The Sacramento Kings entered the NBA regular season practically sizzling with energy and enthusiasm to take on the rest of the basketball squads this year. With the entry of veteran basketball ball star Rajon Rondo into the Rudy Gay team, the NBA community had been abuzz with excitement over the potential explosive tandem of the former Boston Celtics star and franchise face DeMarcus Cousins.
Throughout the offseason, both Rondo and Cousins had been spotted delivering promising performances that further fueled the speculations that the Kings just might win this season's NBA title. It appears, however, that the predictions were off the mark as they never got off the base since day one of the start of the season.
Two potential causes were identified for the losing streak of the Sacramento Kings: the rift between DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl as well as the addition of new players to a roster that has yet to master the strategies of its newly minted head coach.
Reports revealed that the loss of the Sacramento Kings to the San Antonio Spurs, which resulted in a final score of 106-88, pushed Cousins to confront Karl in the locker room. While no official record of the actual words uttered during the verbal clash got out to the public, sources claim that the Sacramento Kings head coach initially wanted to have Cousins suspended for his unprofessional behavior. However, it looks like the NBA team managed to patch things up before the issue escalated to the league officials. As of this writing, Cousins has reportedly issued an explanation that also served as an apology for his outburst last Monday.
"It is no secret that we are all frustrated with losing -- me more than anyone," said Cousins, referring to the game of the Sacramento Kings versus the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, according to ESPN. He widely known emotional and passionate NBA star went on to share, "I let my frustrations get the best of me in the locker room after the San Antonio loss -- that is my bad. For the record, my frustration is not about any one person or player or coach. There is no one person to blame. All of us are accountable. My frustration is that we are 1-7, simple as that."
While the apology of Cousins may have appeased some fans of the Sacramento Kings, it looks like others want him out of the NBA squad once and for all. It is common knowledge in the NBA community that Cousins has an explosive attitude both in and out of the hardwood court - a fact that has been repeatedly exhibited in various basketball games and media interviews. As the face of the Sacramento Kings franchise, though, some followers of the NBA team feel that the attitude of Cousins is doing more hard than good to the already struggling basketball team.
Meanwhile, the addition of Rondo and other NBA stars into the Sacramento Kings roster might be costing the team games this season. According to some analysts, Gay and Cousins appear to be finding it difficult to adjust to their new teammates regardless of the caliber of the newcomers. However, the Sacramento Kings head coach remains optimistic on the changes. In fact, Karl believes that judging the Sacramento Kings this early during the season might be selling them short as the players still need more time to adapt accordingly.
"You're building a team; you've got 10 new faces," shared Karl via ESPN, referring to the new members of the Sacramento Kings roster. He added, "You're trying to build a culture and an energy that's different. You think it's going to happen in seven games? Do you really think it's going to happen in seven games?"