Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has conceded that the franchise’s season has been a “complete circus” after multiple coaching changes.
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After making a bright start to the season, things went downhill for Sacramento when Cousins was sidelined for 10 games after being diagnosed with a viral infection.
In his absence, the team dropped seven of nine games and that resulted in the organisation making the decision to fire Cousins’ favoured coach Mike Malone.
Interim coach Tyrone Corbin didn’t last long even though the Kings signed him to a deal to stay on until the end of the season, as the organisation made their move for a long-term solution in George Karl.
While the offense has since picked up under Karl with his fast-tempo style, the Kings have slipped to bottom of the league in defense, and so the troubles continue to rumble on even though they are currently on a three-game winning streak which has improved their record to 25-45 for the season.
“It’s been a circus, man. It’s been a complete circus,” Cousins said, the Washington Post reports.
“We got off to a hot start. Unfortunately, I got sick, so it ruined the look of the team. I take some blame for that. I know for a fact, if I wouldn’t have gotten sick, things wouldn’t have happened the way it happened. It was no way it could. At the same time, a lot of it is not my fault and we all know why. But this has been a disappointing year.
“I think I carry more weight than the average player. Coming in, I never was in a great situation — coming at such a young age, not really understanding the business. I came in, franchise that’s been doing bad for a long time, I came with my own baggage, some earned, some given to me or whatever.
“I care; I really care. I take my job serious. I love to play the game. It ain’t about the money, not about the fame. I care. The biggest thing I can admit is I’m not perfect and I know that.”
Cousins isn’t perfect, but he is certainly a cornerstone of the franchise for years to come, and now it will be up to the front office and Karl to put the pieces around him that give him the best possible chance of dragging Sacramento back into the playoffs in the coming years.
In a season that started so well, Karl will undoubtedly be looking to figure out which players can take the team forward and will want to identify the areas that need strengthening in free agency.