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Demarcus Cousins Obviously Frustrated in Interview

The video below the jump shows Demarcus Cousins answering questions from the media in Sacramento after his difficult week with the team. Everyone can see in the video how frustrated Demarcus is with the questions and the situation. What struck me most however was how unhappy Cousins looked. In the many interview sessions in Lexington, I never recall him being anywhere close to this frustrated and it saddens me to see one of the happiest people I knew, seemingly without any joy now.

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Article written by Matt Jones

57 Comments for Demarcus Cousins Obviously Frustrated in Interview

  1. nassau65
    8:11 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Matthew, the autostarts are making it hard to fake that i’m working.

  2. nassau65
    8:12 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Too bad about the Cuz, he’s one of my favorites too.

  3. Blonde Bomber
    8:20 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    He needs to grow the hell up and be wont be so sad.

  4. sckysportsink
    8:23 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Demarcus needs a new start someplace. He will make a good living wherever he goes, so being happy should be more important than the $$$. Over time, he will mature. Remember, he’s not much more than an overgrown kid right now.

  5. Musehobo
    8:28 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, I know you really like the guy; you’re in a tough place. But he has brought this on himself. He needs to grow up a bit. He feels persecuted, but he has the wrong viewpoint. He has been given something special, but he’s throwing it away.

  6. Jacob
    8:32 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Could you imagine if had have gone to UAB like he was previously committed? There is no way in hell that they could have controlled him. I loved watching him at UK, but he needs to get his head straight before he loses it all.

  7. HackRichards
    8:35 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I hope he does not turn out to be another Antoine Walker. I send him my best.

  8. hes a kid
    8:43 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Can we be more dramatic?
    He’s a kid, one that has trouble with keeping his emotions in check.

    Like a kid, he’ll be sad about whatever happened until he dunks on somebody or the team starts winning. Then he’ll be throwing up call me signs again.

    ” seemingly without any joy now.”
    I can’t stop laughing at that.

  9. Jeremy
    8:47 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #3 It is very easy to sit back and judge. We have no idea exactly what is going on in Sacramento, so don’t judge untill you know all the FACTS. I just hate to see Demarcus that sad, he is and will always be part of our BBN family. God Bless you Demarcus, keep your head up and be strong! Your always a UK CAT in my book! GO CATS!!!

  10. Han
    8:47 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Step 1) Trade him to Boston
    Step 2) Doc Rivers calls Cal and asks him how he helped Boogie play with more love of the game and “professionalism” or discipline.

    Despite often scuffling or getting T’d up here, outside of the Louisville game and “call me” stuff, he did very well here. He had a reputation that people assumed about him every game, but for the most part, he didn’t deserve it while in Lexington. He was a supreme talent ready for the NBA, but maturitywise he would have been much better off developing with Cal as a mentor and with the structure of college for 3 years.

    These guys have the skills to go pro, and our guys are better prepared then any others (individuals with extraordinary upbringing aside) but none of them are ready to be professional ball players in the culture of the NBA. Compare to the much lower key lifestyle of a minor league baseball player who is 18. Most don’t see the majors for years, and the few great ones that do still live a more isolated existence then NBA rooks with the entourages and pop culture. NBA is a more popular sport, but it seems clear more 1st rd picks end up unprepared. They need a 2 year rule or baseball’s none or 3year rule.

  11. He's not a kid
    8:48 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    He’s not a kid. He’s an adult, and it’s time for people to stop making excuses for him. When people stop trying to baby him and make excuses for him, he might realize it’s time to grow up and act like a man instead of the infant he’s acted like since being in the NBA. If he wasn’t ready to be in the NBA, he shouldn’t have left. Deal with it Baby Huey!

  12. Han
    8:49 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    At UAB, he probably either does 2 or 3 years or he gets kicked off team and goes to draft in a much lower position. Cal helped him get a lot of money for his future. Hopefully he learnedly from people like Antoine.

