In 2014, DeMarcus Cousins – as an elaborate April Fool’s joke – hilariously feigned releasing an R&B album. His would-be album was set to have Chance the Rapper featured on his debut single “Emotional.” Obviously, the album never materialized, and Cousins eventually revealed that the album was a prank. This time, the album could be for real. Cousins wants something in return, though – a starting spot in the All-Star game. Cousins shared this idea in a radio interview with Sports 1140 KHTK (transcribed by Sports Illustrated’s Kenny Ducey):
“I think I can sing,” Cousins said. “You know what? I got a deal for everybody: If you guys make me a starter in this year’s All-Star game, I will release my R&B album. And it won’t be an April Fool’s joke this time!”
R&B album or not, it’s hard to argue that Cousins doesn’t deserve a starting spot in the All-Star game based on merit. The big man is averaging a career-high 28 points per game to go with 10.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.
Nevertheless, Cousins was not winning the fan vote after the first All-Star voting returns.
Could the promise of this R&B album be enough to push Cousins ahead of Zaza Pachulia?