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DerekRE_3
02-18-2012, 03:20 AM
Great article I came across on Cousins, who has had a great season so far but hasn't gotten a lot of attention for it yet. Obviously the whole Lin situation is overshadowing a lot of things right now. It's long but worth the read, especially for those of you who think he's nothing but a headcase.


The glistening black Range Rover with California plates weaves precisely from main road to side road to back road, its headlights illuminating the path cutting through the tall trees covered with long, flowing moss. On a humid early December evening in southern Alabama’s Gulf Coast region, the understated luxury SUV is carefully navigating the streets through a drizzling fog as if the person behind the wheel is driving Miss Daisy rather than a 6-foot-11 man-child who possesses the potential to re-define the center/power forward skill set in the NBA.

Stepping outside the vehicle, 21-year-old DeMarcus Cousins saunters into an empty gymnasium for his final workout, two days before heading to Sacramento for the Kings’ abbreviated training camp and the start of the lockout shortened season.
DeMarcus Cousins plays with an edge—but to most who know him, like Kings coach Keith Smart, he's a fun-loving, sincere young man. (AP Photo)

If you didn’t know him, the serious look on his face and sharp glare of his eyes, accentuated by furrowed eyebrows, would suggest that he’s in a foul mood, irritable, upset and distant. That’s the convenient caricature that’s been painted of him and recycled ad nauseum since his days as an Alabama prep star, his mercurial one-and-done campaign at the University of Kentucky and currently during his second season in the NBA.

It’s a portrait that gained more texture earlier this season when he was suspended for a game after a yelling match with former Sacramento coach Paul Westphal, when Cousins supposedly demanded to be traded.

But if you knew truly knew Cousins, you’d know that looks can be deceiving.

SANCTUARY IN SWEAT

Because here in Alabama, walking into the sanctuary of the gym for an evening workout with his equally massive 18 year-old brother Jaleel, along with his personal trainer and mentor Keith Williams, DeMarcus is the anti-Cousins, the person that never seems to be mentioned in news headlines: laid back, serene, playful, thoughtful, lovable, silly and hilarious.

You see, to comprehend who DeMarcus Cousins is, you have to go to the source and see him in his true element, amongst the people he trusts. You have to peel back the layers of everything you think you know about the young man and take a trip, not only to his Alabama home, but also back in time.

As a member of a large extended family, DeMarcus was a playfully mischievous bundle of energy as a child. Reared in a humble home in a blue collar pocket in the city of Mobile that may have been small in physical dimension, the love and support inside was immeasurable.

“I come from a family of educators,” says Cousins’ mother Monique, a tall, radiant woman with smooth caramel skin who emanates an inner strength that belies her soft, soothing voice. The melodic, comforting tone of her words fall out of her mouth in a syrupy, pronounced southern drawl that make one feel immediately at home.

“My mom was an elementary school teacher and my father was a high school teacher and football coach,” said Monique. “Education was always an important factor in our home. As I raised the kids, when they got a report card, I got a report card. If they weren’t coming up to par, it was always, ‘Well, what are YOU doing and what didn’t YOU do?’

Working as a licensed practical nurse, she constantly re-arranged her work schedule depending on the needs of DeMarcus, his brother and three sisters.

Sometimes, she crammed a forty-hour work week into two days. Others, she worked the day shift so she could be home when the school day ended. When hospital shifts became too regimented, she worked in home health care or picked up assignments in nursing homes that offered more flexibility.

“My biggest thing was to be there through their growth and development,” said Monique. “We were elbow to elbow, through thick and thin. I just tried to be a positive role model, setting goals for them that would lead to a rewarding, productive life.”

“Momma gave up her life for us,” said Jaleel, a 6-foot-11 center at Spanish Fort High School who’s being recruited by Seton Hall, among other D-I schools. “She never hung out, never did anything she might have wanted to do because she was with us. She never had any free time at all, and I don’t remember her getting much sleep.”

“I’m so thankful for my mother,” said DeMarcus. “She put aside so much for us to grow up and have the best life possible.”

FOOTBALL FIRST

In the football-mad state of Alabama, DeMarcus was initially drawn to the gridiron at the age of seven. But Monique grew concerned as the years passed and her son seemingly began to grow taller by the day, his coaches suggesting that he take laxatives, drink excessive amounts of water, diet, exercise and sweat profusely in order to make weight every week.

“He was growing so fast and was all legs,” said Monique. “Football wasn’t a good fit, and I told him, ‘You’ve got to find something else to do.’ He wasn’t happy and told me, ‘There’s nothing else I want to do!’”.

People would approach DeMarcus as he got into middle school, asking if he played hoops. “I play football!” he’d reply. As a 6-foot-4 seventh grader, he kept the book at the scorer’s table for the school basketball team.

Other than messing around on the playground from time to time, the game held no true allure for him. When a recruiter for the Birmingham Storm AAU program spotted him at the age of 14, he assumed the 6-foot-6 Cousins was a senior in high school. When asked if he knew any eighth graders that wanted to play basketball, the next few words he uttered altered his life trajectory considerably: “I’m in the eighth grade.”

When Storm coach Danny Pritchett started working with him, Cousins had a difficult time doing the simplest things on the court. While Pritchett tried to explain the world of AAU hoops to his new find, DeMarcus was far from convinced that he wanted to participate.

“I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t want to leave home,” said DeMarcus. “They said, ‘You’re gonna travel everywhere’, and I was like, ‘Nah, I’m good!’ I was thinking about buses and planes crashing, all kinds of stuff. But I went ahead and played in my first tournament and enjoyed it.”

Cousins began calling Pritchett every day to work out, encouraged by his accelerated learning curve.

“I was becoming better and just grew to love it,” said DeMarcus. “I started to enjoy outplaying other people.”

SOCIAL SKILLS

Outside of the tremendous skill set he was developing with astonishing quickness, Cousins began to thrive socially, developing bonds on long road trips with others outside of his family.

“Playing video games in the hotels, the water fights, knocking on people’s doors and running away, I enjoyed all of that stuff so much and just being around that group of guys,” said DeMarcus. “They became like my second family.”

