Aside from enjoying all the fun that NBA All-Star Weekend inherently offers, DeMarcus Cousins is hoping his time in New York will also allow him to escape the soap opera of the Kings' coaching situation.

Sacramento fired Michael Malone in December even though the team was showing signs of progress. Kings management recently said that interim coach Tyrone Corbin would finish the season, but then changed its mind to pursue George Karl. As all this unfolded, Cousins issued a statement that he had no input on coaching decisions.

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