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DeMarcus Cousins hopeful Kings will benefit from players-only meeting

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. AP

DeMarcus Cousins said he and teammate Isaiah Thomas called a players-only meeting Sunday, a day after the Sacramento Kings gave up 100 or more points for the ninth straight game.

"I think it was something needed because some players were hitting their boiling points," Cousins said in an interview on Sacramento's News10. "And we just needed to clear the air and talk amongst each other and not with the coaches. So it was actually a real good meeting and we got a lot out of it. We had a very good practice today and hopefully we can keep moving forward."

The Kings finished 2013 with wins against the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, but have lost two straight against teams with losing records early in 2014.

"To be honest, we're not that good of a team," Cousins said. "And the reality it is, teams come in and they look at us like that. So we're gonna be underdogs no matter who the team is. So we gotta come out and play at a high level every night."

The former Kentucky star said the team's players have some trust issues.

"We gotta have each other's back at all times," he said. "Even when times get hard, we gotta have one another's back. We gotta learn to trust one another. That's another thing that's hurting our defense. We don't always trust the guy that's next in rotation to do their job, so it stops us from doing our job."

Cousins said the meeting was beneficial.

"I would say we're in the right direction," he said. "We still got a lot of growing to do, so I wouldn't say we're all on the same page yet."

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