Kings Report: Cousins’ return highlights key games

DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and the Pelicans hit Sacramento on Oct. 26.

The Sacramento Kings face old friend DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 26 at home, and that is one of five games Kings games fans can’t miss, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Cousins will return after starting his career with the Kings and telling everyone he didn’t want to leave. The Kings also repeatedly went on record to shoot down rumors that they would trade Cousins.

It’s an interesting reminder to not always believe what you read, especially when it comes from front-office types. Now, Kings general manager Vlade Divak and owner Vivek Ranadive probably weren’t lying when they said they weren’t trading Cousins. It’s just that they didn’t think a real offer would be made.

But Divac eventually landed the deal he wanted — and off went Cousins to New Orleans a few days before the trading deadline. His return to Sacramento is sure to garner an interesting reaction from all involved.

Fittingly, that Kings-Pelicans game will be televised by TNT.

Here the rest of the Bee’s Kings games to watch:

Oct. 18 vs. Houston — Will Carmelo Anthony be a Rocket?

Nov.  22 vs. LA Lakers — Kings rookie guard De’Aaron Fox vs. Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball.

Dec. 27 vs. Cleveland — Team turmoil pays a visit, with Kyrie Irving?

Feb. 2 Kings vs. Golden State —  All-Stars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and the champs come to town.

Here’s more out of Sacramento:

  • Ailene Voisin of the Bee wrote an excellent piece about Kings guard Garrett Temple, and his role as a social activist. Temple’s father, Collis Temple Jr., was the first African American to play at LSU.
  • A Royal Pain of the Fansided network analyzed the role of Kings big man Kosta Koufos and how he may be able to increase his minutes.
  • With the additions of rookies Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and Frank Mason III, and veterans George Hill, Vince Carter and Zach Randolph (assuming he’s cleared legally), there is tons of buzz surrounding the Kings entering the season. And with good reason.