With a H/T to Sactown Royalty, there is a fantastic piece on DeMarcus Cousins over at Slam Online that you most definitely need to spend part of your weekend checking out.
The cameras are off. The noise in the locker room is a low hum. Members of the media, divided into small groups, are talking amongst themselves, recorders powered off.
Suddenly, shouting and boisterous laughter break out in a corner of the room. Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins is razzing teammate Omri Casspi about a slowly developing bald spot on the top of Casspi’s head.
“Pretty soon you’re going to be like Manu [Ginobili],” he yells, pointing good naturedly to Casspi’s thinning hair.
Casspi laughs and tosses a comeback, something about playing as well as Manu.
“No,” Cousins says with a mischievous smile. “Not play like Ginobili! You’re losing your hair like him!”
Patrick Crawley did a wonderful job at capturing the Cousins we see on a day-to-day basis that a lot of the national audience misses out on. I’m not saying Cousins is some saint or that he’s without his faults, but the malcontent vibe so many want to pin him as simply isn’t there. Is he emotional? Very much so. Immature? He’ll admit that in a second. But he’s really nothing more than a fun loving young man. People tend to forget he’s twenty years old and while he might not have the business like attitude of Kobe Bryant right now nor the laid back harmonies of Tyreke Evans, it doesn’t mean his emotion is a bad thing.
He complains no more than Brad Miller did in Sacramento – hell, I’d even go out on a limb and say its less. Is it annoying? Sure. But, there wasn’t a big stink over it when Brad did it. It was just what Brad did – and think of all the technical fouls Miller cost the Kings over the years. It was mind blowing.
I’m not trying to excuse Cousins’ sometimes disrespectful attitude – but he’s an emotional person. And frankly, I’ll take that over a walking zombie any day of the week. I’m not afraid that Cousins wont grow out of his child like fits and you shouldn’t be either.