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Cousins and Shumpert joined Chandler Parsons, Caron Butler, Tyreke Evans, Roger Mason, Alan Anderson and Gal Mekel on the trip organized by the Omri Casspi foundation. The Sacramento Kings forward started the nonprofit organization last year, and the players took part in promotional events and basketball clinics. “Even though we’re in the middle of a conflict, whatever is going on, this trip wasn’t a political trip,” Casspi said. “It was a fun trip. We had a great time. That’s the most important thing.”
You’ve called DeMarcus Cousins a “brother for life.” Why? Casspi: Me and DeMarcus met, it was my second year and it was his first. We had a good connection, you know? It’s like with your family; you can tell them everything. They trust you and you trust them in the same way. If you do something wrong, they’ll tell you and vice versa. He came all the way from the United States to see my family and meet my family. Seeing him having dinner and talking to my mom and dad and my sister … we have a special bond and I love him. So he’s my brother.
Following the news of his passing, several members of the Sacramento Kings family expressed their condolences and shared memories of the man affectionately known by his nickname, Chocolate Thunder. Kings TV Color Analyst Jerry Reynolds “[Darryl] was very likable, he had a big personality and teammates really enjoyed being around him. I don’t think there are very many people who knew him or played with him that didn’t like him. I was at a game as a college coach in Kansas City when he broke a backboard, just shattered it right over the top of Bill Robinzine, and it was a highlight for weeks.”
Why did you choose to re-sign with the Kings? Casspi: I like Sacramento. I felt like I had a really good connection with the coach last year. I feel like the direction of the team is going, it’s finally moving and getting some speed in the right direction. I feel like we have a good team. I felt I want to be a part of something that’s growing and competing for the playoffs next year and being in the playoffs, putting ourselves in a position to win championships. And I didn’t want to leave. I trust our organization, I trust our coaches. We have the best center in the league. Obviously we’re going in the right direction.