Coffee cups stains all over the floor, food containers spilled and some hapless garbage cans thrown out around the United Center in Chicago. The Bulls won a controversial game involving Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins and Dwayne Wade. The referee called Cousins’ a foul with just 15 seconds left in the game on Wade’s missed dunk. The replay showed Cousins’ didn’t even touched Wade.
Demarcus finished the game with 42 points and 14 rebounds. But his performance was overshadowed by the garbage can incident. Cousins’ frustration vent out and the reporters came happy with a good story.
For most of his career, Demarcus has been constantly judged and criticized. He could have been an easy first or second pick on the 2010 NBA draft, but instead slide down to number five. He was a walking combustible player. His extreme unpredictable nature made executives think twice in drafting him. Yet, Demarcus continues to impress everyone. He can work in the post, shoot threes, dribble coast to coast and pass the ball well. He plays like he is dancing, that’s why people call him Boogie. He is a complete player that every team should have. Being drafted in Sacramento, it means the team had already embraced his strengths and weaknesses. Everything becomes a package. With all fairness, Cousins lived up to his potential. However, he also lived up to his temperamental attitude. He had arguments with his teammates, coaches, officials and management.
He created much of the drama but Sacramento was more to blame.
The Kings chaotic, unstable and dysfunctional management doesn’t really promotes maturity. Sacramento fired Michael Malone whom Cousins’ made a connection. They rushed in hiring George Karl without asking for his opinion. This same franchise drafted Jimmer Freddette and passed on Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard. They also drafted Thomas Robinson instead of Damian Lillard. Then drafted Isaiah Thomas and let him leave after three years.
Seven years Cousins gave Sacramento all he could have. He tried to be their leader. But it’s hard to be mature if you are in a disordered environment. One of NBA’s best big man, a franchise cornerstone and all the Kings could get is an average young player in Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans (which will be likely be waived) through a trade in New Orleans.
But regardless of that, Now both Sacramento and Demarcus are given a fresh start. The Kings will be left to clean up most of their mess. And Demarcus is finally given a chance to focus more on basketball.
They say we had to undergo chaos to embrace peace.
From dark to light, from the bleachers of Golden 1 center in Sacramento all the way to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, when the light goes on and the music starts.
Finally, it’s time for Demarcus to Boogie!