Dec 27, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) pats point guard Mario Chalmers (15) after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Miami Heat 108-103 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Could LeBron James' endorsement help DeMarcus Cousins be named an All-Star?

A frustrated LeBron James sat in the visitors locker room at Sleep Train Arena on Friday night, clearly upset when how things went. Not only did his Heat fall to the Kings, but James himself suffered a strained right groin that could keep him out of action in the immediate future.

Regardless, James – the professional that he is – took time to answer reporters questions – one of which pertained to the future of the Sacramento Kings.

The Miami Heat superstar bestowed some quick praise for the Sacramento fans, Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore in his answer though it was what he said regarding DeMarcus Cousins that raised eyebrows.

Unprovoked, James quickly endorsed Cousins as an All-Star, suggesting he should be representing the Western Conference at the 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans. Keep in mind – James wasn’t directly asked if Cousins was an All-Star or not – he simply stated it without any question being lobbed his way.

And as we all know, when King James talks, people listen.

So will James’ endorsement help push Cousins into a potential All-Star appearance? We know one thing – it certainly won’t hurt.

Cousins, who ranks twelfth overall in frontcourt voting isn’t likely to make the event via the fan vote (though don’t stop voting – better numbers, betters his chances), so his appearance will rest on that of the coaching staff.

Numbers wise, there’s really no reason for DeMarcus not to be representing Sacramento and the West at the annual February game. Politics will certainly play a role in Cousins’ ability to make the game, but an endorsement from King James himself could end up going a long way towards a potential appearance.

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