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Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins Says ‘I Was a Fool’ For Staying With Kings

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New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins is never shy when it comes to speaking his mind.

Cousins spent six-and-a-half seasons, his first in the NBA, with the Sacramento Kings before being traded to New Orleans last season and now Cousins isn’t looking back at his time with the Kings too fondly.

“My biggest regret is, why didn’t I leave when I had the chance?,” Cousins said (h/t theScore’s Chris Walder).

“I had the chance, but I fought it. I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn’t stay. You know, being. I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work.”

Cousins stated that he had an opportunity to leave during former head coach George Karl’s tenure in Sacramento.

Karl spoke about his time with Cousins in Sacramento.

“I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz, and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable,” Karl told the Sacramento Bee‘s Ailene Voisin.

“I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded.”

Cousins makes his first return to Sacramento since the trade this Thursday when the Pelicans face off against the Kings.

“I’m excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction,” Cousins told Spears. “But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I’m past it. I’m in a good place, I’m happy where I’m at. We have a chance to win. We’re playing for something. So I’m good.”

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Pelicans Respond to David Stern’s Comments on Dell Demps

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The New Orleans Pelicans are firing back at comments made by former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who took a few shots at Pelicans’ general manager Dell Demps, calling him a “lousy” general manager while stating that he could be the reason Anthony Davis bolts in free agency next summer.

The team issued the following statement:

“We are very disappointed to read the inappropriate and inaccurate comments from the former NBA Commissioner regarding the New Orleans Pelicans. Our organization has the utmost confidence in our General Manager, Dell Demps. He is part of our family, the NBA family. We are excited about the direction of our team, the 3-0 start of this season, building on the success of the 2017/18 playoffs.

“Finally, our organization is excited and proud to be part of the NBA with the progressive and innovative leadership of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.”

Stern wasn’t exactly popular, and his arrogance has surfaced in the past, but Stern going out of his way to attack a general manager in the manner that he did seems petty, and unprofessional. Stern may need to find something else to do with his time.

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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Looking for Reasons to Stay in New Orleans

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New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar big man Anthony Davis will be mentioned a lot in trade rumors, but in case you’re thinking that the All-Star is looking for a way out of the Big Easy, Davis is reportedly looking for a reason to stay.

“My sense has always been with Anthony that he is always: some players are looking for reasons to stay and some players are looking for reasons to leave,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said, during an appearance on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show (h/t RealGM). “I’ve always thought that Anthony is a guy looking for reasons to stay in New Orleans. And I think that will continue to be the case until he feels he’s out of them.

“I do think down the line that the Boston and L.A., if he became available, that will be interesting, especially if the Lakers get shut out this summer.”

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Pelicans’ Jahlil Okafor to Undergo X-Ray on Ankle Injury

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New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor will undergo an X-ray on the ankle he injured during Sunday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bulls that forced the veteran to leave the United Center with crutches, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Okafor signed with New Orleans during the offseason, inking a two-year deal with only $500,000 guaranteed, and is likely to fit into a reserve role behind starters Anthony Davis and new addition Julius Randle.

 

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