Vincent Goodwill: Hoiberg: “I’ll say this about Bobby: He’s a wonderful kid, one of the most polite kids I’ve ever been around. Yes sir, no sir, type of kid who’s very competitive when he steps on the floor. So again, I said it the other night. There was nothing dirty about that play.”
Vincent Goodwill: Hoiberg: “With players and altercations, they happen a lot more than people think. he end result obviously is something you don’t deal with very often. Bobby’s a competitive player, Niko’s a competitive player. And things escalated and things happened and we dealt with it.”
“Obviously, it’s a sick injury,” Matthews said. “I can understand everything that’s going on in his mind right now.” Matthews said he was waiting for things to settle down a little before reaching out to Cousins, whom many NBA experts have pointed to as a possible free-agent target for the Mavericks this summer.
Cousins is a much bigger human being than Matthews and nobody can predict how he’ll come back from a major injury like this. “But at the same time, he’s not like (high-flyers) Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan,” Matthews said. “He’s skill-based. But obviously, you’re going to lose a step for a little bit. And more than anything, it’s a mental game. I believe he’s got the mentality to deal with and be stronger from it. But it’s a long road. There’s no doubt about that.”