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DeMarcus Cousins shocked the NBA world by signing a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors and the All-Star center says he loves the reactions from people who are mad about it.
Cousins, who tore his left Achilles’ tendon in January, turned down an extension from the New Orleans Pelicans before the season ended and didn’t receive any offers when free agency started.
So, Cousins decided to give the Warriors a call.
Golden State was shocked when Cousins contacted them expressing interest in joining their already stacked roster. The Warriors’ recruitment of Cousins was led by forward Draymond Green, along with general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.
“Early that morning, I was f***** up,” Cousins said in his Showtime documentary. “I’d been up for two days straight, honestly. I’d been up for two days straight. We reached out to teams, the Pelicans, there was no offer. I understand. They didn’t want to take a chance on a damaged player. Cool.
“We reached to some other teams. We got answers like, ‘we don’t believe it’s a good fit’ or ‘we gotta see what we’re doing with our roster,’ just bullsh*t answers. And then it was some that were like, flat out, ‘we can’t take that risk.’ I had to prepare myself for that situation, the different possibilities that would happen.
“I talked to Draymond, talked to K.D., talked to Steph, and they were like, ‘hell yeah, let’s do it.’ This was my ace of spades, this was my nuclear bomb, my last resort. I could have probably gotten a contract, a decent contract from a bad team. But how does that help me? I’m already fighting a career-ending injury. I’m not gonna put myself in an already bad situation to try and prove my value or worth as a player in a situation that’s not looking to win.
“I knew how it would be perceived by some. I don’t give a f***. I’m saying it now cause I’ve seen a reaction, but I didn’t give a f***. I knew what my ace was. And we made the call.
“It’s some motherf*****s out there that’s probably ripping their hair out right now. And I love it. This is just another test for me to overcome. I’ve been through so much adversity, if I sat there and dwelled on those moments, where the f*** would I be right now? I don’t need anybody feeling sorry for me. I’m a fighter, I never give up, and I’m taking this challenge head-on.”
Before getting injured, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three with the New Orleans Pelicans.