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Kings moving forward after airing concerns in meeting

DeMarcus Cousins and other Kings players held a team meeting this week. 

DeMarcus Cousins and other Sacramento Kings players hosted a team meeting to discuss their concerns after recording six straight losses, reports Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 in Sacramento.

“We got some issues that we got to carve out,” Cousins toldThe Sacramento Bee. “Can’t really speak on that. But one thing is, us players, we got to stick together. And just with that, that’ll get us through most battles. We got some issues in-house we need to figure out.”

Kings forward Omri Casspi said Cousins sent a text to his teammates to tell them “he cared about the team,” and that they have the pieces to win.

Vlade Divac, the Kings’ vice president of basketball operations and general manager, says a positive feeling has stemmed from the team meeting. He also said that players and coaches will be on the same page going forward.

Head coach George Karl will address the media before Wednesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons.

On Monday, the Kings entered the fourth quarter trailing by just three points against San Antonio before the Spurs outscored them 34–19 in the final 12 minutes of the game.

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With the loss, the Kings dropped to 1–7 on the season.

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Monday night’s starting line up consisted of Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Rudy Gay, James Anderson and Rajon Rondo, which was the sixth combination tried by head coach George Karl in as many games.

“Right now, it’s probably a little angry and frustrated and confused,” Karl said Tuesday to describe the locker room.

The Kings are coming off a 29–53 season, when they finished fourth in the Pacific Division.

- Christopher Chavez