DeMarcus Cousins dropped 91 points in an exhibition basketball game Saturday in Alabama in front of a crowd of about 2,000.
In a performance that would make his Sacramento Kings’ coach George Karl proud, Cousins poured in nine points shy of the century mark for an exhibition contest to benefit students in the NBA star’s home state.
Even though it was just an exhibition, DeMarcus put on a scoring barrage the likes we haven’t seen in years. Put another way, Cousins scored a three-pointer less than the entire Cleveland Cavaliers team did in their six NBA Final contests this year.
DeMarcus wasn’t the only former University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball standout who exploded on Saturday. Former teammate — and host of the charity game — Eric Bledsoe tried to keep up with Cousins as he scored 85 points in the contest.
The Phoenix Suns point guard held his first “Back-to-School Rally” with 1,000 school-age children attending the event. He and DeMarcus Cousins were able to assist needy children with free school supplies in Birmingham, Alabama, the city where Bledsoe grew up before heading to Kentucky.
While there’s no video of the game available yet, one Instagram post said video of the event does exist.
This isn’t the first time the two stars have faced off in the state of Alabama. In 2009, Cousins and Bledsoe squared off in the Class 5A state championship semi-final game. Bledsoe’s Parker team defeated DeMarcus and his LeFlore High School teammates 53-39.
DeMarcus has had a busy off-season this summer. After dealing with rumors that George Karl wanted to trade the All-Star center, he’s now welcoming a wave of new teammates in former Boston Celtic (and another UK alum) Rajon Rondo.
In addition to Rondo, De<arcus Cousins is also set to see Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos joining the Kings in 2015-2016. As well, Caron Butler, Seth Curry and Quincy Acy will be with the Sacramento Kings to start the season.
Another acquisition by the Kings made headlines as Nancy Lieberman joined the team as an assistant coach, becoming only the second woman to do so in the NBA. Lieberman said that her first interaction with DeMarcus Cousins was a positive one.
“We’re walking into the hotel after the first practice. I had not met DeMarcus (Cousins). And he held the door and I walked in, and he put his arm on my shoulder and said ‘you gonna be with us this year?’ And I said ‘I hope so. You want me to?’ And he said, ‘uh huh. Super.’ “
Finally, this doesn’t appear to be the only charity basketball contest Cousins plans to appear in this off-season. While NBA rules will not permit the organizers from announcing the lineup for the September 13 game featuring University of North Carolina alumni playing against UK alums in Lexington, Kentucky, that didn’t keep DeMarcus from taking to Twitter to say he’s ready to play in the game.
Chances are unlikely he’ll be able to repeat the performance against the UNC alumni.
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