Kittens and basketball players don’t have a lot in common. I don’t even think I should have to go into that any further. But at some point in my brain I can become so obsessed with an idea that i start to see it everywhere.
Looking back to 2007, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I had become obsessed with Zach Randolph. All the rumors said that the Blazers were planning to move Randolph in a draft-day deal, and I was completely on-board with the notion. The Mavericks weren’t much removed from their loss in the NBA Finals to Miami, and Randolph had just gotten snubbed the year before from an All-Star game appearance despite averaging 20-10 for the season. A friend was acting as caretaker for the kitten of a co-worker and I couldn’t help but call the little orange feline Zach Randolph all week long leading up to the draft. When draft day came, it was the New York Knicks who ended up with Randolph. With only a blue collar added on, kitten Zach Randolph was Knicks uniform appropriate. It made sense, and was probably about as sound a reasoning as Isaiah Thomas used in some of his other decisions as General Manager.
I’m not planning on naming any animals after DeMarcus Cousins, even though the mercurial Sacramento Kings center has been the topic of much Randolphesque trade discussion after numerous on the court and off the court indiscretions. Cousins also recently switched agents to Dan Fegan, who brought the Dallas Mavericks such hits as the Lamar Odom trade (though Fegan also represented Jason Terry, J.J. Barea and Shawn Marion on the Mavs’ championship squad), in a move that many believe it a precursor to his exit from Sacramento. ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton examined the Mavericks as one of the potential suitors in a Cousins trade (as an extension of the reported notion that Dallas is among Cousins’ preferred destinations) and lays out a potential deal with the Mavericks parting ways with Collison, Beaubois, and Wright in return for Sacramento’s best player.