I know, I know.... the Gulf Coast tends to be football country. The area simply hasn't produced a ton of great basketball players. But DeMarcus Cousins is a major exception to that rule.
The 26-year-old LeFlore High School product's path to the NBA went through Kentucky (one year), and then he joined the Sacramento Kings in 2010. His pro career is one of reputation: he's recognized as one of the best big men in the game and a supremely talented All-Star; but he's also known as a particularly combative personality. Sacramento wanted to be rid of him, and found a taker in New Orleans. In Cousins, New Orleans sees an opportunity to build an elite team in a city that's known for giving people second chances. And there's something to be said for being just a couple of hours from home.
Basketball fans are talking about this blockbuster trade; and as a diehard Pelicans fan, I'm excited to see him playing for us! I'm happy for DeMarcus Cousins, too. This is a great chance for him to get a fresh start, in a city he's familiar with, and with a lot of people close by wishing the best for him.
[Photo: Wikipedia | Michael Tipton]
The video below is from Cousins' arrival at Mobile Regional Airport, when Mayor Sandy Stimpson declared DeMarcus Cousins Day in the City of Mobile.