A painful and depressing year away from basketball is changing DeMarcus Cousins’ view on life. He’s spent the last 10 years of his life being associated with the “Boogie” moniker, but now, he just wants to be DeMarcus.
In an excellent and detailed article by Lonnae O’Neal of The Undefeated, Cousins talks about how he’s been perceived since beginning his basketball career in Alabama high schools. The constant negativity, misconstrued stories, and his battle to get through it all with a somewhat level head.
*All quotes are credited to The Undefeated’s article*
The article touches on how Cousins does endless amounts of charity work for his community, both past and present, along with the emotions of recovering from a brutal Achilles injury last year. Having a year off “Has slowed me down,” Cousins says. It’s helped “me see the reality of this whole business, just appreciating every moment.”
Watching the progression and growth of Cousins since his one-year at Kentucky has been beautiful. He’s a model example of being put in terrible situation after terrible situation (sometimes to his own fault) while finding a way to overcome the adversity and make himself a better man because of it.
The Boogie we know is the version of himself that Cousins wants to leave in the past. “I don’t want to be Boogie,” Cousins says. “I just wanna be DeMarcus.”
“It’s so much extra put on with Boogie”, Cousins said.
Definitely check out the full article by O’Neal. It’s loaded with interesting notes about Cousins and his past.