When discussing DeMarcus Cousins and his latest scuffle with Kings management and staff, the easy thing to do is blame the drama on Boogie’s alleged attitude and inability to deal with authority in a direct, mature manner. While there’s something to be said for Boogie needing to grow up a little bit, one NBA writer’s “royal jelly” theory could explain why Cousins is having a hard time succeeding in Sacramento despite his potential to be one of the top centers in the NBA.
Quick science lesson- “royal jelly” is the crunk juice a hive feeds to its baby bees in order to breed them into queens. According to David Thorpe of NBA Today, the “royal jelly” theory argues that in order to be truly successful, a talented player has to have the right combination of environment, coaching staff, and motivation. While there are exceptions (players such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant who will succeed no matter where they are), other players will be less valuable and possibly not even NBA-caliber without the right stuff around them.
In the case of DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings, royal jelly may at least partially explain why the two entities are battling more than Renardo Sidney and his bulge. Bleacher Report’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss points out that Cousins seems to have regressed some since college:
In college, under the stewardship of John Calipari, Cousins was an efficient scorer, to the tune of .558 shooting from the field. Obviously, the pros are a tougher game, but it’s been surprising to see that number dip all the way to .409 this season. How does that even happen to a 6’11”, 270-pound center?
It’d be one thing if Cousins rarely rebounded and thus was afforded few easy opportunities at the hoop. This isn’t the case, though. While his defensive rebounding is better than his offensive board work, DeMarcus is still an above-average offensive rebounder. He should be coasting to a better-than 50 percent field-goal mark on the strength of that alone.
We at KSR are unabashedly Team Boogie, and if a swarm of bees’ feeding method can help make sense of his struggle, I’ll consider it. However, for now at least, it appears that Cousins is stuck in his currently malnourished beehive. The Kings are still outwardly claiming that Cousins isn’t going anywhere. Geoff Petri, the Kings GM, told NBA.com’s David Aldrige on Monday morning that “You can put that one to rest…He’s not going anywhere. You can lay that one to rest.”
Is that the truth? A public statement meant to keep Cousins’ market value high? The new year will reveal all. And until then, can someone make DeMarcus a nutritious peanut butter and royal jelly sandwich?