Things haven’t been going well for the Sacramento Kings lately. The franchise has been sold to a Seattle group, they’ve lost 7 of their last 8 games, and last night they suffered a 39-point defeat to the New York Knicks. As if things weren’t bad enough, there’s now friction between Kings coach Keith Smart and DeMarcus Cousins. Recently, Smart was interviewed about the Kings’ struggles and what they needed to do for improvement. He also wasn’t shy in saying that he expects more hustle out of third year center, DeMarcus Cousins.
“You need to get down the floor right away. If you get down the floor right away you just created a post up game for us without me calling a play.”
“Now he’s waiting for the double team to come and the clock is winding down”
“You may run the floor 10 times and only get the ball once but you can’t stop running the next 10. These things have to become habits to keep yourself involved in the basketball game. Because you can’t slow the game down too much where you’re calling the play 5-down, 5-down over and over again.”
While Smart’s comments downplay Cousins’ effort, the statistics don’t back up his case. On the season, Cousins is averaging 17.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. He also has a Player Efficiency Rating of 20.2, placing him 27th in the league in a tie with Chris Bosh.