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Has DeMarcus Cousins lost the joy?

Last night during the Sacramento/Dallas game, DeMarcus Cousins took a cheap shot at the Mavericks’ OJ Mayo (judge for yourself from the video above). Both Cousins and Mayo received technical fouls, and afterwards, Cousins said “it wasn’t intentional, but there was a lot of trash talk.” Mayo’s reaction was a little different. From ESPN Dallas:

Mayo said he told Cousins to “play basketball and you’ve got a chance to be a good player,” but that type of conduct made him a “garbage player.”

“That guy has some mental issues, man,” Mayo said. “He’s a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don’t think he wants it. … He’s immature, man. Big maturity problem. Hopefully, he’ll grow up out of it and become great. He definitely has the talent to.”

We all love Boogie, but there’s no denying that he hasn’t seemed like his normal self since entering the league. At Kentucky, DeMarcus was goofy, happy, and yes, at times immature, but nothing compared to his behavior as of late. DeMarcus is a beast on the court, but like a certain crop of Cats, he just doesn’t look like he’s having any fun. Even John Calipari brought Cousins into his office during the summer and made him watch the infamous 10-minute Kentucky highlight reel, encouraging his former player to “recapture the joy” in his game.

How can DeMarcus get his groove back?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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51 Comments for Has DeMarcus Cousins lost the joy?

  1. USA Team
    1:05 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    He should be the starting center for Team USA.

  2. Wats
    1:09 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Since when is OJ Mayo the best judge of good character/behavior? Clown.

  3. eric t.
    1:11 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m losing alot of respect for Cousins. There is no place in the game for that kind of stuff. I always defended him and argued that he was misunderstood but when stuff like this happens, it’s hard to side with Demarcus. Grow up big man!

  4. H.A.Milton
    1:11 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Its hard to find joy on a team that is in the bottom of the barrel. Big Cuz is a tenth of a rebound away from avg. a double-double this year. Its always ironic how these guys who get pushed around by the young buck wanna talk trash, especially when its OJ kidding me? Cousins ‘has a chance to be a good player’? He’s already one of the best bigs in the league and Mayo is just pissed that its taken he himself this long to get off, unlike Cuz…

  5. SexnNursinHomes
    1:13 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Mayo should know the ins and outs of being a professional athelete.. He’s been a pro since age 14.

  6. Musehobo
    1:14 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I really don’t want to be a homer, I was actually ready to lambaste Cousins when I first watched it. I still think it was very poor judgement by Boogie. But Mayo was clearly holding on to Cousins arm. It’s more subversive, and less violent. But it’s still dirty and deceptive. It would have pissed me off too.

  7. The Real Question
    1:15 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    The Real Question Is: Have Matt Jones and Drew Franklin lost the joy? All their posts seem to be about
    anything other than KENTUCKY SPORTS. Was that Stoop scoop with Mitch where KSR jumped the shark?
    Was that where KSR sold its soul for an “exclusive”? Was it worth it? Cause the joy sure is out of this place lately.

    OJ Mayo has love for Kentucky. DeMarcus ain’t perfect. Boogie has always been misunderstood, but
    beneath that, he’s also definitely got some immaturity problems. OJ might have just called him out.
    Rather than keep fussing and fuming, Boogie is ALWAYS better off to let his playing speak for him.
    OJ Mayo is just as good a judge of character as anyone. Just two guys with Kentucky connections,
    having it out. Ain’t no thang.

  8. Eric
    1:16 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Really? That? THAT? I used to do that to guys on the free throw line all the time. Just a little “love tap”, nothing malicious. Nothing to see here…move along.

  9. Kywildcat
    1:18 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Once a thug, always a thug.

  10. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:19 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Boggie has all the talent in the world…..but he’s got some obvious maturity issues. You aren’t “misunderstood” when purposely hit a guy in the ding ding.

  11. UK Fan
    1:23 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Waaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! Cousins isn’t happy…poor thing…makes millions of dollars and there’s just no joy in life. Truth be known, he is incredibly immature and in my view, one of the least respected players at UK in the last decade. Mayo is right…he has the talent to be a star…but a really shitty attitude. The only thing stopping him is himself.

  12. ok so
    1:23 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    People would be surprised how many players bag tag in games, you see it so much its almost like its part of the game now… dont hate the player hate the game

  13. Paul
    1:24 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I like how it’s Mayo that’s calling him out. Because he’s Mr. Mature…

  14. BBNinClearwaterFL
    1:24 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    If Mayo didn’t have his “junk” all over Cousins there wouldn’t have been that much contact. Clearly Cousins arm was just a case of body in motion.