As a freshman in high school, Cousins announced his arrival on the prep scene with dominating performances, averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists while shooting 70 percent from the field.

“I was playing against seniors and started killing everybody,” said DeMarcus. “My confidence was out the roof, and I felt like nobody could stop me.”

After an equally stunning run through the summer circuit, Cousins completed a remarkable stretch that saw him go from being barely able to make a layup as an eighth grader to being named the top prospect in the country heading into his sophomore year.

“After that 9th grade summer when they ranked him No. 1 in his class, that’s when everything went upside down,” said Monique. “Things became chaotic with people wanting him to leave his AAU team to play with them, people offering shoes and other things, trying to buy him. People said some really crazy, mean things about him.”

When it became apparent that Cousins would stay loyal to the coaches and teammates he started with, and not jump to rival AAU programs or make rushed commitments to shady coaches at other high schools and even some colleges that were promising to take care of him and his family financially, the persistent pressure became overwhelming. People who’d previously smiled at and encouraged him, even some faculty members in his own school, were now increasingly hostile toward him.

“I kept telling everybody that wanted me to play for them, ‘Nah, I’m good with my team,’” said Cousins. “Honestly, I think all of the bad media and negative perceptions of me started from there. Some of the things, I could’ve controlled better, but I was a kid, all of this stuff was new to me. But people were throwing dirt on my name, on Danny Pritchett’s name, and it just got ridiculous.”

ANGER MANAGEMENT

The smoke of his developing negative reputation smoldered into a raging fire when, as a sophomore at Erwin High School in Birmingham, he was involved in a physical altercation with a faculty member on a school bus following a game. Despite his assertions that he was simply defending himself and was not the aggressor, he was suspended for the remainder of the season.

“I don’t care who you are, if a grown man puts his hands on you, you’re either going to defend yourself or get mad and react in some type of way,” DeMarcus said.

During his final two seasons after transferring to LeFlore High School, many opposing coaches encouraged their teams to punish him physically, harping on his reputation as a hot head that would eventually lose his cool.

“When the scouting report says simply, ‘Beat up the kid’, that’s not basketball,” said DeMarcus. “We’re not talking about double or triple teams. So, of course I’m gonna be mad when that stuff happens. Sometimes I handled it well, sometimes I didn’t.”

REP WAS BAD RAP

Despite the constant physical abuse, including having his front teeth knocked out four times, according to Monique, DeMarcus was never ejected from a game while playing for LeFlore, where he earned the prestigious McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American honors. Nor did his new coach see that his soiled reputation was warranted.

“On the court he may be tough, but off the court he’s scared of the dog,” LeFlore coach Otis Hughley told Yahoo Sports’ Jason King in March of 2010. “He’s not a wussy kid, but he’s a sweet kid. I don’t know anyone that’s met him that doesn’t like him.”

Leaving the dark cloud that followed him throughout Alabama, Cousins felt reborn during his one season at the University of Kentucky. Not only did the change of scenery give him a fresh start, he also assumed a new alias.

“I got my nickname from assistant coach Rod Strickland,” said Cousins. “Every day in practice, he’d be saying ‘Boog! Boogie! Ayo Boogie! What up Boogie!’”

“DeMarcus was handling the ball in practice, doing some things I hadn’t seen a big dude do,” said Strickland, a 17-year NBA veteran. “He was doing some guard stuff with the ball. I told him, ‘You’ve got some boogie with you, huh?’ And I just kept calling him Boogie. He’s a unique big dude that has a chance to redefine that center and power forward position. He can do some things that people haven’t seen him do yet.”

In Lexington, Cousins endeared himself to the rabid UK fan base in way that not many others have. During home games at Rupp Arena, the crowd was regularly awash with poster boards touting marriage proposals or boasting how much Kentuckians loved their Cousins.

“Kentucky’s a passionate place where they accept you for who you are,” said DeMarcus. “It felt so good to go up there and be myself. None of the other stuff mattered. I played my heart out for them, for an entire state, and they loved me.”

Cousins and fellow freshmen John Wall and Eric Bledsoe spearheaded the program’s ascension back to the upper echelon of college hoops in John Calipari’s first season at UK, leading the Wildcats to a 35-3 record and an appearance in the Elite Eight.

On the court, Cousins mesmerized with his rare dexterity, hunger, nimbleness, size, strength, soft hands and deft footwork in the paint. Despite playing a little more than 20 minutes per game due to a penchant for accumulating fouls, he averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds for the season, phenomenal numbers when you consider how often he was sitting on the bench.

“DeMarcus is one of the most talented big men I've ever had,” Calipari once said. “He has tremendous ball-handling skills for a player his size. His combination of size and shooting ability should make him tough to defend. He has a mean streak on the court that gives him an edge.”

But when the cameras caught Cousins and Calipari arguing on the bench during games, many took that as continued evidence of the enigmatic player’s attitude problem.

“DeMarcus has an edge and he has to watch that at times, but he’s a great dude,” said Strickland. “Once he respects you, you’re good. He’s a good natured dude who is good at heart. But if he senses you being fake, or not being straight up with him, then you might have a problem.”

HONEST TO A FAULT

What some call an edge might be something as simple as sincerity. You see, DeMarcus Cousins does not have the capacity to beat around the proverbial bush. He doesn’t know anything other than honestly sharing his opinions and emotions, regardless of how others may react.

“DeMarcus is the most truthful person I know,” said Monique. “A person like that is easier to handle, for me, because if you ask him a question, he’s gonna give you an honest opinion, whether you like it or not. But he’s extremely loyal, a die-hard who is true to the cause.”

The cocoon he enjoyed at Kentucky, similar to the nourishing experience on his first AAU team, was shattered when he declared for the draft after his end-of-season meeting with Calipari.

“I remember Cal’s exact words when I walked into his office,” said DeMarcus. “He said, ‘I love ya kid. You’ve had a great year. They’ve got you going top five and this is how it’s gonna be. If you want to feed my family, you stay. If you want to feed yours, leave.’”

