The Los Angeles Lakers season rolls on with a road trip up to Sacramento to face the Kings, who have their leading man back in DeMarcus Cousins after missing time as he recovered from viral meningitis. It was less than two weeks ago that Kobe Bryant poured in 32 points in a win against the Cousins-less Kings, but there's been huge changes in the kingdom.
For starters, head coach Michael Malone was fired as he failed to "meet expectations" of owner Vivek Ranadive, a shocking turn of events for a team that looked like it was on an upswing prior to Cousins' illness. They've yet to name a new head coach, leaving Ty Corbin to take the reins in the meantime. Now, the Kings are also looking to shake up their roster with a big move, and have opened discussions with the Brooklyn Nets in acquiring Deron Williams and Mason Plumlee. What looked like a steady season where improvement could finally be seen has turned into a willy-nilly "what's next" fest.
The Lakers are still waiting on news regarding Nick Young, as he could be suspended after laying his forearm into Steven Adams' throat. At this point it seems unlikely with just a few hours leading up to the game, but nothing's official as of now.
We'll see how the Lakers come out with an early tip-off (3 p.m.) and a day off following a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Enjoy the game!
Time: 3 p.m. PT