He said, with a laugh, that Green - who mentioned that he and Cousins would probably wind up fighting at some point - "probably had the worst pitch".
DeMarcus Cousins isn't concerned about the public backlash that ensued when news broke of his agreement to join the Golden State Warriors, saying he's become "numb" to criticism. The series will premiere at a later date, but a three-minute clip was released on Wednesday. In a sit-down interview with ESPN on Thursday, the four-time All-Star big man discussed the outrage over his decision, his timetable from an Achilles injury, his goals for the 2018-19 season and more.
After averaging 21.5 points on 46 percent shooting and 11.0 rebounds and making four NBA All-Star appearances, Cousins touted his willingness to sublimate those numbers for the sake of fitting in with his All-Star teammates in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
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I knew how it would be perceived by some.
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"We reached out to teams", Cousins said.
In the clip, Cousins explains why he signed with the Warriors and how playing for Golden State would give him the best chance to win as he recovers from his Achilles injury. "They are a well-established team and they could have easily been like, 'No, we don't need him.' But they were excited like a team that's never accomplished anything". He also makes it known that there was no offer on the table from the New Orleans Pelicans for him to return-something he attributes to the season-ending injury he suffered earlier that year. I had to prepare myself for that situation, the different possibilities that would happen. "This is my nuclear bomb".
"I could have probably got a decent contract from a bad team, Cousins said". I don't give a f***. "I'm in a unique situation as well where I'm not needed right away", Cousins said. I knew where my ace was and we made the call. Just another obstacle to overcome and I use that as fuel to get to the next step.
Cousins added: "This is my ace of spades". I've been through so much adversity, if I sat there and dwelled on those moments, where the (expletive) would I be right now? And Cousins, never one to hide his feelings, gave his response. After rupturing his left Achilles tendon in the 2014-15 with Portland, Mathews has since posted worse shooting numbers with Dallas in 2015-16 (38.8 percent), 2016-17 (39.3 percent) and 2017-18 (40.6 percent) than his career average through nine National Basketball Association seasons (42.7 percent).