Defense is important in basketball. But sometimes, so is saving face.
In a world full of highlights of big dunks and clutch shots, being the poor guy on the other end of a monster slam is embarrassing. It’s a disrespect with a language all its own, and often players decide it’s simply not worth it to get dunked on, especially when defending seems to be a Sisyphean task.
This is often referred to as a “business decision,” but most players rarely admit that they’re taking their foot off the gas on certain plays during a game.
DeMarcus Cousins, however, is not most players. Not only did he make a business decision on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, he admitted as much on Instagram after the game.
Cousins suddenly lost the ability to defend on a monster Dennis Smith Jr. dunk in a loss against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Mavs rookie encountered a passive Cousins in the lane and threw it down with little effort.
The highlight quickly spread around social media on Friday night, with many making the observation that Boogie made a Business Decision on the play. The hoops account House of Highlights did exactly that on Instagram on Friday, and Boogie himself hopped into the comments to confirm that’s exactly what he was thinking.
“Damn right I did,” Cousins said along with a crying laughing emoji. It’s pretty funny that Cousins would admit not trying there, but on a play where two points seems inevitable it makes sense to save yourself and save a bit of face. What matters, anyway, is that Cousins and the Pels got the win on Friday night.