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

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

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.

Topics: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

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  • Ryan Silva

    It’s amazing how much people respect your opinion when you are practicing what you preach. When it comes to effort and production Cousins is setting a great example. As long as DMC, IT and McLemore stay on the same page as far as effort (which they all have), we should be looking at our new era player core.

    • Flambe86

      New era player core? please… Mclemore hasn’t proved anything. Bring in a solid bench, I’d rather have a good bench than anything else right now.

  • Flambe86

    So let me get this straight, you guys think that mixing and matching the starting 5 to get the right team to start the game is going to somehow magically change the fact that this roster just lacks the TALENT? I’m not trying to be a hater, but there is just too much dead weight on this team that just will not produce no matter what minute or quarter of the game they are put in. The kings are the home of mediocre players. Jason Thompson, Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, Grievis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, these are players that would be rated 5/10 on talents at best.

  • Flambe86

    Bring in some quality talent, players who have put in the work to have their go-to money makers. I’ll tell you what, they don’t even have to be superstar names, but players WHO ARE CONSISTENT in at least one area. Brandon Bass, David West are mid-range studs. Chandler a looseball/rebound tipping stud, kemba walker, gets anywhere he wants. You see what I’m saying? get players who have been in the league for reasons other than they make good salary space fillers for the amount of talent they have. I’m so tired of watching Jason Thompson take the court to show us that each year he has been a king, he has not shown growth in his game. Also, Malone better start giving McLemore the minutes he should be getting with the talent he has and the lack of talent around him on this team. That is one rookie that we need to be giving as much time as possible to hurry and let him grow. He actually has potential that can be realized as long as he gets the minutes. I’m sure there are a lot of politics behind the decisions that fans have a hard time trying to understand, LIKE WHAT SALMONS IS STILL STARTING