Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Boogie Debut is a Winning One

DeMarcus Cousins made his NBA debut with the Sacramento Kings last night and is already making his case for Rookie of the Year. Cousins had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists against the Timberwolves in Minnesota and earned rave reviews from his teammates and coaches.

Let's look a little closer at what made his performance so good. The team leaned on him, a rookie, in the fourth quarter to come back and win the game. The Kings were down by two when Cousins hit two free throws to tie the game. You read that right. Boogie made clutch free throws. He scored five points in one minute to give the Kings the lead.

His coach had this to say about him, "The tougher it gets, the more faith I have in him." That's lofty praise for a rookie. No signs of the "bad attitude" that he has been labeled with so far.

Cousins had help from former Cardinal Francisco Garcia, who added 22 points in the Kings victory. With Tyreke Evans coming back (1 game suspension for reckless driving charge) these young Kings should be fun to watch. I and the rest of the UK faithful will no doubt be following our man Boogie throughout the season. It makes me a little sad that one of our most charismatic and fun players won't be wearing the Blue and White this year but I am going to support him all the same.

Next up tonight: John Wall makes his debut with the Wizards. Be ready for some fireworks. It will be fun watching Boogie and Wall, former teammates and close friends, battle for Rookie of the Year this season.


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