DeMarcus Cousins is a talented big man whose mental lapses have damaged relationships in the Kings locker room and jaded the fan base. But lost in his toxicity has been the reliable play of his frontcourt partner, Jason Thompson.
Thompson and Cousins have different backgrounds and entry points into the league, and it shows. The detached Cousins has always been able to rely on his natural talent to get him where he wants to be throughout his basketball career.
This challenges his coaches to overlook his attitude for his talent.
The well-spoken Thompson, on the other hand …
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