Cousins suspended for punch to groin

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Cousins suspended for punch to groin

The Kings will be without DeMarcus Cousins against the Bucks Wednesday night after his ill-advised swing of the arm aimed between O.J. Mayo's legs Monday; the star center was slapped with a one-game suspension Wednesday afternoon.

After the Kings' loss to the Mavericks, Mayo ripped Cousins:

“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. He’s immature, man. Big maturity problem. Hopefully, he’ll grow up out of it and become great. He definitely has the talent to.”

[RELATED: Mayo rips Cousins]

Cousins has since responded:

“I heard,” Cousins said of Mayo's comments. “This coming from a guy that doesn’t have a great image himself. So what does his really mean? I’m fine with it. ... Is he a franchise player? So how is he going to tell me what I am?”

[RELATED: Cousins responds]

Cousins, 22, was suspended for two games earlier this season after a postgame altercation with Spurs analyst Sean Elliot.

The third-year big man is averaging 17.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 30.7 minutes per game.

 

Labissiere returns to Haiti, reunites with man who pulled him from quake rubble

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Labissiere returns to Haiti, reunites with man who pulled him from quake rubble

Kings sophomore forward Skal Labissiere returned to Haiti for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday. 

One day later, he reunited with the man who helped save his life. Labissiere was trapped under rubble in a 2010 earthquake. The man and Skal's father searched through debris before finding the talented hooper. 

Labissiere is back in his native country to host a basketball camp from July 19-21. In his rookie year, Labissiere averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 18.5 minutes per game.

The Kings selected Labissiere out of Kentucky with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

 

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

Editor's Note: The above video is from April 11, 2017.

With the Sacramento Kings drafting point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III and then inking George Hill, the door closed for a return of veteran Ty Lawson. On Tuesday afternoon, the 29-year-old announced via social that he is heading overseas to play in China for the Shanxi Dragons.

Lawson played well in his lone season in Sacramento, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per contest. He shot 45.4 percent from the field over 69 games, including 24 starts for the Kings.

Lawson almost made the leap to China last summer before landing in Sacramento on August 31. He joins free agent departures Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Tolliver, Langston Galloway and Rudy Gay, all who have signed elsewhere this summer as the Kings revamp their roster.