I know that 99.9 percent of you guys are going to think I'm a total dingleberry for suggesting such a notion, but Cousins has to go.
If you asked me a year ago if I'd be saying to trade away Cousins in a year, I would say that you're nuts. I would have never imagined that I'd think our team is better sans Cuz. However, after watching him play this season, it's the only logical conclusion. Dude has to go. Simple as that. He's never going to be the guy that we thought he was. His pure basketball talent is off the charts. No question about that. Trading away a young big with those kind of rare talents, must seem the most ludicros thing imaginable. The thing is, with all that talent, it really doesn't matter because he's mush between the ears.
The body language and demeanor that he shows, is just bringing this team down in the dumps. People wonder why the refs are always on him. It's freaking obvious to me why they are on him. He's the most demonsterative player in the league, from a standpoint of complaining about the calls and shaking his head in disbelief. Whenever I get to go to the Kings game, and actually watch him in person, it's even more obvious.
When you watch the game on TV, they don't always have the cameras on cousins. When you go to the game live, and can actually watch the guy at all times, it's like his complaining or pouting about 95 percent of the time that he's on the court. Always shaking his head, always looking at the refs like they killed his dog.
I was at the Lakers game last Wednesday, and there was this one part of the game, where Cousins was coming out of the game, and two Lakers fans were heckling him as he walked towards the bench. He stopped and went over to where they were, and started shouting at them. Then he walked to the bench, and told a security guy about them. Then, he was on the bench, and kept looking over to where the two yahoos were.
All of this was going on at a certain point in the game, when the outcome of the game was still very undecided. Cousins, is just never going to be the leader that we need him to be. He's never going to be the player that we need him to be. I never would have thought that Greg Monroe would have actually been the better way to go. Everytime I see Monroe play, I shake my head like Cousins is always shaking his head.
BY THE WAY
While I do think that Cousins is a cancer that we must remove from our team, I'm not willing to let him go in ANY kind of a firesale whatsoever. We have to get LEGIT, top talent in return. So, obviously, we need to continue to give him big minutes, and try to do as much damage control as possible. We have to hope that he has some monster games, and that his trade value improves significantly. Everybody in the league knows how talented he is, but at the same time, his value has to be hurt right now because everybody also knows how much of a head case he is. We have to let time wash over some of these other GM's, let Cousins have some big games against their teams, and then hope that they have forgotten a bit about his transgressions, and then trade him. I can't believe I'm typing this, but it's the truth.