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DeMarcus Cousins described Maloof-era Kings as “an AAU team.”

DeMarcus Cousins

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) celebrates after dunking against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Sacramento. The Kings won 90-88. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

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Wednesday night’s Sacramento Kings home opener wasn’t your standard home opener — it was a celebration of a team and the community that came together and fought to keep them. It was a celebration of all things Sacramento and the new owners there, Vivek Randive and his team.

The game was broadcast locally (without commercials) on News10, and they interviewed DeMarcus Cousins — who had his filter off when asked about he Maloof ownership (via SI’s The Point Forward):

“It felt like an AAU team. Everything [critics] were saying before, I believe it’s true. We were the worst. We weren’t building for the future, we were just living in the moment. That’s why we were that bad. … Honestly, I feel like I wasted time. I hate the fact that it took everything we went through to get to this. I guess you could say it makes that much better.”

What was great about the Kings event was that it looked forward — the focus was on building a new future, from the team on the court to the new building in downtown. While Cousins was Cousins, there were not a lot of looking back and taking shots at the Maloofs (who early on were good owners but mismanaged the business long term).

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Plus, the Kings beat the Nuggets 90-88. Cousins was in beast mode and dropped 30. It was a great night.

Check out the opening ceremony from the Kings’ first game this season.