It's finally just about time for the 2015 NBA Draft and the center of attention isn't Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor or a European center with a name only Fran Fraschilla can pronounce.
Instead, it's all about Boogie.
That would be DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins, the controversial former University of Kentucky center who by the time you read this might or might not be a member of the Sacramento Kings.
Monday brought ESPN reports that the Los Angeles Lakers, owners of Thursday night's No. 2 overall selection, were trying to organize a three-team trade that would spring Cousins from Sacramento and place him on a train to Boogie-wood, er, Hollywood.
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Then late Monday night Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports master of the NBA scoop, reported that new Kings coach George Karl wanted Cousins gone to the point he was imploring other organization members to persuade owner Vivek Ranadive to send Cousins packing.
So far, Ranadive hasn't budged, even though the Sacramento Bee reported Cousins requested a trade a month ago and hasn't spoken with Karl since April.
"No one in the Sacramento organization — not coaches, nor players, nor support staff — wants to imagine the combustible scenario awaiting Karl and Cousins should the Kings try to reunite them in training camp," Wojnarowski wrote.
So what's Karl's problem? Hasn't Cousins matured since his days at Kentucky when he exhibited the incredible gifts of a terrific low post player but also, at times, the maturity of a 12-year-old?
Didn't none other than Mike Krzyzewski select Cousins for the Team USA edition that won the FIBA World Cup? If Boogie can play for the Duke Coach K, why can't he play for the Sacramento Coach K?
Karl has had his problems with former Kentucky centers before.
Back in 1985, with the Final Four coming to Rupp Arena, the Herald-Leader dispatched correspondents to each of the four regional sites. I made the trip to Providence, R.I., to cover the East Regional, where Georgetown beat Georgia Tech in the finals.
On Friday night, the regional's off night, the Louisville Times' Rick Bozich and I drove to the legendary Boston Garden to see the Celtics play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Karl was the Cavs coach at the time. Former UK star Melvin Turpin was the Cavs' rookie center.
Only Turpin never made it off the bench that night. Larry Bird scored 36 points, dished 15 assists in a 129-117 Boston win. Afterward, Karl ripped Turpin for his weight and work ethic. When told of Karl's comments, Turpin proceeded to rip Karl right back.
(That night, March 22, 1985, was memorable for another reason. Once we arrived at the Garden, I used a pay phone to call the Herald-Leader copy desk to see if there were any editing questions about my story. They relayed reports by WKYT that UK Coach Joe B. Hall would retire if the Cats lost their Sweet 16 game that night to St. John's in Denver. St. John's won 86-70. Hall did indeed retire.)
Turpin averaged 10.6 points in 79 games for the Cavaliers that 1984-85 season. He played two more in Cleveland, one in Utah and one in Washington before being out of the league by age 30. Sadly, his 2010 death was ruled a suicide.
Cousins has been far more productive. Last season, he averaged 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds. Over his five-year career, the 6-foot-11 center has averaged 18.9 points and 10.6 rebounds.
The Kings have not won more than 29 games in any of Cousins' five seasons, however, and critics claim Boogie has a lot to do with that.
He doesn't always put forth maximum effort at the defensive end. He has been known to sulk when he doesn't get the ball enough. He was third in the league in technical fouls last year with 14.
So how does Cousins feel about being the center of all this draft week speculation?
Early Tuesday morning, Boogie responded on Twitter with an emoji showing a snake between two blades of grass.