CHARACTER QUESTIONS

Throughout the days leading up to the draft, Cousins was again inundated with negative stories about his character, the fight with the staff member at Erwin and his alleged bad attitude, as opposed to his rare talent, tremendous potential and magnificent season at Kentucky.

“It was the same stories all over again, people were questioning if I was going to blow up and be fat like Oliver Miller and all kinds of negative stuff,” said DeMarcus. “It felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. It got to the point where I realized that there was nothing I could do other than let my play speak for itself.”

During one of his initial workouts in preparation for the draft, Williams, his personal trainer, arranged a private session with another of his clients, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s magnificent Kevin Durant. After going through drills, shooting and skill work, Cousins and Durant squared off for a game of one-on-one at the empty Capitol Sports Complex in District Heights, Md.

“Kev crossed him up and scored,” Williams said. “On the next play, DeMarcus crossed KD up and dunked on him.”

Durant looked at Williams with raised eyebrows and said, “I thought you said he was a center.”

“He is! But he has those type of ball skills,” Williams replied.

Cousins’ successful rookie campaign last year, where he averaged 14 points and nine boards, was lost in Sacramento’s abysmal record and the aerial pyrotechnics of Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin. Despite being named to the All-Rookie First Team, scoring 33 points in the rookie-sophomore game during All-Star weekend and showing glimpses of his tantalizing potential at various times, it was a locker room fight with teammate Donte Green that seemed to define his season.

More people talked about the fight than they did the night he scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds against the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard.

“Yes, I had a fight in the locker room,” DeMarcus conceded. “It happens in this type of workplace when people are very competitive, when they’re competing to win and hate losing. It’s a part of sports. I’m gonna make some mistakes, and I’m gonna make some strides. But I know at the end of it, I’m going to figure it all out.”

What bothered Cousins most was the new label being associated with him: Thug.

“I’ve been around thugs growing up and I’m no thug,” said Cousins. “That bothers me. Because I play with an attitude? I get mad when I make a bad play or when a play doesn’t go the way I want it to. And at the same time, I’m the happiest person on the floor when something goes well for my team. But they never show that perspective.”

COMPASSION FOR KIDS

Another perspective that’s rarely shown is the compassion he has for people in general, and children in particular.

“To know who DeMarcus really is, all you have to do is see him around kids,” said Strickland. “He is great with them, and he’s a natural.”

When Tuscaloosa was ravaged by a vicious tornado in late April, Cousins showed up to lend a hand for disaster relief.

“Through it all, I love Alabama and I felt like it was my responsibility to go and help,” said DeMarcus.

Touring destroyed neighborhoods and talking to people at a Red Cross shelter, he was personally hurt by the devastation and struck by the sadness of one boy who refused to get up from his cot to play with a group of kids.

“I went to talk to him and he had this blank stare on his face,” said DeMarcus. “At his young age, he looked like an adult, like he knew how messed up things were and how his life wouldn’t be the same. I think about him now and believe he’s going to be something really special one day.”

The real DeMarcus Cousins is the one at home, lounging on the couch, joking with his family in the home he bought for them in Southern Alabama. The old house in Mobile was small enough to fit into the new home's family room in the basement.

Yet, the new place is conservative, not ostentatious or anything one might think a 21-year-old millionaire might splurge on. There’s no posse of hangers on, no diamond necklaces or fleet of luxury cars, just DeMarcus wearing shorts, a tee shirt and flip flops. He smiles easily while talking and laughing with his mother as they watch a TV replay of Reggie Miller’s Indiana Pacers taking on Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal’s Orlando Magic.

“Money has never been a big issue for us,” said DeMarcus. “I came up with nothing. I’m in my second year in the NBA, and I still have one car. That’s just the way I was raised. I know that all of this is temporary. So you have to take advantage of the opportunities and save your money because it doesn’t last long. I have money now, but I’m still cheap,” he laughs.

But there is one thing that he’s adamant about splurging on.

“I’ll do anything for my mother because she put all of her goals aside for us,” DeMarcus said. “And I’ll try to give her the world. Anything she wants, she can have.”

“I was always working, whether it was fast food or other jobs while I was studying or working as a nurse for 18 years,” said Monique. “I was working up until the day he got drafted when he came up to me and said, ‘Mom, you need to stop working now. It’s time for you to get some rest and have some fun.’”

When asked to talk about his first-year highlights, he searches for the answer during a prolonged silence.

“The Rookie game or the 29 points against Orlando, those weren’t highlights to me,” said DeMarcus. “Through all of my mistakes, I know what I’m capable of. I know there’s nobody in the world that can stop me. My whole thing is, I just have to put it all together. And when that happens, it’s gonna be a scary sight. The real highlight for me is gonna be when the world realizes it.”

Back in the gym, a day before packing his bags to head back to Sacramento, DeMarcus the comedian is in rare form. Save for the sound of bouncing balls echoing through the empty gym and the rhythmic chirping of texts coming through the iPhones resting on the bleachers, the defining sound of the evening is genuine laughter.

He playfully teases Jaleel while snickering, “Stop shooting all those air balls!”

“Man, I can’t shoot with this ball,” Jaleel says.

“Man, you can’t shoot with no ball!” DeMarcus responds with a sinister smile.

The brothers begin wrestling under the basket and fall to the floor as Jaleel begins giggling. DeMarcus has him pinned against the wall, tickling him.

Walking out of the gym toward the Range Rover, DeMarcus has an extra pep in his step.

“C’mon man,” he tells Jaleel. “I got a date tonight. A date-date-date-date-date!” The words fly out with the rapidity of machine gun fire.

“The twin towers, people don’t know about them when they’re together,” Monique said. “There is laughter in the house all the time, to the point where you have to tell them to shut up. And they still won’t stop! And it’s gotten worse over the years.”

NO DEAL

Cousins insists that he never demanded to be traded from Sacramento, as Westphal had claimed

“Paul Westphal did a great job of portraying me as the bad guy,” DeMarcus says. “My words were definitely twisted up.”

After he suspended Cousins for one game, management decided to part ways with Westphal, whom many felt had lost the respect of the young players in the Kings locker room.

