Today is media day, so we'll begin to see a lot of interviews from the media with Kings players and personnel, but our friend Sam Amick recently sat down with DeMarcus Cousins to talk with him on a variety of subjects. I highly recommend reading the entire piece, but here are some highlights:
On Team USA:
"I didn't enjoy it," he said of the experience. "I went out there, and ... I'm not going to say I didn't learn anything from it, because I did. But it was just, in my mind, another political battle. I learned more about politics. I saw the work ethic of the so-called elite in the league, and I took some notes from that and took that back with me. But as far as the rest of it? No.
On how he compares himself to other NBA big men:
"I'm not going to even speak on [who is the best big man in the game]," said Cousins, who averaged 18.1 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season while the Kings went just 22-44. "Whoever you consider the best in the game, just check my game against theirs. Go look at the game stats and you tell me.
"I mean my game speaks for itself. Regardless of our team's record, their team's record, or who made the playoffs or whatever, I'm one of the best big men in this game right now."
On whose team the Kings are:
"At the end of the day, everybody in that locker room knows this team is myself and Tyreke's. I don't give a [expletive] about no articles [asking whose team it is]. This team goes as far as we carry it."
On his summer workout:
"[Last offseason and during the season under Westphal], I put in the work but there was nothing positive coming out of it. No matter how much I did, it was never good enough. I wanted to be good. I wanted to be great. I wanted to be in the best shape. But at the same time, if I don't have the support system that's there and that's also trying to help me get there, then what can I do? What I'm saying is that was the Westphal era. Now we all have a goal, we know where we want to be. Me and coach [Keith Smart] are on the same page, so it's easier to get it done."
There's plenty more in Amick's interview, including the revelation that Cousins became a father five months ago, and more on his feelings about Westphal and new rookie Thomas Robinson, so go check it out.