For much the younger generation, Kevin McHale is the guy who made some odd-ball decisions while sitting in the cat-bird seat of the Minnesota Timberwolves organization and current head coach of the Houston Rockets, but through the 80’s and early 90’s, McHale was a destructive and dominating force. So for King fans, a most recent compliment paid towards the way of DeMarcus Cousins on behalf of an NBA scout should have their basketball smiles grinning ear to ear.
Per the Boston Globe:
But the 6-foot-11-inch forward’s production cannot be denied. Cousins, who doesn’t turn 22 until August, is averaging a double-double in his second season with the Kings (16.6 points, 11.5 rebounds). He is a prototype franchise cornerstone but has endured a lot of upheaval in Sacramento and spent considerable time fielding questions about his attitude.
An NBA scout compared Cousins’s footwork with Kevin McHale’s, and he has a solid mid-range jumper and a mean streak.
McHale, famous for his “torture chamber” game mode certainly has a lot of similar qualities to that of the younger Cousins, both on-court and off. Let’s not forget McHale’s tenure in Boston didn’t start off with flowers and chocolates, but in due time, he grew to love the city and the city grew to love him. Make no mistake – I’m certainly not comparing the talent levels or abilities, Cousins has a long way to even think about being mentioned with McHale in that regard, but as you delve into both players – you begin to see some comparable situations.
Also in the piece, DeMarcus speaks about the mentorship he’s received from former Kings great Chris Webber and lets it be known, Sacramento is where he wants to be:
“Sacramento is where I want to be,’’ he said. “I want to bring the organization back, help the organization get started back winning. I love the city of Sacramento. That’s where I want to be. End of story.
“We can dig a hole, throw that topic in there, cover it with dirt, pack it down. I want to be in Sacramento. End of story.’’