All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins thinks the so-called experts continue to overlook his ever-improving game.
The big fella was named to the All-NBA second team in 2015-16, and by all accounts, is in fantastic shape this summer.
Coach K on DeMarcus Cousins: 'Our relationship is really good. And he's gotten in unbelievable shape for this; he wants to be here'
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) July 19, 2016
Boogie also addressed his latest comments on the Sacramento Kings’ offseason moves.
Despite expressing his support for the team’s additions of more defensive-minded veterans in Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes, Garrett Temple and Anthony Tolliver, and also describing first-round pick Skal Labissiere as “very impressive” during summer league, Cousins was disappointed with the backlash to his overall comments about doing “my job.” […] “I’m trying to figure out what I said wrong. Of course, they’ve twisted it into something negative, in some type of way,” Cousins said. “I’m clueless. It’s to the point now, where I don’t want to say anything about any situation. Then I’ll be the bad guy about that as well. Anything I do. Anything I do, it’s … it’s whatever, man.”
Cousins believes misconceptions about his attitude and passion for the game were responsible for his omission from the All-NBA first team this season, despite averaging a career-high 26.9 points along with 11.5 rebounds. […] “I don’t even know what an expert is any more,” Cousins said about the all-NBA votes. “I mean, I had some guys, didn’t even vote for me, and that’s absurd. It’s a joke. It really is. It’s a popularity contest. It’s the guys who like them, it’s the guys they like, the guys they get to see on a nightly basis. I still don’t feel I get the respect I deserve. But I’m going to keep grinding. I’m going to stick with it.”
Winning a gold medal with Team USA at the 2014 World Cup helped elevate Cousins’ career and change some negative perceptions about him, but he’s not sure what influence an Olympic gold could have on how people view him. “It’ll have its positives. But … I don’t know,” Cousins said. “I feel I’ve become a better player from this experience. I get to play for my entire country. You’d be a fool to ever pass that up. I’m extremely honored. I’m a prideful guy. I plan on representing well. I’m just excited about the whole thing.”