It’s not often that harmony between DeMarcus Cousins and his coach becomes a story.
It must be the season of togetherness in Sacramento.
In an ESPN report from Marc J. Spears, Cousins expressed gratitude for coach Dave Joerger for sticking up for him about his most recent controversy.
“I appreciate it. I think he understands where I’m coming from,” Cousins told The Undefeated. “I don’t really think it had anything to do with him trying to show that he has his player’s back. I generally think he understands where I’m coming from.”
Joerger has taken Boogie’s side of late, saying Sunday: “This guy is the face of our franchise. He’s done and said some things that he wishes he could do over. He’s improved; he’s gotten better. But to go and use other reporters, third person, ‘Oh, he bullies his coaches or he bullies’ — that is crap. And to put it out there like that, that is ridiculous.”
Cousins had a recent spat with a Sacramento Bee columnist about coverage of a recent New York City incident that Cousins was allegedly involved in. Joerger himself has dealt with the Bee recently publishing the names and ages of his wife and children.
“Of course, he dealt with a similar situation with the same people,” Cousins said. “He gets it. I respect him for that. I respect him for speaking out. He doesn’t have to. He went about it the right way. He spoke out on it. I respect him for that.”
The Bee published a video of Cousins’ confrontations with reporters from the Bee and Cowbell Kingdom, the ESPN TrueHoop site.
Cousins, a sixth-year pro, is annually a hot topic in NBA trade rumor circles as he is one of the league’s most talented players and Sacramento is generally out of playoff contention by the turn of the calendar.
Not much has changed this year, except for a new ally.