As we get closer to the NBA Draft, DeMarcus Cousins not only becomes the most intriguing local story, but he has positioned himself as the most fascinating and, sometimes, polarizing subject nationally. The goal of Boogie’s agent, John Greig, was to change the perception that the child-like behemoth had serious attitude issues that could affect his career. There have been supporters (more and more by the day it seems) and there have been detractors (I’m talking to you, Goodman), but no one has really presented the situation like Henry Abbott of ESPN’s True Hoop blog. Abbott asks “Is the NBA ready for DeMarcus Cousins?” in his latest blog entry. In it, Abbott writes that the NBA is like an elite prep school, basically telling its students to sink or swim on their own without offering a true mentoring program that could help retain the bright students who might not be 100% prepared when they arrive. It’s an interesting take that paints Cousins as an intriguing talent who the NBA could benefit from if they are able to make sure he develops correctly in the right environment.
In other news, Boogie worked out with the Nets today and issued a couple of interesting quotes to Adam Zagoria. Here’s Cousins’ day as told through Zag’s tweets:
Cousins on Bledsoe: “I don’t believe it will effect our program. I know Eric and I know his grades were legit so I’m not really concerned.”
Cousins on Cal’s NBA advice: “He said, ‘If you want to help support my family, you stay [at UK]. If you want to help yours, you leave.'”
Boogie Cousins on Nets workout: “They want to see who can fit in playing with Brook [Lopez] so I think I did a pretty good job today.”
Cousins on playing the 4/5: “I prefer to play the four but I’m more comfortable at the five right now.”
Cousins on next year’s UK team: “It’s another talented group of freshmen. If they come in and merge like we did they got a chance.”
Nets scout Gregg Polinsky: “What you get with Cousins is a little more power. What you get with Favors is a little more pop [jump].”
Polinsky on Cousins: “I don’t think for one minute that he’s a bad apple. I think he’s different in how he expresses himself.”
Cousins’ agent John Greig: “I know some GMs who think he’s four. Some think he’s five and some think he’s four and five.”
Also, here’s some video from Zagsblog of Derrick Favors and Cousins meeting with the media after their workout with the Nets. It is Boogie’s final NBA workout.