Kings Hire Cousins’ High School Coach

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

Otis Hughley, DeMarcus Cousins’ high school coach and a prominent figure in Alabama prep basketball circles, has been hired as a Kings assistant.

He replaces Bryan Gates, who left after one season for a promotion with the New Orleans Hornets.

Hughley, 46, led Mobile’s LeFlore High School to six consecutive 6A regional tournament appearances and the 2007 state championship. He has also been a college assistant at Wright State, Liberty and Southern.

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Knicks Offer Contract to Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown

The Knicks have made a contract offer to Shannon Brown using a portion of their remaining salary-cap room, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Brown is weighing whether to join the Knicks, where he may eventually win the starting two-guard job, or wait for the Lakers who are trying to shed Sasha Vujacic’s $5.4 million salary and relieve the luxury-tax burden of retaining Brown.

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Chris Bosh Heckled at NYSE

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

LeBron will hear worse, but Chris Bosh earned an earful Wednesday while at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell.

Bosh, 26, who signed a six-year, $110 million deal with the Heat, rang the bell to promote his work with After-School All-Stars, which provides after-school activities to children across the US.

But as Bosh toured the floor, one trader heckled him, “It would have been a madhouse in here had you signed with the Knicks.”

Another said, “Come back in 2016.” Even a security guard got into the act, telling him: “Forget Miami, New York is where it’s at.”

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Ron Artest Interviews Ron Artest

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Pistons, Bynum Agree on 3-year, $10.5M Deal

Will Bynum

Will Bynum

The Detroit Pistons have struck a deal to re-sign bench sparkplug Will Bynum.

Bynum’s agent Mark Bartelstein said Bynum and the Pistons have agreed to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million.

Bynum averaged 10 points and 4.5 assists per game last season for Detroit, his second with the Pistons after a two-year stint with Euroleague power Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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Jay-Z Upset with LeBron James?

Jay-Z, LeBron James

Jay-Z, LeBron James

Did LeBron James run afoul of “old friend” Jay-Z?

The Internet is popping with a report that the hip-hop magnate, who is also a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets, is upset that James kept him out of the loop on his decision to join the Miami team.

The website Mediatakeout.com quotes an “EXTREMELY CREDIBLE insider” — the capital letters are meant to underscore the source’s supposed reliability — saying “Jay-Z felt disrespected that King James did not consult with him during the free agency process.

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Portland Willing to Trade Rudy Fernandez

Rudy Fernandez

Rudy Fernandez

The Trail Blazers are open to trading Rudy Fernandez, the guard told Spanish language newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

“Portland is willing to make a trade and the truth is I’m pleased they want to do it,” Fernandez told the paper.

“Now we have to find a team where I can have an important role or where I can find the dynamics I enjoyed in Portland the first year.”

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