DeMarcus Cousins had his fingerprints all over a New Orleans Pelicans win over his former team, the Sacramento Kings. However, he’s now looking to ingrain himself even further in Sac-Town culture by giving a few pointers for young rookie De’Aaron Fox, who like him, was drafted with the No. 5 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Cousins was asked if he had any advice for Fox, who finished with a team-high 14 points, to which he nodded despite failing to disclose it.
“Yeah. I got a lot [of advice] for him,” said Cousins, according to Pierre Noujaim of ABC 10 News. “I won’t put it on camera though.”
The seventh-year player exploded for a 41-point, 23-rebound double-double in his return to the Golden 1 Center — the place he called home for half a season prior to being traded. Cousins had 37 points and 13 rebounds during his first time hosting his team last season, prior to the end of the Pelicans season, becoming only one of four players to have 35-plus points in his first two games against his former team.
The 27-year-old survived six-plus years of hell in a dysfunctional organization with plenty of disarray, making his existence harder than it had to be after lacking consistency with the change of coaches, teammates, and the myriad of trade rumors coming his way.
Cousins will surely know the right advice for the 19-year-old Fox as he starts his career with this team that is trying to turn the page with their youth and veteran leadership, thanks to the acquisition of George Hill, Vince Carter, and Zach Randolph in the offseason.