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Kings Coach Wants DeMarcus Cousins To Run More

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.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

43 Comments for Kings Coach Wants DeMarcus Cousins To Run More

  1. Ken
    11:31 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Understood. hell, he rarely ran the court for us.

  2. Holycrap
    11:35 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    This just in

    Indiana is declaring a state holiday for the IU win vs Michigan

    That is all

  3. Catlanta
    11:36 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    All that talent wrapped up in a 4 year old mind.

  4. Reality Check
    11:39 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Stop defending Cousins. He has a bad attitude. It isn’t the worst one ever, and he can still have a great career, but he is an immature kid. Stop apologizing for him.

  5. Brandon
    11:41 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Umm.. Have any of you watched the Kings play. They have by far some of the worst point guard play in the NBA. I’d get sick and tired of constantly going into the post and watching my pg’s jack up shots every time. No one on the Kings even averages a good 5 assists.

  6. Zac
    11:41 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jonathan, his FG% though has been pretty bad this year considering he is a big guy down low. To be honest, Cousins could run the floor a bit better too because he didn’t run it much while here at Kentucky and its just one of those things where thats a part of his game that he can improve on.

  7. Catlanta
    11:42 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    4, true.

    If KSR had a ficticious “kid” who stole, sold cocaine, etc. -it would be that he is just a misdirected kid and everyone would be wrong to hold him accountable. Todays society. Yawn.

  8. Catlanta
    11:43 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    6, yeah #1 covered that with less words.

  9. ukinhc
    11:45 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    His attitude sucks at times, but the sooner the Kings can see that Cousins is the least of the worries with that sorry franchise the better off they will be. They just got beat by over 30 points and he criticizes Cousins who had 25 points and 9 rebounds? No other starter had over 8 points. But yes, Cousins is the problem.

  10. Catlanta
    11:46 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    9, and yes I do agree with that point.

  11. Hey, coach smart
    11:47 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hey kings coach why dont u figure out away to win without boogie sprinting up n down the court to get the ball 1 out if 10 plays. I know boogie doesnt respect u but unfortunately hes carrying your team up n down the court on his back alreadt lol its great your finding things for boogie to work on but i bet hes got a nice list for you.

  12. Hey, coach smart
    11:48 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 9

  13. Mrobvious
    11:51 am February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Cuz is immature but then again he is only 22 & has had no vets on his teams to keep him in check. He is used to winning and you can tell that he gets very angry on the court when his team is getting blown out, and his teammates and coach are okay with losing. Not saying he’s innocent but you gotta try to understand his situation..

  14. kohn4uk
    12:02 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I had the opportunity to see Demarcus in action here in Charlotte,and must say,i can understand his coaches’ frustration with him.Although he had a double double,he walked or stood most of the game.It seems he was saving himself,or just playing as lazy as he could without being removed from the game.Really a shame,because he could be the best center in the NBA and become a franchise player.Apparently somthing he does’nt want to be.I’m surprised the Kings have’nt put him on the trading block.

  15. Go Ravens
    12:11 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, less stories about Cousins would be great.(said in the voice of the boss from Office Space)

  16. Bubba Earl
    12:22 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, Yeah, typical hoooosier whining about a Wildcat!

  17. HOO
    12:28 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Typical UK player/fans….fat, lazy and uneducated. How come all of the UK one and dones suck?

    Victor Oladipo > John Wall

  18. Shogan
    12:33 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #9

  19. Tank
    12:38 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Ha 15, Bill Lumbergh. But has anyone watched the Kings play this year? I love Demarcus, but he really is consistently the last person down the court almost every possession. I’ll never stop cheering for this guy; although, I think I speak for a lot of Demarcus supporters when I say he needs to look around and realize the benefits of giving that extra effort. People aren’t all haters, they’re just trying to help the bug guy.

  20. Rae
    12:38 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    17. You sound like the UL fans who preferred Siva, and look what he did for them. He still sucks in crunch time and he’s a senior. Oladipo isn’t even a lottery pick in a weak draft.

  21. braam
    12:38 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Where can I see highlights of UK basketball games? I can’t seem to find a consistent medium on which to watch good highlights (>2 minutes of footage). Anyone have any ideas?

  22. Sparky
    12:58 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    With a better attitude and effort he could be a superstar

  23. StitchJones
    1:09 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    #17..Hoo… Yea, Big Cuz sucks, John Wall sucks, Anthony Davis sucks, MKG sucks, Bledsoe sucks etc…. You sir, are ignorant. Your comment has no value. Go back to the Yum Center or ASSembly hall and get more tattoos in you Kia loser… Those guys are players you would die to have in your so-called programs..

    1:09 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    If you knew your team was going to lose no matter what kind of effort you put in, how motivated would you be? Why kill yourself? Just put up decent numbers and wait for a better opportunity.

  25. Jvice
    1:58 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I think we’re all ignoring the bigger picture here. Boogie shaves his underarms? What the hell?

  26. Cats in the NBA
    2:02 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Horrible franchise. #FreeDMC

  27. dave
    2:05 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    i can understand doing it 10-15 times a game, but not every offensive possession & hoping it works maybe a couple times. wouldnt they rather him spend his energy defending & rebounding & posting?
    maybe its just time to trade the big guy?

