Is the respect being shown to DeMarcus Cousins by new Kings management warranted?

Leading Off: Cousins should return recent show of respect

Published: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 6:37 am

Somewhere between the opening scenes of "Despicable Me 2" and its closing credits, the mental light bulb flickered on.

If Gru could change his evil ways to help save the world – because of the love, respect and support of his adopted children – maybe there's still hope for DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento's animated DM2.

Until recently, Cousins has been nothing but despicable. His boorish behavior on the court has led to a league-wide bad reputation, two coaches being fired and his minions – OK, teammates – all but turning their backs on the big kid who says he'll learn from his mistakes but has yet to show much growth.

Despite Cousins' rap sheet, the Kings' new ownership and management have wiped the slate clean and all but crowned him the King of Kings.

He has been hugged, kissed on both cheeks and welcomed into the Kings' new family like a long-lost wayward son.

Usually described as "selfish" and "immature," Cousins now is being called the "cornerstone" and "foundation" of the franchise by principal owner Vivek Ranadive.

Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and coach Michael Malone traveled to Cousins' hometown of Mobile, Ala., just for a meet and greet. You think they visited Jimmer Fredette? Try again.

Now it's Cousins' turn. If he wants the Kings to show him the money that will keep him in Sacramento beyond the upcoming season, he needs to change his evil ways and show the Kings' front office, his teammates and the fans respect, too.

What to watch

Baseball, Toronto at A's, 7:05 p.m., CSNCA: A.J. Griffin goes for his 10th victory against the last-place Blue Jays.

Today's poll

Is the respect being shown to DeMarcus Cousins by new Kings management warranted?

• Yes

• No

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend poll results

Do you have confidence in 49ers backup quarterback Colt McCoy if Colin Kaepernick is injured?

• Yes: 59%

• No: 41%

Total votes: 162

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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