Cousins is a rare breed. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that I believe if he got his act together and played with patience and poise, DeMarcus Cousins would be the second-best center in the game behind Dwight Howard. That’s how talented this kid is. Having just turned 20 years of age back in August, Cousins is a 6-foot-11, 270 pound behemoth. That kind of size makes him one of the biggest middle men in the NBA, and he’s definitely one of the nastiest.
But his immaturity is what dropped him to No. 5 overall in the 2010 NBA draft.
Most are probably thinking, “5 is a great spot!” Yes, but not when you’re supposed to be the No. 1 pick overall, except your behavior both on and off the court keeps you from being just that.
According to ESPN’s J.A. Adande, Kings head coach Paul Westphal first released the statement that DeMarcus has decided to request a trade from the team this past weekend:
In the statement, Westphal said Cousins has “continually, aggressively” shown “he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team.” Westphal said Cousins demanded a trade. Cousins’ agent told Sports Illustrated that the player did not demand a trade. Regardless of who initiated it, the Kings clearly want to move Cousins.
The Kings had high-hopes of both Cousins and Tyreke Evans being the future of the team, but unfortunately Boogie isn’t cutout for a young team, he needs to be surrounded by veterans. Not only his attitude, but his production on the court have become a problem: He’s averaging 18 shots per game (13 points), but has a true-shooting percentage of 41%, which is awful compared to his near 49% during his rookie campaign (via Basketball-Reference).
There’s no reason he should be taking 18 shots a game and only average 13 points (Dwight, on average, shoots the ball 11 times a night and averages 18.2 points per game for his career). His rebounding (8.6 to 11.3) and shot-blocking (0.8 to 1.5) are both up, but that doesn’t makeup for how he acts. As previously stated, a veteran team is what this kid needs and a team like the Detroit Pistons could prove worthy, although there’s no telling how he will handle not winning a bunch of games because they’re basically in rebuilding mode.
Having a guy like Ben Wallace on team (excuse his recent D.U.I.) could prove wonders for Cousins. He’s a 4-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner and he has an NBA championship under his belt, things like that are what Cousins needs. Not to mention that Wallace isn’t the kind of guy who would put up with his immaturity, he might knock him on his ass.
I gave my two cents, but Adande has a few players around the league’s as well:
This is a business,” is what Kurt Thomas said he would tell Cousins. “You’re not playing for just one team, you’re playing for the 29 other teams. You’ve got to keep playing, keep your head. A lot of guys think it’s all show. You’ve got to keep your head.”
“He has too much talent to be doing all of that [stuff],” Kobe (Bryant) said. “Just play, man.”
Those are both long-time players of the league, also with one of the Top 10 players of all-time telling you, DeMarcus, that you’re too talented to be acting out like a 10-year-old kid after your sister ate the last pudding cup in the refrigerator. You’re a 20-year-old millionaire — I’m 23, and struggling — who is living his long-fulfilled dream of becoming a professional basketball player.
But can team’s trust you?
I know Detroit will take a chance on you, but what if they back-out? What if they’re afraid of how you will act if they start losing? What about if you end up on a championship contending team and coming off the bench? Will you complain about not getting your starters numbers and minutes? These are questions that we all need to know, these are questions that all need answers.
The Elite 24 is a showcase of the nation’s TOP 24 high school ball players (regardless of class) that goes down in Venice Beach every year. The 24 kids who are invited, are practically NBA professionals in the making. The keyword there is “making”, as every year the event coordinators schedule a midnight run where actual NBA players come through and take the high school kids back to school. Watch as Brandon “Young Money” Jennings, Tyreke “Reke Havok” Evans, and Derrick Williams go HAM on the high schoolers. After the jump check out a very impressive Tyreke highlight clip and D-Will 2.o abusing some helpless defenders who tried to jump with him from the same midnight run.
Poor Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. The only time I ever hear his name or make a post on him is when he’s getting dunked on. J.R. Smith already gave him a Dunk of The Year candidate earlier this season and then last night Tyreke Evans gave him the business. Also getting his dunk on in Oklahoma City was none other than Blake Griffin who let Nick Collison know that he can’t hang in the air with young Blake.
Tyreke Evans is MONEY! You could tell that shot was nothing but net as soon as he let that go. I think what went unnoticed between all of this was O.J. Mayo’s tough shot to put the Grizzlies ahead. Very impressive too.
Chris Paul WROTE his own cover story for Dime Magazine’s Issue #61. How many ball players you know got it like that?! Also in the newest issue (on newsstands now of course) – rising star of the Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans is spotlighted; J.R. Smith’s “ink my whole body, I don’t give a motherfuck” lifestyle is photographed; rapper Wale is interviewed; 15 year old Max Silverman (the Gordon Gekko of the sneakergame) is featured; and a whole lot more good basketball lifestyle content is covered. Go grab an issue and visit DimeMag.com – your support / hate keeps us motivated!
Derrick Rose showed Tyreke Evans last night that he’s still a couple years away with competing with D Rose and others for the elite Point Guard title in the NBA. First, Rose hit him with the mean crossover and then hit him with the old school post-up-backdoor-cut for the easy 2-handed flush. Rose finished with 30, 7, 7, and the win while Evans had 17, 6, 9, a loss, and some sore ankles.
The reigning NBA Rookie of The Year, Tyreke Evans, was arrested for reckless driving (at upwards speeds of 130 MPH) in a purple haze colored Mercedes Benz. The cop’s air patrol caught the whole thing on camera so if you got 13 minutes to kill, check out an NBA player speeding through California’ highways and then get cuffed up with his homeboy. ‘Reke has to serve 80 hours of community service but I’m sure the Sacramento Kings will write that off for him as long as he keeps dropping 20, 5, and 5.
Nike Basketball brought Carmelo Anthony to Harlem’s House of Hoops last Saturday and this Saturday at 3PM is bringing Sacramento King’s Tyreke Evans to New Jersey’s Cherry Hill House of Hoops. If you’re in Jersey that day, you should definitely roll through and meet one of the NBA’s next stars.
Source – Dime
One of my favorite parts about new sports games is playing with the rookies and this year on 2K10 will be no different. Yes, I’ll be giving people the business with the Kings (Tyreke Evans), Warriors (Steph Curry), and even the Bucks with Brandon Jennings.
Dime Magazine and Levi’s have a suite for all the potential NBA draft lottery players to come up in and chill, eat food, get a haircut, play video games, and of course get interviewed by Dime.