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February 7, 2013
Isaiah Thomas added to Rising Stars Challenge

DeMarcus Cousins won't be as angry as he was last week.

Second-year guard Isaiah Thomas will be in Houston after all for the Rising Stars Challenge next Friday as part of All-Star Weekend.

Thomas and Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio were added to the pool of available first and second-year players by the game's acting commissioner, former NBA guard and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith.

Smith was drafted by the Kings in 1987.

The original pool of players was selected by a vote of NBA assistant coaches.

Had Thomas not been added, it would have been the first time since 2009 the Kings had
no representation at All-Star Weekend.

Cousins was upset over Thomas' initial exclusion, blaming the state of the Kings organization for Thomas being left out the game.

Cousins took to social media to congratulate Thomas.

Thomas is averaging 11.6 points and 3.2 assists this season, 12.7 points and 3.6 assists as a starter.

Thomas had stated being named to the game was a goal after being left out as a rookie.
Cousins was the lone participant for the Kings last season in the game.

Thomas is part of TEAM CHUCK, consisting of players drafted by Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley.

The squad will be coached by San Antonio Spurs lead assistant coach Mike Budenholzer.

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