Morning Jolt: Cousins booted from practice

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Tuesday, November 30

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Kings' rookie Cousins booted from practice

DeMarcus Cousins is shooting a team-worst 38.4 percent and has committed a league-leading 4.2 fouls per game, but that's not why he was sent off the court. While it's not time to panic, whatever DeMarcus Cousins did to get kicked out of practice isn't the kind of stuff the Kings want to see from their prized rookie. Kings coach Paul Westphal wouldn't say if Cousins mouthed off or what action led to the move. He said it was a decision to help Cousins continue to "develop." It's very possible Cousins might have tested his boundaries with the coaching staff and the staff pushed back. (The Sacramento Bee)Comment

Broncos' savior could be ... Elway?

John Elway could be the guy to save the Broncos all over again. Why not hire the most successful, renowned and honored player in Broncos history to a newly created position of executive vice president, football operations? Why not let The Duke of Denver help turn around the team that has been characterized as "a laughingstock of the NFL," the Buffalo Bills West? Why not now? Elway, according to an impeccable source, "would accept an offer to rejoin the Broncos in a full- time executive position." Elway and Joe Ellis, chief operating officer of the Broncos, did not comment on the possibility Monday, although there appears to be interest on both sides. (The Denver Post)Comment

Konerko a better fit in Texas?

The Rangers declined to pick up Vladimir Guerrero's option and also declined to offer him salary arbitration. This is a good year to be trying to sign a DH. The market is flooded with them. Not just run-of-the-mill guys either. Besides the future Hall of Famer Guerrero, the Chicago White Sox, for example, opted not to offer arbitration to Paul Konerko. Konerko, who will be 35 next season, is a year younger than Guerrero. He actually was more productive in 2010 (.312, 39 homers, 111 RBIs and a .393 on-base percentage). He hits with power from the right side and can still play a bit of first base. (The Dallas Morning News)Comment

Must-See Photo

LeBron responds to recent reports about a dust-up between him and coach Erik Spoelstra with this massive slam. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Russell Westbrook can dunk. Really, really well.

Game To Watch

San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET

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  • 1993 -- NFL announces 30th franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars