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DeMarcus Cousins says he doesn’t have ‘any confidence at all’

Dec 5, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

Rodney Motte, DeMarcus Cousins AP

The Kings are once again terrible, just as they’ve been every season for the past seven years. Help was supposed to be on the way, thanks to solid young talent acquired through the draft in Tyreke Evans, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, and mercurial big man DeMarcus Cousins.

Evans has regressed since that stellar first season, in part due to dealing with injuries, and in part due to some positional uncertainty and perhaps a revolving door of head coaches that haven’t stayed in place long enough to develop his skill set.

Cousins, meanwhile, had been increasingly productive, and had shown signs that he was ready to make the leap this season into becoming an All-Star caliber big man. It hasn’t happened that way, though, and after a miserable eight-point, six-rebound performance in his team’s 35-point loss to the Clippers on Saturday, Cousins admits that he’s lost confidence.

From Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee:

One month into his third season with the Kings, the Big Cuz is in a massive funk. His numbers are down in all the pertinent categories. He isn’t running the floor with the same energy or commitment of last season. He repeatedly is finding himself in foul trouble and on the bench, or in trouble with his coach and on the bench.

And he doesn’t have any answers.

“I’ve been terrible,” Cousins said bluntly but softly. “We’re losing. I don’t feel like I made improvements from last year. I really don’t have any confidence at all. I’m just trying to think my way through it, but right now, I’m not finding anything.”

Cousins has always had attitude issues, but his game, especially on the boards, has managed to transcend that up until this season.

The suspensions and ejections have been there this season as much as ever, and Cousins is tied for the league lead in technical fouls with five, counting games played through December 2.

The Kings need a stable coaching staff in place for more than a season or two to develop its young talent, while being able to gain the trust of the team’s young players at the same time. Cousins is a unique project, and one that will require special handling and attention to maximize his potential.

With the player himself already losing confidence in his abilities, we may be reaching a critical juncture.

  1. mrcuret - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    The Kings should go after Jerry Sloan, he’s a great coach who demands & get the best out of his players, he would put the Kings on the right track in a season or 2.

  2. raidmagic - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Yeah except that whole the the Kings won’t spend any money on the franchise

    • sj60640 - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:15 AM

      Everyone (including the players) is just waiting for the Maloofs to sell. Any dreams of Jerry Sloan, a new arena or the Kings ever being any good will have to wait until then.

  3. beavertonsteve - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Sacramento, Seattle, Virginia Beach, whatever, just please get a real NBA owner in there who is committed to putting a competitive team on the court. The Kings are currently the best argument that the NBA needs to contract by 4 franchises.

  4. stayhigh_247 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Yeah, like Jerry Sloan will come out of retirement to play for some shady casino owners that are trying to relocate on somebody elses dime. Too much uncertainty. Not to mention the hodge podge roster. Plus coach smart is a good young coach.

  5. patfic15 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Kid has talent….team needs some vets on that team. Proven players that can bring order to the squad. Might be time to lose Evans, too. Haven’t liked Cousins to date, but he’s a young guy ….still has time.

  6. sasquash20 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Cousins is talented but a total head case. He needs to stop thinking and just listen to and do what his coaches tell him to do. If this kid could just grow up a little bit he could be scary good.

  7. paulwoodsby - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Sloan was one of the greatest ever but I think he lost his patience towards the end. He couldn’t handle deron williams’ bad attitude and cousins is just as bad or worse.

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