Cheery DeMarcus Cousins greets media: ‘Hey, friends. Man, I missed you guys’ (video)

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Both the Kings and DeMarcus Cousins have a bad habit of compounding their problems.

Go through a small rough patch with the star player injured? Fire the beloved coach.

Build a poor team with limited ability to upgrade? Trade an unprotected first-round pick and multiple pick swaps to clear cap space.

Suffer a bad call? Complain until referees call a technical foul.

But Cousins took a refreshingly different approach last night. After getting fined $50,000 for his media interactions, Cousins was warm and cheerful in his first group interview that included outlets he previous feuded with.

It doesn’t hurt that Sacramento won, and Cousins blew off steam in his postgame on-court interview with a team-affiliated reporter. We’ll see whether Cousins maintains this new approach, especially after losses.

For one night, though, Cousins endeared himself in a constructive way.