It’s becoming harder and harder to find that vintage, loyal NBA player. The mentality has been changing for awhile now but recently, the Golden State Warriors have frightened the league straight into chaos.
Desperation is the current state, and DeMarcus Cousins was one of the few that kept it real. He never seemed to care about taking the tough road to glory. He appeared to be completely self-made and authentic.
That may have been our perception of Cousin, but he showed a different side on Monday evening when he agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Warriors.
That’s essentially the veteran’s minimum for the best center in basketball. Astounding, right? He is coming off an injury, yes, but $5.3 Ms? You can’t justify that. You can’t blame the Warriors for this Groupon of a deal either, but you can point the finger at Boogie for accepting it.
Social media erupted with NBA fans, players, media members, and even my girlfriend who hates sports all reacting to Cousins’s decision, so of course, he had to defend himself and his decision.
Cousins said he ‘got zero offers.’
“I was f—– up,” Cousins said. “I said to [agent] Jarin [Akana], ‘Let’s make a call.’ He was shocked. It was very insulting to not receive an offer. But I understand. I prepared myself for this.”
When I heard this take, I was skeptical, but I almost withdrew this story. It made relative sense but it still left me a bit perplexed. Why would no team in the NBA, including lottery teams pass up the best big man in the league when Dwight Howard is still getting contracts, despite being a detriment to a locker room? Something ain’t right.
Tuesday came along and I knew I wasn’t trippin’. DeMarcus Cousins lied or stretched the truth depending on if you designate the two.
One that hung his hat on loyalty over his eight-year career did the complete opposite of that and in the worst way. Forget the Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City drama, this immediately trumps that little situation. After former teammate and fellow NBA all-star, Anthony Davis wore Cousins’ jersey for the NBA All-Star game and the Pelicans offered $40 million, he still followed the trend and chased the gold in Golden State.
That untruth and price tag is what burns the most.
He took the easy route. Repetitive story.
The obvious is him taking the easy way out, something I never thought Cousins would do. After the trade scenario took place via Sacramento to New Orleans in 2017, Cousins was obviously hurt. He loved the Sacramento community and seemed to care for the franchise as well. He genuinely wanted to bring greatness to that market.
Moving on to New Orleans, he echoed the same word: loyalty. The chemistry between he and Davis was working out and the beginning of something special was imminent before his Achilles ruptured. I do wonder what fueled him to make this rash decision but hey, maybe he likes the villain role (which he already had) and aimed to raise some noise.
DeMarcus has gone to the ‘dark side’ and there are only a select few big names still left on the ‘NBA’s Most Loyal’ list. Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Anthony Davis, Dwyane Wade, Drik Nowitzki, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo are some of the few loyal ones out there, but how quickly will this list shrink?
DeMarcus Cousins will do well when he returns to action (January, February) whether he’s 100 percent or not. After averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game last season, 75 percent of that would be 18.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Maybe not even those numbers, due to decreased shot volume but the point is, Golden State got even more dominant after adding DeMarcus Cousins.