A few weeks ago, Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports came to the Sacramento Kings training camp to write a story on DeMarcus Cousins.
The No. 5 overall pick seemed like he had an agenda against the four teams that passed him in the 2010 NBA Draft, saying, "I can't wait to play them because I'm going after their necks, especially the big that got picked before me."
Who were the four players picked before him?
- John Wall - Washington Wizards
- Evan Turner - Philadelphia 76ers
- Derrick Favors - New Jersey Nets
- Wesley Johnson -Minnesota Timberwolves
New Jersey Nets power forward Derrick Favors was the big man Cousins was talking about. His stance seemed so strong that he didn't even call Favors, who he's known since eighth grade, by name. You don't want a 6-11, 270-pound center coming after you at any time.
Since then, Cousins has already played against the Minnesota Timberwolves, finishing with 14 points on 50 percent shooting, eight rebounds and five assists in his NBA debut.
In articles posted today by SLAM Online and The Star-Ledger, the articles rehash what Spears reported exactly three weeks ago, but Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee revealed today that Cousins has softened his stance on Favors, the Nets and three other teams that passed him.
"I love Derrick," Cousins said. "Me and him are boys. But I believe I was the best 'big' hands down."
Why the change in heart? He's in favor of a task that will benefit the Kings.
"I'm coming here to help my team win," he said. "I'm not getting into all that. I'm here to play my role and help my team get another 'W.'"
What does Favors have to say about this? Apparently, he got the message that Cousins was specifically after him, according to Colin Stephenson from The Star-Leger. “I don’t look at all that stuff — read (newspapers and magazines), internet, look at the TV — I don’t get into all that,” he said.
Hopefully, Cousins relays his most recent message to Favors before the game tonight in New Jersey.