Video: What went right for Cousins and Evans in Keith Smart’s coaching debut
- Cousins made it clear he doesn’t want out of the capital city. “Letting the record be known right now, Sacramento is the place I want to be. Just for everybody to know, I don’t want to be anywhere else but Sacramento.”
- Cousins is aware he still has much to improve on as a young adult. “I mean I know I make my mistakes, but hell I’m human Everybody makes mistakes. It just seems like my mistakes are bigger than what they should be. At the same time, I’m still growing, I never said I was perfect. I got a lot of improvement to do, I know that. But I’ma keep working, I’ma keep fighting (and) trying to help my teammates win games.”
- Cousins also talked how the team felt “freer” last night. “You didn’t feel like you had like 30 lbs. bags on your back. You just felt free. It felt good to be out there, we were having fun. Even though we were battling back the whole time, we were having fun, at the same time. We were having fun working and it felt good out there tonight.”
- Evans also agreed with Cousins’ statement about feeling more “free” and was less constrained and bogged down by the playbook. He credited Keith Smart’s fluid approach to their offense as a reason for yesterday evening’s success. “He just wanted us to go out there and have fun.” The Kings guard added that Smart mixed up the playbook, drawing plays for a number of different players down the stretch.
- Smart says this team needs to become a family. Evans agreed. “He talked to me about it, just calling the guys over for dinner and watch some of the other games, and just being a team and a family, and I think (he’s) right with that.”