Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins dresses up as Santa Claus to spread Holiday cheer at Wal Mart in West Sacramento.
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins might be known as a Grinch on the court, but off the court during the Christmas Holiday season, he's showing a heart of gold.
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Donning quite possibly the biggest Santa Claus suit ever assembled, "Santa Cuz" sauntered through the aisles of Wal Mart in West Sacramento, hosting a shopping spree for 50 area children.
"I'm probably the biggest kid in here," Cousins said, while modeling his Santa suit that barely covered his 6-foot-11, 270-pound frame.
Though he might actually have landed on Santa's naughty list due to behavioral issues that warranted three league suspensions this season alone, that hasn't stopped him from from from trying to brighten the lives of those less fortunate.
"Growing up as a kid, I was one of the kids that weren't as fortunate to have big Christmases or get lots of gifts," said the 22-year-old Cousins, who grew up in Mobile, AL. "Just being able to give back and put a smile on kids' faces from around the area is a good thing, especially for the kids."
Cousins partnered with the Kings and Wells Fargo to take children from the St. John's Shelter and Washington Elementary Christmas shopping. Each child was given a budget of $200 and an additional $100 gift card.
The most popular items among the children were bicycles, Nintendo DS systems and even pet fish. Many of the children opted to take part in the "Season of Giving" and picked up items for other family members instead of spending on themselves.
The shopping spree was just one during the Kings 11th annual Season of Giving.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net