HoopsHype DeMarcus Cousins rumors

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Earlier this week, Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said that this year's No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats team would "definitely" win a seven-game series against the Philadelphia 76ers tank squad. On Thursday, Bledsoe's teammate at UK, Demarcus Cousins, backed up his former Wildcat teammate. "I'mma roll with Kentucky as well," the Kings big man said. "Honestly I don't know much about the 76ers. I'll probably go with Kentucky." CBSSports.com

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Mention that Barkley doesn't believe the cold shoulder is merited, and Cousins responds as if Barkley is standing directly in front of him: "I have no respect for you and I never will. We have nothing to talk about. So, yes, every time we see each other, there will never be words." Bleacher Report

Cousins is convinced that if you understood the difference between the way his current and previous worlds work, you would’ve known his early troubles were simply growing pains while he adjusted to his new environs. "I've never been a guy who plays the political game," he said in the players' lounge before an exhibition game against Maccabi Haifa at Sleep Train Arena. "It's either right or wrong; that's how I was raised." Bleacher Report

"Coming up as a kid and hearing that from one of the best players ever to come out of Alabama," Cousins said, "a guy people grow up looking up to, to hear him say, 'Well, he's not that good...' I remember it like it was yesterday. Then, coming into my rookie season, you take up for your ex-coach and say I'm the worst thing that ever happened to Sacramento on national TV. Yeah, I'm going to remember." Bleacher Report

Cousins made it his summer goal to be part of the team, taking two weeks off after the season before beginning to prepare and saying he would've been "devastated" if he had not been selected. "There are things I still think are B.S., but I've grown to accept them," he said. "Well, I'm growing to accept them. It's still a bit of a challenge for me." Bleacher Report

Cousins' sense of justice has been tested in basketball more than anywhere else. He and his mother, Monique, believe he has been miscast so many times by Barkley and others that she is surprised to hear that DeMarcus provided her phone number and still conducts a thorough interrogation of a reporter before agreeing to an interview. "He believes everyone is a snake until proven otherwise," said his personal trainer, Keith Williams, who has known him since the 11th grade. "Especially the media." Bleacher Report

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