The Sacramento Kings announced Thursday evening they added an assistant coach, Otis Hughley.
Hughley was DeMarcus Cousins' head coach at LeFlore High School in Mobile, Al.
No way that is mere coincidence. The Kings billed it as a replacement for Bryan Gates, but it's difficult to imagine Hughley would be on board if Cousins were not.
Kings President Geoff Petrie acknowledged Hughley's previously established comfort level with Cousins played a role in the hiring.
"We brought him to Las Vegas for the summer league," Petrie said, "and he had a chance to sit and talk with Paul (Westphal). He's had a lot of success at the levels on which he's worked and obviously he's had a relationship with DeMarcus.
"We'd talked to DeMarcus' mother and she said he'd been a positive influence on DeMarcus. (Hughley) worked well at summer league with the rest of the coaching staff, so we thought it would be a good idea to bring him in. It was a good opportunity for us and him, too. He'd spoken to others in the league about moving to this level."
Hughley's hiring is a sign the Kings are trying to do whatever they can to ease Cousins' transition to the pro game.
Shoot, John Calipari didn't even make this move at Kentucky.
Hughley clearly was hired to help Westphal deal with Cousins and that's not a bad thing, although it does make one think.
Wow, the kid got his own coach after six summer-league games. What's the plan for mid-January?
We joke because we're half-serious. The initial reaction was the Kings think Hughley can help with Cousins. If that's the case, that's all good.
Anything the organization can do to help this kid flourish should be done.
However, there are the secondary thoughts the Kings were scared by Cousins' actions during summer league. Perhaps Westphal immediately recognized he was incapable of dealing with the talented rookie.
It's not as if Hughley comes with no credentials. He worked more than 10 years at Pete Newell's Big Man Camp and if Cousins' advanced footwork is any indication of Hughley's teaching skills, he needs no further resume updates.
Hughley also coached at Wright State (Ohio), Liberty (Va.) and Southern (La.) before spending the past seven years at LeFlore.
This is an unconventional move for Petrie's Kings, but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing.
Just like everything Kings these days, we must wait and see.