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February 18, 2013
DeMarcus Cousins not speaking on Tim Duncan

DeMarcus Cousins meets up with Tim Duncan again Tuesday night.

Cousins has a great amount of respect for Duncan, but after the last meeting with the Spurs, Cousins kept his comments short about Duncan.

"He's a good NBA player ... I'm not going to even get into that," Cousins said. "Tim Duncan is a good player."

There was on sense of anger when discussing Duncan, but the last time Cousins played Duncan Nov. 9 in Sacramento, he engaged in some trash talk that led to Spurs television analyst (and Duncan's former teammate) Sean Elliott to call out Cousins on the air, citing his need to respect Duncan.

This led to Cousins leaving the locker room to confront Elliott after the game upon being told via messages on his phone.

The league deemed Cousins' confrontation hostile and threatening enough to suspend Cousins for two games.

So Cousins won't be saying much about Duncan, perhaps until after the game.

*Kings coach Keith Smart commented on the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

Smart said he became familiar with Buss while coaching with the Golden State Warriors when they would play the Lakers in the preseason in Hawaii.

"I almost went to the Lakers at one time coaching with Rudy Tomjanovich so I had discussions there as well," Smart said. "He always was a personable guy, the time we were over in Maui it was always 'hi' or 'hello.' I didn't get a chance to totally interact with him but he never was a guy that went out of his way to say I own the Lakers. He was a fun guy to be around."

*Marcus Thornton (bruised right hand) practiced tonight. He missed last Wednesday's loss at Dallas with the injury.



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