By Drew Packham
LAS VEGAS — You can bet DeMarcus Cousins will be getting a mouthpiece tomorrow.
For the second straight day, Cousins was sporting reminders of a physical Summer League game.
On Monday, Cousins had butterfly bandages on his lower lip after getting knocked in the face. A day later, he had a fat lip to show for a game in which he faced constant double teams but still finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
“DeMarcus is tough, man,” Kings summer league coach Mario Elie said. “Nothing bothers him. We told him to get a mouthpiece because he’s going to see a lot of that. He’s always in the mix, always fighting for rebounds. He’s a double-double machine. It’s sad that they have to double him in the summer. I can imagine just to let him play one-on-one what he’d do.”
Still, after two games, the bruising isn’t hurting Cousins’ confidence. When asked of his goals for the season, the big man out of Kentucky didn’t hesitate.
“I’m going for the Rookie of the Year,” Cousins said. “I want to win, I want to be the best rookie coming in this season. That’s the goal.”