As I was writing this article about how Team LeBron was going to sweep the floor with Team Steph in the 2018 NBA All-Star game this February, I was discussing just how dominant Team LeBron would be just by sheer size, with LeBron being the most agile freight train you’ve ever seen.
Have you ever seen a freight train jump over a building and dunk a basketball at the same time? Try stopping that.
Then you add seven-foot-three power forward Kristaps Porzingis and the NBA’s #1 center DeMarcus Cousins and golly what a team! — Well it was.
Sadly, as I was writing this, in the closing seconds of what seemed to be a sure Pelicans victory against the Houston Rockets, DeMarcus Cousins went up to rebound his own foul shot and on the way down, ruptured his achilles tendon.
Surely a devastating injury to not just Team LeBron in the All-Star game, but to the Pelicans and “Boogie” himself.
The Pelicans are sitting nicely in sixth place in the western conference, and with the best frontcourt duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans could’ve given any playoff team a run for their money. Unfortunately, with Cousins out and Davis as the only superstar in a stacked Western Conference, things don’t look to great for New Orleans.
It gets worse for Cousins. He wasn’t just looking forward to the NBA All-Star game, but to the playoff run with Davis, and to a max contract this NBA Offseason. According to The New York TImes, the New Orleans Pelicans were preparing to offer Cousins a five-year $175 million dollar contract to stay with Davis and make another jab at that elusive NBA title.
Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder was announced on Sunday to replace injured Cousins on Team LeBron. This will be George’s fifth All-Star selection, and first All-Star selection after moving conferences from East to West.
Now with Team LeBron’s size dwindling slightly, Team Steph could have what it takes to win the All-Star game now that there isn’t a 6’11 269 pound wall in your way.
Cousins was having the best season of his career, averaging 25.2 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 5.4 apg with a PER of 23.
We only hope for the best for Cousins.