DeMarcus Cousins blasts NCAA system after Zion Williamson injury

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Cousins, who spent one season at Kentucky before being selected with the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA draft, said he enjoyed his time in college, but he has a different perspective after almost a decade in the professional basketball.

“I loved my experience in college,” Cousins said. “… But with that being said, just how crooked the whole NCAA business is — I actually saw a post the other day where I think the highest ticket for that UNC-Duke game was $2,500, $3,500. How much does Zion Williamson see? That’s who they’re coming to see, so how much of that is he getting? Actually, who does it go to? How does it benefit any player on that team? But if they were to get $20 and a free meal, they’re this bad kid, they get a bad rep, uncoachable, or thugs, whatever the case may be. So it’s bulls—. It’s been bulls—.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Cousins believes the G League route, over time, will gain more traction with younger players looking for a different route to the NBA.10

“The D League/G League route,” Cousins said, “I think that’s helpful. Obviously, it’s not a popular thing right now, but I think it will grow over time. You’ve seen a couple of young guys in that program already.

“So it was kind of cool what [LaVar] Ball did with his whole little league. I think it’s a cool thing. Obviously he doesn’t have the greatest name and people look at him in a foolish manner, but what he’s doing makes sense. He wants to help these kids. He understands how the college level, he understands how it’s corrupt. He saw what his kid went through. He sees what his other two boys are going through, so I think there’s ways [to fix the system]. Obviously everything with basketball is a trendy thing, so once the ball kind of gets rolling for that, I believe more people will be willing to join it.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was more demure in his thoughts regarding what Williamson’s next step should be.

“I have no comment on what he should do for his future,” James said Thursday. “If he needed any advice, he can find a way to find me, but it is not for you guys, it is not for someone to go sit across the table and say, ‘Well, LeBron said this about this kid.’

“He has to do what is best for him. His family has always been his support system. I just wish great health for the kid, but that’s not my lane to talk about what he should do going forward.”