Not the first time Boogie has hit back at Chuck…
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has responded to more criticism from Charles Barkley by insisting that he doesn’t respect him anyway.
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This isn’t the first time that the pair have engaged in a war of words through the media, and Cousins has previously spoken about not respecting Barkley due to criticism he gave him years ago prior to his NBA career starting.
Barkley continued their feud earlier this week, discussing his shock at how the Kings would discuss their coaching appointment with Cousins, even though he was still young and had proven nothing.
“Why are they discussing it with him,” Barkley said during a TNT telecast, ESPN reported.
“Yeah, I am totally disgusted with that. … He hasn’t done enough to deserve that type of power. [The Kings] stink. Why would you give a guy that young that type of power?
“If you’re a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon or somebody like that, yeah, you deserved that type of power after you have earned it. Let me just say this either way, that’s just total [garbage]. That’s ridiculous.”
Barkley and Cousins are two of the best basketball products to come out of the state of Alabama and both were selected fifth overall in their respective NBA Drafts.
However, that is where their connection ends, as the pair clearly have an issue with one another and Cousins put his side of it down to not respecting the NBA legend.
“It ain’t personal,” Cousins said when asked about the TNT analyst. “I mean, I don’t really respect the guy, but at the same time, I don’t really care what he thinks either.
“I don’t respect him and I don’t care what he thinks.”
Cousins will continue to prepare for the All-Star Game on Sunday in New York before returning to Sacramento where he will be working with a new head coach in George Karl.
The Kings center has insisted throughout the process that he had never had a problem with Karl but he was upset with the lack of involvement he had with the organisation after finding out through social media that former coach Mike Malone had been fired.