Jimmy Spencer of Bleacher Report, the same guy who sat down with DeMarcus a few months ago, weighed in on the different path being forged by the Kings, and what that might mean for Cousins going forward. The new ownership is dead-set on keeping the big man in Sacramento, and appear to be willing to do whatever it takes to maximize his enormous potential (on and off the court).
After hiring new head coach Mike Malone, and shipping Tyreke Evans out of town, the obvious next move was to surround DMC with a group of veterans with some gravitas. Enter Carl Landry. Per Spencer, Landry is the ideal stabilizing force for Boogie:
Landry is regarded as one of the league’s most down-to-Earth veterans, with an affable personality that can unite a roster. His presence in the Kings locker room should help create a more congenial atmosphere for the team and help nurture the persona of Cousins.
And, Landry’s personality, according to Spencer, is not just a side benefit to his signing. It’s the reason he’s there, particular in how that personality might rub off on the former Cat.
If there’s one key project for Landry, it will be to demonstrate professionalism to Cousins.
Through covering Cousins in his rookie season, I was able to get to know him at the earliest stage of his NBA career. He was generally pleasant, but he was also prone to the occasional blow-up and too often his emotions got the best of him. Through his three seasons, Cousins hasn’t done anything to change that.
However, in a recent sit-down exclusive with Cousins, I spent an entire afternoon in the 22 year old’s home and got to understand him on another level (the article reveals another side of Cousins). Cousins was gracious throughout the visit. He was kind with his words and he showed a humble understanding of his errors. He doesn’t claim to be blameless. Sure, he’s uninhibited, and his honesty and lack of emotional restraint can crush him, but he’s not a lost cause by any means.
If Cousins takes to Landry, the veteran’s influence will benefit the young big man.
Look, there’s no bigger Boogie Cousins apologist than me– but I think we can all agree that he’s not perfect. And if Carl Landry is going to be a positive influence on the big man, then good on the Kings for bringing him in.