Stephen A. Smith SLAMS NBA teams, claims internal politics reason why former Lakers and Warriors star forced to play in Puerto Rico
From NBA star to Puerto Rico standout - Stephen A. Smith calls for DeMarcus Cousins' redemption.
Stephen A.Smith (image via LACHLAN CUNNINGHAM/GETTY IMAGES.) and Demarcus Cousins (image via Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
DeMarcus Cousins, once hailed as one of the NBA’s top talents, has yet to set foot on an NBA court since he played 31 games with the Denver Nuggets in the 2021-22 season. However, renowned ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith strongly supports Cousins’ return to the league.
Speaking on the latest episode of “Podcast P with Paul George,” Smith was straightforward in his words. “I look at a guy like DeMarcus Cousins. I don’t like the way he’s being treated. He got game, bro,” he said, highlighting Cousins’ undeniable talent. Smith went on to state, “DeMarcus Cousins right now would be a Top 5 big man in basketball, period.”
In 2010, Cousins made his NBA debut with the Sacramento Kings. Since then, he has played for the New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Nuggets, among other clubs. His peak may have occurred before a crippling Achilles injury in 2018, which has subsequently caused his previously stable NBA career to suffer.
DeMarcus Cousins thrives in Puerto Rico amidst NBA speculations
DeMarcus Cousins has discovered a fresh start on life in Puerto Rico. He has posted remarkable stats playing for the Guaynabo Mets in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional league. In his inaugural season, Cousins averaged 20.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, shooting an impressive 58% from the field and 44% from the three-point arc. All this in just over 25 minutes of playing time.
Recent clips of Cousins in action in Puerto Rico show a player in excellent shape, displaying no obvious signs of the injuries that halted his NBA journey. At 33, Cousins still has plenty of basketball left in him, an assertion that Smith further validates. He said, “With his skill set, his body, his strength, his basketball IQ, his shooting ability, everything. He would be a Top 5 player.”
NBA teams are reluctant to approach Cousins due to the shadow of his allegedly toxic personality and attitude problems. Addressing these concerns, Smith stated, “Where’s forgiveness at? Where’s compassion? Where’s understanding?”
Smith underlined that everyone makes mistakes and that Cousins, who he thinks has grown, deserves another chance in the NBA. It is still unclear whether the league’s elite players will share Smith’s viewpoint.
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