Marcus Cousin was missing something when he started out in jazz
Former jazz beatwriter Ross Siler noted on Twitter Even on Wednesday he was “shocked that Jazz didn’t have Cousin marcusthe jersey is ready tonight. They are generally prepared for all eventualities. “
In addition to being officially listed as an Assistant Athletic Coach / Equipment Manager on the team’s website, Zettler also has to keep players happy by making sure their ankles are taped, that they have clean swimsuits and socks, keeping track of their random accessorieslike the arm sleeve of Soundiata Gaines last season) and – apparently – dealing with what is called a “sock gremlin”.
Knowing all this (especially the scary gremlin sock part), I’m willing to forgive Zettler for not having quite a jersey ready for the D-League call-up Marcus Cousin – his uniform only displayed number zero without any sort of nameplate – when the center 6-foot-11 checked Wednesday night for the final 39.7 seconds of the first half.
After all, the former Austin Toros center didn’t even know he would be playing for Jazz until Tuesday afternoon following a missing practice in New York. Paul Millsap, Andrei Kirilenko, Ronnie Prize, Francisco elson, Kyrylo Fesenko and Mehmet Okur due to various injuries. Cousin arrived in Toronto on Tuesday night and suffered only one shootout with the team, leaving very little time for what it takes to make a custom jersey for a nearly 7-footer.
And, actually, I would rather Cousin just didn’t have a name on the back of his jersey than the mess that involved Mustafa Shakur, another D-League call earlier this season.