I must first admit that I do enjoy Kings basketball, and I enjoy DeMarcus Cousins on the Kings. Boogie is one of the most entertaining players on the court. Whether it be arguing with refs or throwing fits after flopping, Cousins is an entertainer.
So, while he brings joy to NBA fans, it’s clear being on the Kings no longer brings joy to him. Cousins is the star, and easily one of the 15 best players, of the worst run team in the NBA.
The situation was supposed to get better for Cousins and Sacramento once the Kings’ ownership moved from the Maloofs to Vivek Ranadive. Everything looked good for Cousins. The Kings were staying in Sacramento, and he had a head coach, Mike Malone, that he actually believed in.
Then after an 11-13 start, which is respectable for the Kings considering their history, Mike Malone was fired. Now Cousins was deservedly angry again, but why fire Malone?
Well, Ranadive made the dumb decision to hire a head coach before hiring a general manager. GM Pete D’allessandro didn’t handpick his head coach so why would he have any allegiance to Malone?
Simply put, Ranadive is too involved in the franchise. He picked the head coach, and if you watched Grantland’s draft video on the Kings you would know that he also picked Nik Stauskas. Ranadive also wanted the team to play four on five defense, but that’s a story for another day.
Regardless, Malone was fired, Ty Corbin became the head coach, then George Karl became the head coach. Now, whose decision it was to hire Karl is anyone’s guess.
If you check out Aaron Bruski’s timeline on Twitter he tries to clear up the situation, but it’s so ridiculously hard to follow.
This is getting ridiculous. I can’t keep up with the story changes. From the same article, Vivek forced the deal: pic.twitter.com/BHzeMZxBoP
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) April 12, 2015
No one knows what the hell is going on with the team. Right now if I were to make a guess I would say Pete D’ellessandro will be fired, George Karl will be the head coach in 2015/16, and DeMarcus Cousins will be traded. Would I trade DeMarcus Cousins? Hell, no. He’s one of the best players in the NBA, and probably the one or two best centers in the NBA alongside Anthony Davis. Sadly, I’m not running the Kings, and if I were them I would have done whatever it took to make him happy.
Now, I wasn’t always on board with the Kings trading until I listened to Bill Simmons, who everyone loves, mention if he were the Magic he would trade Nikola Vucevic and their first rounder for Cousins on his ‘Bill Don’t Lie’ podcast. It got me thinking. Cousins is pissed, and now he supposedly hasn’t spoken to George Karl since he was shut down for the season.
George Karl said pregame that he hadn’t spoken to DeMarcus Cousins yet since he was declared out for the season. — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) April 14, 2015
Simmon’s trade is purely hypothetical, but if the Kings can get that type of value then they have to trade him. It seems like there would be no way to make him happy unless Mike Malone is rehired or Vivek Ranadive sells the team. Neither will happen.
I’d rather have Cousins on my team than not, but I would also rather trade an extremely pissed of superstar while I still can for something of value. You had a good run Boogie, but it’s over now.
Let’s also pay our respects to Jason Thompson who has had to deal with this for seven years now.