Coming into the 2010 NBA Draft all anyone wanted to talk about regarding DeMarcus Cousins was his issues off the court. The words headcase, trouble, and immature popped up frequently. As we said then, and we’ll say until this website ceases to exist, the “character” issues around players are almost always exaggerated.
It’s funny how quickly things can change. Nowadays, the words associated with Cousins are All-Star, Rookie of the Year, and steal. Obviously his performance in Las Vegas played a large part in this, but off the court it seems like Cousins is more than any fan could hope for. Cousins was recently a special guest at Coach Cal’s ProCamp and when he heard of a fan unable to attend the camp to meet him he stopped the truck taking him to the airport and made a dream come true.
Cousins had no obligation to stop the driver in order to meet with Olivia Prewitt, a 12 year old fan, and her younger brother Jacob, but he did. In fact, he hopped out of the truck, posed for pictures, and even had John Calipari and John Wall come by to meet them as well. We’ve said that Cousins was just a big kid, nothing harmful, and his antics with the Prewitt’s prove it. He told Olivia he’d be back for her on her 18th birthday since she was wearing a “Future Mrs. Cousins” t-shirt.
Obviously it was a day that the Prewitt’s will never forget, and hopefully fans won’t forget it either and will start giving players with “character issues” the benefit of the doubt from now on.
For a full recounting of the story and pictures check out “Cousins makes a dream come true” by Larry Vaught of Vaught’s Views.