Cousins’ performance has improved significantly under new coach Keith Smart. In the six games this season before Westphal was fired, Cousins averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. In the 23 games since the coaching change, he’s averaging 17.3 points and 12.0 rebounds.

He’s proven impervious to the dreaded sophomore slump, increasing his production in almost every major offensive and defensive category this season. And he’s only beginning to scratch the surface.

“Keith Smart is a bright young coach who can relate to all of us better,” said DeMarcus. “Sacramento is where I want to be. These are hard days right now, the losing eats at me but we have a lot of talented young guys. We’re going to continue to work together and things are going to get better. Once we get it, we’re going to be a scary team to face for many years to come.”

Back at home after their workout, Jaleel and DeMarcus crack jokes while ringing the bell, looking through the front window at their mom sitting on the couch. At first glance, she’s sitting up, but when you look closer, she’s sleeping, catching a nap.

As the door opens, DeMarcus scurries through the vestibule and disappears downstairs. “I got a date. A date-date-date-date-date,” his voice trails off.

It’s a reminder that he’s still a young kid who should only be a junior in college and happier at home than anyplace in the world, a kid who loves to compete, who burns to be the best at what he does. He’s inspired to prove everybody wrong, especially the people who call him a thug, a knucklehead or a head case.

“It eats me up to hear all of the negativity,” said DeMarcus. “My motivation is to prove all the haters wrong and when that happens, the All-Star games, the All-League honors, all of that stuff is going to come. And at the end of the day, I’m gonna ask all those people who did all those negative stories about me, ‘What do you have to say now?’”

“DeMarcus is still learning and he’s got a long way to go,” said Strickland. “But once he gets it, it’s over! He’s young. Once he matures, once his game matures, he’s gonna be a problem for other teams every single night. He’s already a problem, but he’s gonna be a real problem once it all comes together.”

Source: Sporting News (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2012-02-17/demarcus-cousins-peeling-back-the-layers-kings-big-man-is-laid-back-and-loveable)

Jenceman
02-18-2012, 03:32 AM
Still needs to pick up his shooting percentage and cut down on the TOs. Hopefully in time that'll happen.

sunsfan88
02-18-2012, 03:37 AM
Who the hell is gonna read that 10 page novel? I think even some SAC fans would pass on that.

Kings Faithful
02-18-2012, 03:50 AM
Still needs to pick up his shooting percentage and cut down on the TOs. Hopefully in time that'll happen.

His shooting % and TO rate have both improved since Westphal was canned. Cousins is a beast...

ugafan
02-18-2012, 03:51 AM
Who the hell is gonna read that 10 page novel? I think even some SAC fans would pass on that.

I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Evolution23
02-18-2012, 03:55 AM
He's still has an attitude problem that needs adjustment. His teammates seem to hate him.

Sadds The Gr8
02-18-2012, 03:57 AM
I tried reading all of it and gave up in the middle of the Sanctuary sweat chapter. And why do they describe his mom like she's a hooker?

JLynn943
02-18-2012, 04:11 AM
Who the hell is gonna read that 10 page novel? I think even some SAC fans would pass on that.

I read it :) It was very good. It will be tough to break the labels already put on him though. He could be fine for months and then do one wrong thing and everyone will jump on him for his immaturity and "attitude problems."


He's still has an attitude problem that needs adjustment. His teammates seem to hate him.

:confused: Why do you say that? I've never seen anything beyond his argument with Donte Greene that would lead me to think that

Kings Faithful
02-18-2012, 04:15 AM
He's still has an attitude problem that needs adjustment. His teammates seem to hate him.

Really? I mean he still makes scowly faces at refs sometimes but for the most part his attitude since westphals departure has been good... The notion that his teammates hate him is ridiculous.

The_Jamal
02-18-2012, 04:38 AM
Yet another great story going unnoticed because he plays for a small market team. DeMarcus would be hailed as the next great big man of our generation if he played in LA or NY

latinofire21
02-18-2012, 05:54 AM
I am not a fan of Demarcus Cousins. He is putting up numbers on a young team and hes a ball hog. Between him and Tyreke I am surprised the other guys even touch the ball.

He doesnt seem like a good locker room guy, and hes a headcase. Regardless of the coaching switch he still has a bad attitude and seems like a downer around his teammates. In the game I watched vs the Knicks I saw him force a lot of shots like he was in competition with his own team on who is the number 1 option for the team. He plays very selfish and looks like a stat filler guy.

He really reminds me of a young Zach Randolph and we all know how long it took Zach to play some team ball. I dont think there really is a story to tell with this guy and I dont think Lin is overhadowing him. There are a lot of better stories out there then a headcase ball hogging talent on one of the owrst teams in the league.

Vincent
02-18-2012, 06:13 AM
I love Cousins talent, but hate his decision making (on the court).

I really hope he puts it together. The Westphal thing really wasn't his fault, even though the national media is trying to make it out like that.

Just don't want another Derrick Coleman

ZebraCity916
02-18-2012, 07:37 AM
I am not a fan of Demarcus Cousins. He is putting up numbers on a young team and hes a ball hog. Between him and Tyreke I am surprised the other guys even touch the ball.

He doesnt seem like a good locker room guy, and hes a headcase. Regardless of the coaching switch he still has a bad attitude and seems like a downer around his teammates. In the game I watched vs the Knicks I saw him force a lot of shots like he was in competition with his own team on who is the number 1 option for the team. He plays very selfish and looks like a stat filler guy.

He really reminds me of a young Zach Randolph and we all know how long it took Zach to play some team ball. I dont think there really is a story to tell with this guy and I dont think Lin is overhadowing him. There are a lot of better stories out there then a headcase ball hogging talent on one of the owrst teams in the league.

You just don't like Cousins cause everything you say is completely off. He's not a ball hog, he's the Kings best player. The 1st option. And what makes him a headcase??

The only thing you said that was accurate was that he's a talent.

SaimuKala
02-18-2012, 08:09 AM
He can be a 20 12 2 guy easily.

boogie-reke
02-18-2012, 10:24 AM
I am not a fan of Demarcus Cousins. He is putting up numbers on a young team and hes a ball hog. Between him and Tyreke I am surprised the other guys even touch the ball.

