DeMarcus Cousins doubles down on harsh Kings organizational critique

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Boogie doubles down on harsh Kings comments: 'I said what I said' originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

DeMarcus Cousins is doubling down on his opinion of the Sacramento Kings.

The four-time NBA All-Star recently criticized the organization in speaking with Andscape's Marc J. Spears, claiming that he ultimately did more for the organization than they did for him.

"What did Sac do for me," Cousins told Spears. "Besides say my name [draft day]. I did more for them than they did for me. That’s just being honest. Just being 100 [percent] honest. I had two owners, three GMs, seven coaches in seven years. I was there seven years. I had three GMs, two owners and seven coaches. Not much more needs to be said."

Cousins spoke to FOX 40's Sean Cunningham earlier this week, where he doubled down on his comments about the organization while clarifying that his frustrations were not directed at the fans and the city of Sacramento.

"I said what I said, I stand on that," Cousins told Cunningham. "But I've got a lot of love for the city, love the fans in the city. I've got people in Sac that I consider family. I'm grateful for everything I've experienced in my life, in my career. It's helped me become a better person, it helped mold me into a better man. So I'm grateful for every experience, good or bad. But I said what I said."

For Cousins, what's done is done. He's moved on from the situation, but to this day maintains the same viewpoint.

"I wouldn't even say its feelings, it's facts for me," Cousins added. "I look back on it and I can truly say that. I'm not holding a grudge against anybody or mad at anybody in particular. It's a moment in time that happened, we moved past it, everybody's grown from it, but the facts are the facts."

In speaking with Spears, Cousins claimed that he wish he had skipped out on his pre-draft workout with Sacramento, who selected him with the No. 5 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He clarified his comments, which were directed at the organization more than the city of Sacramento itself.

"I was specifically speaking on the organization," Cousins told Cunningham. "This has nothing to do with the city, nothing to do with the fans, like nothing to do with [those] relationships, it has nothing to do with that. Speaking from the organizational standpoint, that's how I feel and I stand on it."

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It doesn't appear that Cousins and the Kings will be mending their relationship anytime soon. Universally thought of as one of the greatest players in franchise history, Cousins made his impact on the organization before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans midway through the 2016-2017 season.

Since then, Sacramento has continued its quest to build a competitive core capable of ending the current 16-year NBA playoff drought.