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|DeMarcus Cousins showed his skills at the NBA Draft Combine basketball workout on May 21 in Chicago.|
“"People saw us go back and forth and they thought we were contentious,'' Calipari said. "He was like a son. He needs guidance. He's not one to go on his own.'' "I mean, I compete, and if I don't understand things I ask questions, which is why you saw a lot of back and forth between me and Cal,'' Cousins said. Watching Cousins work out on the basketball court, run through grueling agility training, leap over hurdles 48 inches high, throw medicine balls, step into the boxing ring and hear him speak, it's hard not to see the other side. He is still just 19 years old. You can't forget that. Even he can't. Cousins said that he's still a child. But he was treated like a man for years because he was larger than every other kid. "You look at his body language and he acts like he's mean, when he's actually witty,'' Calipari said. "He's 19. He's more like 17. But he's 19. He's not 25 but his upside is enormous. "I keep telling everybody that he's not there yet and with him you probably have the most unfinished product in the draft. You have to create a relationship with him, push him and drive him. He's going to have to believe in you and you have to hold him accountable. If you do that, you'll end up with a player that you'll say, 'Wow!''' Another concern for NBA teams is Cousins' weight. When he was in Chicago in late May for the pre-draft camp, Cousins thought he performed well. But he weighed in at 291 pounds, 11 pounds more than his previously stated weight, and had a body fat that measured at more than 16 percent, the second highest mark in the camp. "His body fat needs to be down around the 10, 11, 12 range,'' Calipari said. "I say his playing weight, especially if he's a 4 or 5, is probably 275 or 270.'' To get into shape, his agent, John Grieg, sent Cousins to D.C. trainer Keith Williams, who has worked with the likes of Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley and Carmelo Anthony. Williams designed the workout plan that included agility drills on the court, such as bouncing a tennis ball and a basketball at the same time. "I don't think he has had to work this hard because he's normally bigger than everybody,'' Williams said. Hall of Fame coach John Thompson Jr., who coached All-Star centers Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning at Georgetown, has been taken by Cousins' game and doesn't buy that he can't get into shape. "Is that an unreasonable expectation for a man that makes that kind of money,'' Thompson said. "I can tell him to get real skinny fast -- lose that damn job and that money he got, he'll get thin in a minute.'' Thompson said he thought Calipari did a "nice job" managing Cousins, and that if it were up to him, he wouldn't try to temper Cousins so much in the pros.
'He's a time bomb. He's a thug. He'll be locked up in a few years,' just because of the way I play basketball.” -- DeMarcus Cousins on what
people think of him
|After butting heads with John Calipari, some have labeled DeMarcus Cousins "uncoachable."|