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DeMarcus Cousins Found Out on Twitter That Kings Fired Coach Mike Malone

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2014

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, left, reacts after being called for his second personal foul as head coach Michael Malone talks to him during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggest in Denver, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski/Associated Press

The Sacramento Kings' firing of coach Mike Malone came as a bit of a surprise to everyone, including the players.

That might be because the organization apparently didn't even let the players know about the change of command before the news hit the Internet.

Late Sunday night (on the West Coast), Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Malone had been fired:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Sacramento has fired coach Mike Malone, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Malone was just starting his second season at the helm.

Sacramento (11-13) was just a half-game out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, which may actually have exceeded expectations. However, that apparently wasn't good enough for the organization.

How did some of the players hear? DeMarcus Cousins—the Kings' centerpiece—discovered what happened via Twitter, according to USA Today's Sam Amick:

Sam Amick @sam_amick

Cousins found out on Twitter. Asked about players' reaction, "I think this is the perfect weather for this situation." It's gray & rainy.

That's a rough way to find out about a franchise-altering move.

The news came as a shock to Cousins, per Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:

Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones

Cousins said the firing was "unexpected" and "emotional" for the team because so many of them believed in Malone.

Now, the players have to move on and try to make the best of an unfortunate situation.

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