LeBron agrees with Draymond: Cousins is ‘best big man’ in NBA

Posted: 14/01/2017 in NBA, Sports
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LeBron James and Draymond Green may not see eye to eye a lot – being on opposite sides of what feels like an inevitable CavaliersWarriors rematch in the NBA Finals and whatnot – but at the very least, the two All-Star forwards can agree on one thing: their assessment of Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

“It starts with the head of the snake and that’s big Cuz. He’s the best big man in our game,” James said of Boogie Friday afternoon prior to Cleveland’s meeting with the Kings, according to CSN California’s James Ham. “His ability to not only play in the interior, but he handles the ball extremely well, he’s shooting the three, gets his guys involved at times too.

“It’s a big challenge for not only our bigs, for Tristan (Thompson), Kevin (Love), Channing Frye), but for the rest of the team as well.”

This comes days after Green – who socked James below the belt in Game 4 of last year’s Finals, resulting in a suspension – gave Cousins an identical appraisal, saying how he was “hands down” the league’s best big man.

“I think a lot of times people don’t give him that credit,” Green said at the time. “And a part of it is they try to downplay his status because of his reputation or getting technical fouls or things like that. He is the best big man in the game hands down.”

The last time the Cavaliers and Kings squared off was on March 9, 2016 when Cousins scored 29 points and grabbed 11 boards in 36 minutes of action.

Cousins ranks sixth in the Association in scoring (28 points per game), 13th in rebounding (10.1), and 17th in blocks (1.41) while also knocking down 3-pointers at a respectable clip for a man of his size (38.4 percent).


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