Cousins has been better about complaining in recent years, he has been maturing.
He also has admitted that when he feels wronged it’s very hard for him to let go of that. The problem is every big man who has ever played the game — especially the physical bangers inside like Cousins — feels wronged by the officials every night. Ask Shaq about it. Or Rasheed Wallace. Or even strong attacking wings like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. They all feel jobbed by the officials (and with varrying degrees of rightousness).
Fair or not, it’s how the world works. Cousins is going to have to learn to live with it.
On a night everybody was watching Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament, Ersan Ilyasova did everything but say “bring on the Wildcats.”
The underrated and often overlooked Bucks’ forward dropped a career-high 34 points on the Pacers Thursday night, missing his first shot of the night then hitting his next 12. You’re not going to see a better shot chart than this.
Ilyasova was +19 on the night in a game where the Bucks seemed to be in control then had to hold off the Pacers late charge. Milwaukee had stumbled since the All-Star break, including six straight losses recently, this win and one over Miami Wednesday helps solidify them in the six seed in the East. As for Indiana, this loss puts them half a game behind Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Amar’e Stoudemire on retiring: “There’s a lot of high-level basketball left in me”
Two-thirds of the key cogs of the “seven seconds or less” Phoenix Suns are leaving the game. Steve Nash made his retirement official recently, and Shawn Marion has said he will walk away at the end of this season.
Not Amar’e Stoudemire — he will be back somewhere next season.
“No, no, there’s no way. There’s a lot of youth in these legs. I have a lot of competitive juices still flowing in me. There’s no way I’m ready to be the next man….
“This isn’t it for me, for sure,” Stoudemire said. “There’s a lot of basketball left. There’s a lot of high-level basketball left in me. I feel competitive. I have faith in my body, what I can do on a basketball court on a consistent basis.
“The next step should be the best step, because I want to make sure I leave the game on a high note. That’s the ultimate goal.”
Stoudemire is averaging 9.8 points a game and shooting 57.6 percent for Dallas (he had similar numbers in New York this season and last season, he just got more attempts). After multiple knee surgeries, he’s not the explosive Stoudemire of Phoenix, but he still has value as a veteran big off the bench. These days he isn’t going to win you games but can give you 15-20 quality minutes a night as a reserve (he has a PER of 20.7 with Dallas).
Which is why Mark Cuban has said he wants to keep Stoudemire in Dallas this summer. Of course, it will come down to money, like it always does. There are a number of teams that could use a solid reserve big man. Stoudemire will have options, but it sounds like what he wants is to chase a ring.
Which means we will see him for a couple more seasons.