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Watch DeMarcus Cousins thank Pelicans for warm reception while revealing emotional rollercoaster of past few days

Plus footage of the Alvin Gentry and Dell Demps picking up the two newest Pelicans in Sacramento, as well as Omri Casspi claiming Gentry once promised he’d be his coach someday!

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Benson’s personal plane arrived in Sacramento earlier today on a very important mission: To whisk away DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi back to New Orleans.

Both head coach Alvin Gentry and general manager Dell Demps made the trip out to California to pick up the two newest members of the Pelicans.

Believe it or not but that’s the general manager waving from afar... towards the cameras! Yeah, I guess we’d all be pinch-me happy too if we just landed one of the best players in the league for pennies on the dollar.

Prior to departure though, both players spoke to the local media and had plenty of relevant things to say. Cousins, the much more emotional of the two, spent most of his time relating his emotions of the events that have unfolded over the past two days.

“You know I was shocked when I heard it {the trade news}. It seemed like I was going to wake up from a dream, like it just didn’t seem real. It was shocking, but I’ve had time to kind of think about it a little bit. I still don’t think it’s really hit me yet. That’s how it goes.”

In watching the video, it should clearly be evident just how much he’s going to miss the city of Sacramento, despite the lack of team success sustained during the course of his seven years spent as a King.

“I may not have impacted wins and losses the way I wanted to, but I did in a lot of other ways so I can kind of leave satisfied with that. Just because I leave, it doesn’t mean anything changes. I still got love for this city. I still got love for the fans — that’ll never change. I still consider this place a home. The only thing changing is the name on the front of the jersey.”

When asked if he had spoken to Vlade Divac or anyone else with the Kings, Cousins promptly replied, “No.”

In his very next breath, though, Cousins was then very complimentary of the reception he had received from both Demps and Gentry.

“Oh, they’ve been great. They’ve made this situation a lot more comfortable for me. They actually flew into town to see me and we’re going to fly back together.”

Omri Casspi’s interview was significantly less emotional but not any less interesting.

Did you catch the part where Alvin Gentry had once told Casspi he would be his coach someday?

“It’s funny, me and Alvin talked in the past when he was the coach in Phoenix and assistant in Golden State, ‘I’m going to get you to my team one day.’ And he called me yesterday and said, ‘Hey I told you one day you’d play for me.’”

Casspi would go on to add he’s excited to come to a team that plays at a faster pace, but he was cognizant that things may be different when Anthony Davis and Cousins are going to be on the floor together.