Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cousins fires back at critics: 'I don't give a f-'

Cousins fires back at critics: 'I don't give a f-'

Cousins averaged 25 points and almost 13 rebounds a game for the New Orleans Pelicans before a ruptured Achilles tendon brought his season to a halt. Cousins' displeasure with the free agent process was also very evident from the tone of his answers. In the clip, the National Basketball Association big man shared how he was up for two days straight at the start of free agency, uncertain of where he'd land a deal.

"I don't give a f-k", Cousins, who is coming off a torn Achilles tendon injury, said in a video released by Showtime Sports on Twitter.

Thompson and Cousins have been teammates before on Team USA, so there is some familiarity here. "As far as the timetable, we'll sit down and discuss as a team and figure out what's the best". We got messages like, "We don't believe this is a good fit" or 'we got to see what we're doing with our roster right now.' Like just kind of bulls-- answers. "What was interesting was when he made the gesture to come to our team, that was saying, 'I want to win.' The money is not the most important thing".

Cousins said there is no specific date either he or the Warriors have targeted for a return.

"I'm just to the point where I've become numb to", Cousins said. "And then there were some just flat out 'we can't take that risk.' I had to prepare myself for the situation, the different possibilites that I knew would happen".


The Warriors are scheduled to officially introduce their latest All-Star at a press conference today.

Whether or not Cousins turned down a two-year, $40-million contract as reported may never be confirmed, but from what he said, Cousins and the Pelicans clearly did not part ways on friendly terms.

"This was my ace of spades".

Many fans have criticized the Warriors - and Cousins, and Kevin Durant - for the perceived lack of parity in the league caused by Golden State's stockpiling of talent.

He goes on to describe signing with the Warriors as his "nuclear bomb" and a "last resort" rather than signing with a bad team for more than the $5.3M he'll receive next year with Golden State. Much of that has centered around the possibility of him being back on the court at some point in early 2019 around January or February as he's dealing with an injury that typically takes between nine months to a year to have a full recovery from. "Yeah, I could have probably got a contract - a decent contract - from a bad team". I don't give a f***. I knew what my ace was. "There's some motherf--r out there that's ripping their hair out, and I love it". It's just another test for me to overcome. "I'll put it this way: If you live your life to satisfy every person that critiques you, then you'll drive yourself insane". I walk around with my head high.

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