DeMarcus Cousins Having Trouble Adjusting To Warriors’ Culture Of Not Losing
Despite weeks of rigorous practice and training with his new team, Bay Area sources reported Friday that all-star center DeMarcus Cousins was still have difficulty adapting to the Golden State Warriors’ pervasive culture of not losing.
“I’ve been in this league for a long time, and every new team requires an adjustment period — this one’s just taking a little longer than usual,” said the four-time NBA All-Star, admitting that the Warriors near-obsession with scoring more points than their opponent was something he simply hadn’t experienced with his previous teams.
“Right now our focus is gradually onboarding Cousins, getting him familiar with just the general concept of not losing,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “We have trainers draw up a box score on a whiteboard— Warriors 109, Visitors 86 — and ask DeMarcus which team he’s on. Everyday he gets closer to fully understanding he’s on the side with the bigger number.”
“The real challenge will come in the post-season, when we’ll have to convince DeMarcus that not only is he winning, but there is still basketball to be played past April.”