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Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, currently in Spain with Team USA for the FIBA World Cup, said this week that he is "absolutely" a role model because he comes from a "different kind of place," according to a report from USA Basketball's website.

By SI Wire
August 30, 2014

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, currently in Spain with Team USA for the FIBA World Cup, said this week that he is "absolutely" a role model because he comes from a "different kind of place," according to a report from USA Basketball's website.

Cousins, who ranked first in the NBA in technical fouls last season and second in 2012-13, said there are different kinds of role models, and he represents one that came from a place where's there's not a lot of opportunity. In that regard, Sacramento's big man sees himself as someone the younger generation can look up to when they see him on the court.

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The 24-year-old has been fined by the league for on-court altercations, but last season he had a borderline All-Star year with averages of 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 71 games. 

From the report:

"I am a role model, absolutely. There are different types of people out there, and I come from a different type of place. So, I absolutely think I am a role model ... I come from a place where there are not a lot of opportunities. People there, they don’t ever really dream big because they don’t think it ever really exists. Like the things you see on TV, they think it’s just a false world. And them seeing me make it, they believe it is possible. Those people grew up with me; they have seen the struggles; they have seen me fight and work my way to where I am now, so I absolutely believe I am a role model.”

- Marc Weinreich 

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