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Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:35 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 9:36 am
 

The most intriguing debate heading into Thursday's NBA Draft is the debate about DeMarcus Cousins.

Will he be the Rookie of the Year?

Will he be a headache?

Truth is, it won't surprise me if Cousins turns out to be both. The guy is an awesome talent and uneven personality whose reputation is well earned. My guess is that he'll put 18 points and 17 rebounds on somebody in the first month of his NBA career and cause general managers who passed on him to cry, then two months later be caught on camera arguing with an assistant coach, at which point those same general managers will be thankful they passed.

And that's probably how Cousins' career will go.

Lots of nice moments surrounded by lots of shake-your-head moments.

So the question the Nets (picking third) and Timberwolves (picking fourth) must ask themselves is whether they'd rather have Cousins and his issues, or Derrick Favors, Wes Johnson or Greg Monroe, because it's not close in terms of talent. On talent alone, Cousins should probably be the second pick (behind only Kentucky teammate John Wall) and perhaps the No. 1 overall pick. As much as I've criticized Cousins' demeanor, I've never questioned his ability. He's big and strong and skilled, and he was the most dominant force in college basketball last season. I love his potential, but I'm scared he'll never be able to get out of his own way. That's the dilemma. That's always been the dilemma.

And yet I still wonder how much it should matter.

I still really do wonder if we care too much about character.

I mean, I just watched the Lakers win an NBA title with a player who has been accused of rape (Kobe Bryant), a player who ran into the stands to punch a fan (Ron Artest), a player who once demanded a trade from the team that drafted him (Pau Gasol), and a player who married the worst Kardashian just weeks after meeting her (Lamar Odom). Again, those are our world champions. Meantime, the Indianapolis Police Department believes Zach Randolph could be a drug kingpin, and he's an All-Star. Dwyane Wade has gone through some kind of crazy divorce and may or may not be a terrible father, but he's a pretty successful basketball player. Carmelo Anthony once told criminals not to snitch on other criminals, but I'd take him on my team. Tyreke Evans was the driver of a car that carried a murderer away to safety, but he was also the Rookie of the Year.

I could do this forever, but you get the point.

Character matters, sure.

But nothing matters in the NBA more than talent.

You don't win or lose with good people and bad people.

You win or lose with talented players and untalented players.

So I'd take Wall ahead of Cousins and I might -- let me stress might -- take Turner and Favors ahead of him, too. But there's absolutely no way Cousins -- a 6-foot-11, 280-pound forward who averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game as a freshman -- should go any lower than fourth in this draft, absolutely no way Cousins should be selected behind Johnson, Monroe or anybody else not named Wall, Turner or Favors because you don't pass on a potential All-Star unless you're getting a potential All-Star in his place.

There are only four prospects in this draft who project as potential All-Stars.
  • John Wall
  • Evan Turner
  • Derrick Favors
  • DeMarcus Cousins
If they're not the first four picks Thursday night, somebody messed up.
Comments

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

I know all about Duke.....I graduated from there (summa cum laude by the way).......and I can tell you from first-hand experience, their program doesn't make a pimple on Kentucky's butt......Most of their students didn't know a basketball from a grapefruit when they were 9-10 years old......they could care less about the program or the sport. To them the games are just something to do between study groups and public television marathons. Gives them an excuse to stay up late enough to call their parents back in India.......

Dook Scmook.......they suck. And if we hadn't shot a freakisk 4-32 from 3 point land against West Virginia last year, we would have pounded Duke in the Final Four......



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Henry, that was a shameless display of stupidity.....Cousins was selected 5th, and those that passed on him will live to regret it. He is a legit 6'11" 290 pound beast, a Moses Malone in the making. He has incredible mobility, soft hands, quick feet, deft passing ability, runs the court, plays great defense, and is barely 19 years old. Additionally, he is a fine young man. He doesn't drink, smoke, get into any trouble off the court. he attended class at UK, and was generally considered the most popular player on the team......a team that included John Wall and P-Patterson.......he has a great sense of humor, and a very quick wit. Oh yeah, he can kick your ass on the basketball court too. Not a bad characteristic for an NBA center......

