Oct 17, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts during the second quarter of the game against the Phoenix Suns at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins says lineup needed changes, suggests players didn't step up

After another drubbing handed down by the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night (the second in consecutive evenings), Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone made one thing clear – changes were coming to the starting lineup.

Those are changes that DeMarcus Cousins is apparently fine with as the big man recently told Jonathan Santiago that he’s more than welcome to the alterations, suggesting that some players didn’t step up like they should have:

“I’m on the same page with him,” Cousins said. “It needed to be some changes because some guys were put in position and they didn’t step up to it. So, we gonna let the next guy do it.”

Say what you will about Cousins, the former Kentucky Wildcat is trying to be a leader both on and off the court. Of course, it’s not an overnight progress but the changes to Cousins’ attitude are more obvious and it’s Cousins actually backing a coach this time instead of arguing with one.

Both Malone and Cousins are correct. Changes need to be made.

Missing shots is one thing, but playing poorly elsewhere while lacking effort? That’s unacceptable.

A new starting lineup is expected to be announced prior to the Kings’ game Wednesday evening against the Brooklyn Nets.

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