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The Kings just signed the perfect role model for DeMarcus Cousins

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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.

 

 

Article written by Andrew McCarthy

12 Comments for The Kings just signed the perfect role model for DeMarcus Cousins



  1. Ugly muffin
    1:35 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t Chuck Hayes supposed to do the same thing? I like Demarcus but the truth is that he won’t grow up unless he chooses to grow up. Landry can set the example but Cuz has to make up his own mind.



  2. Kentucky Effect
    1:37 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    By all means, let’s continue to coddle Cousins until he’s retired



  3. theSkinny81
    1:43 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    2 – Shuddup, troll.



  4. ukfan
    1:48 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    i love boogie just the way he is.. don’t change anything big cuz



  5. BigCuz
    1:53 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    2 is that you Swop? You still mad about that elbow? That’s what happens when you try to try hang with the big boys.



  6. Mack
    1:55 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    1) is right, unless Boogie really wants to change and from the interview he seems to think that he dosen’t really need to change. It may be a matter of time but if he hasn’t learned from Chuck and even follow the lead of PPat I don’t see Landry helping much again unless Boogie wants to change. We know that if Boogie wants to do something at least on the court he will find away, maybe the MSU fans will help by giving him a call!



  7. Karl Hungus
    2:12 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    this has nothing to do with boogie but it looks like ridge wilson (at least a ridge wilson, there can’t be that many) was arrested last night in lexington. too bad, the kid had some potential. link: https://www.jailwebsite.com/Site/InmateProfile/f206bf8a-ad4a-4b23-8467-b776e09c0bb3



  8. Karl Hungus
    2:13 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    and, yes, i know the link says he’s white.



  9. Bigcat76
    2:16 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    The NBA needs a big man with a little attitude, not just a bunch drone pansies after to take a shot then give one in return.



  10. Um
    2:17 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    His name is Carl bro, no way that makes Boogie happy.



  11. Miller
    2:43 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Landry has been on Sacramento and played with Cousins before. If KSR is gonna hire any shmuck to write nonsense on here I’d love a crack at it ya know.



  12. Really?
    3:20 pm July 9, 2013 Permalink

    @7….potential of being a lifer in jail maybe.