He doesnt seem like a good locker room guy, and hes a headcase. Regardless of the coaching switch he still has a bad attitude and seems like a downer around his teammates. In the game I watched vs the Knicks I saw him force a lot of shots like he was in competition with his own team on who is the number 1 option for the team. He plays very selfish and looks like a stat filler guy.

He really reminds me of a young Zach Randolph and we all know how long it took Zach to play some team ball. I dont think there really is a story to tell with this guy and I dont think Lin is overhadowing him. There are a lot of better stories out there then a headcase ball hogging talent on one of the owrst teams in the league.


This is basically you :


If you didn’t know him, the serious look on his face and sharp glare of his eyes, accentuated by furrowed eyebrows, would suggest that he’s in a foul mood, irritable, upset and distant. That’s the convenient caricature that’s been painted of him and recycled ad nauseum since his days as an Alabama prep star, his mercurial one-and-done campaign at the University of Kentucky and currently during his second season in the NBA.

It’s a portrait that gained more texture earlier this season when he was suspended for a game after a yelling match with former Sacramento coach Paul Westphal, when Cousins supposedly demanded to be traded.

But if you knew truly knew Cousins, you’d know that looks can be deceiving.


He can make that impression on people who watch him only a few times a year mostly when he plays against thier team so I can't blaim you - it's just who he is and likes to be on the court and it gives him that edge he needs in his game.. but he's nothing like that overall.

DerekRE_3
02-18-2012, 01:11 PM
I tried reading all of it and gave up in the middle of the Sanctuary sweat chapter. And why do they describe his mom like she's a hooker?

I agree that graf was a bit (a lot) much, but if you get past it it's a great article.

DerekRE_3
02-18-2012, 01:23 PM
He's still has an attitude problem that needs adjustment. His teammates seem to hate him.

I wonder how many times you've seen him play this season. His body language on the court is 100% better since Keith Smart took over. The biggest thing for him is having a coach who he respects and trusts. He has that in Smart, and he didn't have that with Westphal. I don't think very many of the Kings players respected him.


I am not a fan of Demarcus Cousins. He is putting up numbers on a young team and hes a ball hog. Between him and Tyreke I am surprised the other guys even touch the ball.

He doesnt seem like a good locker room guy, and hes a headcase. Regardless of the coaching switch he still has a bad attitude and seems like a downer around his teammates. In the game I watched vs the Knicks I saw him force a lot of shots like he was in competition with his own team on who is the number 1 option for the team. He plays very selfish and looks like a stat filler guy.

He really reminds me of a young Zach Randolph and we all know how long it took Zach to play some team ball. I dont think there really is a story to tell with this guy and I dont think Lin is overhadowing him. There are a lot of better stories out there then a headcase ball hogging talent on one of the owrst teams in the league.

Cousins is a willing passer. His assists are down this year but he can really pass the ball. The problem is so many times the Kings use him as a "bail out guy." Their offense has stretches where the ball movement stops and they just throw it to DeMarcus without much time on the clock and watch. He'll look for cutters but they aren't open often. Then he's forced to put something up before they get a shot clock violation. That's another reason why his field goal percentage isn't the best, but not the only reason. His shot selection still needs to get better.

Cousins Passing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krxpXJkTqkI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqrlCEjJs7Y

If you want to watch more there are 3 15 minute vidoes of Cousins passing highlights from last year on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9LBJ14cOh8&feature=related

I understand the Randolph comparison, but Cousins ceiling is higher than that. He has more length at 6'11 with a 7'5 wingspan, he's already a better passer, he's a better rebounder, and he should be a better defender when it's all said and done. Obviously Randolph is better offensively, but Cousins is just getting started.

What's really scary about Cousins right now is he is shooting 48% from 16-23 feet this year. Combine that with his post game, and you have a deadly big man on offense.

Beltrans Mole
02-18-2012, 01:33 PM
Cousins needs to grow up....he's still way too immature to be considered an elite player. I watched the entire Knicks/Kings game and every time something went wrong, he made this stupid face and acted like a frustrated child. I know it was only one game but I've watched him more than once and have seen it before. He has talent but that's not all it takes, otherwise there'd be a lot of amazing players.

SFGiants4life
02-18-2012, 01:34 PM
tl;dr

but the dude is a beast and is showing that his last 10 games or so

boogie-reke
02-18-2012, 01:42 PM
He's been averaging 20.2 points, 12.4 rebs, 1.1 ast, 1.3 stl, 1 block, 2.8 TOs on 46% shooting the last 10 games in 30mpg.

His per 36 numbers looks pretty much the same, crazy for a 21 year old kid(actually I read somewhere in an article that it's not only crazy but historic numbers aswell for his age) :

20.1 pts, 14 rebs, 1.2 ast, 1.4 stl, 1.5 blocks on 45% shooting, with 3.3 TOs.


Obviously has his downside with the TOs and FG%, but the kid is progressing across the board from what he was last year including in those 2 areas - and when we compare what he played like under Westfail and how he responded and plays like under Smart the diffrences are night and day.

His consistency this year has been very impressive. although we don't run our offence through him like last year when he'd pick the cutters and create for others alot more (after all-star break he had close to 4 assists per game till the end of the season) - he still finds a way to dominate and be a constant double double even when he plays bad, and he's among the league leaders in double doubles too.

His midrange game really opened up his game alot more, and he improoves with his FG% aswell slowly but surely - for the month of January he was shooting 48% for example... he has been shooting for most of the season a ridiculously low % below the rim on missed tipins etc and thats something that is slowly being balanced and will dramatically improove his overall FG% once it does... he also needs to come up stronger under the rim and look for the contact to send him to the line and not try some fancy move to avoid it.

But even without that he's getting to the line in a fantastic rate for his age which is a major major indication for a star player imo (5.6 per game, 6.8 per 36) - and he only has more and more room to grow and improove on that aspect aswell - He's currently 12th in the league in getting to the line, 5th among bigmen after Dwight, Love, Griffin and Tyson Chandler - and in per 36 he's 3rd only behind Dwight and Love.