  15. Go big cuz
    1:26 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin Garnett is a lot like big Cuz probably a little worse and you don’t hear this kinda stuff about him. I think Big Cuz gets a target on him because of his rep. I know I bumped into him in Lexington and the kid was very nice to my 8 year old son. He was nothing like what the media portray him to be.

  16. tUBBY
    1:26 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I like DeMarcus Cousins because he is one of our own. However, he had maturity problems in high school, while he was at UK, and now in the NBA. The only reason we can say he was “better” here was because Cal had more influence/control over him than most.

    The unfortunate truth is that he is immature and often lets his emotions get the better of him and he does things that any reasonable person would be ashamed of.

    Why this site/Matt Jones/Drew always speak about him as some beneficent saint is off-putting. Unfortunately, Cousins acts like a punk.

  17. Carl
    1:27 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    O.J. Mustard is holding him prior to the play. Don’t hang on his arm and he won’t need to do the cup check!!

  18. tUBBY
    1:27 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Amen 10 and 11.

  19. Mack
    1:28 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    It seems to me that Mayo was giving Cuzz a reach around before there was any movement by Cuzz toward Mayo but it was difficult from this video to determine what was going on if anything. Trash talk by Mayo, wow? Mayo is going to pass judgement on another person’s character and maturity, really? Is this the same Mayo that changed high school’s yearly, single handed presented one college basketball program with NCAA probation, and whinned his way out of one NBA team that seemed more than happy to see him depart? Hard to understand how Mayo spent his last year in high school with PPat; it would be fun to see how PPat compares his time with Cuzz and Mayo!

  20. Big Cuz
    1:29 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Get yo junk off my elbow, biatch! I’m bout to give you my Swop shot.

  21. Facts
    1:35 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    The difference between “lost the joy” and “glue player” / “championship piece” is that his teammates are awful. Cousins is nearly a double-double player in the NBA. If he were a member of the Thunder, Heat, Knicks, Nuggets, Grizzlies, etc…..we’d be talking about how much passion he brings to every game and how the team wouldn’t be able to do it without him. Boiled down: he’s not quite good enough to carry a team. And when he’s asked to do that, the team will fail. When the team fails, he’ll get blamed. Trade him to a decent team, and watch the “change of scenery” articles roll in.

  22. Blah blah blah
    1:40 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    If This guy played at IU or UL, I am guessing KSR would have a slightly different opinion. Thug is thug. But he’s our thug right?

  23. Kanye Twitty
    1:49 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    22.) You are exactly right, I feel no need for anybody to stick up for him just because he went to UK. I have no joy in my job but you don’t see me acting a d*** fool to my coworkers or boss. He’s the poster child for an immature one and done player. And that is coming from a die hard Calipari supporter.

  24. BigThom
    1:55 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Personally, I think hitting people in the balls is a great way to get your groove back.

  25. Mr. Lucky
    1:57 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Mayo’s jewels are no doubt happy that contact wasn’t made. You’d have a man crying all the floor in front of a national audience if that blow had landed.

  26. HeshimuEvans2ndGradeTeacher
    1:58 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #22 – Exactly! KSR is becoming a hypocritical machine. THE GUY IS REALLY IMMATURE AND NEEDS TO GROW THE F UP! It’s as simple as that. “Cousins lost the joy?” Give me a break.

    #5 – Nice of you to recycle.

  27. bosshog
    2:01 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter what Mayo or any of us say….IMO it is obvious that “Boogie” is struggling to some extent with his current situation and his emotional issues/struggles are preventing him from being able to respond effectively and grow over time….instead he seems to be reacting, and that is a dead-end road….my hope is that he can find a good mentor(or therapist) that can help him sort through the struggles and find good strategies for growth….Demarcus seems like a good guy, and he’s certainly got great talent……but until he unlocks the key to these emotional/maturity issues he’s going to continue to flirt with disaster…..or maybe just fade away in alienation….I hope and pray for him that it will be the former.

  28. gog8ors
    2:02 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Unbelievable that some UK fans would stick up for former players no matter what they do. Sometimes players don’t make the best decisions and screw up, some of them repeatedly. Do they learn from their mistakes and correct their behavior or do they continue to do wrong? Cousins has had issues in the past and is still having issues. Time to call a spade a spade and quit making excuses for him.

