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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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Q: I know you’ve said you didn’t understand why the Kings didn’t show more interest, but I’d heard they were certainly making efforts (during free agency), including (Kings general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) going up to (Thomas’ home area of) Seattle to visit with you on a trip where you guys didn’t connect. How did you see that? Isaiah Thomas: I mean they were interested, but it wasn’t enough. I felt like if they wanted me as bad as they said they did, they should have been the first to show more interest than others. That’s the only thing that caught me off guard, but at the end of the day I thought, ‘Man, it’s a business and things happen.’ They looked in a different direction, and that’s what they wanted. People always say I feel bitter, but I don’t. People always ask me the question, so I’m going to answer it, and people always bring it up. So it is what it is.” For The Win

Q: What about the idea, which I’ve also heard, that some of the guys weren’t necessarily lobbying for you to be back? Isaiah Thomas: I’ve heard those things too. I don’t know, because I didn’t hear them say it, but I’ve heard people say it and more than one person. I’ve heard Rudy (Gay), and some things about DeMarcus (Cousins) saying some things, but I didn’t hear it, so I can’t say if it’s true or not. For The Win



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