Kobe Bryant will return to play for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, and while Derrick Rose has hinted that he might be in good enough shape to contribute to his Chicago Bulls in the playoffs this spring, that’s still a pipe dream at this point.
Both Rose and Bryant have had promotional shoe campaigns based on their long recoveries from both ACL and Achilles tears, taking advantage of a big story, an evocative narrative, and clout of two of the NBA’s biggest stars playing in two of the NBA’s biggest cities. DeMarcus Cousins, though he is a very good player, has no such national recognition – partly because of his up and down start to his NBA career, partially because he’s a pivotman (at his best, at least), and partly because he plays in one of the NBA’s smallest markets.
Bryant was rumored to have pinned Friday’s contest against Cousins’ Sacramento Kings as his return date, which is why DeMarcus was asked about Kobe’s possible comeback after Sacramento’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Jokingly, Cousins decided to shift the attention to his relatively mild ankle sprain and eventual return to the Kings lineup after sitting Tuesday out. Again – AS A JOKE. From Ailene Voisin at the Sacramento Bee:Read More »from DeMarcus Cousins is still explaining why he didn’t take a shot at Derrick Rose, or Kobe Bryant