According to Draft Express, Daniel Orton isn’t playing nice on the media trail in Chicago. From their Twitter account:
Daniel Orton apparently threw DeMarcus Cousins underneath the bus. Called him “a big child,” said he needed to pull him away from a fight.
Calling DeMarcus Cousins a “big child” could be construed many ways (many of them quite friendly), but if Daniel Orton said he had to pull him away from a fight (assuming it wasn’t on the court), it appears that the gloves might be off in the jostling for lottery position. However, I won’t say that Jonathon Givony isn’t telling the truth, I’ll just say he’s been dogging on Cousins all year. He could be the one with the beef.
However, it appears that not every former Cat was looking for a pile-on. Here is another Givony tweet:
Wall sticking up for Cousins big time. Says he’s a hard worker, coachable. “Everyone goes through stages, even I had a bad attitude in past”
I love this game!
UPDATE: Matt May of TCP was also in attendance for the interview and had this to say about the Orton comments:
The DraftExpress tweet on what Orton said about Cousins was not accurate. Orton said sometimes Cousins lost his temper and acted like a kid throwing a tantrum and even once he tried to grab him to calm him down but there was never mention of a fight that I remember, and I sat with Daniel the entire time he was in the room. In actuality, that person from DraftExpress tried to get Orton to talk about rifts in the locker room and said he ‘had heard’ about a lot of conflict inside the team and with Calipari. Orton said it wasn’t the case
Even though I wasnt there, I go with Matt May on this. People can take lines about Cousins the wrong way because they dont talk about the tone in which something is said. My guess is the Draft Express guy was trying to stir the pot.