He's just turning into a star player slowly but surely in front of our eyes, and it's just a beautiful thing to watch.

cbreezy34
02-18-2012, 01:43 PM
DeMarcus Cousins is a bad teammate, does have attitude problems, this story is just an excuse maker for his bad behavior (which he does display).





If you didn’t know him, the serious look on his face and sharp glare of his eyes, accentuated by furrowed eyebrows, would suggest that he’s in a foul mood, irritable, upset and distant. That’s the convenient caricature that’s been painted of him and recycled ad nauseum since his days as an Alabama prep star, his mercurial one-and-done campaign at the University of Kentucky and currently during his second season in the NBA.

It’s a portrait that gained more texture earlier this season when he was suspended for a game after a yelling match with former Sacramento coach Paul Westphal, when Cousins supposedly demanded to be traded.

But if you knew truly knew Cousins, you’d know that looks can be deceiving.




- This paragraph if you actually read it is incredibly vague... theirs no proof or anything just abritrary and ambigous word choice that anyone can write to make someone look good. The dude has issues period point blank the homers need to get off this thread.

Gritz
02-18-2012, 01:43 PM
My short intention span kicked in at quote

latinofire21
02-18-2012, 02:07 PM
You just don't like Cousins cause everything you say is completely off. He's not a ball hog, he's the Kings best player. The 1st option. And what makes him a headcase??

The only thing you said that was accurate was that he's a talent.

We all have our homer goggles on every now and then. If hes not a ballhog then Jeremy Lin is a top 5 point guard in the nba. DC is a blackhole on offense. He forces up way too many shots and he doesnt facilitate in the slightest. The kid is Zach Randolph 2.0. The Kings will never win with this kid a part of the team.

latinofire21
02-18-2012, 02:16 PM
He's been averaging 20.2 points, 12.4 rebs, 1.1 ast, 1.3 stl, 1 block, 2.8 TOs on 46% shooting the last 10 games in 30mpg.

His per 36 numbers looks pretty much the same, crazy for a 21 year old kid(actually I read somewhere in an article that it's not only crazy but historic numbers aswell for his age) :

20.1 pts, 14 rebs, 1.2 ast, 1.4 stl, 1.5 blocks on 45% shooting, with 3.3 TOs.


Obviously has his downside with the TOs and FG%, but the kid is progressing across the board from what he was last year including in those 2 areas - and when we compare what he played like under Westfail and how he responded and plays like under Smart the diffrences are night and day.

His consistency this year has been very impressive. although we don't run our offence through him like last year when he'd pick the cutters and create for others alot more (after all-star break he had over 4 assists per game till the end of the season) - he still finds a way to dominate and be a constant double double even when he plays bad, and he's among the league leaders in double doubles too.

His midrange game really opened up his game alot more, and he improoves with his FG% aswell slowly but surely - for the month of January he was shooting 48% for example... he has been shooting for most of the season a ridiculously low % below the rim on missed tipins etc and thats something that is slowly being balanced and will dramatically improove his overall FG% once it does... he also needs to come up stronger under the rim and look for the contact to send him to the line and not try some fancy move to avoid it.

But even without that he's getting to the line in a fantastic rate for his age which is a major major indication for a star player imo (5.6 per game, 6.8 per 36) - and he only has more and more room to grow and improove on that aspect aswell - He's currently 12th in the league in getting to the line, 5th among bigmen after Dwight, Love, Griffin and Tyson Chandler - and in per 36 he's 3rd only behind Dwight and Love.

He's just turning into a star player slowly but surely in front of our eyes, and it's just a beautiful thing to watch.


Sounds a lot like David Lee 2.0. He averaged great numbers on a losing team. You see how Davids game has translated in the NBA? Great numbers on all the teams hes played for but losing mentality. When your team sucks you can put up big numbers.

I actually like watching the Kings. There are a couple players I like on that team. DC isnt one of them. They are young and need time to learn but this team is in desperate need of a locker room leader and veteran leadership. My Knicks were a lot like your kings a couple years ago. Lots of talent and no leadership. Once you get that situated this King team will be a very lethal team.

boogie-reke
02-18-2012, 02:20 PM
We all have our homer goggles on every now and then. If hes not a ballhog then Jeremy Lin is a top 5 point guard in the nba. DC is a blackhole on offense. He forces up way too many shots and he doesnt facilitate in the slightest. The kid is Zach Randolph 2.0. The Kings will never win with this kid a part of the team.

If he's such a ballhog and black-hole, please elighten us all and tell us how he managed to average 3.8 assists in 30 games after the All-Star break last year - or average 2.8 assists in general for the whole season?

He's just not being used to showcase his passing and not being asked to pass this season - thats all there is to it. you do what your coachs tell you, and Demarucs is being asked to score points and take shots, if its by set plays of to bail out the team when the shotblock is about to expire the original play is broken.

boogie-reke
02-18-2012, 02:29 PM
Sounds a lot like David Lee 2.0. He averaged great numbers on a losing team. You see how Davids game has translated in the NBA? Great numbers on all the teams hes played for but losing mentality. When your team sucks you can put up big numbers.

I actually like watching the Kings. There are a couple players I like on that team. DC isnt one of them. They are young and need time to learn but this team is in desperate need of a locker room leader and veteran leadership. My Knicks were a lot like your kings a couple years ago. Lots of talent and no leadership. Once you get that situated this King team will be a very lethal team.

David Lee was a senior, and by the time he got to numbers that come close to Demarcus right now he was around his 4th year in the league... so that makes him what, 24-25 years old?

Demarcus is a 21 years of age kid, playing the first half of his 2nd year in the league after being a freshman in college - and looks on track to only improove his current numbers as the season goes on as his number just climb up across the board if it's from his rookie year or as time goes on in his 2nd year.

He's shown the ability to impose himself and dominate games (although in flashes, with the consistency as I said rapidly improoving this year) in ways that David Lee never was and never will be able to do - with all due respect to him as a fantastic player ofcourse.