  29. Big Cuz
    2:06 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Call me, b$tches!

  30. Big Blue Coming at You
    2:09 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Cuz is one of the best talents in the NBA. His game is incredible but his immaturity is what people see him for. Some just take a while to grow up and i think he’s one of those people. He may not snap out of it until his late 20s. When he was at UK Cal always said he was like a 14 year old in a man’s body.

  31. Johnson
    2:09 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    To all the ones hating on Mayo’s maturity, he’s surprisingly mature (for his age). The dude is 24 years old and went to the Mavs for less money because he felt they were more of a contender than other teams that offered. How many 24 year old athletes would turn down an extra 3 million/year? If he was 30, I could see where you’d make a case, but he really showed me something in the offseason by doing that.

  32. me
    2:10 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    28-are you ready to call Tebow a garbage NFL quarterback, and accept the fact he will never be even a decent NFL quarterback. I’m just calling a spade a spade.

  33. curious
    2:15 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    are you saying Archie isn’t having fun? oh ok, just never see him smile, thought that is who you referred to as players that have lost the joy..

  34. OleSeven
    2:27 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    He has a temper and is willing to act out if that temper gets too irritated. The temper makes him an intense player, but also can get him into trouble. For some people it is hard to control, and he hasn’t found a way to cope with it.

    2:28 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    i have NBA LEAGUE PASS and i watch all his games as well as most of the other CATS in the league….i watched last nights game and it WAS a cheap shot…i have no clue what goes through this guys mind..Kentucky fans who defend him are drinking the KOOL-AID.. i bet if Calipari was honest he jumped for joy when Cousins turned pro after his freshman year So he wouldnt have to put up with this anymore..Cousins is an idiot..a punk and an immature basket case….it gets worse every year…im done following his career…he is an embarrasment!!

  36. Blue_Cat75
    2:56 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Mayo was all over Cousins and Boogie pushed him away. Mayo came right back and was hanging on him, so Boogie gave him a love tap. I have to wonder if Mayo was hanging all over Cousins the rest of the game or if he gave him some room. If he did, then the love tap worked. This is a very common occurrence in basketball. It’s only amplified because it is Cousins.

  37. UKBlue
    3:04 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Bookie are boy, but he needs to talk to a psychiatrist. Boggie’s been screwed over by a bunch of people & he is a pissed off individual, and needs to direct his anger in a better way.

  38. yep
    3:31 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    He is a garbage player. Anybody who makes fans pay for autographs is garbage! !

  39. somefansaremorons
    3:43 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a UK fan but the level of stupidity amongst some of the BBN continues to blow my mind. I’m not sure what you saw in that video but to defend him knowing his past is ridiculous. Who cares if he played for UK? Dude was a thug here and will always be a thug. Bleeding blue and being an idiot don’t always have to go together as most of the people outside UK seem to believe. I’m starting to understand why….

  40. Connor
    3:55 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    How can anyone have fun playing basketball when you play for the Kings?

  41. bret1555
    4:05 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Careful there, Tyler… If you start calling Boogie out, you might lose a job. Just sayin’

    4:07 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #39 nice post…i am sure u will be attacked soon but its refreshing to see someone post something that most of the pimple popping ass wipes who post on here wouldn’t understand.. well done!!!

  43. SexnNursinHomes
    4:32 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    26- I did recycle that one. haha Figured someone would post a Mayo-pro one liner.

  44. Really?
    5:08 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink


    Why do we, as fans, feel the need to always throw around words like punk and thug and garbage? Just be a fan.

  45. tyrus
    6:01 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe A. Walker needs to talk to him.

  46. Troy
    6:54 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – I am right there with you.

  47. Troy
    6:55 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #44 – I’ve never met Ted Bundy either, but I feel pretty safe judging his character from his actions, dumb ass.

  48. Duh
    7:38 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Boogedy, boogedy, boogedy!! Since when did the NBA become such a mature league. It’s basketball!! You don’t have to be mature, ala, Kobe, Garnett, Lambier, Iverson, Rondo, etc, etc, see where I’m going with this? So OJ and all the critics, Shut the F up!! He has a few good games and thinks he’s a critic for NBA attitudes. And #7 real question, or anyone. How does OJ have ties to Ky?

  49. Hard-working Player
    8:18 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink


  50. Big Blue Fan
    8:43 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    What an amazing job Cal did to control Cousins… I’m with Mayo on this one Cousins just has a terrible attitude problem and insane amount of potential. Can’t believe he didn’t do anything crazy while at UK.

  51. Garmaster
    6:02 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    OJ Mayo played at Rose Hill in Ashland for 2 or 3 years