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DeMarcus Cousins says his suspension was George Karl, not organization

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Vlade Divac, and ultimately Kings’ owner Vivek Ranadive, have a choice to make this summer: George Karl or DeMarcus Cousins.

The latest sign of a the fault line between Sacramento’s star center and their coach — a feud that goes back to Karl pushing to trade Cousins and his tweets in response this summer, a fissure that was never fully closed — came after the Kings’ loss to the Jazz Sunday. That was Cousins return from a one-game suspension for berating Karl.

From James Ham of CSNBayArea.com.

“That wasn’t a suspension from the organization, that was one from the head coach,” Cousins said. “There’s a difference.”

It was GM Vlade Divac who had announced the suspension (he also reportedly argued with Cousins that night). Here is Divac’s response to Cousins’ comments, via Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

When told of Cousins’ view of the suspension, Divac told Yahoo Sports with a huge grin: “I love DeMarcus Cousins. That is my only comment.”

We don’t have room on the Internet to cover everything the Kings need to start doing differently as an organization, but this summer it begins with choosing a direction (then sticking with it for a few years). If they want to build around Cousins, Karl and his up-tempo style need to go. If they want to be a running team in a Karl style, they need to work with Cousins on a trade and make wholesale roster changes to get players who fit that style. Either way, there needs to be some serious roster changes.

But the Karl/Cousins dynamic isn’t working. That much is clear.

Knicks’ Jose Calderon drains game-winning three to beat Lakers (VIDEO)

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If the Knicks were asking Jose Calderon to defend a game-winning shot, it probably doesn’t go very well. But the guy is shooting 40 percent from three this season.

The Lakers had come back from 16 back to make it a game, one that was tied 87-87 with 9.3 seconds left. The Knicks had Calderon inbounding the ball, with the plan to get the ball to Carmelo Anthony. However, the Lakers double-teamed him from the start and denied that option. As an outlet Calderon threw the ball to Robin Lopez out high, but the pass almost went into the backcourt and the entire play blew up, the spacing was shot, and the Knicks were scrambling. This was just an ugly mess. Lopez just gave the ball back to Calderon.

Calderon drove right but Marcelo Huertas was caught off guard when Calderon pulled up, and that gave the Knick point guard a clean look at a three.

Splash.

Knicks win. Which makes some fans in Toronto sad (the Raptors have the Knicks pick this June, although the Nuggets have the right to switch picks with the Knicks, so the Raptors get the worse of the two).

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s fourth triple-double in 11 games leads Bucks

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NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, nearly getting his fourth triple-double in the last 11 games by halftime, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-100 on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo already had 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds by the half on his way to becoming the first Bucks player with four triple-doubles in a season. All of them have come since Feb. 22.

Jabari Parker added 23 points, and Khris Middleton had 19 points to help the Bucks win their third straight game.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets, who dropped their fourth in a row. Sean Kilpatrick added 19 in his first home game with the Nets after they returned from a franchise-record, nine-game trip.

Data curated by PointAfter

The Nets committed 12 turnovers that led to 17 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee seized control after trailing 79-78 through three.

Antetokounmpo, who had a highlight dunk in the first half when he jumped from just near the foul line on the fast break, set up Miles Plumlee‘s dunk that put Milwaukee ahead for good at 99-98 with 3:21 to play. The Bucks kept expanding it from there on a finishing 12-2 run, helped repeatedly by the Nets’ turnovers that sent Antetokounmpo leading a fast break in the other direction.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Because of plane trouble, the Bucks didn’t get into New York until early Sunday afternoon. Their plane wasn’t able to take off Saturday night after their victory over New Orleans in Milwaukee, so they remained there overnight. … Antetokounmpo’s seven assists in the first quarter matched the high for a Bucks player in any period this season.

Nets: Brooklyn was swept in the three-game season series. The Nets dropped the first two in their first seven games of the season. … G Wayne Ellington missed the game with an upper respiratory infection. … Brooklyn wore “Los Nets” jerseys as part of the NBA’s Latin Nights series.

WHERE DID EVERYBODY GO?

Lopez is the only player remaining from the Brooklyn team that Kidd coached to the second round in the 2013-14 season. Kidd got the Bucks job that July in what began the team’s breakup. Paul Pierce wasn’t re-signed and many more moves followed.

“That happens in sports. Change happens all the time, from coaches to players, so the teams that tend to win are the ones who stick together, are together for a long time,” Kidd said. “You look at Golden State, you look at San Antonio, you look at Oklahoma City, those are the teams that are atop the NBA and those are the teams that tend to win, so for Brooklyn or Milwaukee, we’re all trying to strive to be consistent.”

 

Doc Rivers calls Branden Dawson arrest “terrible situation,” says it’s too early for official team action

Los Angeles Clippers basketball player Branden Dawson visits the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Dawson is a former Michigan State University basketball player. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
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LOS ANGELES — As if Doc Rivers didn’t have enough on-the-court issues to deal with — his Clippers got thumped by the Cavaliers Sunday and now head out on a road trip that includes the Spurs and Warriors — he had the arrest of one of his players to deal with Sunday.

Clipper rookie Branden Dawson, who spent most of the season in the D-League, was arrested Sunday morning on charges of felony domestic abuse. Rivers said it was too soon to know what they Clippers would do about it.

“Obviously, it’s an awful situation as far as I’m concerned, I have a daughter,” Doc Rivers said after his team got crushed by the Cavaliers Sunday. “It’s a terrible situation, but we’ll figure out what we want to do and how we want to handle it.”

When pressed on it, noting other teams have suspended players, Rivers said it was simply too early to say how the team would respond.

Dawson was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning and was not with the team when they faced the Cavs as he was still in jail until after tip-off. He did not come to the arena.

The Clippers selected Dawson in the second round of the 2015 draft out of Michigan State. He has a non-guaranteed contract for next season with the Clippers.

Kanye West offers to redesign Clippers “Chuck the Condor” mascot

Los Angeles Clippers new mascot, a California Condor named Chuck, is introduced during halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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If you’re the most ridiculed thing to do with the Los Angeles Clippers, that is saying something.

Right now, the new mascot Chuck the Condor has that title.

It’s gotten to the point Kanye West wants in on the redesign.

Having seen the Yeezy Adidas line of shoes, I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.

Chuck was having none of it and threw some shade back at Kanye.

Score one for Chuck. Plus he’s got other influential friends.