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DeMarcus Cousins ... the leader?

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08:50 AM ET 10.09 | Though he may have rubbed some the wrong way in his young NBA career, DeMarcus Cousins' evolution as a leader continues. It's a role Cousins embraces, but he's still learning the best way to get his message across to teammates. "I'm trying (to lead)," Cousins said. "Just in a better way that will be accepted more and accepted better." It's one thing to be a fiery leader. But if that intensity disturbs teammates, Cousins might as well be talking to a wall. Cousins is a bright player, but his observations and messages are often ignored if they are shouted to teammates. It's something Kings coaches and players have relayed to Cousins, who says he's listening.

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October 9, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Too many underestimate Cousins. He'll get there.

October 9, 2012  09:20 AM ET

The Charge Of The Light Brigade, Bro?

October 9, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too many underestimate Cousins. He'll get there.

Totally agree... this kid is a beast and is a budding star in this league...

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October 9, 2012  10:23 AM ET

He'll get there. The team really isn't that good. Maybe if he just leads by example...

October 9, 2012  10:26 AM ET

The question is are they ready to follow. Personally I think he is a hot headed punk with talent and needs to grow up before he can truly be a leader.

October 9, 2012  11:19 AM ET

"Cousins is a bright player..." Hmm. I see him being a decent (maybe even great) player if he grows up a bit, but I don't think of him as a cerebral player.

October 9, 2012  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"Cousins is a bright player..." Hmm. I see him being a decent (maybe even great) player if he grows up a bit, but I don't think of him as a cerebral player.

He is a dullard with talent. For an NFL example, see Cutler, Jay.

 
October 9, 2012  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Too many underestimate Cousins. He'll get there.

He's earned that underestimation...no one questions his talent, its his drive, work ethic and attitude that are questioned. I personally think he can be a double/double guy nightly IF his head is in the game. He gets too distracted with bad calls, refs, not getting the ball, etc and it affects his play negatively

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