Mychal Thompson warns skeptics that DeMarcus Cousins will have similar impact as in Team USA
As with any big-time signing, the list of concerns has started to pile up for the Golden State Warriors, after agreeing to bring in center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year deal for a $5.3 million mid-level exception.
The health concerns after a torn Achilles injury, the poor image, the turnovers and high shot count — they all present potential issues that can make basketball paradise into the NBA’s next living hell.
But Klay Thompson’s father; Mychal, warns skeptics that this was not a move made without evaluating its potential.
These bball “analysts” who are skeptical of how Cuzzins will “fit” with the ball moving,passing Warriors seem to hav fgotten how well and smoothly and selflessly Cuzzins fit and played with Team USA and all its All Stars…He’ll prove to be a winner up there,too.Just like on USA
— Mychal Thompson (@champagnennuts) July 3, 2018
The older Thompson also said that his son Klay often talked about how he “loved” playing with Cousins helped spread the floor out for shooters during the 2016 Rio Olympics, helping the team run away with the gold.
Looking back in the rear view mirror, Thompson had one of his worst shooting performances in Rio, but that didn’t keep Cousins from gobbling up rebounds and punishing teams from the foul line as a highly-effective foul shooter.
Cousins was swapped in and out of the lineup by Mike Krzyzewski, as he played the matchup game by starting a more athletic DeAndre Jordan in his place, but Boogie’s minutes still remained impactful.
Also worthy to note, Cousins would enter the 2016-17 season more eager to shoot threes, going from attempting 3.2 per game during the 2015-16 season to over five per game in his last with the Sacramento Kings.
That trend would only spike, as he attempted 6.1 per game last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, connecting in 35.4 percent of his attempts.