DeMarcus Cousins is sticking up for himself — and from what I’ve heard out of Sacramento, he’s in the right.
Remember, right now Tyrone Corbin is coaching the Sacramento Kings after they fired Mike Malone out of the blue mid-season. When Orlando fired its coach Jacque Vaughn a couple weeks ago, suddenly the leisurely pace of talks between Sacramento and their preferred candidate George Karl picked up steam — the Kings didn’t want the Magic to poach their guy.
But when those talks stalled out a little was reported to be because Cousins and his camp pushed back. Cousins has now come out and denied that, through a statement released by his agents to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
“I wasn’t consulted when the decision was made to fire Mike Malone and I’m not being consulted now. I just hope they make a decision soon and stick with it. George Karl is an experienced, proven coach and if that is who they chose to coach this team, I will support it. I do not like all these discussions in the media while we have a coach in place. It is a distraction and not fair to Coach Corbin and this team.”
I think the second sentence is the key here — what I heard was not that Cousins didn’t trust Karl so much as he wanted to know why the style of play changed every couple years. Which is an incredibly valid question.
This hiring is fully on GM Pete D’Alessandro — and it could be a superb one. The question for D’Alessandro is whether he survives this summer and sticks around to provide the players for Karl’s system.
No doubt Karl can coach (he was Coach of the Year in Denver and won 57 games when they fired him), and Cousins could thrive in his system if the All-Star center fully buys in. He says he’s on board. How long will Vivek Ranadivé be? Because right now Cousins seems more mature than the organization.