DeMarcus Cousins doesn't seem pleased with the direction the Sacramento Kings are heading in, and he expressed his feelings in a somewhat bizarre rant after being a buzzer hero against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Cousins capped off his 28-point, 12-rebound effort by hitting a jumper as time expired to lift the Kings to an 85-83 victory. Instead of reveling in the win, Cousins expressed dismay over his current situation with the team.
"I ain't pumped up. I've just got a lot on my mind," Cousins told reporters after the game. "The crazy thing about it is, I've just got a question for y'all: How you gonna stop God's plan? How you gonna do that? How you gonna do that? That's all I want to know. How you gonna stop God's plan?
"Man, this city done put me through so much, and I stayed loyal to it the whole time. Hey, I just want to know how you gonna stop God's plan? God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. The marathon continues. I'm out."
While Cousins didn't clarify his comments, his rant comes just days after a USA Today report stated the Kings have engaged in serious talks to hire George Karl as their next coach. The newspaper also reported there are worries inside the Kings' organization that Cousins and his representative team do not want the Kings to hire Karl. The report cites a falling out between Karl and two of Cousins' agents as the main source behind a potential desire by Cousins to see the team hire someone else.
Another reason behind Cousins' rant is he still might be upset over the Kings' decision to fire coach Michael Malone in December. Cousins was close to Malone and reportedly was against the firing.
Cousins, the Kings' centerpiece, is in the first year of a four-year, $65.6-million contract. It will be interesting to see if Sacramento takes a chance with making its star player unhappy by hiring Karl.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.