Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
If you have a guy on your squad as talented as Cousins, the last thing you'd want for him to be is timid. If DMC's 12 technical fouls (second highest behind Kendrick Perkins) last year were any indication, DeMarcus is far from shy about expressing how he feels.
There were times when it was needed. If the team was slacking, a ferocious finish followed by some friendly words for the opposition could perk everybody up.
Unfortunately, there were times when his emotion was detrimental to team chemistry, especially after former King's head coach Paul Westphal got the ax after a series of bouts with Cousins.
Besides some past tension with his former coach, there were often key moments within games where Cousins lost his composure.
Sometimes if officials decided to not give Cousins a call, Demarcus reacted in a demonstrative manner. Any coach wants passion from his players, but there is no doubt Kings' head coach Keith Smart wants less outbursts on the floor from DeMarcus.
Giving up a free basket to the opposition is a huge momentum killer if it occurs at the wrong time, but if Cousins' can channel his emotions in a positive manner, it will do nothing but inspire his teammates.
When the best player on your team possesses the passion and willingness to lead by his actions, it's a great sign for a young team.
Cousins has the ability to set the tone for a Kings' team that could use an aggressive personality as their premier player.