DeMarcus Cousins and Joel Embiid met for the first time on an NBA court on Monday night. Cousins won the battle and the game, but Embiid again showed a scary amount of skill and competitiveness. Cousins, 26, had 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in a 102-100 Kings win. Embiid, 22, had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a still-limited 29 minutes. After the game, Cousins complimented Embiid, saying that he liked him and that he had a chance to be the best big man in the NBA – after he retired.
He sure is a lot more fun when he’s winning, isn’t he?
Early in the game the pair got tangled as Embiid was called for a travel. As they ran to the other end of the court the pair traded some enthusiastic butt slaps.
What a rivalry this could become over the next few years. The teams meet again on January 30th in Philadelphia. Assuming the court is dry.