons, compiling a record of 423-257 before being fired in 2013.

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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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