Kings broadcaster rips DeMarcus Cousins for being a ‘dark cloud’ over the team

Grant Napear did not wait long to rip the now-former King.

You often hear team employees share negative stories about key players after they’re traded, but they’re usually more subtle than this. Here’s Kings TV play-by-play man Grant Napear’s reaction to DeMarcus Cousins being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Napear and Cousins have a history. In 2013, Cousins confronted Napear following a win against the Clippers, pounding the broadcast table before running away.

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Napear has also criticized Cousins many times over the years, usually on his local radio show. Here’s what Napear said last March:

“The Kings are gonna have another bad season this year, and in my opinion, he’s largely responsible for it. He’s largely responsible for it because his teammates just flatout get sick of it. They don’t want to deal with it. He sucks the air out of the locker room. Disrespectful to your superiors, disrespectful to authoritative figures, it’s flat-out wrong. Now, I don’t know about you, okay – I’ve seen six years of it, and I’ve seen enough, okay? But I’m not – I don’t make the decisions about this organization. I have a talk show, and I announce the games. Alright? These decisions are way above my head. That’s not what I do.

“What I am saying, though, is – does this community want to move into a brand new, iconic, phenomenal building with a clean slate, or do they want the slate muddied before they even walk into the door? Does anyone think that DMC is not going to be doing the same stuff next year? Why would we think that after six years of immature, disgraceful, embarrassing behavior, that just because we’re moving into a new building, that everything’s gonna be fine and dandy?

Napear won’t be the only Kings employee to speak out. If there’s anything we’ve learned about DeMarcus Cousins, it’s that he was a lot to handle even during good times. It will be fascinating to see if other current and former players, announcers, front-office executives, coaches, or other team personnel speak out with the same passion as Napear did.

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Tiny 3D-printed lenses will help robots see like eagles

In many ways, the human eye is nothing like a digital camera. Our eyes don’t have a fixed frame rate or resolution; there’s no consistent color reproduction, and we have literal, sizable blind spots. But, these optic inconsistencies — found in every biological eye — are the product of natural selection, and offer a number of benefits which scientists working in digital vision can take advantage of.

Case in point is a new type of 3D-printed lens created by researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Each lens is made from plastic and is no bigger than a grain of salt. But, their size is only one aspect of their cleverness. The real innovation here is that the lenses mimic the action of the “fovea,” a key physiological…

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Gwen Stefani Baby News: How Dangerous Is It To Get Pregnant At 47?

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton attempting pregnancy at 47.

As their romance continues to blossom, and rumors of wedding bells grow stronger, fans are still clamoring for any hint they can get of Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton baby news. If Gwen gets pregnant, this would be her fourth child, and Blake Shelton’s first. According to an article by OK! magazine, Gwen and Blake have held off on getting married and instead begun to focus on getting pregnant. The insider quoted by OK! specifically mentions in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which is a method that many older women have used to get pregnant. The oldest woman to use IVF to get pregnant was 70-years-old when she gave birth to twins.

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Daytona 500 qualifying results 2017

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Welcome to SB Nation’s Daytona 500 qualifying live blog where we’ll keep you updated with news and happenings going on throughout Sunday’s time trials.

The qualifying format for NASCAR’s biggest race can be a bit confusing, but what’s important to know for simplicity’s sake is that on Sunday, only the top two qualifiers will lock themselves into starting spots. Beyond that, the remainder of the 40-car field will be determined following the Can-Am Duel qualifying races on Thursday night.

If you’re looking for a favorite to capture the pole, a driver with a blue oval on their hood might be the safest bet. Ford drivers posted four of the top five speeds and seven of the top 10 overall in Saturday’s four-hour practice session, with Team Penske’s Joey Logano atop the scoring sheet at 193.116 mph.

Forty-two drivers will record a time Sunday, and after everyone has made a run the top 12 will advance to the second round. They will then re-qualify, with whomever is fastest winning the pole for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX).

Chase Eliott won the pole as a rookie a year ago.

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South Korea accuses North Korea of Kim Jong Nam assassination

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Feb. 19 (UPI) — South Korea’s government alleged the North Korean regime is involved in the poisoning death of Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam.
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4 things we appreciate about Dikembe Mutombo’s disappointed NBA Dunk Contest reaction

I have a confession to make: I missed the Dunk Contest over the weekend. It wasn’t because I didn’t care, but rather I fell asleep an hour before All-Star Saturday aired on TV, and I stayed asleep for three hours.

Eventually, I had to catch up with what happened via my Twitter feed, but there was one highlight that told me everything I needed to know about the Dunk Contest: Dikembe Mutombo recording a failed dunk and shaking his head in disgust while deleting the recording:

I don’t doubt that there were some really good dunks; I nodded my head in approval while reading through the top five of Tim Cato’s dunk rankings. But the sight of a disappointed Mutombo indicated to me that this year’s contest didn’t live up to last year’s duel between Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine. This is the same man who had this memorable reaction to an Aaron Gordon dunk last year:

There are some other things about that Mutombo video that I admire along with his reaction:

1. Dikembe Mutombo shook his head for 12 seconds.

I counted. That’s both way too long for someone to be shaking his head in disgust and perfectly long for Dikembe Mutombo to be shaking his head in disgust. In comedy, timing is everything.

2. Dikembe Mutombo records his videos the right way:

“The right way” being in landscape mode, or in layman’s terms, your iPhone’s on its side when you’re recording a video. So many viral videos have been recorded in a phone’s portrait mode (that is, filming vertically), which is a problem when you’re trying to watch said videos on your laptop. The action in a vertical video looks so much smaller on a laptop than it does on a phone.

I understand that people film stuff on their phone vertically because it feels more natural that way — we as a species have grown accustomed to holding phones vertically because that’s just how they function.

There are apps that take advantage of portrait-mode videos, like Snapchat and Instagram, and they fit naturally in those places because people use them primarily on their phones. However, we also take for granted that phones have cameras, and they should be held horizontally when used like cameras. A horizontally filmed video looks so much better on a laptop or TV because it fills up the screen; people don’t have to squint or move their heads closer to the screen to see what’s going on.

The “too long, didn’t read” version of this section: Dikembe Mutombo understands how viral videos should be shot, and I appreciate him more for that.

3. Look how small that iPhone looks in Dikembe Mutombo’s hand.

Everyone else who’s holding their phones (also horizontally, yay!) has to use two hands. Dikembe only has to use one giant hand.

4. Dikembe Mutombo’s reaction opens up remixing opportunities.

Here’s an example:

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