Since his suspension earlier this season, DeMarcus Cousins has gone an absolute tear. In nine games in January, Cousins is averaging 21.7 points a game on 50 percent shooting to go along with 12.9 rebounds and 4 assists a contest. Through double-teams and everything else, Cousins has plowed through the competition and bolstered a Kings offense that has had prolonged stretches of competence when the right backcourt is in place.
If Cousins has a hole in his skill-set, it’s contesting shots at the rim. Cousins instead prefers to set his feet and take charges, and he was 5th in the NBA in that category. Technically, a charge taken is much more valuable than a blocked shot because it guarantees possession and gives the opponent a personal foul, but often times there isn’t enough of an opportunity to react, get out of the restricted area, and take a charge. Against the Wizards last night, one of those times came up.
And as a result, Martell Webster came up big. Here’s Webster’s big jam over DeMarcus Cousins:
Tired of NBA players dominating kids during the summer?
Here’s the video for you.
Celtics guard Avery Bradley loses in knockout – thanks to the smallest kid in the clip, who’s wearing a shirt way to big for him and a silly green hat.
Brian Robb of Celtics Hub:
Children in NBA player camps everywhere, you have been avenged.
Marc Gasol missed the final two months of last season and Olympics with a foot injury.
When will the Grizzlies center return?
Gasol in L’Esportiu, as translated by Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype:
On his foot injury:
“I’m really well and looking forward to starting (the season). I miss the competition, playing and enjoying basketball. All indications are that the foot is fine. I’ve practiced with the (Girona basketball club) juniors all I could, especially half-court sets.”
On almost making it to the Olympic Games:
“I was a couple of weeks away.”
After hurting his foot, it always seemed highly improbably Gasol would play in the Rio Games. But maybe he wasn’t that far off.
It’d be a huge boost to Memphis if Gasol is healthy as he sounds. The Grizzlies kept their window for winning open by re-signing Mike Conley and signing Chandler Parsons this summer, but Gasol is central to that. If healthy, Gasol is in the running for the NBA’s best center. Memphis went 30-22 with him and 12-18 without him last season (though other injuries contributed to the downfall).
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in May.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in June.
Former Magic player Keith Appling was arrested in August.
Robert Allen of the Detroit Free Press:
Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday, his third arrest since May, Detroit police said.
Appling, 24, was pulled over at about 9 p.m. on the city’s east side after driving away from a traffic stop, and a gun was found in a bag on the side of the road, according to an Associated Press report.
Bismack Biyombo might have left Toronto, but he didn’t escape jokes about his age from the Raptors.
Biyombo – according to official records, which have been disputed – turned 24 yesterday.
Unofficially? Kyle Lowry: