I will defend DeMarcus Cousins, the person, to anyone who will listen. DeMarcus is as kind and genuine as any professional athlete you’ll come across — when you’re not bashing his on-court presence. (Sorry, Sean Elliot.) Yes, he has attitude issues on the court and in the locker room, and that’s something I know he is working hard to improve. (Sorry, O.J. Mayo.) It’s part of his competitive nature mixed with his Alabama upbringing and dominant personality, and a little bit of growing up to do. He isn’t putting up with shit from anyone — that’s the best way I know how to describe DeMarcus Cousins, the basketball player.
But DeMarcus is just a fun-loving guy, off the court. Get him away from the pressure that comes with being one of the NBA’s rising stars and he’s one of the best guys you’ll ever meet. Take for instance last night when he took 50 children Christmas shopping at a Wal-Mart in Sacramento. The Boogie haters will call it a P.R. stunt, and it partially was, but I can assure you DeMarcus was excited and more than happy to do it. He did something similar last year too, while out shopping on his own. It wasn’t a team event. There was no media coverage. Just DeMarcus buying iPods at Wal-Mart for young Kings fans.
This year he dressed up as Santa Claus to help the kids spend their $200 Wal-Mart gift cards. The 50 children — 30 from St. Johns Shelter Program for Women and Children and 20 fourth-grade students from Washington Elementary School — were thrilled to Christmas shop with Santa Cuz and took home autographs and photos with him to go along with their gifts.
I don’t know where he found a suit that big, but the Lebron 10s were a nice touch.