Isaiah Cousins: Learning the System

Hear from Kings guard Isaiah Cousins as he prepares to lead the team through Summer League play.
by Dan Lovi

Kings Mini-Camp wrapped up in Sacramento Wednesday afternoon, as the team prepares to travel to Las Vegas for one more day of practice before Summer League begins on Friday.

A lot of attention was on rookie point guard Isaiah Cousins, who the Kings selected with the No. 59 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. He is one of the few primary ball handers on the Summer League squad and will be relied upon to run the offense.

Cousins is trying to learn his teammates tendencies while staying aware of what head coach Dave Joerger is expecting.

“As much as he is trying to learn his teammates, he’s trying to learn what I’m looking for,” Joerger said after practice. “He’s trying to be very conscientious of what I’m looking for, so we get on the same page. I think he’s going to be good for us.”

Cousins is embracing the leadership role that he’s worked to earn through camp thus far. When asked if he was the leader of this team he responded with a smile, “I think I definitely am.”

However, the work doesn’t stop for Isaiah once practice is over. He generally remains in the gym working on his shot and spending one-on-one time with his new coach.

“I’m just working on getting better, knowing the plays and knowing the system,” said the former Oklahoma standout. “I’m trying to learn the system and trying to learn what [Joerger is] looking for.”

The Kings started Mini-Camp focusing heavily on defense, but have since transitioned into more offensive drills and learning offensive schemes. The two-a-day practices have been tough for some, but not for No. 10.

“I’m holding up good, I’m a warrior,” said Cousins. “This is nothing to me."

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