DeMarcus Cousins is trying to put his 'Boogie' nickname behind him as he enters the playoffs for the first time with the prohibitive favorite Golden State Warriors. It is a critical point in Cousins career as he will be a free agent again in the offseason.

“I want my family and myself to be comfortable wherever I am at the time, and just be able to relax and kind of let my hair down,” says Cousins. “I’m going to be judged. My life is in a fishbowl. They gonna love you and they gonna hate you. I’m being the best me every day.”

Cousins believes the nickname has added unfairly to his reputation.

“It’s just like, Jesus Christ! It’s so much extra put on with ‘Boogie,’ ” said Cousins.

“I don’t want to be Boogie,” Cousins says. “I just wanna be DeMarcus.”