  28. Ryan
    2:05 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    23…theres a point. Cousins is averaging 8 buckets a game but is supposed to be one of the three best big men in the game? No effort, multiple suspensions and so on…John Wall, still unbelievable athlete, but no jump shot and skills are hard to find to be a great point guard, Anthony Davis…please don’t get us hornets fan started on him as a number 1 pick…MKG has heart, but he isnt a leader and another one without the jumpshot ability he wont help turn the bobcats around either, Eric Bledsoe…phenomenal talent. Best out of them all. People complaining about the Kings guards need to remember that Isaiah Thomas is having an all star caliber year, and Tyreke Evans is another Coach Cal prodigy…adding to the list.

  29. HOO
    2:22 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Cal’s players are all losers who can’t be coached. How many all-star games have they made since coming into the league? That would be 0. The real question is, how many coaches have these ass hats got fired?

  30. basketballfan
    2:29 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    yeah, because statistics are an awesome indicator of effort. talented players never put up good stats without giving full effort

  31. Donald C. Storm
    2:31 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I watched the Kings play last night. Sit first row behind the King’s bench.
    Believe me, DeMarcus is the least of the problems on that team. Chuck
    Hayes is also on the team. Again, Cousins is the one bright spot on the Kings.

  32. Ryan
    2:38 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I’m an idiot

  33. Hoo
    2:41 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    My team hasn’t been relative since before I was born

  34. HOO
    2:50 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I really am just jealous of UK. IU hasn’t won anything since Ronald Reagan was still president…wow 1987. Meanwhile UK has won THREE National Championship Titles and had multiple number one recruiting classes and number one NBA draft picks. I don’t think IU has had anyone drafted in over 20yrs. I really am just jealous of UK.

  35. E-town
    2:50 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I bet he would be a great employee in the average workforce.

  36. Cats in the NBA
    2:54 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    28.) Did you notice the player you singled out as the “best out of them all” gets to play with CP3 and Blake Griffin, whereas Wall, Cousins, MKG and Davis all went to CRAP ORGANIZATIONS? Try again.

  37. UKBlue
    3:11 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    It’s easy to pick on Demarcus, but he isn’t the problem, and the numbers he has & is putting up proves it even if his haters refuse to see it. The Kings are beyond screwed up, and I can’t wait for Demarcus to finally get on a new team.

  38. JB
    3:23 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    “Cal’s players are all losers who can’t be coached. How many all-star games have they made since coming into the league?”

    I hate to fall for an obvious troll, but that is one of the dumbest things I’ve read in a long time.

    Derrick Rose, for one.

    The Kentucky guys have had at most one full season, one lockout-shortened season, and this year to make an all-star game. Who are these other “great coaches” who are producing gobs of all-stars in less than 3 years in the league?

  39. mudcreekmark
    3:56 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    He is wanting Cousins to sprint the court all game long. How many seven footers have you seen that can beat everyone down the court and be able to play 40 minutes a game. Historically, big men are the slowest at getting up and down the floor.

  40. Bigcat4453
    4:36 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with #39 here, Abdul Jabbar was always the last person down the floor for the Lakers and never once did I hear Pat Riley complain about his output.

  41. brain
    6:10 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    You don’t need numbers to back up something that only a blind man with blue tinted glasses can’t see. Cuz needs to get his head on straight and start playing hard all the time . He’ll be an all-star when he does.

  42. hamby
    12:06 am February 4, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the Wizards/Kings game last week and he only ran down after the 18 mark on the shot clock if the kings had not scored or turned it over. I thought he did not run much either and then hardly saw him play down the stretch of a close game.
    He needs out of that organization. With the right team and coach his numbers would be scary.

  43. big blue boogie
    9:55 am February 4, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve taken up the Demarcus ‘fight’ for yrs, with both UK Fans and UK Haters. The last year or so, its been easy to throw the numbers at people. Not many players in the League put up 18 and 11 every night. I’ve defended the off-the-court stuff because honestly, I don’t mind a player sticking up for himself to some db*g media member (sean elliot situation). I try to watch Boogie when the Kings are on NBATV or the rare time they make a national game. That said, the “Eye in The Sky” doesn’t lie, and its much easier to see ‘the whole game’ when in-person, compared to watching on TV. Its hard to defend Demarcus after seeing his effort in-person on Friday night versus the Sixers. As a big Demarcus fan, I spent most of the night keyed in on him, and my lord was it ugly. There were 10+ times he DID NOT EVEN MAKE IT PAST HALFCOURT. Literally…walking up the court while his offense plays 4-on-5. Kid can roll out of bed and got 12 and 12, like he did that night. But if he had simply made it to the offensive end of the court more often, he would’ve easily been at 20 & 15. Its sad. Maybe we just caught him on a REALLY, REALLY “off” night, and thats what I hope it is. But based on Smart’s comments, not making it past halfcourt is a regular thing. I’ll still root for him to do well and make money and make better decisions, b/c the kid if likeable. But doubt I’ll be defending him earnestly anymore, beyond to say the kid is misunderstood off the court. Just can not defend the on-court work ethic and effort.