Well I guess it all depends on what your personal definition of a role model is.
I mean the fact that DeMarcus Cousins came from a rough area and was able to overcome the odds to become an NBA and Team USA player is inspirational to kids in the same situation, but he still has a ways to go.
The Sacramento Kings talented but hot-tempered forward feels like his journey from the dark and rough streets to the bright lights of the NBA makes him someone to look up to.
“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,” Cousins explained. “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.”