It you haven’t heard by now, DeMarcus Cousins is set to return with the Kings after missing only one game following an altercation in the locker-room between Cousins and Greene. You know what? This does not surprise me one bit. Cousins has been pissed off all season and you can see it in his body language. The dude just isn’t happy. But is he ever? I don’t think I’ve seen the guy smile, ever. Even in his years with John Wall in Lexington, DeMarcus just looks angry all the time. (Anyone want to make bets on who smiles first; Kendrick Perkins or Cousins?) There have been reports that Cousins even swung at Greene during the altercation. According to sources, this escalated because Cousins was angry at the fact that he was not involved in the final play of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder this past Friday. Instead, Donte Greene inbounded the ball to Tyreke Evans who missed a three-pointer at the buzzer, which lead to another Kings’ loss. What’s new?
“I like to win, and if we don’t, I’m mad about it,” said DeMarcus Cousins.
We all know it was a bad move on Demarcus’ part, but I’m not going to hate on his passion for the game. The guy just wants to win games, and I feel him for that. Yeah, all athletes get frustrated and he needs work controlling his emotions, but, I admit I like his competitiveness. I also like his fiery, bad-boy attitude. You need those kinds of guys on your team. Cousins has been on winning teams most of his career, but is experiencing an awful season with Sacramento. Cousins has had an inconsistent season thus far, but all the tools are there. He has the size and power to become a huge impact in the paint, and he has showcased that sporadically this season. Many critics and analysts are calling him un-coachable, but I don’t think that’s the entire case here. I think he’s more misunderstood if anything. At such a young age, Cousins has plenty of time to mature and round his game. The Kings are lacking a “get in your face” coach, and a veteran to help guide the youngster; as none of those seem to reside on their current roster. Come on, Cousins only missed one game and received a fine for his locker-room encounter. Where’s the discipline in that? I also think it would be unfair for DeMarcus to be pinned as the scapegoat for the Kings’ struggles because it’s much more than that. You can start with the head coach and Tyreke Evans’ terrible shot-selection. Eventually, I think Cousins is going to have a great career, but not in Sacramento. He reminds me of Rasheed Wallace in a way. How do you think Cousins’ will fare in this league? Will he still be a King next season?