Cousins bruised, but confident


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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.

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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.”

11 Comments

  1. Inaton Ekine says:

    Im not a kings fan at all. i actually hate them (im a lakers fan) but i have to admit, Cousins is good. Really good.

  2. Eric Kinney says:

    My Kings will be fine if he keeps this up and build chemistry w/ tyreke.

  3. Jake says:

    The Kings could have the makings of a very solid team if Cousins does turn out to be a great pick. With him, reigning rookie of the year, Tyreke Evans, Omri Casspi, and Carl Landry the Kings will be full of good young players.

  4. matthew says:

    damarcus is ready 4 the nba he going be a dominator

  5. Bob daniels says:

    who else agrees that the kings definitely had the best draft of anyone: donald sloan, hassan whiteside, and Big DC

  6. majula says:

    cousin,wall have always been my favourites since they were at college,hope to c more of them,especialy cousin,go go cousin

  7. JTreke says:

    COUSINS!

  8. Pinoy says:

    i think he will be a really good fit for the kings at the fourth spot because of his ability to score and his ability to get the ball offensively and defensively. make a mark in the NBA kid. good luck!

  9. GO Kings says:

    Go DeMarcus. What a great player, checks out on the boards, is an top notch outleter and can face up and play back to the basket. If he just stays focued, he will be Rookie of the Year. no doubt!

  10. Jonathan says:

    Good game, impressive.

  11. Kings Fan says:

    Love the attitude Cousins! Let’s make it two Rookies of the Year in a row! Yes, yes, yes.