USA Today's Sam Amick is reporting the signing that brought DeMarcus Cousins to Golden State was only done after the face of the Warriors franchise, Steph Curry gave his personal "ok."
When the Golden State Warriors signed Boogie Cousins to a one-year contract this NBA offseason, reaction ranged from shock to excitement with both anger and elation the NBA's premiere super team got a little more super. But, it appears the deal wouldn't have happened if Steph Curry hadn't wanted it to.
Curry said to Amick, “I don’t think (adding Cousins in free agency) was on anybody’s radar going into the summer. (Myers) laid out how it happened with DeMarcus’ free agency, and the early stages and what-not, and he was like, ‘Hey if we can sign him would you like to play with him?’ And I said, ‘Obviously, hell yeah. That would be amazing.’”
Who Curry is speaking about when he said the plan was laid out for him was Warrior's general manager Bob Myers. And, even though Curry didn't have his phone on him and Myers had to wait until he could talk to his superstar, it makes sense the team would wait on Curry to give his approval.
In today's NBA, star players on each team have a lot of input as to who they want to play with. LeBron James is essentially running the show alongside Magic Johnson in LA and Curry — the team's long-term star — is the type of player you'd prefer not to upset by making a deal he's not in favor of. While the Warriors will now have potentially five all-stars on the floor at any one time, the ball and the decisions often still go through Curry first.
After LeBron went to LA, Curry figured, “There’s a lot that’s been made about the competition in the West and his eight straight Finals appearances and all that, but that just makes everybody raise the antenna up a little bit – including us.”
The one thing Curry says, LeBron or no LeBron, every team in the Western Conference "still got to beat us.”