Live from the locker room: Kings vs. Spurs

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Here is the latest news live from Sleep Train Arena:

  • The Sacramento Kings (20-35) try to to make it two in a row tonight when they take on the San Antonio Spurs (34-23) at Sleep Train Arena.  Unfortunately, they will have to go into battle without 40 percent of their starting lineup.  Darren Collison is likely lost for the season with a core muscle injury and DeMarcus Cousins will miss tonight’s contest with a left ankle sprain and hip contusion. “I think there’s more hope for Sunday,” coach George Karl said during pregame.  “He’s in a boot today, so he was still wobbling.”
  • With Cousins ailing, Karl will turn to veteran Carl Landry to play alongside Jason Thompson.  “I’m probably going to start Carl,” Karl said during pregame.  “Just more of a veteran presence against a veteran team, a championship team.  Rotate the game quickly and probably more often.”
  • Karl and Gregg Popovich are very close off the court.  The two worked together on the 2002 Olympic Team and have a great respect for each other. “I love coaching against Pop,” Karl said of his long-time friend.  “I think he’s the best in the NBA.  I know everybody’s going to put Phil (Jackson) above Pop, (but) I think Pop is the toughest guy I’ve ever coached against.”
  • Popovich had similar things to say about Karl.  “George who?” Popovich said with a smile.  “He’s a pain in the ass.  He’s a special guy.  He’s a character.  First of all, he’s one heck of a coach, but he’s a character, he loves the game, he’s a lifer, he lives and breathes it and I’m sure he feels whole again now he’s back in.”
  • Tonight is another “Legends Night” in Sacramento.  Doug Christie, Scot Pollard and Bobby Jackson are all in attendance as part of the Kings’ 30th year in Sacramento celebration.

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James Ham is the senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news since 2010. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also contributes to ESPN.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".