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Can the Olympics Shed Cousins’ Bad-Boy Image?

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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.”

[The Vertical]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Can the Olympics Shed Cousins’ Bad-Boy Image?

  1. ukcamel
    10:56 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t think Cousins has a “bad boy” or what I’d call a thug image either on or off the court (like Kenyan Martin or Draymond on the court or Gilbert Arenis or Draymond off the court). He has a hot head reputation (like Rasheed Wallace), somewhat deserved, but anyone with a clue understands dysfunctional Sacramento contributes a lot to that. Cousins was somehow able to keep it together very well as an 18-year-old away from home for the first time, playing for Cal. I think if he played for San Antonio or even just pretty much anywhere else, you’d hear very little negative about him.

  2. Booby Petrino
    11:48 am July 20, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t blame him for elbowing Swopshire, little Swop made the first aggressive move, Boogie’s was in retaliation.

  3. Luether
    12:13 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

    Boogie’s immature – but getting better…

  4. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:22 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

    Shedding his bad boy image assumes he keeps his cool and doesn’t get any Techs during the Olympics. I’d say there’s a 0.0% chance of that happening. Conversely, if (or when) he gets a couple of techs, it’s going to be blown up even more since it’s the Olympics and everyone will be saying what they said about Sir Charles: “He could start an international incident!” If I were betting, I’d say while playing on the Olympic stage, there’s a much better chance he cements his bad boy image than sheds it.

  5. Sticky Ceiling
    12:43 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

    Boogie in one word: immature
    He would rather quit than change…..

  6. JPScott
    1:01 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

    “elbowing Jared Swopshire in the face” Sorry, know it’s been a couple years and wives-tales tend to grow over time but Cousins didn’t elbow Swopshire (if anything he hit him with his forearm), and it’s not clear Swopshire was hit in the face either (again, if anything it was his upper body/neck).

    BTW, the only person clearly hit in the head was Cousins, by Swopshire’s knee. That seems to be forgotten.

  7. catdaddyd
    2:30 pm July 20, 2016 Permalink

    Respect is earned not given. Win and quit whining and respect will follow.