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DeMarcus Cousins on Kings’ season: ‘It’s been a circus, man’


Demarcus Cousins certainly didn’t hold back when expressing his opinion when asked about the rough go of it the Sacramento Kings have had to navigate this season.

“It’s been a circus, man. It’s been a complete circus,” Cousins told Michael Lee of The Washington Post. “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.”

Cousins’ thoughts regarding the nightmarish, turbulent and dysfunctional season suffered by the Kings should not come as a surprise. Not only is the team sitting at 24-45, Cousins and the team went through a tumultuous coaching change when Mike Malone was fired in mid-December.

Interim head coach Tyrone Corbin was then let go in February in questionable fashion to make way for the experienced and respected George Karl, even though it was reported that Cousins’ camp expressed hesitation regarding his hiring, although the Kings center takes issue with how it all played out in the media.

“I felt like a line was crossed and I was trying to figure out how I’m going to deal with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in Sacramento,” Cousins said. “And not to sound arrogant, but what’s bigger than my name in Sacramento? It could be a damn forest fire in Sacramento, my name will come up. ‘It was near DeMarcus Cousins’s house!’ ”

On top of the clumsy coaching changes, Cousins also suffered through a bout of viral meningitis, causing him to miss a 10-game stretch in December.

“I’m still wondering how in the hell did I get viral meningitis. Where did it come from?” Cousins said. “I was like, this is going to get bad. And it did get bad. And it was just downhill from there.”

So, with all that in mind, it’s safe to say Cousins is looking forward to the end of the season, to put it mildly.

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