Sam Smith, who is a beat writer for the Chicago Bulls, had some pretty strong things to say about DeMarcus Cousins.
From a recent piece, where he was answering mailbag questions on the Bulls' corner of nba.com:
You have problems when you trust, say, DeMarcus Cousins. If you just read box scores, as an aside, you don't get Cousins. He puts up amazing numbers, but has no basketball IQ. He'll come down the stretch making mistake after mistake in holding the ball, forcing shots, committing bad fouls.
I believe he is well meaning and really wants to win. But he never can until he has a coach who isn't afraid of him. You can tell everyone in that organization is afraid to say anything to him for fear of what he might do. The only time I ever saw him play intelligently--which shows he can—was under Mike Krzyzewski with USA Basketball. Karl could have been that guy, but his job is so tenuous now he cannot afford another incident with Cousins. I picked them to make the playoffs because they do have talent. But Cousins will constantly frustrate them. It's funny to listen to their TV announcers ignore all his wacky moves. I assume his family watches the games.
Wowzers. Strong words there, Sam. What do you guys think?