Cousins isn’t shy about expressing the (lofty) goals he has for his rookie year. The Sac Bee reports: “He wants to play well and be recognized. Cousins won’t beg his detractors to like him. But he won’t completely tune them out, either. They are part of his motivation. ‘When I’m on the court, I’m trying to show you – especially the people that doubted my basketball skills,’ Cousins said. ‘I want to be the Rookie of the Year. I didn’t get a chance to be the Player of the Year in college. I need my own individual award. I want mine.’”