CLEVELAND -- DeMarcus Cousins is standing near his locker in the visitors dressing room, dancing and playfully yelling at teammates scattered across the room.
Hey, stop singing in the shower, man, Cousins says, to no avail.
Its as if hes making noise just for the sake of it. Since no one is actually responding, its fairly evident the fourth-year center hasn't quite emerged as the Sacramento Kings obvious leader. Hes merely their best player.
The Kings are coming off a 97-94 win at Cleveland, just their second on the road in 15 tries. So excuse them if the celebration seems a bit excessive.
More impressive than that, however, is the fact theyre 3-1 since Cousins returned from a one-game suspension, handed down by his very own team. The crime: Getting into a heated exchange with coach Keith Smart during halftime of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Those who watch Cousins closely say hes been at his very best since returning. Like, the best stretch of his career.