HoopsHype DeMarcus Cousins rumors

June 12, 2014 Updates

After failing to make the final roster for the 2012 Olympics and being publicly criticised for his lack of maturity by Colangelo, Cousins showed improvement last summer. "What happened in 2012 has been blown out of proportion. The file is closed. I am very thankful that Mr Colangelo gave me another chance last summer," he stated. "I think that I have been doing well during the 2013 training camp and I know that I can bring something to the national team. "I can bring athleticism in the paint, rebounds and high energy. I am a competitor and I want to help the team keep winning titles. One of my dreams is to win gold medals with my country. "I am looking forward to the training camp to show what I can do. Everyone wants to be on the final roster and I am going to do my best in order to convince the coach to select me in the team that is going to defend the world title. I want to be one of the 12 players who are going to Spain," he said. FIBA.com

June 9, 2014 Updates

Watch as the Sacramento Kings big man battles Jimmy Kimmel in a game of EQ-WHEEL-IZER -- a contest that attempts to level the playing field for the ABC host as he faces NBA players in one-on-one matchups. View the complete DMC segment below! NBA.com

June 8, 2014 Updates
June 3, 2014 Updates

Aaron Gordon: There’s a lot of good things going on in Sacramento. DeMarcus Cousins, Big Cous! Have you seen his highlights? He’s a beast. His highlights are some of the most fun to watch in the NBA. His highlights are crazy. My game could definitely develop from playing with him. SLAM

April 14, 2014 Updates

For more than a month-and-a-half, Cousins had avoided picking up his dreaded 16th technical foul. The 23-year-old center was last T’d up during a Feb. 25 match-up against the Houston Rockets. The 21-game period from late February to mid April was the longest streak of no technical foul calls for Cousins in his four-year career. “It would be disappointing,” Kings starting point guard Isaiah Thomas said when asked about the possibility of not having Cousins available for the final game of the season. “But we’ve had him out before, we’ve had Rudy (Gay) out before and even had myself out before so there’s no excuses. We gotta go out and play and try to win a ball game.” Cowbell Kingdom

April 3, 2014 Updates

It's jarring to hear a 23-year-old man speak of himself with anthropological distance, and even more jarring to hear the words arrive with such resignation. There is a person who lives inside Cousins and an image that does not. The image is out there, loose in the public arena, like a balloon after it leaves a child's hand. He believes he is powerless to stop it, and so he does not try. He does not know what to do, and so he does nothing. It is, he admits, an approach that values personal defiance over man's better instincts. No matter. He's been fighting perception and assumption for as long as he can remember, and he knows some ironies are crueler than others: Cousins was constantly mistaken for an adult as a child, only to find himself infantilized as an adult. "If you judge me only by my profession, you don't know me at all," he says. "Those people who do that? They'll never know me." ESPN.com

Business associates and team sources say he does significant work in the community but refuses publicity. They look over a shoulder first, as if confiding state secrets, before telling of large donations to charities and free camps for disadvantaged kids in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Ala. Says a Kings official, "He could turn his entire image around in eight weeks if he would let it happen." But says Cousins, "I don't do things to be rewarded. I help people because it's the right thing to do." ESPN.com

"I'm not the first franchise guy to be suspended for a game," Cousins says. "I shouldn't have done it, but why does it automatically mean I'm a horrible person? Look at Kevin Garnett. I'm pretty sure he's been suspended as a franchise guy. But when he does something, it's: 'He's passionate.' Joakim Noah -- 'He's passionate. You want him on your team.' So how does mine come up? 'He's immature. He needs to grow up.' "You can call it what you want: bad attitude, immature. You can say, 'He's a thug.' But I'm a competitor." Cousins draws out each of those last three words, like a challenge. Then he raises his enormous hands and drops them on his knees. ESPN.com

April 1, 2014 Updates

DeMarcus Cousins created a stir on the Internet on Sunday night. And he had fun doing so. Pictures surfaced of Cousins’ first “album” under the name Boogie Smooth titled “Misunderstood,” with the first single being a rhythm and blues groove titled “Emotional” featuring Chance The Rapper. Cousins even asked via Twitter on Monday if he could be any worse than Shaquille O’Neal or Chris Webber, who also dabbled in music during their careers. Sacramento Bee

But Boogie Smooth’s career is all in fun. Cousins, who is friends with rap stars Drake and Rick Ross, is not about to become a part-time R&B crooner. Cousins laughed when asked about the musical project, as did his teammates. Coach Michael Malone even found the musical venture comical. “I was hoping that it wasn’t true because I don’t know if anybody would even buy that album,” Malone said. “I guess April Fools’ came a few days early, but DeMarcus keeps everybody on the edge of their seat.” Sacramento Bee

March 31, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins has not been wasting his free time this NBA season. Oh no. The former University of Kentucky standout is soon releasing an R&B album (!) called Misunderstood, which is perfect, under the moniker Boogie Smooth, which is somehow even more perfect. For The Win

It’s unclear if this is a single, an EP or an LP, but the lead single is called “Emotional” and it features a guest appearance from Chance the Rapper, who is an actual, well-respected rapper who has gotten good reviews from actual, well-respected music publications. The album also promises a bonus track called “Big Fellas” featuring Rick Ross, and if you’ll excuse me, I’m just going to go run ten laps around my house. For The Win

March 27, 2014 Updates

Add New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to the list of players that love Cousins’ game and want to see more from him after the Knicks defeated the Kings, 107-99, Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena. “I love him, I love him,” Anthony said of Cousins. “I’m trying to get him to calm down a little bit but I love him, his game, what he can do out there on the basketball court. He stuffs the stat sheet, points, rebounds. He can pass the ball, got a good feel for the game. He just does a lot out there but I’m just trying to get him to calm down out there a little bit. Sacramento Bee

March 26, 2014 Updates

Did the NBA move too quickly in eliminating the center position on the All-Star ballot? At least one NBA executive believes so. "I wouldn't call it a renaissance because they don't play the position quite the same way, but the position is stocked with young quality players," he said, ticking off Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan and Jonas Valanciunas coming up behind Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Al Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Bleacher Report

March 25, 2014 Updates
March 22, 2014 Updates

Jason Jones: DeMarcus Cousins apologized to Sean Elliott over their run-in last season that led to Cousins being suspended 2 games for confronting him. Twitter @mr_jasonjones

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