DeMarcus Cousins on Charles Barkley: “I don’t respect him”

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DeMarcus Cousins has been in the news a lot lately. During the drawn-out Ty Corbin/George Karl saga, his reps reportedly had problems with the Karl hire. TNT’s Charles Barkley said on TV that Cousins doesn’t have the clout or accomplishments yet to have that kind of influence with the organization, and Cousins didn’t take too kindly to the criticism.

From ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk:

“It ain’t personal,” Cousins said when asked about the TNT analyst. “I mean, I don’t really respect the guy, but at the same time, I don’t really care what he thinks either.

“I don’t respect him and I don’t care what he thinks.”

When asked if Barkley is considered an authority because of his opinions on television, Cousins didn’t seem to agree.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s anybody of an authority,” Cousins said. “I would just say he is very comfortable on the television.”

Cousins had his name dragged through the mud to an extent during the last few weeks. Publicly, he’s been supportive of both Corbin and Karl, but his agents’ history with Karl made news. It’s obvious that he’s not happy about this, and he’s not interested in hearing Barkley say he hasn’t won anything yet. He hasn’t, but he made his first All-Star team in the midst of a huge amount of instability.

It should be fun to hear Barkley inevitably fire back. It’s coming.