DeMarcus Cousins felt like the referees didn’t respect him during his rookie season. Normally we’d chalk that up to rookies not getting calls in the NBA, but Cousins felt like that in college. He probably said the same things in high school.
That attittude was the main reason he racked up technicals at a Rasheed-like pace last year (well, maybe not that fast but you get the idea).
Wherever there are refs, Cousins is not happy with the calls. No matter the stakes. Check out what he said to the Herald-Leader after an exhibition game this week. Cousins was part of the Kentucky alumni who took on the John Calipari coached Dominican Republic team at Rupp Arena, a tune up for the Dominicans as they get read for the FIBA Americas tournament (which determines bids for the 2012 Olympics). Cousins was matched up with Al Horford for large chunks of the game.
DeMarcus Cousins, who continued his Rupp Arena habit of feeling persecuted by non-calls, said he’d like to participate in future (Kentucky alumni) games.
“I’m down with it,” he said before adding, “as long as we don’t have the same refs.”
Cousins is going to be fascinating to watch the next few seasons. He has the talent to be an All-Star — if he can handle the mental side of being an NBA player. If he can mature.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.