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Cousins Admits He Needs To Change

Posted: Jan 8, 2013 12:13 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 12:18 PM

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No one questions that DeMarcus Cousins is one of the best talents in the world.

No one questions that at times, the 6-foot-11 inch 270 pounder can be his own worst enemy. He is currently the number one bad-boy in the NBA.

You can't change until you admit there is a problem. The controversial star center for Sacramento admits he needs to change. When you hear that, it often makes you root for any athlete even more.

"Sometimes I let some of the small things take over," Cousins told SI.com. "It can be a simple thing, like a call going the wrong way, and it takes me all off. I've got a real problem when I know something is wrong or I feel something is wrong, I'm going to speak about it. I get it from my mother. It's a problem I have. I don't want to say I want to change it because it helped me get where I am. But at the same time, I have to learn to be quiet."

Even so, he says he doesn't think the bad-boy label is fair.

"I'm not going to sit here and say I'm innocent, because I've done things," Cousins said. "But to get the reputation that I've got, I don't think I've done enough. I don't have a criminal record. Some of the guys with the cleanest image in the league have a record. I don't think I was given a fair chance. I don't know what I did in college that was so bad to get that reputation. OK, there is footage of me and Coach Cal going at each other. That happens in sports. Coming into the league, everyone said I was going to be fat, I was the next Oliver Miller. I had all these red flags. I just feel I was never given a fair chance coming in."

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