He’s big with the kids. Still almost a kid himself at just 22 years of age, and his biggest challenge is getting them to listen to him.
“Sometimes,” a laughing DeMarcus Cousins insists. “I think I kind of come off the like a goof-ball right along with them. This is something I like to do. I like to interact with kids. This is my way of giving back.”
Cousins’ hope is these kids come away not only a better player, but a more confident player. The Kings big man saying confidence in his abilities is what got him to where he is today. Cousins isn’t just speaking of his NBA career either, rather being invited to Team U.S.A.’s training camp for the second Summer in a row.
“From the last experience I came back a better player. I learned a lot of things, so I’m going with the same mind-set and hopefully leave the same way.”
Cousins is candid these days about everything. Everything that is except the team he plays for. Choosing not to offer anything about the Kings, their new Head Coach, or their new owners.
“No comment,” he said when asked if he had spoken with Vivek Ranadive or Michael Malone.
“No comment,” again when asked about the Kings new direction and all the new faces in the organization.
With everyone else talking about the Kings, the new owners and the new head coach, it makes you wonder why Cousins isn’t?