This team needs no further persuasion on Cousins’ skill set. It’s reasonably assured he’s a good-hearted person who has manageable behavioral issues that fall within the bounds of the normal human experience. But it’s not sure it wants to pay the Cousins tax — that 6 or 7 percent of possessions that not only take a team out of its offensive or defensive rhythm but whose negative outcomes can crush its collective spirit.
One general manager says he wakes up every day hoping one of his rivals trades for Cousins. Another says “No f—ing way” when asked whether he’d ever consider dealing for him.
Elite Austin Howard Jersey The question, at least for now, is no more than a hypothetical, as it was reported on Jan. 10 that Cousins intends to sign an extension with the Kings for in excess of $200 million. But a teammate of Cousins’ last season believes it remains the fundamental problem for any team on which he’s the featured talent. Every day at work in Sacramento — every practice, every play, every film session, every huddle — has the potential to be a collective exercise in managing Cousins’ emotional fiber, and the NBA season is simply too taxing for a team to take that on.
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Black knows there is a lot more to this book than just the cover. And at his young age, there are lots of chapters still to come, including hope to one day run for mayor of Memphis.
â€œI live life to be the role model that I always wanted,â€ Black said. â€œAnd if anybody can learn anything from my story, it is to take what you need, because Iâ€™ve experienced a lot. Iâ€™ve seen a lot and I wonâ€™t be bold enough to say Iâ€™ve seen everything. So I wonâ€™t ever sit and say that I donâ€™t want anybody to ever mimic me, because a lot of people mimic people.
â€œYou should do it your own way. But take what you need from my story that relates to you.â€
Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for The Undefeated. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasnâ€™t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.