Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins made a comment on Tuesday that prompted some to believe he was taking a subtle jab at injured Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, telling reporters who asked about his ankle injury that he'll be out for the season and will get his own comeback commercial.
Sean Cunningham of KXTV ABC-TV had asked the 23-year-old Cousins if he would play on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers and tweeted his response:
He joked "probably not, think I'll be out rest of the season & I can get a comeback commercial"
Rose returned to the Bulls this season after missing all of last season because of a torn ACL in his left knee suffered in the first round of the 2011-12 playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. His highly publicized rehab over the next year included a series of Adidas commercials. Rose came back this season, only to go down three weeks later with another injury, resulting in a second season-ending surgery, this time for a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Cousins apparently caught wind of the way his comment was perceived and tweeted on Wednesday that he was in no way "taking a shot" at Rose.
Despite being criticized throughout his career for questionable if not controversial behavior, Cousins is having his best season this year in Sacramento. He is currently averaging a career high 21.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks in 30 minutes per game for the 4-12 Kings.