DeMarcus Cousins is back in Sacramento.
It was before the game, though, when the emotions were high for Cousins, as a video tribute was played and fans gave him a standing ovation.
In the end, Cousins got what every returning King not named Spencer Hawes or Jason Terry receives, and that's an overwhelming ovation when he was introduced as the starting center for the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night at Golden 1 Center.
While the end result was a happy one for Cousins and the Pelicans, it sure didn't start that way.
"My representatives, they told me I shouldn't stay", Cousins said of refusing "an opportunity to leave" when the team hired George Karl in 2015 to coach the team. Boogie delivered in a big way, turning in a monster performance of 41 points, 23 rebounds (eight offensive) and six assists in 44 minutes as New Orleans took home a 114-106 victory. The city and the fans were great to me, and I loved my time here. "The fans were handsome, they were into the game, they let it be well known they hated every shot I made but now I see how other players feel when I used to be on this side, on the other side of the fence".
"There will be a lot of people cheering for him, there will be a lot of people booing him".
"I'm thankful for to have had the years I had in this city". Cousins also made three NBA All-Star appearances for the Kings and won an Olympic gold medal with USA Basketball in 2016. So you get input on that. "I think he really appreciates it", Gentry said. Sacramento managed only 36 second-half points after exploding for 70 in the first half. Cousins had seven points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and six rebounds in the third quarter.
Mike Conley scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies.