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November 4, 2010
Kings' Dalembert to start at center

By Ailene Voisin

Not that this comes as surprise, but after Kings practice ended today, coach Paul Westphal announced that Samuel Dalembert will replace rookie DeMarcus Cousins in the starting lineup.

Dalembert, the veteran who was obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers offseason in the off-season trade involving Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni, will make his first start Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at Arco Arena.

Westphal cited a number of reasons for the change, including his desire to improve the interior defense and getting his club off to quicker starts.

Cousins, the No.5 overall pick, said he was fine with the move and that he had actually thought about suggesting the change to his coach.

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