DeMarcus Cousins Finds Mentor in Former Sacramento Kings Star Chris Webber

Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerMarch 5, 2012

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 21, 2012 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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DeMarcus Cousins has made more than his share of headlines for a second-year player on a losing team. Luckily for Sacramento Kings fans, Cousins has been making the right moves on and off of the court since Keith Smart took over after Paul Westphal was axed.

Cousins' talent has never been an issue—the sophomore is averaging a double-double for the Kings this season—but many have wondered if his talent would be enough. 

While the 6'11" center has had his hot-headed moments off the court, he's got a new mentor who is familiar with his situation. Former Kings forward Chris Webber has entered the scene and is ready to help guide Cousins by passing along the kind of advice that can only be learned through experience.

So far, it sounds like a win for the Kings organization, as Cousins is eager for the support. Via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:

"I have the utmost respect for C-Web, he’s a real person," Cousins said. “He just gives me advice, tells me how to handle situations. He went through similar situations so of course he has advice for me. I guess you can say a big brother looking over me.’’

You couldn't find a more knowledgeable or beloved former Kings player to work with Cousins than Webber. With the support of Smart and his teammates, the sophomore season that got off to a very rocky start seems to have smoothed itself out. Kings fans will also be happy to hear that Cousins pledged his allegiance to Sacramento, telling Washburn:

“Sacramento is where I want to be,’’ he said. “I want to bring the organization back, help the organization get started back winning. I love the city of Sacramento. That’s where I want to be. End of story."

If he continues to heed the advice of Webber while also working to hone his game, this story could end up with a happy ending for the Kings.