Kings' Cousins shows Celtics what all the hype is about

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Kings' Cousins shows Celtics what all the hype is about

SACRAMENTO DeMarcus Cousins is a man of many talents, many of which were on display in Sacramento's 118-96 thumping of the Boston Celtics.

The talented but at times troubled big man delivered his first career triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the Kings (11-19) won at home for the sixth time in their last seven games.

With the rumors swirling that the Celtics have some interest in making a run at Cousins, Sunday's performance was just the kind of audition that has Celtics Nation salivating at the thought of him teaming up with Kevin Garnett in the frontcourt.

But it was the kind of game that justifies Sacramento's reluctance to make him available despite having to discipline him repeatedly for various team-related offenses.

And when he has guys around him knocking down shots, it makes him all that more difficult to deal with.

"That's why he was able to pick up 10 assists, because guys were setting up outside," said Kings forward John Salmons who had 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field. "Hopefully it'll get to the point where they can't double-team players because guys are making open 3s and that'll make it easier for Cousins to get in the lane."

Meanwhile, the Celtics (14-16) slip even further below .500 with the loss which will only extend the grumbling among Celtics Nation for the C's to do something to shake up their roster - like aggressively pursue a player like Cousins.

While he has had his share of problems in Sacramento, the one thing that has never been an issue is his talent.

When you look at the C's roster and see what Cousins brings to the floor talent-wise, it's hard to imagine the Celtics can put together a package that would entice the Kings to part with arguably one of the most talented big men in the NBA and wouldn't debilitate the C's core group.

His ability to score and rebound is well documented. But on Sunday he displayed the kind of court vision that speaks volumes about how talented he is now.

And the scary part is that he's just 22 years old.

Even though the Kings led most of the night, it was Cousins' play in the second half that put the Celtics away.

"Down the stretch is where Cousins just took the game over," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "We didn't want to trap and that's a great example of what we're doing defensively."

When too much attention was paid to Cousins, he wisely found teammates for lay-ups or open jumpers.

"We can absorb one big scoring," Rivers said. "But you can't when you start trapping and then everybody gets involved."

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Belichick: Buddy Ryan a father to 'a great football family'

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Bill Belichick released a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing Tuesday afternoon. 

"Today is a sad day in football due to the passing of Buddy Ryan," Belichick said. "It was always very challenging to compete against Coach Ryan, who was father to a great football family that carries on his coaching and defensive tradition. My condolences are with the Ryan Family."

Belichick is certainly very familiar with Ryan's legacy and the tradition Ryan passed down to his sons Rex and Rob. The Patriots coach has competed against all three.

Rex Ryan has squared off with Belichick during his time as head coach for the Jets (2009-14) and Bills (2015-present), and their matchups go back to Rex's days with the Ravens (1999-2008) when he was a defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator.

Rob Ryan, like his brother, got his first NFL break when his father was the head coach of the Cardinals in the mid-1990s. His second break, though, came from Belichick. He joined the Patriots staff during Belichick's first year as head coach in 2000 and coached linebackers for four seasons in New England. He has since competed against Belichick as a defensive coordinator for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and Saints. Rob joined Rex in Buffalo this year to serve as an assistant on the staff there. 

For Belichick's thoughts on the impact of Buddy Ryan's famous "46" defense, we dug up some of his comments from a 2012 press conference that you can find here. He called the combination of Ryan's scheme and the talented players Ryan had at his disposal as defensive coordinator of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears "pretty unblockable."