HoopsHype DeMarcus Cousins rumors

January 19, 2014 Updates

The talented Sacramento Kings center has a habit of tuning people out when the harsh truth is being told, meaning he'll probably see the headline on Twitter and hurl his cell phone as if it's a full-court heave. The next move - per his personal pattern – will be to send word through various channels that there's another media member to put on his ever-growing black list. USA Today Sports

At some point midway through the second half, Cousins heard something from a fan whose seat was behind the Kings bench in the lower concourse that he clearly didn't appreciate. It's unclear exactly what was said by the fan, although one account at the time on Twitter indicated that the fan yelled at him to pass the ball. According to eyewitness accounts of two people on hand that night, the 23-year-old franchise centerpiece who was given a four-year, $62 million deal in late September reacted by allegedly grabbing his crotch and shouting a gratuitous expletive that was, to put it mildly, an inappropriate sexual suggestion. The dozens of patrons who heard it had a raw and unforgettable reaction – in synchronized shock, they swayed back in their seats as if a strong gust of wind had torn through the building. It was, in hindsight, a manifestation of the unwelcome surprise that was palpable from half a football-field away. USA Today Sports

Forget the fact that the Kings never reported the incident to the NBA. Because Cousins had managed to avoid the camera that night, and because the fans who are so famously-forgiving didn't make enough noise with the organization's brass in the days that followed, this was never brought to light because of the shared interest in continued progress and perceived harmony for all involved. These are the sorts of things that can happen in a small market like Sacramento, where the relative softness of the media spotlight is perfectly suited for someone like Cousins. USA Today Sports

When asked about the incident after the Kings' 44-point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cousins not only chose not to speak on the situation but called the question "ridiculous" and waved his arms upward as if shooing a pesky fly. His shirtless back turned toward the inside of his locker, Cousins brooding in his chair, he would eventually break the uncomfortable silence by calling for the help of a Kings media relations employee to stop this 90-second interview. USA Today Sports

Those who have dealt with Cousins from the beginning of his NBA career will tell you that he's better than ever, that the challenges that come with his personality remain but that it's not as bad as it was before. Those who didn't cross paths with Cousins until this season say there's still plenty of room for improvement, that there's still the occasional verbal abuse of a teammate and the exhausting disposition that drains them all - especially when the losses are piling up. Still, the agreed-upon consensus seems to be that he's headed in the right direction. USA Today Sports

January 18, 2014 Updates

Some have suggested in the past that we were all being too hard on Cousins, that the rules of the rental car industry should be applied here when it comes to our expectations of a young athlete: responsible behavior and accountability, per their policy, comes at the age of 25. But here's the problem: Cousins took the keys to this $535 million Kings car at the age of 23, and the occasional reckless driving that has ensued since simply can't be ignored. "Honestly, I hate the term, 'I'm immature,'" he had told USA TODAY Sports just moments before his emotional wall came down that night. "Once again, I was 19 (as a rookie in the NBA) with millions in my pocket. I could've lost my damn mind, so the term 'immature' I don't accept. I mean of course I'm not done growing as a person, but there are 50-year-old people who aren't done growing as a person, so I mean I don't really accept that label." USA Today Sports

January 14, 2014 Updates
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Brian May: DeMarcus Cousins @DeMarcus Cousins on the NBA All-stars: "Some guys are all stars because their team is good. Thats not an all-star." #NBAKings Twitter @BMayNews10

January 11, 2014 Updates

Not that Cousins isn’t having a season worthy of the All-Star Game, but ff there’s a center that could complete the course that requires dribbling, passing and shooting, it’s Cousins. Cousins said he hadn’t thought about it, but he would like to. “I’d probably the be the first big to ever do it,” Cousins said. Sounds like Cousins is ready to campaign to be in the challenge and the All-Star Game. Sacramento Bee

January 8, 2014 Updates
January 6, 2014 Updates

Emotions have run high recently among the Sacramento Kings, so much so that team leaders DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas felt it was necessary to call a players’ only meeting yesterday. The Kings’ frustrations with each other were out in the open for everyone to see in Saturday’s match-up against the Bobcats. During a timeout in the third quarter, teammates visibly griped at one another following a series of miscommunicated plays on the floor. Players had little to no comment about the in-fighting after the game. “I think it was something needed because some players were hitting their boiling points,” Cousins said of the meeting after practice Monday. “And we just needed to clear the air and talk amongst each other and not with the coaches, So, it was actually a real good meeting and we got a lot out of it. We had a very good practice today and hopefully we can keep moving forward.” Cowbell Kingdom

After capping off 2013 with wins against the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, the Kings have sputtered against teams with losing records in the first week of 2014. On Thursday, they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers (12-21) and Saturday, they lost to the Bobcats (15-20). According to Cousins, their inability to play with intensity against sub-500 teams is one of the reasons that sparked the meeting. “To be honest, we’re not that good of a team,” Cousins said. ”And the reality it is, teams come in and they look at us like that. So we’re gonna be underdogs no matter who the team is. So we gotta come out and play at a high level every night.” Cowbell Kingdom

December 30, 2013 Updates

It’s not often that players aim to be like Tim Duncan, but that’s the case when it comes to DeMarcus Cousins. The Sacramento Kings big man expressed his admiration for Duncan after the Kings fell to the Spurs, 112-104, on Sunday night. He even confessed his plan to use Duncan’s signature shot. “A lot of people hate on Tim Duncan,” Cousins said, “but to me, he’s one of the best to play this game. … We’re similar because we’re not athletic guys, but we know how to use our bodies; we know how to use our size and we kind of have a similar skill set.” San Antonio Express-News

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