One day, there will be a “30 for 30” about the Kings trading DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans. This morning, Marc J. Spears released an interview with Boogie about the shocking blockbuster trade, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but man, the Kings really did Boogie wrong. In the interview, Cousins said Vlade Divac and his agent came to his house a week before the trade and promised him they were doing everything they could to keep him. Making matters worse, the Kings’ owner Vivek RanadivÃ© texted Cousins right before he left for New Orleans to go to the All-Star game to consult him about bringing in another player, making the trade even more unexpected. For Cousins, it was just the latest mess up by a truly dysfunctional franchise. How should they have handled it?
“Like a man. Like a professional. The more those guys talk, the more things come out. It’s just crazy. This ain’t something that happened in a few days. It has been discussed with more than one team. I just don’t understand.”
My friend got transferred to another city because of his job. He had some things to say. Rough to watch. pic.twitter.com/iBRyMf1UP7
– Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) February 21, 2017
The video of Cousins tearing up about having to leave Sacramento during a speaking engagement went viral earlier this week, and Boogie said when he saw his longtime equipment manager get emotional, he couldn’t hold back anymore.
“It was because of my [Kings assistant] equipment manager [Miguel Lopez], who has been there since my rookie season. He was emotional right away. He just put me in a place. I haven’t cried in a long time. It just broke me down. It hit me like, ‘This s– is really happening.’ It was something that I never expected to happen. I was also told [a trade] wouldn’t happen, so …
It just hit. I just walked in and people started cheering. Something overcame me and I just broke down.”
Cousins said he’s in a good place now and ready for a fresh start with New Orleans. Thank goodness, because he deserves it.