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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 2:20 pm  |  18 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Trying to Become a Leader By Not Screaming at His Teammates


With the help of his head coach, Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins has come to the realization that yelling at his Sacramento Kings teammates isn’t the most effective leadership tool. The young big fella is trying a different approach this season. Per the Sac Bee: “I’m trying (to lead),’ Cousins said. ‘Just in a better way that will be accepted more and accepted better.’ It’s one thing to be a fiery leader. But if that intensity disturbs teammates, Cousins might as well be talking to a wall. Cousins is a bright player, but his observations and messages are often ignored if they are shouted to teammates. It’s something Kings coaches and players have relayed to Cousins, who says he’s listening. ‘Sometimes you may be asking a valid question, but your demeanor and demonstrative way puts out that it’s more than it really is,’ said coach Keith Smart. ‘So you have to figure out a way, how do I communicate to my teammate?’ Smart said Cousins realizes he needs his teammates and could not continue to come off as adversarial with them. [...] ‘A little thing (Cousins) said was, ‘Coach, I can’t be fighting with my teammates,’ said Smart, who offered his young player advice. ‘I said: ‘You have control over that. You have control over what your mindset is for the day. Your teammates won’t bring it out. The weather won’t bring it out. You have to keep it under control. And that’s up to you.’ Veteran swingman Francisco Garcia has encouraged Cousins to assert himself as a leader on the court. But Garcia also has cautioned him about his methods. ‘We talk a lot about that,’ Garcia said. ‘Me and Cuz, we talk all the time. He’s learning and getting better. Actually, (in training camp) when Chuck (Hayes) was running, he was helping Chuck and encouraging him. So with things like that you, can tell he’s getting better.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    lol at the headline. also, nice to know chuck hayes needs help while running

  • Max

    Now in: Mario Chalmers demands trade to Sacromento!

  • roscoe

    coach smart was brought in to help the growth of dcuz after westfall stuggled. it appears to be working & hopefully dcuz grows up bc he is a top 3 nba center when he is focused.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    Because of his talent, he will be pushed by the coaching staff and his inner circle to assert his position as a leader….but this dude is not a natural leader. He is a natural talent, not a natural leader. Other notable talents that were not fit for leadership? Stephon Marbury, Dwight Howard, Zach Randolph, Gilbert Arenas, etc. Teams will not emotionally rally around these guys, despite how talented they are

  • K_HOLIDAY

    LOL! I see what you did there!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Have you seen Chuck Hayes run?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    poor chalmers

  • zogs19994

    poor arab

  • Max

    Shhh

  • TR

    Talking about wild-ass Chuck Hayes?

  • Kpt

    fuck the kings.. they suck dick.

  • KipSmithers

    That’s Chuck Wagon to you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Washington/100003967854183 Ray Washington

    Being “A Natural” leader is so overrated, Leaders are “Created” everyday in the business world, and the military, not every Sargent corporeal, or officer is a natural leader they are promoted and then taught how to lead,

  • Slick Ric

    All-star this season?

  • spit hot fiyah

    not to much, i prefer watching him shoot free throws

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Blake Griffin>DCousins

  • michelle

    ”Cousins is a bright player” are you kidding me :S

  • danpowers

    cousins is just a better shot selection away from surpassing griffin. his defense is much better than griffin and his passing (trust me, the assist ratio in his second season is a byproduct by teammates jus standing around. that will go back up to his rook season’s number with lowered to’s) and rebounding equal griffin.

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