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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It’s been an amazing 8 1/2 years in Utah, Thank you to the Utah Jazz organization, the coaching staff & my teammates for everything! I’m going to cherish all the great experiences over the years as it helped make me the player I am. Thank you to the Jazz fans for all the love over the years. Your loyalty and passion for the game will stay with me forever!!! Thank you #jazznation!!! I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career as a New Orleans Pelican. I cannot wait to get to work and help lead our young core realize their full potential.
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