  13. Enough Already
    8:50 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get this. All of you who are sympathetic with the guy are just babying him even further. The guys chosen profession in life is Basketball in the NBA. He gets paid millions for his career choice. He’s the definition a person who thinks he’s entitled to everything – sure you earned it with hard work and developing a natural skill – but the NBA is a business and like any other business you have co-workers (teammates) and bosses (coaches and league officials). It’s simple, don’t like your career situation? You only have a couple choices. Either tough it out where you are and make the MOST out of the current circumstances (in Sacramento). Or figure out something else to do with life (pursue other courses of finding a new team). But conduct everything in a professional manner. If he is looking to get traded, those top echelon teams aren’t going to find his childish ways attractive. Yes, I’m well aware he is a productive player, but those teams don’t put up with that bad morale as often as he brings it.

  14. GoVote
    8:51 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Over on the Elizabethtown Sports Park’s facebook page there is a poll asking who will win Saturday’s match up, UofL is winning! Ok only 17 people have voted, so far, but lets see BBN in full force

  15. mike
    8:57 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Poor baby. Just can’t find any joy in playing a child’s game for millions of dollars a year. Why dont you quit. With your education level I am sure Wal Mart would be a nice fit for you. Grow a sack you immature, entitled bitch.

  16. Jughead
    8:58 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Punk with no class whatsoever. You do not measure a man by how he acts during good times, KSR.

  17. kingrex
    9:00 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    The prefrontal cortex does not finish developing until you are 25. He is still a kid and he should still be in Lexington quite frankly.

  18. toni
    9:02 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Let us all think back to when we were in our early 20s. How many childish, immature decisions did we make in our personal and professional lives. I will not cast a stone at Demarcus as I live in a glass house. He did well at Kentucky for one reason, Cal! I would love to see him at Boston or Miami. He would have teammates with strong leadership. At Boston, he would have a coach strong enough to handle him. I don’t make excuses for bad behavior. I also don’t judge when I myself could be judged.

  19. bloobloodcat
    9:03 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    No one is to blame other than Boogie himself. It’s that simple. Why would you feel bad for an NBA player? Seriously Matt?

  20. He's not a kid
    9:03 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    17, so you’re a kid until age 25?! What a joke. That’s a BS comment and yet someone else making excuses for someone who doesn’t deserve what he’s be GIVEN! He hasn’t earned anything! Been GIVEN everything! Earn something Baby Huey!

  21. Blueswade
    9:04 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe he should just give up basketball and go work in a factory for a while.
    After working 10 hrs a day for 6 -7 days a week for a few months, he might realize …’hey, this basketball gig ain’t really too bad…even in crappy Sacremento’ .
    I like cousins, but am getting tired of his antics…’ Bout time for him to grow up and just play ball.

  22. Catlanta
    9:05 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Who could have ever seen this coming. LOL. He was a punk before he ever arrived on uk’s campus. If he went to a rival school, everyone on here would be calling him all sorts of names.

  23. wizard
    9:07 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    best place for Boogie to end up would be Indiana Pacers. Close enough to UK they Cal can keep on eye on him, and help fill his circle with people who would keep him in check.

  24. hunter
    9:07 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously? Look, I love Boogie and he will always be a part of BBN, but he can’t continue to act like this. We can argue all day about whether he is an adult/kid but the truth remains that he has to realize that the way he acts is unacceptable in ANY profession. Have some respect for yourself and others Boogie. C’mon man!!

  25. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:12 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think that it would be great for him to go to a better team. I think he would be fine on a contender. Players that are not used to losing 10 games a month, have trouble with focus.

  26. MHFaulkner
    9:16 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    He needs his agent to get into his ass and tell him to wake up – these pout sessions are costing him millions.

    He’s just a big baby and needs to deal with adversity. He is paid millions to play basketball. Deal with your emotions, or find resources to help you work through those issues – a sports psychologist, agent, coach, whatever.

    He makes UK look bad. Anyone outside of UK points to him and says “THAT’S the kind of player Calipari recruits”.

  27. Welp
    9:18 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    There goes the theory that retards are always happy…#NeverSeenaThugCry

  28. silly
    9:20 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    He’s 22 years old.. A lot of you guys are saying he should act like an adult, which is true, but his situation is unique. It’s not like boogie grew up in the best environment or with the best guidence growing up. I would go as far to say that Cal was probably his biggest (positive) influence, and that was only a year. Just like most of us who did some dumb sh*t in college, what did we do? We came away with a sense of accountability and matured from it.

    Send him to camp KG. He’ll learn.

  29. RICK
    9:23 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Time to grow up , of course you know he really is still a kid with a lot of money.

  30. UKBlue
    9:23 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    1. Boogie brought this on himself, if he is going to act like a jackass expect the media to ask you about being a jackass.

    2. The Kings need to do themselves & Boogie a favor, and get Boggie the hell out of there. That relationship is ruined & beyond repair, cut losses on both sides & move on.

    3. I don’t know what is going on in Boggie life, but it is obviously bad whatever it is; Boggie has to go see a psychiatrist.

  31. Rae
    9:24 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    At this point, he has burned all his Sacramento bridges. His own fault, but his best bet is to get out of there. Wizards maybe? Are he and Wall still friends? Maybe that would help?

    Oddly enough, he doesn’t seem to have many personal problems. Still the same nice guy outside the locker room, especially to kids. No trouble with breaking the law, really. He doesn’t act like those Hollywood starlets. His problems are mostly professional, which is baffling. You’d think he’d have problems with both. Please correct me if I am mistaken, but his team problems are more memorable than any outside trouble he may have had.

  32. bloobloodcat
    9:25 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    (26) “He makes UK look bad. Anyone outside of UK points to him and says ‘THAT’S the kind of player Calipari recruits’”.


  33. Obama Says So
    9:33 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Correct. Check insurance regulations for details.

  34. UKNation
    9:36 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hate to see such talent and kindness go to waste. While his body was ready to go to the NBA he should have stayed. It may cost him more money in the long run by leaving early. He needs to give Tim Duncan a call or have a mentor like David Robinson or someone like that to help him out. He trully is a great kid but he is just that…a kid. I hope he matures soon for his sake.

  35. SeoulCat
    9:39 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Did he curse the media out? Did he pull a “we talkin’ ’bout practice” Iverson? No. He answered the reporters’ questions, many of which were asinine. Who wouldn’t be annoyed at having to answer the same damn questions, over and over, especially if you believe that you are largely misunderstood and have had your character tried and convicted in the media, by the media. “He doesn’t look happy.” So what?!?! Is it a crime not to smile and does he owe anyone a smile? No. Nothing to see here, people. Move on.

  36. Bobbum man
    9:50 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that people are over reacting a little bit… I am a little biased because he is my all time fav cat but there’s a lot of players who have issued with their coaches and I’m sure there’s plenty more u dont hear about… I know there’s other things but I don’t think this is inch a big deal he’s a different personality but just needs to find a coach and teammates who can wok with him like when he was here

  37. Catfan4life
    9:57 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Love DeMarcus but its time to grow up. I would love to see someone like Nazr Mohammed take him under his wing. I am afraid that the possible team up with Rondo will be a disaster and cause friction within the line-up! Sometimes Rondo can be almost as bad even though I am a huge fan of his as well.

  38. Linda
    10:21 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Cuz……Call Me. Get happy kid.

  39. jazzyblue
    10:23 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    He needs to be traded to Washington, i think he wants to play with his buddy John Wall. It seems that Wall is one of the few people that can get him to play to his potential, and respect himself in the proper manner at all times. Can you imagine those two on the same team again….WOW!!

  40. AC
    10:26 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’m confused why people think he’s just going to turn over a new leaf and play without incident in Sacramento. Ever since they drafted him he has been vocal about not being happy there, if you wanna see him grow up and start a new chapter, its not gonna be in a situation he doesn’t feel comfortable in. Let him get traded, then judge how he reacts with the new team. Everyone deserves that fresh start.

  41. Forehead Wrinkle
    10:28 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    On an unrelated note, did anybody find themselves staring at that one giant forehead wrinkle during the whole video? No wonder he always wears hats and headbands….

  42. BFrey
    10:32 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Sleep Train owns the naming rights to the arena?