The_Jamal
02-18-2012, 02:32 PM
I am not a fan of Demarcus Cousins. He is putting up numbers on a young team and hes a ball hog. Between him and Tyreke I am surprised the other guys even touch the ball.

He doesnt seem like a good locker room guy, and hes a headcase. Regardless of the coaching switch he still has a bad attitude and seems like a downer around his teammates. In the game I watched vs the Knicks I saw him force a lot of shots like he was in competition with his own team on who is the number 1 option for the team. He plays very selfish and looks like a stat filler guy.

He really reminds me of a young Zach Randolph and we all know how long it took Zach to play some team ball. I dont think there really is a story to tell with this guy and I dont think Lin is overhadowing him. There are a lot of better stories out there then a headcase ball hogging talent on one of the owrst teams in the league.

:laugh:

what a joke. You really don't know anything about Cousins and his situation so it's probably not a good idea to act like you do. Virtually everything you just commented on is wrong

boogie-reke
02-18-2012, 02:35 PM
latinofire21 You should watch these btw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UchOvUMm7oo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9LBJ14cOh8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqLQXpHkEkI

Rockice_8
02-18-2012, 02:39 PM
I still think he's way overrated. Still young and has a long way to go before he is what he is. Currently I wouldn't even have him in my top 5 centers. The potential is there for sure though.

That Fg% is atrocious for a big man.

GiantsSwaGG
02-18-2012, 02:45 PM
He's still a Thug!

smith&wesson
02-18-2012, 08:14 PM
Good read.

and yes Cousins is a beast...

kingsdelez24
02-19-2012, 03:46 AM
You've watched 2 kings games in the past 5 years... why do you think your opinion is relevant?

kingsdelez24
02-19-2012, 03:49 AM
I would troll the raptors forum all the time.. but I will refrain from that if jonas either doesn't get bought out, or becomes a HUGE bust

latinofire21
02-19-2012, 05:28 AM
If he's such a ballhog and black-hole, please elighten us all and tell us how he managed to average 3.8 assists in 30 games after the All-Star break last year - or average 2.8 assists in general for the whole season?

He's just not being used to showcase his passing and not being asked to pass this season - thats all there is to it. you do what your coachs tell you, and Demarucs is being asked to score points and take shots, if its by set plays of to bail out the team when the shotblock is about to expire the original play is broken.

His assists are down from last season and hes taking more shots. Regardless of the excuse whether its the coach or the team not playing well the ball is in his hands and hes missing those shots. I agree all his other stats have gone up but could that be because like you said they are giving him more time this year and an aseertive role on this team.

This kings team is a couple years away from doing anything competitive wise. I still feel that Demarcus Cousins is a Zach Randolph in the making. He definitely needs a strong minded coach and Sacramento needs to get away from hiring these no name coaches that he can step all over. I dont get to see many Sacramento Kings games but the end result is pretty repetitive. If they were winning games with this recipe then you would have something to talk about but they arent.

I also have said its not all Demarcus Cousins fault. I gave some blame to Tyreke Evans as well. Tyreke is supposed to be the Point Guard but he is always looking to score. I feel bad for Thornton because hes my favorite player on that team and he cant shine because DC and Tyreke just hog the ball the whole game.

When your on a team playing with no playoff aspirations your clearly just trying to showcase yourself. Thats what this Kings team is going through. Its a bunch of me first players. Get a strong coach in there and watch the change. I guarantee you if you got a guy like Coach Skiles in there they would be playing much better ball.

ZebraCity916
02-19-2012, 05:37 AM
We all have our homer goggles on every now and then. If hes not a ballhog then Jeremy Lin is a top 5 point guard in the nba. DC is a blackhole on offense. He forces up way too many shots and he doesnt facilitate in the slightest. The kid is Zach Randolph 2.0. The Kings will never win with this kid a part of the team.

You can't be a ball hog when you're the 1st option. There's no one else on the Kings that is as effective as him on offense. Therefore, the Kings go to him as much as possible.

When the Lakers were complete crap, they went to Kobe as much as possible. You can't be a ball hog when you're the only guy on the court that can get things done.

Also, Cousins is a willing passer. How many games have you watched of him this season?? It can't be more than 2 cause you honestly do t know what you're talking about.

And the Kings will win with Cousins on the team. He's the only reason we've won most of our games this season. Have you seen the numbers he's putting up?!

latinofire21
02-19-2012, 05:46 AM
You can't be a ball hog when you're the 1st option. There's no one else on the Kings that is as effective as him on offense. Therefore, the Kings go to him as much as possible.

When the Lakers were complete crap, they went to Kobe as much as possible. You can't be a ball hog when you're the only guy on the court that can get things done.

Also, Cousins is a willing passer. How many games have you watched of him this season?? It can't be more than 2 cause you honestly do t know what you're talking about.

And the Kings will win with Cousins on the team. He's the only reason we've won most of our games this season. Have you seen the numbers he's putting up?!


This is what I saw during the Knicks Sac game. He is the first option like you said but Tyreke comes up and just shoots the ball. When Demarcus gets the ball he just launches even if the shot is heavily contested.

Your shooting guard Thornton is an incredible player but he cant get into the flow of the game because of how ball heavy Cousins and Tyreke are. There is a lot of young talent on that Sac team so to say that they cant put the ball in the basket is a bit ridiculous. Garcia is a sharp shooter, Thornton is a sharp shooter, Fredette is a sharp shooter, not sure about Salmons anymore, and Thompson has a nice close to the basket game.

They need to get their team involved and that assist statistic clearly depicts whats going on in that team. No ball movement because there are two ball hogs taking the ball over. I think you would do far better trading one of them to be completely honest.

If you have all your chips in on Cousins you need to ship Tyreke for a pass first point guard and some extra pieces to make it work with Cousins. Not sure how high Tyrekes value is these days but it cant be as high as it was his rookie year.

We all have our opinions and thats mine on the guy. To each his own right?

ZebraCity916
02-19-2012, 05:57 AM
This is what I saw during the Knicks Sac game. He is the first option like you said but Tyreke comes up and just shoots the ball. When Demarcus gets the ball he just launches even if the shot is heavily contested.

