Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is linked with NBA legend Charles Barkley in so many ways.
Both are from the backwaters of Alabama, both were taken 5th overall in their respective drafts, and both are/were complete machines and All-Star calibre players, and there team's franchise player.
But today Cousins has admitted that he doesn't respect Barkley whatsoever, and refuses to even speak to the now-popular Analyst.
“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,” Cousins said according to Bleacher Report.
It’s hard to begrudge the Sacramento Kings big man who has constantly dealt with continued flack from Barkley and others for his supposed reputation he feels he has gained for no reason.
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Barkley meanwhile doesn’t understand why DeMarcus Cousins feels the way he does.
“I made a very conscious effort not to be too hard on him,” Barkley said. “I said he had a chance to be really good; I just told the reporters afterward that I was a little disappointed. Since then, I’ve also said he could be the best big man in the game if he’d just grow up.”
Cousins insists Barkley said much more, but what truly vexes him is that Barkley would say anything that could endanger a kid from Alabama's dream of making it big, a rarity for anyone from the area.
"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."
Cousins was suspended by James Westphal for contract detrimental to the team. Barkley stuck up for his old coach instead of his fellow Bama man.