  43. Dan
    10:35 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’d be pissed off if they were asking stupid shit to me all the time to. You know Cuz doesnt want to answer your dumb questions, how do you expect him to act?

  44. GRob
    11:18 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    He might be a misunderstood 25 year old kid, but I wouldn’t want to coach the guy.

  45. mudcreekmark
    11:29 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Kings brought this on themselves by firing a coach just because Cousins couldn’t get along with him. Now he thinks all he has to do is pout and they will fire another coach.

  46. Steven
    11:45 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah Cousins was just full of joy when he was throwing elbows and getting technical fouls. Nice try Matt, he’s a thug and always will be.

  47. Dan
    11:51 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Obviously if you think Cousins is a thug, there is nothing to change your mind. He’s never had any legal issues at UK or in the NBA. The perception stems entirely from his body language and arguing with refs/coaches. Hell, Wall has more street cred than Cuz. He was arrested for breaking and entering.

  48. Blonde Bomber
    11:53 am December 28, 2012 Permalink

    #9, Its not sitting back and judging when there have been several similar type episodes of this behavior. Is anyone else on this team having this problem?? Has he had these types of problems previously??? Come on, I like him too but when you’re in the work force you have to grow up eventually, even professional athletes.

  49. Steven
    12:02 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    So based on your argument, a ‘thug’ is only someone who has had legal issues? I think its worthy to note that a ‘good criminal’ would be someone who was never caught. You think our justice system always gets it right? I’m not saying Cousins has ever committed a crime or did something illegal BUT just using public legal records won’t tell you that. Actions speak louder than words and when you see someone acting like a jerk to the media, getting in fights, and yelling at coaches/teammates all the while they’re making millions of dollars a year what does that make them? So maybe a ‘thug’ is a little strong. I can understand that. But anyone making the argument that he is a ‘good’ person is outside of their mind.

  50. Leave DMC Alone
    12:15 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

  51. woo's gummy snacks
    12:21 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    of all the times that the staff at ksr deletes posts that are negative or unsupportive I wish they’d get busy deleting negative posts now.

    i get that he’s a multimillionaire who plays a sport for a living but if these interviews dont tug at your heart youre inhuman. I see a stressed out trapped young man who is keenly aware of the snowball he’s a part of. he feels unhappy, he is painted as a malcontent….he becomes less happy, he is painted as a malcontent some more. i dont care about the kings, the fans or the media. i care about my man boogie and i wish happiness for him. or at least peace. i know that something has to give i just hope the resolution involves him being happy while playing the game that he grew up playing.

    he has enough haters right now he needs the bbn’s support….and love

  52. ransmith
    12:40 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I really like him, but the truth is the NBA, is NO BOYS ALLOWED. The money wastoo good, he had to leave, but I think most people knew he needed another year, or years in college to continue to mature. He needs to get his head into playing and developing the best he can for however long he is with them. Utimately I feel what is best for him is to be traded to a team where he is playing with more veterans, that should help him grow into a professional. Rumors of Boston and Miami having interest both would be a better situation for him.

  53. Steven
    12:50 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    You know, you’re right. This poor young man needs our prayers and support. He’s going through such a tough time being a talented player on a crappy team. No other player in NBA history has EVER done that before. I think we ought to throw a candlelit vigil outside of the team hotel in support of Cousins. Watch out how loudly you sing “Kumbaya my lord” though. The noise from the singing may hurt the young man’s ears =(

  54. Hang Ten!!!!!!!
    1:08 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Cuz is elite! Hope they straighten things out over there.

  55. Troy
    4:17 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t feel sorry for him. He put himself in this position, and now acts like the victim, much like liberals trying to blame Bush for all their failed policies of the past 4 years.

  56. Troy
    4:18 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #9 – You can’t be more wrong. You don’t think there are unhappy players on EVERY single team in the NBA ?!?! Here’s a newsflash for you. There ARE! The difference? How they handle their frustration and situation, and as #3 said, he needs to grow up.

  57. bluefan
    7:01 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I love the guy and I’m afraid if he doesn’t get traded out of Sacramento really soon, he’s going to completely self-destruct. He needs a fresh start on a good team and I hope he gets it.