Listen: Demarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant And Chris Paul discussed on KNBR Tonight with Drew Hoffar & Kevin Frandsen
"What was your take on the DeMarcus cousins injury? And I felt so bad for DeMarcus because I've rooted for him Tom ever since he was Sacramento, I covered them in Sacramento when he was a king second playoff. Game. He blows his quad out is terrible to see that. Yeah. Kind of reminded me of Chris Paul last year with a hamstring injury. Where it just kind of felt like, you know, just when he gets onto the speak stage. He couldn't make it to the conference finals with sure enough he gets there. And then at one of the most critical moments he has to leave with an injury. And that's what I thought of is just men cousins has been fighting for this opportunity for not just this past year entire career to shut up the doubters that that thinks he's not a winning player that he doesn't do the things that what would it takes to be a champion. And of course, this is what happens I feel terribly for him as a person as a player get that out of the way. But I do think this is, you know, let's not dance around the facts that DeMarcus cousins wasn't a homerun signing for the warriors. In fact, a lot of the five men units that he was a part of simply were underperforming compared to the status quo with Kvant Mooney. With Andrew bogut. Andre dollar to five man unit was actually out scored in the short time this play offs. And I think that kind of speaks to cousins wasn't a perfect different team. And I think, you know, under Dolly moody, actually, defensively make a lot more sense. I think there's a little bit diminishing returns DeMarcus cousins authencity case in point. And this is going to be in the big number video tomorrow NBC sports Steph curry when he plays with DeMarcus cousins his scoring average plummets from thirty one points for thirty six minutes down to nineteen point nine and it's not because of a officiency 'cause he's getting that shot getting shots. And I think that sacrifice weighed down the offenses, you know, firepower. And I think you're gonna see that restore when DeMarcus cousins doesn't play. So what does that mean? Do you think for the team going forward without DeMarcus is this going to free up guys like Kevin? And you can see them taking more. No doubt. I think you seem Kevin Durant. Try to play that distributor the playmaker over the last couple of months, and certainly it's been really really nice to see that element in his game flourish, but I do think that Kevin Durant for his happiness for the good of the team. I think he needs to get back to. Okay, see? Kevin durant? A little bit more not fully. But I think he and Steph curry need to get back to being assertive being the alpha and just being themselves because I think DeMarcus cousins integrating him with no small task. And I think they have to actually, you know, be themselves remind themselves that they are NBP players with DeMarcus cousins around it was almost like they're walking on eggshells trying to get him going. But you know, this is winning time. They gotta they gotta be back into, you know, those those Alfa roles, and I think that's gonna actually help them push forward, isn't that that status quo. Yeah. I mean, kevon looney like you had mentioned earlier looney keeps playing the. Way he has. I mean, I don't think they'll Mississippi with the orchestra's plus thirty on Saturday at nineteen points last night. I think this is to be one of the great opportunities. You know, I remember in twenty twelve when Christmas got her and Erik Spoelstra had to figure out how to you know, heard this negative into a positive in the playoffs. They had one title yet in twenty twelve when when he had his strange groin straight and you're out in the Boston series in Indiana. What did they do out there? Best mode of action going smaller. Shame bady at four. And when Chris Bosh came back at the end of the Boston series kind of unlock their next two championships. And that's not gonna happen here with Golden State like von looney is gonna turn into all star. But I think it is going to force them to use your young player in ways that they were kind of hoping you know, the past couple years that hip injuries passed him, and he was able to score. And I think he really did. Well"