DeMarcus Cousins spent the entire first half of his career being arguably the best young big man in the NBA. If anyone understands success in the league, high expectations and bold personalities – it’s him.
This week Cousins offered his thoughts on something of a dicey situation: Ja Morant’s continued behavioral issues and how the Memphis Grizzlies have handled them.
Morant, 23, is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the league. Unfortunately, he seemingly can’t stop tripping over himself and getting into trouble. This past week things finally reached a breaking point when he appeared on Instagram Live brandishing a gun after being out clubbing.
Given that Morant was accused of accosting a 17-year-old with a gun just last year, his most recent antics didn’t sit well with anyone.
After a lot of criticism and pushback to his recent drama, Morant abruptly deleted his social media and issued a public statement pledging to do better.
Grizzlies’ Ja Morant releases statement and says he is going to take time away to receive help: pic.twitter.com/5TxS7Qh3kJ
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 4, 2023
As far as Cousins is concerned, though – the Grizzlies could have prevented a lot of this.
“Hope this shows the importance of REAL VETS in the locker room,” he wrote on social media. “No young team should be without multiple veterans on the roster.”
It’s hard to argue with Cousins’ assessment of the situation. Morant has been on a nonstop high since getting into the league. Between being universally acknowledged as a spectacular talent and then off-the-court conquests like taking Drake’s girl, a couple of veterans around to keep the youngster grounded likely would have been beneficial.
Alas, that didn’t end up happening – and now here we are.
The Grizzlies have a big problem on their hands. Morant is a franchise-altering talent. But his immaturity is a real problem. And there is no easy solution in sight.
Cousins has been talked about as a potential pickup for two NBA teams with the playoffs approaching.
Brittany isn’t letting family drama slow down her partying. https://t.co/J9GPdxw4fz
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 5, 2023
Maybe Memphis would be wise to take a look at him as well. He is certainly right about them needing veteran leadership.
Will the Grizzlies be able to get control of Morant before he does irreparable damage both to his own career and their organization? One way or another, an answer will emerge soon enough.