The Warriors are DeMarcus Cousins' third NBA team, and the first franchise he's joined that made the playoffs in the season before he got there. In his first training camp with Golden State, the team's culture is readily apparent to the big man.
"It's not even a team, it's an entire organization," Cousins told Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett on the Warriors-Suns broadcast Monday night. "From top to bottom, the way they carry themselves, they've built a winning culture here. Everything is built for success, in my opinion. Like I said, everyone thinks it's just the talent on the floor, but this a machine [that's] well-oiled and well-built, and that's from top to bottom."
The four-time All-Star signed for the mid-level exception with Golden State in July, and will join a lineup featuring four other All-Stars once he returns from a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Cousins was one of five players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game last season, and will give the Warriors a dynamic offensive weapon down low once he's healthy.
In winning three titles in four seasons, that's an element the Warriors haven't really had. What they have had, though, are plenty of technical fouls.
Golden State finished third in the league in techs last season, and Cousins watched as his head coach was hit with a double-technical in Monday night's preseason contest. Cousins, of course, carries a reputation and has picked up double-digit technical fouls in each of his eight NBA seasons, but the big man said Monday he was content to leave that to one man in particular: Draymond Green.
"That would be me," Cousins when asked who would get fewer technical fouls between him and Green. "That would be me. For sure."