Myles Turner on his ‘Welcome to the NBA’ moment for Pacers with DeMarcus Cousins
Basketball has a ton of hidden rules that players all over the world follow. For example, when players make a shot, the rebounder has to give them their change by passing it back to them. Hidden rules don’t end once players make it to the NBA. More hidden rules are added once pros begin their NBA journey. Just ask Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers and pro hoops veteran DeMarcus Cousins.
As soon as a rookie checks in a game for the first time, he quickly learns a new unspoken NBA rule. That rule is to find the rookie and go at him. Opposing players try to pick on you nightly because you are a rookie, and highlights are bound to happen. That’s when you get your welcome to the NBA moment.
Indiana Pacers star Myles Turner joined ClutchPoints Year 1 YouTube series to discuss his welcome to the NBA moment.
“Yeah, I remember like it was yesterday. I just put up my career-high (31 points) in Golden State,” Turner told ClutchPoints.
Sometimes a rookie’s welcome to the NBA moment is a good memory. When Myles Turner scored 31 points in his rookie season against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, one would normally expect that achievement to make a man feel on top of the world. Then the high of this moment quickly evaporated when something unexpected happens the next night.
Myles Turner tells the story.
“The very next night, we go to Sacramento to play, and I’m playing against prime Demarcus Cousins, and this is the Boogie that was in the post. People are accustom to the one shooting threes and with the handles. He was doing that a little, but he was straight low-post Demarcus Cousins at that point, Turner shared. “Bro was just abusing me. I think he probably put up 45. It might have been a 50 point game, but there was nothing I could do. There was not one thing I could do to stop him. You go from the high of scoring your career-high to low of just getting absolutely dominated. I legit looked at the coach in a timeout and said I don’t know what to do.”
A rookie season is full of ups and downs, and you need the ability to develop short-term memory. Myles Turner moved on nicely from this set of back-to-back games like a true professional.
He’s now entering his seventh season with the Pacers and has become one of the NBA’s best defenders. Even though that game in Sacramento was a long time ago, Myles Turner will never forget that night against DeMarcus Cousins.