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Westphal remains bullish on Cousins

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08:22 AM ET 02.14 | DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings have had more than their share of incidents in his young career, but the franchise is trying to move past the most recent. After Saturday night's loss to Oklahoma City, Cousins wasn't allowed to join the team for its charter flight to Phoenix because of a postgame altercation with teammate Donte Greene. ... Paul Westphal said the incident hasn't soured him on Cousins' future. Westphal has praised the progress in Cousins' play and his maturity off the court. Westphal recently noted Cousins' improved practice habits and effort as reasons for his improved play. "He's made great strides, and I believe he will continue to make great strides," Westphal said. "I've always said that as you're climbing the metaphorical mountain, you're going to take some steps backward sometimes. It's inevitable. You don't want to, but this is one of them."

Sacramento Bee

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February 14, 2011  09:11 AM ET

First! SPEED!!!

February 14, 2011  09:11 AM ET

FIRST!! SPEED!

February 14, 2011  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

FIRST!! SPEED!

So Nice i said it twice, what' good FN!?!?!

February 14, 2011  09:25 AM ET

Tel us how you really feel, Bro.

February 14, 2011  10:10 AM ET

Send him to the Dleague and see if he humbles.

February 14, 2011  10:14 AM ET

told you this guy is trouble....were you not paying attention to his games @ KU....

February 14, 2011  11:04 AM ET

He should be bullish on Cousins, Demarcus is loaded with talent. It's too bad SAC doesn't have the resources to bring out his best play (vets, coaches, & a proven front-office that demand respect).

February 14, 2011  12:51 PM ET

headcase....a damn shame....

February 14, 2011  02:44 PM ET

Cousins is a raw talent with huge potential. He is only 20 years old; Plus what is better than a big man who wants the ball in the clutch? The kid plays with heart and you can't teach heart or hustle. I'm a King's fan. I see a DeMarcus as a big kid with a grown man's body. He will mature with time. Only a hater would want to see him Fail....

February 14, 2011  03:32 PM ET
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Cousins is a raw talent with huge potential. He is only 20 years old; Plus what is better than a big man who wants the ball in the clutch? The kid plays with heart and you can't teach heart or hustle. I'm a King's fan. I see a DeMarcus as a big kid with a grown man's body. He will mature with time. Only a hater would want to see him Fail....

Grow up and find another word for hater. You dopes call everyone haters if they dont accept drug users, thugs, punks, rapists, or whatever the players misdeed was.

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February 14, 2011  06:15 PM ET

i wont be suprised if this guy gets traded within deadline or early next season... detroit loves jughead like this... am trading this scumbug frm my yahoo fantasy... dammit!

February 14, 2011  06:17 PM ET

u aint kobe or other elite yet on demanding damn ball... u still got to earn respect... wat a sob!

February 14, 2011  06:21 PM ET

I dont like this guy at all.

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February 14, 2011  10:12 PM ET
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Grow up and find another word for hater. You dopes call everyone haters if they dont accept drug users, thugs, punks, rapists, or whatever the players misdeed was.

Grow up? what are u the grammar police?(Get a life buddy) and what word would you use? since you did not offer up a better word for HATER.

Plus now your lumping Cousins with, "drug users, thugs, punks, and rapists."

How about you stop being an elitist-**** bag.

 
February 16, 2011  05:17 AM ET

Educating a delicate temper is very difficult and can only be judged in a f-t-f situation. I don't we can or should judge either of them.

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