Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  12 responses

DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I’ve Been Terrible. It’s the Truth’

Cousins says that getting tossed from practice was a good lesson for him, but sounds pretty down-and-out about his play these days (in fact, no one in the kings‘ locker room sounds happy.) The Sac Bee reports: “It was a good lesson for me,’ the rookie said. ‘I’m mad and I’m frustrated about losing, and in my opinion, I think different strategies should be in the game. But I was being selfish. I’m a big part of this team, and coach (Paul) Westphal has been saying it. I’ve been terrible. It’s the truth.’ ‘It’s not a perfect world,’ Cousins’ mother, Monique, said Tuesday afternoon from Mobile, Ala. ‘These kids are used to instant (gratification) and they come into the league so young. It’s hard. They have to learn. We preach this: ‘Just don’t say anything!’ He’ll get better, you’ll see.’ Is he listening? Is he learning? Is he getting too much blame for the Kings’ disappointing season? Yes. Absolutely. While the Kings struggle along, the Cousins debate is only one of several hot topics inside Arco Arena. The locker room is a nasty place of late. There is more sniping than conversation. Think of Sacramento as a chilly Miami. The players are mad at the coach. The offensive system often consists of five players standing or dribbling, and seemingly oblivious to the beauty and benefits of the pass. The pace is too slow. The defense seldom creates transition opportunities. Sort of like last year.”

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  • RobbieJay

    well, i mean, you shoulda realized this awhile ago.

  • Fat Lever

    At least Cousins has a mother that seems to have a good head on her shoulders. That looks like that’s going to be an important factor in his development. The talent is there, learn from your mistakes man!

  • JTaylor21

    See what you did Cus, your terribleness has now rubbed off on Reke too.

  • Thor

    cosign Fat Lever… it must be a difficult transition for a lot of players coming into the league with attitudes and egos, we shouldn’t forget that they are still kids with young minds. I really like Cousins future.

  • benno

    You wanna know the truth – paul pierce!

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    I hope Cousins mom is handling his finances too in case he becomes the next Leon Smith.

  • T-Money

    Reke Evans has been playing like trash. They have no shot at anything if he doesn’t step up.

  • Love4Humanity

    Is anyone else suspicious that he might be bi-polar?

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    No. No one is.

  • bails1

    Cousins will be just fine. He is TWENTY years old! However, this offense is probably the worst in the league to watch. They need to trade for a point guard that can pass first FAST. Think about a twenty four year old Reke and a twenty three old Cousins on the same team. Thats scary.

  • bails1

    And is this THE Fat Lever?

  • KoBynum716

    Trade Dalembert and luther head for flynn and have udrih off the bench. Rotate starters between Thompson, Cousins, and Landry. It doesn’t solve much, but in my opinion, its a start…