Since Big Cuz and his future as a King seem to be the topic of discussion right now, I figured they'd be fitting as the content of my first post here on STR. Let me start out by saying that I don't choose to ignore Demarcus's attitude towards basketball and the officials. I don't condone his actions and I sure as hell believe they need to be dealt with in order for him to develop into an elite player in this league. A couple seasons ago, I had a theory going with my fellow Kings fans that when DMC removed his headband (out of frustration) he would change form into an over-weight, snappy, melodramatic girl known as "Shaniqua". A girl who would did not need no man, and wasn't takin' no shit from nobody.
With that being said, I do believe Mr. Cousins is terribly misunderstood. Having a bad reputation in the NBA is one thing, but having a bad reputation while playing on a small market team is much worse. Especially when it comes to officiating! Cousins' frustration is a vicious cycle with the referees. It only takes one or two bad calls (he falls victim to many more than this every night solely due to his bad rep) to get him frustrated. At that point, he's already feeling/hearing the "here we go again" and the "oh he's such a cry baby" coming from the audience and players around him. NBA players should be used to this, and able to continue playing without thinking much of it, but you have to imagine what feelings these situations would provoke in a player that already feels targeted by the media, the officials, and possibly even his teammates (we don't really know what happens in the locker room).
I believe Cousins needs guidance and nothing more. You can mention the technicals and fouls, but unless you watched those fouls get called, you'd have no business to. We know the officials are quicker to drop the T-hammer on Cousins than most other players. I've never seen Chris Paul get a technical foul called on him without having screamed obscenities into the face of the referee prior. I've seen multiple technical fouls called on Demarcus Cousins for nothing but a hand gesture (never out of threat or involving the middle finger). I'm not saying he's an angel. He deserved a good 80% of the T's he's been given. But if nobody competent helps the kid out, and really gives him something to believe in, it won't get any better for him.
There's no doubting DMC has the potential to be the best big man in the NBA. He's shown us he can score like Marc Gasol, rebound like Kevin Love, and dribble the ball and pass; frankly better than Jimmer if you ask me. He's one of the best in the NBA at taking charges, which is an entirely mental skill, not physical mind you, and best of all, HE'S NOT A F#&(@%1 TWIG.. Sure, guys like Anthony Davis and Nerlenes Noel have plenty of time to fill out, but cousins didn't come into the league needing to. AND HE'S ONLY 22 YEARS OLD. How great were you at dealing with frustration when you were 22? And without all the pressure, cameras, and people in the world watching you, waiting for you to screw up so they have something to write about that night. Yeah, I thought so...
My opinion is that trading away Boogie would be one of the biggest mistakes this franchise could possibly make, both right now and for the future. He's essentially irreplaceable with his unique skill set, and he also has the body to match. Cousins is an extremely talented player, and needs nothing but some guidance, and a team he can believe in to develop and excel in this league. He's also the last good decision Geoff Petrie made, with or without the Magoofs twisting his arm, so that should count for something, right? Most of the guys who believe in him, who see what I see, have some pretty damned good judgement when it comes to basketball. So be patient. Do you really think you could trade for anything near as special? You want to trade Demarcus for two or three more submissive role players? Since when is submissiveness a sign of greatness? Worked out real well for Kevin Martin and Tyreke Evans didn't it? I say bring on the fire! If you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen. And %$#& Miami. I also say %$#& Miami. A lot.