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Pick and Roll Over: Demarcus Cousins and the Kings Defensive Struggles

Hey Sactown Royalty, Please check out my analysis of the Kings pick and roll defense at kingsscoop.com. Any shares or rec's are greatly appreciated. Go Kings!

DeMarcus Cousins: The New Romance with Basketball

This is part two of a multi-part series on the enigma that is DeMarcus Cousins.  This series is going to cover everything from his early years before he ever picked up a basketball, to his...

DeMarcus Cousins: The Confusion Before College

This is part three of a multipart series on the enigma that is DeMarcus Cousins.  This series is going to cover everything from his early years before he ever picked up a basketball, to his...

Be afraid; be very afraid. Two big men brought together by the hands of fate; two big men whose...

Be afraid; be very afraid. Two big men brought together by the hands of fate; two big men whose futures may be linked by time and circumstance. Two big men who pair together to form a formidable frontcourt.

Robinson and Cousins: A Formidable Frontcourt A Royal Pain

The Rematch of Griffin and Cousins LA Times by Broderick Turner One Quote: "Griffin and Cousins...

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The Rematch of Griffin and Cousins LA Times by Broderick Turner One Quote: "Griffin and Cousins had their first encounter Thursday night in Sacramento, as they engaged in a physical, elbow-throwing, wrestling, trash-talking exchange."

CONTROVERSY: The latest CONTROVERSY involving the CONTROVERSIAL DeMarcus Cousins.

...the Sacramento Kings forward "allegedly" decided to engage in an unsolicited game of "show and tell" with self proclaimed "model/dancer" Asia Monroe...

All right, release that thought (from Mystery Player A, ranked no. 32 in Part 1). Contrast these...

All right, release that thought (from Mystery Player A, ranked no. 32 in Part 1). Contrast these 2011-12 numbers … Mystery Player A: 29.4 MPG, 16.2 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.2 BPG, 43% FG, 73% FT, 21 PER Mystery Player B: 32.7 MPG, 16.4 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.6 BPG, 50% FG, 79% FT, 23 PER Slight edge to Player B, right? OK, so let's say Player B is a normal guy … and Player A is an unpredictable loose cannon who may or may not have just gotten his first coach fired a few weeks ago. Now which guy are you taking? Here's the point: Boogie Cousins gets more hype than Greg Monroe; he got drafted two picks ahead of him; his upside seems like it should be higher; he's more fun to follow; he has a better nickname; and he's always going to seem a little more overpowering when he has it going. In the Grantland headquarters, we've probably had 20 Boogie Cousins conversations and 135 moments where Jay Kang cackled, "I LOVE BOOGIE!!!!" I don't remember anyone discussing Greg Monroe even once. I'm not even sure half our staff knows what he looks like. Just know that Sacramento would flip Boogie for Monroe in a cocaine heartbeat … and if the roles were reversed, Detroit would hang up.

Bill Simmons Grantland article on Cousins vs. Monroe

I shot this last year for a Kings.com story, but never got around to posting the actual clip until...

I shot this last year for a Kings.com story, but never got around to posting the actual clip until now. Here is DMC describing his perfect Valentine's Day date.

Smart emphasizes Trust

"Smart began to win over Cousins last month during training camp. Cousins said Smart, then a first-year Kings assistant coach, told him he found Cousins not to be the malcontent he had been told he was before joining the Kings." So, it appears that while Westphal was busy tearing Cousins down, Smart was behind the scenes building Demarcus up. Smart move.

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