Cousins injury comment intepreted as a dig at Rose.
Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins has insisted that he didn’t take a shot at Derrick Rose with his recent comments regarding his injury.
The Kings center missed Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a sprained right ankle, but when asked if he would be ready to play on Friday he caused controversy.
“Probably not, think I’ll be out rest of the season and I can get a comeback commercial,” Cousins was quoted as saying, as reported by ESPN.
The media inevitably took it as an apparent reference to Rose, who underwent ACL surgery in May 2012 and subsequently missed the entire season last year.
However, during his rehabilitation, he featured in a series of shoe commercials about his return to the court, but injury struck again last month which ensured Rose is out again for the rest of the season.
The point guard tore the meniscus in his other knee against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 22, and is expected to speak to the media on Thursday regarding his latest setback.
Meanwhile, Cousins has taken to Twitter to deny that he was referencing Rose and that he was merely making a joke as opposed to taking a dig at the Chicago Bulls star.
Let me clear this up now! In no way shape or form was I taking a shot at drose! Stop trying to make a story!!!
— demarcus cousins (@boogiecousins) December 4, 2013
Considering Rose’s popularity, the comment wasn’t taken well by the media or fans in general. Nevertheless, it is understood that Cousins’ dismissal has ensured that the speculation has ended.