Since DeMarcus Cousins came to Kentucky, he’s been viewed by the masses as a bad guy.
Some of the criticism is deserved — elbowing Jared Swopshire in the face, butting heads with George Karl — but the Kings’ nine-year playoff drought doesn’t entirely fall on Cousins’ shoulders. After all, he averaged 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds a game last year, yet still didn’t make All-NBA First Team.
“I still don’t feel I get the respect I deserve. But I’m going to keep grinding. I’m going to stick with it,” Cousins told The Vertical.
The recent criticism comes from his draft night Tweet, “Lord give me strength.” He’s dismissed the notion that he was calling out his bosses, but it has not stopped following him. When he was asked about the situation the other day, he said, “I really don’t understand what’s going on. I just control what I can control.”
Even that was perceived as a shot at his bosses. Frankly, he’s tired of it.
“I’m trying to figure out what I said wrong. Of course, they’ve twisted it into something negative, in some type of way,” Cousins told The Vertical. “I’m clueless. It’s to the point now, where I don’t want to say anything about any situation. Then I’ll be the bad guy about that as well. Anything I do. Anything I do, it’s … it’s whatever, man.”
Maybe bringing home an Olympic gold medal can change perception. It’s a big maybe, but Cousins doesn’t care, he’s just excited to be there.
“I’m extremely honored. I’m a prideful guy. I plan on representing well. I’m just excited about the whole thing.”