HoopsHype DeMarcus Cousins rumors

October 18, 2014 Updates

James Ham: According to coach Malone, DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis. He will play tomorrow night in Sacramento. Twitter @James_Ham

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The maturity of Cousins, who is now 24 years old, seems to be occurring. Along with Kings teammate Rudy Gay, the former Kentucky Wildcat is eager to leverage the Team USA Gold Medal experience, in which he averaged 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in nine games (13.8 minutes per game). Bringing that team’s culture to Sacramento, namely the concept of team and defense, are the two key ingredients that Sacramento desperately needs. Cousins himself also seems more comfortable in his own skin, saying, “I’m not perfect, and I may never be perfect, but I’m committed to being the best leader I can be for this team.” CSNBayArea.com

The accolades don’t end with Malone. Newly acquired big man Ryan Hollins says that he has never seen or played with a big man as talented as Cousins, who is “right up there” with Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki; his teammates in Boston and Dallas, respectively. Hollins, a Clipper last season, cited Cousins’ emerging maturity, having competed against him last season. He added that Cousins needs to sustain it. CSNBayArea.com

October 10, 2014 Updates

Now, China. After Canada and Spain and the U.S. tour, and the travelogue stops there only because Ebola concerns prompted the cancellation of the planned visit to Senegal. Three continents and 2½ months later, and nearly a fourth before USA Basketball scrapped the Africa side trip en route to the World Cup, 24-year-old DeMarcus Cousins is feeling it. Not enough that he can’t find the energy to jab teammate Rudy Gay, an aged man of 28, and not enough to stop Cousins from arriving at Kings camp in positive spirits. But enough. “I feel like I’m about 45 years old,” he said. NBA.com

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During one six-week period in the late summer of 2014, Cousins tinkered madly with his narrative, changing perceptions and recasting his image, emerging as a significant, perhaps invaluable member of the senior national team, and displaying a familiar dramatic flair at the end. Here is what coach Mike Krzyzewski said moments after the USA’s 129-92 gold-medal romp Sunday over Serbia: “The first five minutes of tonight’s game, they knocked us back. Cousins really, I think, turned the game around. I don’t only think; I know. Watching (him), I’m saying, ‘Whoa,’ we just made another stop, or he just made another stop. He knocked the ball off the rim and they didn’t score. (Nenad) Krstic wasn’t able to score because he bodied up on him. …” Sacramento Bee

But Cousins can’t worry about who’s in, who’s out. He merely has to remain, well, the King of Spain. “You can use all the superlatives you want,” Colangelo said Tuesday afternoon, “and apply them to DeMarcus. He made the team, made a major contribution, made tremendous strides. In the locker room after our win over Serbia (earned an automatic berth to the Rio Games), DeMarcus in particular was emotional. He hugged me and thanked me for putting him on the team, and I told him, ‘the past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento. You can build on this and have a tremendous career.’ ” Sacramento Bee

September 17, 2014 Updates

But Cousins can’t worry about who’s in, who’s out. He merely has to remain, well, the King of Spain. “You can use all the superlatives you want,” Colangelo said Tuesday afternoon, “and apply them to DeMarcus. He made the team, made a major contribution, made tremendous strides. In the locker room after our win over Serbia (earned an automatic berth to the Rio Games), DeMarcus in particular was emotional. He hugged me and thanked me for putting him on the team, and I told him, ‘the past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento. You can build on this and have a tremendous career.’ ” Sacramento Bee

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Jonas Valanciunas gave DeMarcus Cousins an elbow to the throat while boxing out. Boogie reacted and almost punched Valanciunas in the back of the head. Cousins got a technical. Valanciunas got… to watch his back when the Raptors play the Kings next season. Amazingly, this can be considered restraint and a sign of maturity on the part of Boogie Cousins. A year ago, he might have thrown a punch. Make no mistake, the FIBA officials are decidedly bad. USA leads 43-35 at the half. The Big Lead

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