Mar 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Kings defeated the Sixers 115-98. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins deserves praise for becoming a leader

DeMarcus Cousins, much like Chris Webber, will always be a bit of an enigma for the Sacramento Kings fan base. Yes, for the most part, Cousins is loved by purple and black loyalists (despite the fact he can irritate us at times). However much was the case with Webber, there is a faction who simply are opposed to everything Cousins does.

No matter how you feel about the former Kentucky Wildcat, one thing is for sure – Cousins’ leadership has grown substantially over the years.

Yes, he can be too emotional on the court and struggles at times to channel that into productive energy, not destructive. And yes there are times when he doesn’t give a complete effort to get back down the court (though in fairness I’ve seen times when he’s the only player doing so). But despite all of that, this is still a 23-year-old prodigy who has had the weight of a struggling franchise thrown on his shoulders.

It would be easy to crumble, but DeMarcus Cousins has seemingly embraced the challenge. We’ve seen the big man previously participate during summer league practices and he’s doing so again. It’s not because he needs to workout, he’s trying to build a relationship with potential future teammates. He’s trying to work with the coaching staff so he as a player can improve moving forward.

There are plenty of young stars around the league who wouldn’t be caught dead in a summer league gym and while it may seem relatively significant on the surface, there’s no doubt DeMarcus Cousins deserves some love for playing the role of leader.

It’s certainly a welcome sight and one that will only help the Sacramento Kings in the long run.

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