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Sacramento Kings: Is DeMarcus Cousins Derrick Coleman 2.0 ?

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 25:  DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings reacts to a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2012

In the 1990s, there was a player similar to DeMarcus Cousins who displayed a crazy arsenal of talent to go along with an immature attitude. That player was Derrick Coleman.

D.C. was a beast at Syracuse and was expected to become one of the greatest power forwards to play during that era. Coleman never played to his potential, however, and that was solely due to his lack of work ethic and poor attitude.

D.C. 2.0 (DeMarcus Cousins) seems to be following the same path as Coleman. Cousins has been in the headlines for demanding a trade after another blowup with former Kings head coach Paul Westphal. 

Cousins is one of the most talented young players in the league. He is blessed with enormous size and an advanced skill set for a "big man." Cousins has all of the tools on the court, but his immature ways seem to be at the forefront of any discussion about him.  

Prior to being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, Cousin's immaturity and attitude raised red flags while he played his lone season with the Kentucky Wildcats. Even then, Cousins would often clash with head coach John Calipari. Coach Cal, who is known as a player's coach, seemed to get the best out of Cousins despite his childlike behavior.  

It is not too early to give up on Cousins, because he is only 21 years old. There is a lot of room for him to grow as a person and a player.

Will the Sacramento Kings be willing to wait? That is the question that everyone seems to be thinking about. Quality big men are hard to come by, but if Cousins continues to act as if he didn't get an extra 15 minutes at recess, he will be en route to a new NBA city.

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