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There are so many variables that can lead to an awkward high-five -- timing, intensity, accuracy, hand cupping. But by far the most embarrassing is when an eager high-five is met with utter disregard from the intended recipient. Case in point: Kings center Kosta Koufos trying to congratulate teammate DeMarcus Cousins and failing miserably:


If you're going to get left hanging like that, might as well make the most of it and high-five yourself followed by a sarcastic "just kidding" finger point, right? Or you could go with the missed-high-five-into-air-fist-pound like Buck Showalter. Anything to avoid the Tom Brady strategy, really.

Not to worry though, Boogie hit him back with a social high-five:

And the apology was accepted:

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After a lengthy negotiation, on Wednesday the Cleveland Cavaliers and big man Tristan Thompson agreed to a five-year, $82 million deal.

Shortly after the news broke, Sacramento Kings All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins tweeted:

Now, we can't be certain Cousins was responding to Thompson's deal; perhaps he's a frugal eater and rightfully subtweeted a friend who blindsided him with an invite to an unexpectedly expensive restaurant.

But it's highly likely Cousins was reacting to the big money given, and one can see why: Cousins by virtually every metric is better than Thompson -- many consider him to be the best center in the league -- and yet in 2013 he signed for four years, $62 million.

Then again, this is the world of the new salary cap, which has contracts skyrocketing (see: Reggie Jackson getting five years, $80 million and Enes Kanter getting four years, $70 million).

In other words: Don't worry, Boogie. You'll get a whole lot, very soon.

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LeBron James and Stephen CurryAP Photo/Ben Margot

Recently we brought you the top 10 players, as rated by the latest "NBA 2K" game.

The ratings for "NBA Live 16" also are here -- and they're quite a bit different.

Here's the top 10 (and ties):

1. LeBron James (97)

2. Kevin Durant (96)

T-3. Anthony Davis (95)

T-3. Marc Gasol (95)

T-3. Blake Griffin (95)

T-3. James Harden (95)

T-3. Chris Paul (95)

T-8. LaMarcus Aldridge (94)

T-8. DeMarcus Cousins (94)

T-8. Stephen Curry (94)

T-8. Russell Westbrook (94)

That's right: LeBron James (no surprise) is No. 1, 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant is No. 2, and a handful of talented stars across positions come in tied for third.

Meanwhile, the reigning NBA MVP is tied for eighth -- definitely an eye-opening number for a player many consider the best in the league. Then again, perhaps "NBA Live" is drawing upon more than just last season for its ratings; few before 2014-15 had Curry in that top-player-overall conversation.

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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to hit 484 3-pointers last season, making their nickname of the "Splash Brothers" more than appropriate. It seems like DeMarcus Cousins, who is practicing with Curry as part of Team USA and hit zero 3-pointers last season, was a bit envious of their success:

As you can see, Curry is less than impressed. It's not all bad for Cousins, though. At least he hit the rim twice in a row. That's pretty good! Fortunately for Cousins, if he keeps dropping 22 points and 11 rebounds per game, Sacramento Kings fans won't mind if he jacks up an ill-fated 3 every once in a while.

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Kevin DurantLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images

Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Hardest to Defend in NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

DeMarcus Cousins

Stephen Curry

Anthony Davis

Goran Dragic

Kevin Durant

Paul George

Blake Griffin

James Harden

Dwight Howard

Kyrie Irving

LeBron James

Al Jefferson

Damian Lillard

Kevin Love

Dirk Nowitzki

Chris Paul

John Wall

Russell Westbrook

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