Recently, as the NBA regular season came to an end, the playoffs, which fans have been concerned about for a long time, finally kicked off. However, for some teams, it has been difficult to taste the playoffs, and they have even been unable to make the playoffs for many years in a row. At the end of this season, the Kings set a very embarrassing record, since 2006, they have failed to make the playoffs for 16 consecutive years, which set a new record for the longest time in the league.
In the meantime, DeMarcus Cousins, who was once a pillar of the Kings and has been reduced to an ordinary rotation player because of a major injury, recently launched a diatribe against his old boss in an interview, and his words were quite intense, especially about the Kings’ inaction, his position in the Kings’ team history and so on. So, let’s see if what Cousins said is objective, and if he can be inducted into the Hall of Fame and retire his jersey?
- About the Kings’ inaction, is that really the case?
First, the reporter mentioned Cousins’ past time with the Kings during the interview, and Cousins was blunt: “What have they ever done for me except read my name in the draft?” There is no denying that Cousins played for the Kings in the seven seasons, the team has always been the existence of the NBA fish, but Cousins should not be so accusatory of the old boss.
The team has some problems with player development, such as Evans, who averaged 20+5+5 in his rookie season compared to James, but was asked to play the No. 2 or even No. 3 position instead, which is a real waste. However, the team saw the potential in Cousins that year, and was determined to start a new round of team building around him as the core.
Although it seems that the Kings’ draft vision is not very good today, but that year, whether it is the outside of Fredette, Ben McCollumore, Stauskas, or the inside of Thomas Robinson, Papayannis and Cauley-Stein, are many NBA scouts, whether in the NCAA, or in Europe, they are outstanding individual ability, and numerous awards players. Not being able to play in the NBA, they themselves have a big problem.
And the Kings chose them either to equip Cousins with shooters on the outside or to find help on the inside, and even got veterans like Gay and Rondo through trades as well, all coming to complement Cousins. So it seems that Cousins should not bash the old boss. Of course, the Kings do both draft vision and training methods, there is also a certain problem.
- should be retired jersey? The possibility is too low.
In addition, reporters in the interview, is also mentioned to retire the jersey a thing. Indeed, Cousins has played in Sacramento for nearly seven seasons, averaging 21.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, both in terms of data and his performance on the court, are worthy of being recognized. But to retire the jersey, it is not very likely. Before that, we have to talk about one more issue, which is Cousins’ outright statement that he is the best in the Kings’ team history. However, it seems that the former All-Star inside linebacker, is a little too high on himself. The Kings history is not too illustrious, but there is no shortage of stars, “Big O” Oscar Robertson, his record of averaging a triple-double in a season was not broken until the emergence of Willis.
He was a dominant force in the Kings’ history, not to mention bringing the only regular season MVP trophy in the team’s history. Nate Archibald, the “elf”, won the scoring and assists championship in that era of giants, which is still unmatched by anyone today. The new century Chris Webber, led the team to play the “Princeton” whirlwind, once and the Lakers formed a rivalry, these legends, dare to ask Cousins can suppress which?
Secondly, when it comes to retiring the jersey, just saying it’s unlikely may be all a bit euphemistic, I should say it’s completely unlikely. Although Cousins is the only team all-star in the past ten years with the Kings and also made the best team, but for the team’s contribution is far from enough.
As the first to join the NBA’s seniors, the Kings have a total of 10 retired jerseys in team history, and none of them are legends who have contributed a lot to the team, not to mention the close relationship with the team. Therefore, the probability of retiring Cousins’ jersey is basically zero.
- into the Hall of Fame? The odds are still against being inducted.
Finally, when Cousins was asked if he could be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he was also referring to the former Kings star, Vlade Divac. It’s true that Divac has very few career accolades, with only two All-Stars and one weekly best. But Divac’s identity is very special, he is the earliest group of European players who played in the NBA, his experience in the NBA, for the development of European basketball and and the NBA continuous has a very big role in promoting, whether during the service, or after retirement, he has always contributed to basketball, which is the biggest reason why Divac can be inducted.
And Cousins himself has limited ability to lead the team with an average contribution from the court. And with 2 second-team honors, 4 All-Star and 6 weekly best, the odds are that he’ll stay there going forward. Even Maddie, who is questioned by fans, has 2 bursts and 2 scoring titles, not to mention other honors that Cousins does not have. Therefore, Cousins will almost not enter the Hall of Fame in the future.