Alysha Tsuji, USA TODAY
DeMarcus Cousins shocked the NBA world when news broke that he decided to sign a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors.
As they work on a full documentary project on Cousins that’ll be released later, Showtime Sports shared a three-minute clip on Wednesday that shows Cousins talking through how teams turned him down before he talked to the Warriors, and how he truly doesn’t care about those who are criticizing his decision. In fact, he says he loves it.
While Cousins is a four-time All-Star, he’s also trying to return from a serious Achilles tendon injury, and he knows that, though he sounds a bit annoyed when he talks about the teams who passed on him.
“We reached out to teams, the Pelicans, there was no offer. I understand. They don’t wanna take a chance on a damaged player. Cool. We reached out 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 right now.’ Just kinda bull- answers. Then there were some just flat out, ‘We can’t take that risk.'”
But his injury is why he chose to sign with the Warriors rather than attempting to work out “a decent contract from a bad team.” Cousins says:
“Talked to Draymond, talked to KD, I talked to Steph, and they were like, ‘Hell yeah, let’s do it.’ This was my ace of spade. This was my nuclear bomb. My last resort.
“Yeah, I could’ve probably got 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 and try to prove my value or my worth as a player in a situation that’s no looking to win.”
And here’s what Cousins has to say about those who don’t approve of the path he has chosen to take:
“I knew how it would be perceived from some. I don’t give a (expletive). I’m saying it now that I’ve seen the reaction that I didn’t give a (expletive). I knew what my ace was and we made the call.
“There’s some mother(expletives) out there that’s probably ripping their hair out right now, and I love it. It’s 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 (expletive) 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.”
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