A familiar face sat on the opposing bench as the Golden State Warriors faced the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. Namely former All-Star Big Man DeMarcus Cousins, who played with the Warriors in 2019 after returning from a torn Achilles tendon.
And while his glory days were good in hindsight — he hadn’t really resembled his best self since that truncated run with the Warriors — Cousins was an influential player during the Dubs-Nuggs streak.
In five appearances for Denver, Cousins booged averaging 10.6 points and 3.4 boards in just 11.4 minutes per contest, shooting 65.5% from the floor and 66.7% from three-point range. After Golden State’s win in Game 5 Steve Kerr gushed about what Cousins had done and called him a “great teammate”.
Nevertheless, the 32-year-old fell through with a deal in the association this fall. When this happened, Cousins apparently went to his old GM, Bob Myers, to look for answers.
Myers was a guest on episode 161 of All the Smoke, the podcast hosted by We Believe legends Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. During the show, the Warriors president revealed that cousins had contacted him after he wasn’t signed, leading to a difficult conversation between the two.
“DeMarcus called me a month ago and said, ‘Why am I not in the NBA?'” Myers said. “And I said, ‘You want that answer? …Because people are scared of how you’re going to behave.’ And he’s like ‘why?’ And I said, ‘Well, whatever the reason, it’s here now.’
“And I like DeMarcus. You may know him. He’s just… I can’t blame him for everything he’s been through.”
For his part, Cousins acknowledged he didn’t always do things the right way, particularly in his early days with the Sacramento Kings. More recently, however, the baller has strived to be a force for good on and off the court.
Speaking to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes last month was more than willing to take responsibility for past missteps at Cousins. At the same time he was his own advocate; a man who doesn’t want his present and/or future to be determined by his past.
“Have I made mistakes? Absolutely. Did I do things wrong? Absolutely. I sincerely apologize for that. But I’ve done more things right and I’ve done more positive things compared to my negatives. I just don’t want those positives to be overlooked,” he said.
“Obviously, when it gets to the point where the negatives outweigh the positives, you should probably walk away from him. That’s life. But I don’t think I’m in this boat. I’m just asking for a chance to show my development as a man and a player.
Coincidentally, the Warriors have an open roster spot, and potential backup center James Wiseman is also currently in the G League. However, before he can find his way back to the Association – with the Warriors or anyone else – he may have to work his way back up the hardwood ladder. And he seems poised to do just that.
According to a report by Taiwanese outlet UDN, Cousins will soon be following in Dwight Howard’s footsteps and signing a contract to play in the country’s T1 League.