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DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:21 am
Edited on: February 13, 2011 3:39 am
 
DeMarcus Cousins was suspended by the Kings late Saturday night following a locker room incident involving Donté Greene.
Posted by Matt Moore

DeMarcus Cousins is arguably already the league's most volatile player. Prone to fights with opponents and even his own coaches, it would seem his frustrations have now boiled over into conflict with teammates. FanHouse reports that Cousins has been suspended for at least the upcoming three-game roadtrip following a locker room altercation with Donté Greene that came to blows. Perhaps most stunning is the source of the argument. Cousins has reportedly become increasingly upset about Tyreke Evans' late game decision making and the coaching staff's reaction, culminating in Cousins yelling at Evans following the Kings' loss to the Thunder Saturday night, "from (the) tunnel to the locker room." 

Cousins has already been fined by the coaching staff, kicked out of practice, and benched for a premature choking gesture. In-between he's averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds, grabbing 17% of all available boards, shooting 44% from the field (a huge blemish) and has a league-average-ish PER of 15. He's a player with tremendous upside and ability, who just wants to win. But there are ways of dealing with that kind of passion, and Cousins has expressed all the wrong ones. 

The Kings have to find a structure to rebuild around, and if Cousins and Evans are incompatible, that's going to have to be established early. GM Geoff Petrie was right to act quickly and try and snuff this but furthermore, if the Kings decide Evans is the future and they can't rectify this rift, one of them will have to go. Furthermore, Paul Westphal and Petrie will have to figure out if the kid is worth the considerable headache he's providing them by continually being this much of a pain.  Good teams can't afford distractions of this magnitude, especially out of a rookie, let alone struggling squads like the Kings. 
Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:09 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

I respect Kentucky basketball, in'96 when Tony Delk, McCarty and Mercer won that game the better team won that night.  The Cuse cut it to 5 or 6 but Delk would extend the lead every single time.  I just can't see Calipari as the right guy for Kentucky.




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 6:42 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

BIG12KO2003.....when Syracuse hoists more than one trophy, come back and talk to us.  The Big East...3 championships since the mid 80's, and none from that conference in its current form!  They don't hang LaCrosse banners in Lexington!!!



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 6:23 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Watching the end of that game last night, and saw Cousins reaction after he missed a last-second tip-in. He was starting to twist off right then, as he was walking off the court. When I saw it live I thought he was mad at Tyreke Evans for taking that shot. But then watching the replay, I thought maybe he was just upset at missing the tip-in. Apparently first impressions were right after all. If he ever gets his temper under control, he could be a real low-post force for the Kings. If he doesn't, he might end up as just another might-have-been. I hope for his sake, and the Kings' sake, it ends up being the "temper under control" thing. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 6:21 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

A show of hands, who didn't see this one coming?

Cue crickets.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2011 6:02 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Once a knucklehead, always a knucklehead.



Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 5:37 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

The NBA wanted a one and done. Hes their baby, let them rock him.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:58 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

More than being a "thug" this guy has mental issues and seriously needs intervention. 



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:38 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Surprise??  Really!!!  I saw him play in the state finals when he was a senior in high school.  Never seen such a baby.  Got in foul trouble and lost his temper when triple teamed.  Refused to go back in the game (the state finals) when his coach tried to put him in.  Later, he smarted off one too many times to the ref.  Guess what, no state title!  What a baby!!



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:01 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Please tell me this isn't the start of a new era where all news isn't just from TMZ, but a craphorde of Twitter links...



Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 3:57 pm
 

DeMarcus Cousins suspended by Kings

Cousins was probably picking on Donte about why Boeheim let Louisville make 13 3's on the imperial 2-3 zone, as far as Cousins goes he was the one person I laughed at when The Butler and Huggy sent him west bound last March courtesy of the BE.  Maybe Joe Mazzullla would be a better fit for Cousins as the Kings PG.  HA HA!!



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