Your shooting guard Thornton is an incredible player but he cant get into the flow of the game because of how ball heavy Cousins and Tyreke are. There is a lot of young talent on that Sac team so to say that they cant put the ball in the basket is a bit ridiculous. Garcia is a sharp shooter, Thornton is a sharp shooter, Fredette is a sharp shooter, not sure about Salmons anymore, and Thompson has a nice close to the basket game.

They need to get their team involved and that assist statistic clearly depicts whats going on in that team. No ball movement because there are two ball hogs taking the ball over. I think you would do far better trading one of them to be completely honest.

If you have all your chips in on Cousins you need to ship Tyreke for a pass first point guard and some extra pieces to make it work with Cousins. Not sure how high Tyrekes value is these days but it cant be as high as it was his rookie year.

We all have our opinions and thats mine on the guy. To each his own right?

I read,"This is what I saw during the Kincks Sac game" and I stopped reading. You're basing your analogy on a bad game by not only Cousins, but the whole team?? Knicks won by 15. How are you going base anything off that game??

GoferKing_
02-19-2012, 06:59 AM
Evolution23 and latinofire21 - how many Kings games have you watched?

Gram
02-19-2012, 10:46 AM
Tl;dr. And because Derek made it so another ;dr. ;)

latinofire21
02-19-2012, 12:09 PM
Evolution23 and latinofire21 - how many Kings games have you watched?

I have watched the Kings any opportunity I could get and got to see them a couple more times when Time Warner had MSG blocked out for the first half of the season. Admittedly I did flip the channel because the game wasnt competitive. I gave the example of the Knicks Sav game but clearly it wasnt just that game that this trend has happened in.

Not everyone is going to agree that Demarcus Cousins is this great sensation. Thats what you risk putting up a thread like this in the NBA forum. A lot of hostility for a persons opinion lol. You think hes Larry Legend and I think hes Zach Randolph.

DerekRE_3
02-19-2012, 01:25 PM
Sorted the rebound rates by players who play more than 20 minutes per game

-Offensive rebound rate: 15.3 - 3rd in the NBA
-Defensive rebound rate: 27.1 - 6th in the NBA
-3rd in double doubles with 20
-PER: 21.55 (up from 14.61 his rookie season)
-Win shares: 8.84. He had 5.25 last year in 81 games, he already has more in 29 games this season.
-Average net of +6 this season. The Kings are better when he is on the floor.
-The top 20 5-man units for the Kings (the most 82games.com will list) all have DeMarcus Cousins in it.
-He's shooting 47% on shots from 16-23 feet. People forget he has good touch from the outside.

He's figuring it out. People said he was going to balloon to 300+ pounds because of the lockout. He lost 15 pounds. His attitude gets better and better on the court. He just wants to win. He's a passionate player, and if things don't go right he's going to show it.

It also doesn't help that that's all the cameras and people focus on when he plays. Blake Griffin has as many technicals as Cousins does this season. Dwight Howard has 3 more, Kendrick Perkins has 4 more.

So he makes a "pissed off look" when he makes a bad play? So what? I'd rather see some passion than see a robot on the court. A 21 year old kid needs to mature. What a shock. Some people may not see it, but the maturation is happening right now.

Hustla23
02-19-2012, 01:32 PM
Cousins is a funny dude. I honestly don't see all the attitude problems that people keep talking about. He's a young guy. He's gonna be a little emotional.

His upside is ridiculous and it seems like he's starting to put it together. Go Demarcus Go!

PleaseBeNice
02-19-2012, 03:18 PM
There is no convincing any of these people who continually bash and doubt Cousins. Most of their "proof" is based of 2-3 games of his entire career, that is absurd to come to a conclusion that way. But hey, like DeMarcus said, the haters motivate him. Logic doesnt seem to work with you doubters. You'll see when he drops 30/18/5 on you. But when he does that, you'll probably find a scapegoat

AddiX
02-19-2012, 07:14 PM
He has talent, but he has the brain of a infant ******, I wouldn't want him on my team, thats for damn sure.

The_Jamal
02-19-2012, 08:01 PM
He has talent, but he has the brain of a infant ******, I wouldn't want him on my team, thats for damn sure.

Agreed, who the hell would want a 21 yr old center who's putting up 17-12 a game?

DerekRE_3
02-19-2012, 09:52 PM
He has talent, but he has the brain of a infant ******, I wouldn't want him on my team, thats for damn sure.

Good, you don't deserve to Boogie.

Iodine
02-19-2012, 09:57 PM
I had no idea DeMarcus Cousins has done so much to offend people on a personal level on this site.

With that being said I really like how he has been playing under Smart

DerekRE_3
02-20-2012, 01:55 AM
Haha really? Guess it doesn't surprise me. That mod is a nazi.

KnicksorBust
02-20-2012, 02:05 AM
The only team in the NBA I can't figure out is the Kings. I think Cousins has big-time potential, and I used to think Evans had big-time potential. They are terrible. There's no way I'm right about both and the team is this bad. I'd love for a Kings fan to help straighten me out.

Kings Faithful
02-20-2012, 02:14 AM
The only team in the NBA I can't figure out is the Kings. I think Cousins has big-time potential, and I used to think Evans had big-time potential. They are terrible. There's no way I'm right about both and the team is this bad. I'd love for a Kings fan to help straighten me out.

There is tons of talent on the team...just not enough basketball IQ. When we play smart we have the ability to beat teams like the Thunder...when we play stupid we can't even take out the pistons or cavs. Our front office has also shown it is only capable of stockpiling young talent. We have plenty of that but no veteran presence who can actually contribute. Hayes was supposed to be that guy but he is always injured and has been a major disappointment imo.

To think we could have been sporting a lineup of

Evans
Thorton
Ak-47
Demarcus Cousins
Samuel Dalembert

Instead of that our cheap *** owners went with Hayes, Travis Outlaw (Eww), John Salmons (Yuck) and didn't offer enough to AK. That team would be a .500 team at least....

seikou8
02-20-2012, 02:16 AM
he can be 20 10 guy if he has works on his game and becomes more team friendly.