Will Kings center DeMarcus Cousins be able to repair his reputation?

Leading Off: For Cousins, summer is season for change

Published: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Yo, Big Cuz:

This could be your summer of discovery – as in self-discovery.

As you approach your 23rd birthday (in August) and your fourth NBA season, you have an opportunity to repair your reputation. Even your harshest critics recognize your immense talent, that you have the skills to be a perennial All-Star.

The only thing holding you back is your boorish behavior – something only you can change.

Your new owner and new coach spoke glowingly about you in Monday's news conference, with coach Michael Malone saying, "On any given night, he's the most talented big man in the NBA."

You've been invited to Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas next month, with USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo – who last summer said you had "some growing up to do" – calling it a "new year, new summer, new opportunity."

Hear them, Boogie?

You control your destiny; you can be what you want to be.

During the NBA Finals, watch closely how the Spurs' Tim Duncan carries himself, and you'll see why he's so respected (and why he seems to get help from the officials).

Do you want to be the NBA's best big man, respected by teammates, coaches and opponents and adored by fans? Do you want to be the leader the Kings so desperately need? Do you want to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics?

Or do you want to be forever known as a knucklehead?

What to watch

Baseball, Giants at Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m., CSNBA: Can the Giants' bats come alive against Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.06 ERA)?

Today's poll

Will Kings center DeMarcus Cousins be able to repair his reputation?

• Yes, he's still young and can change.

• No, it's who he is, and he can't change.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field

Thursday's poll results

Who is the greatest NBA point guard ever?

• Bob Cousy: 6%

• Magic Johnson: 47%

• Jason Kidd: 4%

• Oscar Robertson: 25%

• John Stockton: 16%

• Other: 2%

Total votes: 271

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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