Several NBA stars have tried with varying degrees of success to reach out to DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins said when he was a rookie, Lakers star Kobe Bryant pulled him aside to implore him cut out the unnecessary antics on the court.
Rockets center Dwight Howard has cautioned Cousins not to become too involved with officials during games.
Add New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to the list of players that love Cousins’ game and want to see more from him after the Knicks defeated the Kings, 107-99, Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.
“I love him, I love him,” Anthony said of Cousins. “I’m trying to get him to calm down a little bit but I love him, his game, what he can do out there on the basketball court. He stuffs the stat sheet, points, rebounds. He can pass the ball, got a good feel for the game. He just does a lot out there but I’m just trying to get him to calm down out there a little bit. I’m working on that, that’s my project.”
The last sentence was said with a chuckle.
Cousins did not pick up any technical fouls, but there were some moments where Anthony appeared to be telling Cousins to take it easy with his emotions.
Cousins has been deemed the franchise player by Kings ownership. Anthony said it’s time for Cousins to assume that role more for the Kings.
“He’s still learning this game, learning what it takes to be in the NBA,” Anthony said. “And by him being the man and that guy up here it’s time for him to step up from that aspect because a lot of people look up to him out here.”
• The loss was the Kings’ 21st at home. They’ll have to win out at home to match last season’s home record of 20-21.
• That improving Kings’ defense failed them Wednesday. The Knicks shot 54.8 percent from the field, 57.7 percent on threes.
Cousins said the defensive lapses covering three-point shooters falls on the players.
J.R. Smith made 9 of 12 threes, Anthony mad 5 of 8.
“We’ve got to know those guys’ tendencies,” Cousins said. “Well we know those guys’ tendencies. Coaches have been doing a great job as they always do with the scouting report. We know what they want to do, we’ve just got go out there and execute.”