Carmelo Anthony Strongly Endorses DeMarcus Cousins, Calls Him His 'Project'

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2014

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Carmelo Anthony hearts DeMarcus Cousins.

Seriously, he does.

Not long after the New York Knicks took down the Sacramento Kings 107-99, Anthony gave Boogie a ringing endorsement.

"I love him, I love him," he said of Cousins, per The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones. "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."

Think he said "love" enough times?

Personally, I love that he loves Cousins and his play style. While notoriously volatile, Cousins is extremely versatile, able to produce in any area of the game when he's locked in.

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 26:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks stands on the court during a game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on March 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha
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"He stuffs the stat sheet, points, rebounds," Anthony explained. "He can pass the ball, got a good feel for the game."

Against the Knicks, he gave Anthony a taste of what he loves, going for 32 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks.

Don't you just love that?

Not since LeBron James did it in November 2007 has an NBA player registered at least 32 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in the same game. Company doesn't get much better.

Now if only Cousins could keep his emotions in check. His random outbursts and bouts with immaturity are things Anthony doesn't love.

During Sacramento's loss to New York, Cousins gave Tyson Chandler a taste of what Anthony does not love, per the New York Daily News' Frank Isola:

Indeed, we are watching.

More importantly, Anthony is watching. He is on the case, attempting to solve one of the NBA's biggest and brightest mysteries.

"He just does a lot out there but I’m just trying to get him to calm down out there a little bit," Anthony said, via Jones. "I’m working on that, that’s my project."

Hey, we all have hobbies. Some people collect stamps while a select few hoard naval fluff. Anthony, though, is attempting to reinvent someone, which seems like a more constructive use of his time than if he we were to spend off days purchasing various types of toilet-seat art.

What exactly Anthony will do for Cousins moving forward, I do not know.

Therapeutic massage sessions followed by skee-ball tournaments could help Cousins unwind. Summer trips to monasteries that will teach Cousins how to weave his own conservatively colored robes could be calming as well.

Whatever Anthony does, he'll likely have to do it from afar. That is, unless he plans on leaving the Knicks in free agency and taking a pay cut to play in Sacramento, where he can keep a watchful eye on the project he loves working on.