Clearly you absolutely nothing about Cousins or his make-up. Again, you simply put your bufoonery on world-wide display......you parents should be real proud of you for that.....but not as proud as Demarcus Cousins' mom was this week when her son became a multi-millionaire.......oh, by the way, what do you make per year ???

Thought so........



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2010 4:14 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Yet you can't win a title or even make it to the Final Four.  So a team like Duke, if you don't know who that is, Christian Laettner played there, won the title with a group of kids who play well together and just win.  They aren't big time athletes going on to the next level but they just get it done with a great deal of help from their coach.  So keep signing these one and dones and let Calipari get them ready for the NBA.  Last time I checked, its not about who you sign, and how mant draft picks you have.  Its about getting it done in the tournament and Calipari and uk will never do that..



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2010 7:16 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

To channel Mr. T, "I pity the fool who picks Cousins."

This is a low-life, filthy, lazy, disruptive liar.  Only a slimeball like Calipari would be willing to deal with a head-case like this.  Of course, we all know what Calipari is.  He'd sell his mother on the street if he thought it meant two more wins in a year.  Good luck "UK" fans when your program gets shut down by the NCAA.

The GM who drafts Cousins at #4 will be out of a job in two years.  If Cousins felt as entitled as he did making only a couple hundred thousand at "UK," imagine the sense of entitlement he'll feel making MILLIONS in the NBA.

Unmanageable.  



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 6:25 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Rarely do I read such idiotic dribble......you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. The kid is a very good kid. he is a sliver immature for his age, but when you understand his childhood and his high school AAU experiences it's easily explained. He is no punk, no thug. he is a very entertaining, funny, gifted young man. His sense of humor is like Shaq or Barkley......he's a hoot. Kentucky fans were leery of him when he got to Lexington, but in only one season he left as one of the most popular players in UK history.....

As for talent, he is better than Tyler Hainsborough, Greg Oden, or Kendrick Perkins right now. He could start on at least 12-15 NBA teams and average a double-double as a 19 year-old kid....by the time he's 21 he'll be on the verge of becoming the next Moses Malone.......by the time he's 30, he'll just be DeMarcus Cousins, because he will have outgrown anyone to be compared to........

Try understanding what your commenting upon before spewing your uneducated venom.........dipsh*t........



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Spoken like a true ACC moron. You should get down on your knees (an activity I believe you are probably all too familiar with) and WORSHIP the University of Kentucky you boneheaded twit. Kentucky is what ACC teams want to be when they grow up. We just inked another truckload of future NBA All Stars, and have yet ANOTHER #1 class already signed for 2011-12......including the #1 (Gilchrist), #2 (Teague) players in the nation.....and we have 3-4 additional Top 20 players praying they get selelcted to play at UK.  

Come get some a DAT........



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:59 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Damned fine, well-articulated post........5 stars !!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

This guy has Zach Randolph written all over him.  Contributing player who has good numbers but is not a winning player.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2010 3:42 pm
 

He should go top 4 but.............

Any team he goes to he will be a cancer to.  he showed time and time again last year that he is still just a punk kid.  Now going to a team that didnt win alot last year when all he is used to is winning will not be a good recipe.  He already thinks he is the greatest player in the world when in fact he is not even close.  He will be a average big man in the NBA.  He has been a men among boys his whole life.  Now going against the likes of Gasol, Stoudemire, Ming, even bigger power forwards, he will realize he has indeed met his match.  You heard it hear 1st.  This kid is nothing but a KID a big cancer for any team but someone will pay him more than he is worth and pay for it in the end.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:47 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

More times than not, these so called head cases do not pan out. Even if they do become a pretty good NBA player, rarely can they win a title, aka Iverson. Artest did finally win one, but as a role player, not the main keg. I have seen these type of players for many years. Almost always, they do not know the meaning of the word team. Some team will take him with the 2,3, or 4 pick, and this is a huge gamble. Sort of like playing the lottery. Players are such prima donna these days. In past years, owners would have laughed at players like these guys. Change is not always good.





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