DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins: 'Take all them motherf****** down'

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DeMarcus Cousins: 'Take all them motherf****** down'

Some professional athletes take a stand by kneeling on the sidelines or raising a fist into the air. Some write succinct tweets expressing their dismay with the current political climate in the United States of America. Others just get right to the point with a poignant off the cuff statement to a waiting camera.

Former Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins has certainly mastered the art of the cryptic tweet, but he’s also never been one to shy away from a direct question when asked. When an inquiry was thrown his direction about confederate statues in New Orleans and his home state of Alabama, Cousins was brief with his words, but very clear.

"Take all them mother****ers down," Cousins told TMZ while navigating a security line at the airport. "Take 'em all down.”

Cousins may not have chosen the most eloquent words, but his point of view is shared by plenty of others. He isn’t the first athlete to take a stand with regards to race in America over the last week as racial tensions have spilled out into the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia. Social media is filled with professional athletes adding their thoughts to the conversation.

The Warriors’ Kevin Durant has made it clear that he will not visit the White House and President Donald Trump, a visit most teams make following an NBA championship.

"Nah, I won't do that," the 8-time All-Star told ESPN on Thursday. "I don't respect who's in office right now.”

"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that,” Durant continued. “That's just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they'll all agree with me."

Garrett Temple has used Twitter to make his thoughts known as well. Recently named the Kings’ Players Voice Teammate of the Year by the National Basketball Players Association, Temple has used his position as an NBA player to speak out multiple times.

Over the last week, he’s fielded questions and had plenty of discussions through social media on the issues of race and equality. His Twitter timeline is littered with thoughtful replies and some not so thoughtful ideas as well. Plenty of fans thanking him for using his position to further the conversation and of course, there is the occasional, “stick to sports” comment.

Agree or disagree, today’s athletes have huge platforms to share their opinions. From Cousins to Temple, there are varying degrees of engagement, but the time of players staying out of the discussion is long gone.

Cousins ready for Sacramento return vs Kings: 'Oh my God, I can't wait'

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Cousins ready for Sacramento return vs Kings: 'Oh my God, I can't wait'

New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins is excited to play the Sacramento Kings this season. In other news, the Earth is round and the Moon is not made of cheese. 

“I can’t wait,” Cousins told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears during the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Oh my God, I can’t wait. I’m praying it’s the first game. I just got a lot to get off my chest. I can’t wait.” 

Cousins played his first six-plus seasons in the NBA with the Kings before being dealt, along with Omri Casspi, to the New Orleans Pelicans during All-Star weekend earlier this year. 

The 26-year-old All-Star planned on signing a long-term deal and hoped to finish his career with the Kings before the surprising trade. Clearly it will be an emotional evening for the star center when the Pelicans roll through the Capital City. 

Cousins was a fixture in the Sacramento community, donating to local high schools and sponsoring a free basketball camp at Sacramento High. Despite being traded, Cousins returned again this summer to continue his camp.

“I miss the community. I miss the people. I miss the fans. That’s it,” Cousins told Spears. 

A polarizing figure on the court, Cousins grew into one of the most dominating big men in the league during his time with the Kings. At the time of his trade, the Kings were just a game and a half out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. They finished the season 8-17 after the trade, nine games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the final postseason berth.  

The NBA schedule is due out sometime in the next few weeks.

Report: Ex-Kings guard to reunite with DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans

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Report: Ex-Kings guard to reunite with DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans

Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins are going to be teammates again.

Rondo, a free agent, has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Pelicans.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately reported.

Rondo spent the 2015-16 season in Sacramento playing alongside fellow former Kentucky star Cousins. In 72 games for the Kings, Rondo averaged 11.9 points and a league-leading 11.7 assists.

The 31-year-old Rondo signed a two-year deal with the Bulls in the summer of 2016, but he was waived by Chicago on June 30.

News of a agreement was first reported by The Vertical on Saturday morning.