Instead, the Sacramento Kings center went on a cryptic tangent in the Kings locker room about his struggles and the team’s direction.
The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones posted video of Cousins’ postgame remarks. A reporter asked Cousins if he was excited after watching his dagger drop on the Suns. Boogie was not psyched. Rather, he was concerned with outside forces interrupting “God’s plan” for the team.
“I ain’t pumped up,” Cousins said. “I’ve just got a lot on my mind. The crazy thing about it is, I’ve just got a question for y’all: How you gonna stop God’s plan? How you gonna do that? That’s all I want to know. How you gonna stop God’s plan?”
Cousins continued, saying he’s stuck with the city through all the rough patches.
“Man, this city put me through so much, and I’ve stayed loyal to it the whole time. I just want to know how you gonna stop God’s plan. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. The marathon continues. I’m out.”
And just like that, Cousins was gone, leaving the reporting pool to answer its own questions.
The root of Cousins’ frustration, it seems, are the rumors swirling around his alleged resistance to the Kings’ potential hiring of George Karl, the former NBA head coach currently working as an ESPN basketball analyst.
ESPN and The Associated Press report that inside sources are claiming Cousins and his agents have made behind-the-scenes moves to block the Kings from hiring Karl.
The reason for this alleged blockade could stem from fatigue. The Kings fired head coach Michael Malone in December and promoted Corbin into the position. These moves allegedly occurred without the franchise notifying the players beforehand.
Another reason could be past issues between one of Cousins’ agents and Karl. ESPN reports that Cousins’ agent, Jarinn Akana, was demoted from assistant coach to team scout in 2005 when Karl took over as head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
Exactly what is eating Cousins remains unknown, but suffice to say, he doesn’t appear happy with the intrigue surrounding the Kings. He seems to have an idea of the direction the team should be heading in and does not appreciate outside forces tinkering with his notion.
Dan is on Twitter, keeping his hands off God’s plan.