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Patrick Patterson says that when the Kings first acquired him from the Rockets, they said nothing about being a
calming influence on fellow Kentucky and troubled man-child DeMarcus Cousins. That has changed. "They've brought it to my attention that 'one of the reasons we have you here is for DeMarcus,'" Patterson said. He told me this as Cousins hustled around the lockerroom after the Kings' grinding last-second 87-83 loss to the Warriors. Cousins, having played 20 minimally effective minutes, was demonstrating that he could've done more by offering food and drinks to everyone and anyone in the lockerroom, reporters and teammates alike. It's as bizarre as it sounds -- inviting reporters to take part in the team buffet, retrieving a bottle of Gatorade for a columnist, offering a forkful of his mashed potatoes to a cameraman. Patterson, who accepted Cousins' invitation to fill a take-out container of soul food for him, took it in stride. "If he's making plates, we're headed in the right direction," Patterson said.